I am inspired by riverrat's scenarios to come up with one of my own. For this scenario, I think I've also been inspired by watching too much crime dramas on TV "Larus" is the genus name for some American seagulls, so I am calling it a "seagull scenario" instead of "rat scenario". Here goes: You are a new beekeeper in an urban area. Being a good neighbor, you put screens around your hives to direct their flight path away from your immediate neighbors' yards, put a water source in your yard so your bees don't go for the neighbor's kiddie pool, and send a letter to your next door neighbors telling them that you intend to keep bees this year, describing the benefits of bees to their gardens and to the ecosystem in general, and outlining the measures you will take to prevent your bees from being a nuisance. In response, one of your neighbors writes you a letter. She tells you that she is severely allergic to bee stings, and asks you to refrain from putting beehives in your yard. However, there's not much time left til your bees arrive, you've spent months building equipment (some of it from scratch), and you have no other viable options for where to put the hives, and not much time to look for such options. Since the law allows you to keep bees in your yard, you explain to your neighbor that a bee that flew a mile to get to her backyard is just as (un)likely to sting her as a bee that flew 50 yards. You emphasize how unlikely it is that she will ever get stung by a honeybee, from your hive or anyone else's hive, but assert that it is legal for you to keep bees, and proceed to put the beehives in your yard. Some time after you hive your packages of bees, your neighbor does get stung by a stinging insect (a bee, a hornet, a bumblebee - who knows)? She goes to see a doctor, who treats her for an allergic reaction to the sting. It turns out your neighbor has a friend in the county's D.A. office who presses criminal charges. The charges assert that your neighbor warned you (in writing) that your action of keeping bees would endanger her, but you went ahead anyway. You are under arrest for reckless endangerment of human life. You have the right to remain silent, anything you say (e.t.c., e.t.c.). Two questions: 1) What should one do to avoid such a scenario? 2) Having found oneself in such a scenario, what can one do to defend oneself (i.e. what can you tell the judge to defend yourself against the charge of recklessly endangering your neighbors)?