If I pulled a fire alarm while blacked out, what are the possible penalties?

I feel terrible and I’m not sure if I’ll get caught or not. There may have been cameras in the parking lot but not pointed directly at the alarm. If they do figure out it was me, what is the best course of action in responding? Do I just admit that I did it?

Asked on October 12, 2014 under Criminal Law, Washington


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

What do you mean by "while blacked out?" In the state of washington, tampering with fire equipment (which is what you did) and causing a "false alarm" is a misdemeanor. If there are mitigating circumstances - again the "blacked out" statement - then the charge may be reduced. Get legal help. 

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