Get Charged with a Felony for a Senior Prank

An Indianapolis teenager participated in the long held tradition of playing a senior prank at the end of his high school career.  Little did he know that he would be charged with a felony with a maximum of eight years in prison.

Kids all across the country are being thrown in jail rather than opting for corrective and remedial programs.

Kids all across the country are being thrown in jail rather than opting for corrective and remedial programs.

Teen faces prison after sex doll prank goes awry

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn’t expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record.

While Mr. Morton’s prank may have been immature and irresponsible, it was not  a criminal matter at all- let alone a felony.  The police and prosecutors are clearly overreacting in this case and in turn jeopardizing a young man’s life.  According to his father, Tyell wants to go to college but those ambitions could all be put to waste.  Putting him in jail will change the rest of his life.  As a felon he will lose his right to vote and right to own firearms.  He will not be considered for many types of jobs.  His felony conviction will show up on background checks for the rest of his life and potential employers will not hire him.  He will be humiliated and frustrated by this for the rest of his life. All of this because fully grown and supposedly responsible adults overreacted to his prank.

This particular case has garnered the attention of the media while many similar cases go unheard of everyday.   Young adults all across the nation make mistakes and error in judgement only to find themselves facing serious legal penalties as opposed to remedial and corrective programs.  And just like in the case of Tyell Morton, under-trained police and over-zealous prosecutors overreact and charge these kids with serious and harsh charges, acting as if the fate of the country lies in the balance.

Basically we are throwing theses kids’ lives away for doing what kids do-making mistakes.

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Avvo.com. Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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