Just Don’t Do It! – Don’t Cause the Death of Another Human Being! ©

I have been practicing law for many years in Metropolitan Atlanta and have come to learn of people who have gotten arrested for violating the state and federal laws in a number of ways.  Many crimes are committed by persons who are intending on doing wrong.  Then there are some who just don’t know the law and make a wrong decision that could lead to their arrest and land them in prison. No one plans on getting arrested.  It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Are you prepared to deal with that life changing moment?  Do you know enough about the law to keep you from getting arrested?  Children get arrested too.  You can’t be with your child at all times.  Are you prepared to educate your child on how to avoid a situation that could result in their arrest?  Typically, you can avoid getting arrested if you follow basic human ethics of respecting others personal privacy and property.  Do onto your neighbor as you would have him to do onto you. Let’s think about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase, “Put your hands behind you.”  This is my tip on a particular situation that you should avoid or should precede with caution to avoid the possibility of getting arrested. — Just Don’t Do It!

We are each blessed at birth with the breath of life for evermore.  The ability to experience life’s daily moments is irreplaceable.  No person’s life can be replaced.  The lost of a life is the most absolute event that any person will ever experience.  No one should lose their life at the hands of another.  The Golden Rule has always been to do unto others as you would have them to do unto you!  When you cause the death of another human being our society and this State have very tough laws for the conduct that causes the death of another human being and the resulting punishment.  A person could be found guilty of murder if it is found that the person acted with malice or deliberate intention to unlawfully take the life of another human being. A conviction for murder will result in a punishment of life imprison or death by lethal injection.  Under certain condition you can face the same punishment even if you did not directly cause the death of another person.  A person also commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another person irrespective of malice. A felony murder case could result from a situation where the person charged had no intentions on killing anyone.  It’s just that while the person was committing another felony someone was killed.  Imagine if you gave your friend a ride to a convenience store in another neighborhood.  Your friend then goes into the store and attempts to rob the store cashier.  The cashier pulls out a gun and shoots your friend in the leg.  He runs to the car, gets in and you drive off.  You drive your friend the hospital emergency room and leave him.  You get word that your friend later dies as a result of excessive blood lost.  You are eventually caught and charged with armed robbery and felony murder.  If it is found that you acted in any way that would show that you knew that your buddy had intentions on robbing that store, then you could be convicted of armed robbery and the felony murder of your friend, even though you did not directly cause his death. This felony murder law is applied anytime that a person is killed during the course of another felony crime being attempted.  We are losing too many of our young men due to senseless killings.  There is no reward in killing and the penalty could be your own life.  No one ever gets away for killing another human being.  There is not time limitation when you can be prosecuted for murder.  Your conscious will never be cleared and you’re your life too will soon come to an end.  JUST DON’T DO IT!   Don’t think about causing the death of another person.

Attorney Emerson Carey, Jr. has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia for over 21 years. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of law where he teaches trial advocacy. Attorney Carey can be reached at 404-635-1112, 1-877-635-1112, and ecarey@careydobson.com.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Every criminal prosecution is based on its individual facts and requires an independent evaluation by a licensed, experienced attorney.