Aiding and Abetting
Aiding and abetting, also called crimes of accessory, occur when someone assists in a crime or knows of it beforehand. If the involvement runs deeply, then the charge of aiding and abetting may actually be raised to conspiracy. Of course, you must actually know of the crime or intent to commit a crime in order to be considered an accomplice to the crime.
In some cases, you can be mistakenly charged with aiding and abetting if law enforcement officials wrongly believe that you knew of a crime or participated in its execution. To fight back against criminal charges of aiding and abetting, contact an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at 214-845-7007.
What Counts as Accessory?
The primary requirement of aiding and abetting is knowing that you were participating in or furthering a crime. If you are store owner who sells a gun to someone with the proper credentials, you may not be held responsible if this person decides to shoot someone with the gun. However, if you help someone illegally acquire the gun, knowing that this person wants to shoot someone else, this can count as accessory. Other examples of aiding and abetting include:
- Advising someone as to the best way to commit a particular crime
- Giving financial support to a criminal cause
- Helping the perpetrator with escape or hiding after the crime
Sometimes, though, you can be participating in a crime without knowing it. If you are wrongly charged with accessory, you should consult a lawyer immediately.
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we believe that individuals charged with crimes deserve experienced, knowledgeable legal help. If you have been charged with aiding and abetting or another crime, contact a Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 today to discuss your case.