Crime Scenario Paper

Mike commits the first crime, when he purchases the wedding ring and pays with counterfeit money. He was aware of the fact that the money was counterfeit and still used them to complete the purchase. In his defense, Mike can choose either of two options. First, he may pretend he did not know the money was counterfeit and he just borrowed the money from his friend, Tony. Alternatively, he should just plead guilty of the crime.

            In addition, Mike committed the murder attempt, as he shot and injured Tommy, and murder as she killed Maria after injuring Tommy. The murder may be potentially qualified as manslaughter, but as Mike pulled out a gun and shot, his crime is still the homicide rather than a mere manslaughter because he pulled out a gun and shot that means the obvious intention to shoot and, thus, kill Tommy, whom he injured but accidentally killed Maria. In his defense, Mike can stand on the ground that he did not intend to shoot but just pulled out a gun to threaten Tommy or to persuade him to pour him some more alcohol which Tommy refused to do.

            Furthermore, as Mike grabbed Tina and forced her into the car against her will, he committed the kidnapping and, as he attempted to keep Tina with him by force, he also committed the act of false imprisonment (Barak 201). In his defense, Mike can insist that he could not properly control his actions as he was under the impact of a strong emotional stress caused by the confrontation at the bar and shooting he was involved in. Also he could argue that he was acting in such a way, to secure Tina from the possible outbreak of violence that could follow the shooting as people in the bar could try to detain him and Tina, who accompanied him.

            In addition, Mike could be accused of manslaughter as Tina dropped out of the window and died in an attempt to escape from (Brantingham & Brantingham 199) Mike, who was capturing and kidnapping her. He was violent and aggressive and such actions provoked Tina to undertake the extremely risky stop to jump out of the window that resulted in her death. Mike did not have the intention to kill Tina nor did he threaten her that makes his act a case of manslaughter. In defense, Mike could insist that he did not undertake any action that could urge Tina to jump out of the window. Instead, he was just attempting to persuade his fiancée to stay with him.

            Furthermore, Mike commits the aggravated assault as he hits Tony over his head with his gun and Tony fell to unconscious state, while Mike took Tony’s money that means that he also committed the robbery as he used the violent action to take the money from the victim (Braithwaite 771). In defense, Mike could insist that Tony stepped in front of him and probably threatened him or prevented him from helping Tina that urged him to take the violent action against Tony.

            Finally, Max commits one more crime as he pays the taxi driver with the counterfeit money. This case is similar to the case of Mike purchasing the wedding ring and the case may be tried along with the first case of using counterfeit money, while Mike may use the same defense strategy.

            Tina may be accused of aiding and abetting a crime since she knew that the ring Mike purchased for her was purchased with the counterfeit money. However, she did not report about the crime as she had to. Instead, she took the ring and kept it that may be interpreted by the court as concealing a crime. The best defense line for Tina is to insist that she was terrorized and threatened by Mike, who forced her to take the ring and perform all other actions which violate legal norms that involved Mike and Tina, but Tina has got engaged in those activities against her will and under a threat, being forced by Mike. In such a way, Tina turns out to be a victim rather than an offender.

            Finally, Marie, the taxi driver, trespassed into the apartment of Mike, when she was trying to get the real money paid for the ride. In defense, Marie could stand on the ground that she was just looking for the owner of the apartment to ask her money get paid.

Works Cited:

Brantingham, P. J. and Brantingham, P. L. Environmental Criminology. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1991.

Barak, Gregg (ed.). Integrative Criminology. Aldershot: Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1998.

Braithwaite, John. “Not Just Deserts. A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice.” Law and Society Review, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1995, pp. 765-776.

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