Q: What are the consequences if someone presses charges on you for throwing lemonade on their parked car?
No one was inside the car. There was no damage. Maybe made a tiny section of the car sticky. The person however is accusing us of keying the car. We did not.
A: Only the police or a prosecutor can initiate a criminal investigation and charge. A person can complain to police, who might or might not investigate. If police do investigate, avoid talking to them. Talk to a criminal lawyer first. Apart from legal action, it's a good idea to respect other people and their property; just as you would like others to treat you fairly. Sometimes an apology can go a long way, too.
A: There really isn't much they can do. The State may investigate. If there is no video or other witnesses to the keying incident, the State would be hard pressed to bring any criminal charges. However, there is he possibility that they could certainly charge you. If that were to happen, talk to a criminal lawyer and do not speak to the cops.
On the civil side of things, this person could always attempt to sue you for damages. Obviously, the damages for the lemonade incident are not there and a jury/judge would probably laugh the person out of court if they tried. They could also attempt to collect damages for the keying incident. In order to collect, they will have to prove damages and also convince a jury or judge that you are responsible for the incident. The burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence which basically equates to more likely than not, you are the one that keyed the car.
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