Escape Cases Are Not Exciting

Clarence grabbed a soda from his buddy’s refrigerator and then returned to the living room where he caught the middle of a conversation.

“Allen is clever, but crazy,” said George.  “It’s too bad he never put his smarts to good use.”

“He has struck me as being a little on the dumb side, what makes you think he’s smart?” asked Josh.

“I saw in the paper where the State’s Attorney convicted him of Escape.  You don’t break out of jail without having a certain amount of street smarts,” said George.

Clarence let out a deep and slightly arrogant laugh. “Is that what you think he did?  You’ve watched too many episodes of Prison Break.  It’s a good thing you hang out with me.  Typically, when the State charges someone like Allen with Escape, it is because the person failed to show up to the jail to serve his time.”

“Why would a person sentenced to jail be out and about running free?” asked George.

“Often when a defendant agrees to serve a small amount of jail time, the prosecutor will agree to a future date for the jail sentence to begin,” said Clarence.

“What if he doesn’t show up when he is supposed to?” asked Josh.

“Then the State’s Attorney will file an Escape charge against the person and a judge will sign an arrest warrant.  The person will end up serving back to back sentences: one for the first case and one for the Escape case,” said Clarence.

“Oh,” said George.  “I guess Allen isn’t so bright after all.”

Jeremy Richey


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