Criminal Law

  1. Amber Beaufort just purchased a new Glock handgun and has started carrying it with her when he goes out to restaurants and bars, in violation of Maryland law. She goes to have a few drinks at R.J. Bentleys in College Park, MD and takes the gun with her. When she gets there she sees Charlie, a guy who used to bully her in high school, and she goes up to Charlie and points the handgun at him and says ‘Remember me. I’m going to kill you”. Charlie is frightened and turns and runs out of the bar. The handgun, however, is not loaded. Realizing that she forgot to load the Glock, Amber goes into the bathroom and loads it and then returns to the bar. At that point, she sees one of her friends, Monica and decides to have a little fun and scare her. Amber pulls out the loaded Glock and points it at Monica with the intent to scare her. As she does so, however, Monica turns her back to Amber and never sees Amber or the gun. Amber later tells Monica what she did and Monica becomes upset that Amber pointed a loaded handgun at her. After being at the bar for a few hours and having a few drinks, Amber decides to move to dance floor and do a back flip. As Amber does her flip, her gun falls to the floor in the very crowded bar and accidentally fires a round into a patron name Max. Max is taken to the hospital with a superficial injury.
    a. Can Amber be charged with any crimes as it relates to Charlie? If so, for what crime? Does it matter that the gun was unloaded? Why or why not?
    b. Can Amber be charged with any crimes as it relates to Monica? If so, for what crime? If not, why?
    c. Can Amber be charged with any crimes as it relates to Max? If so, for what crime? If not, why?