It is always infuriating when someone else drinks the last of your alcohol
without permission. A babysitter in Utah discovered this feeling of disappointment
recently when the last of her vodka was consumed by someone other than
herself. Typically, this ends in a few nasty words or a stern look of
disappointment. However, on this particular occasion a different kind
of approach was taken by the babysitter.
According to local authorities, the babysitter was watching four teenagers
when at some point she broke out the booze and gave the teens permission
to sample some of it. However, the teens ended up drinking every last
drop of the alcohol, which led to a quarrel. Instead of scolding the kids,
the babysitter locked them in the home’s garage, claiming they were
her slaves for consuming the alcohol.
After locking the teens in the garage, the adult babysitter proceeded to
extort money from them, demanding they open their wallets and give her
the contents. One would expect this would have been the end of the matter,
however the babysitter perhaps feeling as though additional reparations
were owed, kept them locked in the garage for an unspecified amount of
time. It was not until one of the teenagers escaped through a window and
called family members that the imprisonment came to an end.
At some point one has to question the judgement of the babysitter. First,
giving alcohol to minors under her care and second, when things went south
it could be argued the babysitter did not respond appropriately. In Utah,
providing alcohol to minors is considered a Class A Misdemeanor and could
carry a stiff penalty including up to a $2,500 fine and up to one year
in jail. Setting aside the alcohol charges and looking simply at the charge
of unlawful detention, a Class B Misdemeanor in Utah, the punishment could
include up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. The babysitter
could also be ordered to pay restitution to the family of the imprisoned
teenagers as well as court costs and fees.
The real question lies in whether a sentence of imprisonment and a hefty
fine is appropriate in this situation. The babysitter could have been
intoxicated by the time she locked the teenagers in the garage. Anyone
with any experience with alcohol knows it can affect your judgement. In
situations such as this, all of the facts must be considered and both
sides of the story must be fully investigated before any judgments are
handed down. In today’s society, everyone is considered innocent
until proven guilty. As such, someone must stand up for the babysitter,
listen to her side of the story, and protect her rights. Everyone has
heard the saying that there are two sides to every story and the truth
lies somewhere in the middle. Regardless of where the truth lies in this
scenario, all parties involved deserve to receive proper representation
and have their rights protected.
The attorney’s at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable
in criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in the State of Ohio or the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly been accused of a crime
and seek to find the best possible representation to fight for you, hire
a law firm that puts the client first and fights hard to protect the client.
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