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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Would you harbor your child the fugitive?

Setting: my teeny tiny town aka post office, auto body shop, junk yard, and maybe 15 house in a square mile area. NOTHING ever happens here (really).

Yesterday, I notice a police car parked outside the neighbor's house four doors down, both on my way to work and home, VERY unusual.

DS comes racing in the door from h.s. to tell us that the 20yo boy who lives at that house was driving drunk the night before, rolled his brand new truck, and called his MOTHER rather than the police. She came and got both him and the passenger, took them to the house, and finally took the passenger to the hospital when she realized something was seriously wrong. He ended up being flight for lifed to the nearest big hospital with serious internal injuries: spleen/liver, etc.

In the meanwhile, the driver/son is "in the wind", the police feel that the parents are aiding/abetting him in his desire not to be caught, and the rest of us in the neighborhood are just in shock. The parents are in serious trouble with the insurance companies, the police, the passenger's parents, etc, etc, and they still won't say where their son is.

DS looked right at me and said, "I know you'd turn me in, but you'd at least call a lawyer for me, right?"

What kind of parent would do this, and do they truly believe he's going to get away with it?

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hard to say for sure what one would do in such a situation. I think that when he called me I would have called 911 to get there first and make sure he was ok. After the fact, no I can't see myself harboring him from the police, I'm more of an admit your mistake and take the consequences kind of person. It sounds like the parents are totally making it worse on everyone.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Parents can be pretty nuts when it comes to their kids!

Last New Years Eve my husband and I had just turned out our lights and were looking at the city lights view, when a car comes careening down our hill, spins out of control and crashes into two cars and a block wall. Six teens pour out of the back seat and run back up the hill. Three more teens spill out of the front seat and start flailing around, swearing up a storm!

Meanwhile the parents of the driver come speeding down the hill, alerted by some of the ill fated passengers no doubt.

We can hear them trying to figure out how to get the driver out of the responsibility. The mom is screaming and swearing. The dad is pacing and on his cell.

And then the police arrive. We can hear the bogus story they are telling the police. My husband goes out to talk to one of the officers... And the police say they have it under control, don't want his information, and he needs to go in the house. Done and done.

I still don't know whether that teen had any repercussions!
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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My son knows that I would gladly sell him out for a box of twinkles.

I could see a parent trying to keep the authorities out of a situation if there is just a fender bender with no injuries or other parties. But in this situation, there is a serious injury. These parents are just digging a very deep hole for themselves. Forget about hiring an attorney for their son. They are going to need an attorney for themselves.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #5
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So now the parents can get arrested and sued. The son's bail will be much much higher once he's found cause he can't hide forever and this won't go away.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:48 PM   #7
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This just makes me so sad, because I've known the boy since he was little, and the parents are both hardworking members of the community/active in the schools, etc. I'm choosing to think that they panicked, and now don't know how to get out of it. I mean, realistically, this isn't the movies and a person (especially one who's lived a very sheltered life in a quiet rural community all his life) just isn't going to be able to live on the lam forever, is he?

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #8
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This just makes me so sad, because I've known the boy since he was little, and the parents are both hardworking members of the community/active in the schools, etc. I'm choosing to think that they panicked, and now don't know how to get out of it. I mean, realistically, this isn't the movies and a person (especially one who's lived a very sheltered life in a quiet rural community all his life) just isn't going to be able to live on the lam forever, is he?

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The best thing they can do is completely come clean immediately. The longer they lie, the worse it is going to be. The truth has a way of making people more understanding.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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Don't get me wrong, I would die for my dd14,but I wouldd never sacrifice myself legally etc for her. I totally understand wanting to protect your child,but they are doing a huge disservice to their son by doing this.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #10
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It's hard to say since I've never been that type of position, but I think I'd turn my child over to the authorities and be by her side every step of the way. While it would be extremely hard, it would mean the difference of short term trouble (even if that meant some jail time) to a life of being on the run.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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Sitcoms have shown us that if you try to cover something up, trouble (and hilarity) ensues and you end up having to do the right thing in the in the end anyway. We tell our kids they should always just save the hassle and do the right thing first.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #12
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Sometimes parents will do anything, illegal or not, to help their kid. Some even get away with it, ex: Casey Anthony.
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This just makes me so sad, because I've known the boy since he was little, and the parents are both hardworking members of the community/active in the schools, etc. I'm choosing to think that they panicked, and now don't know how to get out of it. I mean, realistically, this isn't the movies and a person (especially one who's lived a very sheltered life in a quiet rural community all his life) just isn't going to be able to live on the lam forever, is he?

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Depends on how much money they have and how serious the charges/how determined the cops/DA are to catch him. People do it. In the case you're describing seems highly unlikely.

In the case you're describing - drunk driving - not only am I not harbouring, I'd drive them to the cops myself before the alcohol in their system could dissipate and no, I'm not calling you a lawyer, enjoy your public defender.

If it's like, white collar crime, that's a different matter, will probably call a lawyer, heh.
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It it were one of my sons, I would help them get an attorney, but they would be facing their own consequences.
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