It’s the middle of the day. The sun is shining over the streets of Fort Lauderdale but it’s hard to enjoy the weather when a cold set of handcuffs is clasped tightly around your wrists and you are being informed of your right to an attorney. If in a situation such as this, your criminal defense is, “But officer, I was just doing my job, “it is probable that you are employed in one of the below listed careers. Here are a few of the top jobs that could get you arrested.
Number One: A Spy
While television shows like Burn Notice, 24 and Alias have glamorized the art of espionage, spying is a crime that is punishable by law in most of the countries in the world. Spies have been executed, isolated, imprisoned and much more. Occasionally, incidents of spies being detained by the very government that employed them have occurred. Digging up dirt on others can be a very dangerous job indeed.
Number Two: A Reporter
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Falling just below espionage is yet another dirt digging field where gathering info could, and sometimes does, lead to a trip to a jail cell. In 2013, two NBC reporters investigating a murder were detained and their first amendment rights were allegedly revoked. Police officers do have the tendency to fly off the handle if they suspect that their crime scenes are being disturbed. Speaking of police officers losing their tempers, check out number three.
Number Three: A Police Officer
Straddling the fine line between enforcement and brutality isn’t nearly as easy as it may appear. In 2010, there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct in the United States. In addition to brutality, officers can also be arrested for firing their weapons at unarmed suspects and tampering with crime scene evidence.
Number Four: A Construction Worker
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Being a construction worker comes with a wide variety of career related risks. Scaling bridges, working around harmful chemicals and operating potentially dangerous machines on a regular basis accounts for a great deal of injuries but what many people don’t know is that this particular career also has the potential to land you behind bars. Construction workers can be arrested for disturbing nationally preserved species even if they were instructed to do so. The use of mechanical equipment within the vicinity of an endangered species is prohibited by US law and carries quite a hefty sentence.
Number Five: A Bodyguard
In 2011, Justin Bieber’s bodyguard, Kenneth Hamilton was arrested for protecting the young singer from a swarm of paparazzi but he is not the first bodyguard to need a criminal defense lawyer. In 1993, bodyguard McKinley Lee who was assigned as the protector for rapper Snoop Dogg, was accused of murder during the notorious Phillip Woldemariam trial. In 2007, 37 year old Cesar Julio Camera was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly pushing a photographer into a wall while watching over Britney Spears.
The rise and fall of unemployment in the US could mean taking a job you don’t necessarily enjoy but potential future employees should be made aware of the risks involved, especially if those risks could equate to time served. There are many web based discussions surrounding criminal charges that could get people fired but discussions about careers that could get people arrested are few and far between.
About the Author:
Michael D. Leader is a criminal lawyer with Fort Lauderdale law firm Leader & Leader P.A. specializing in all forms of criminal law, Leader and partner George Leader offer years of legal experience and commitment to ethics.