Aiding & Abetting

Aiding and abetting a crime is by definition the act of assisting in committing a crime. The defendant is accused of being aware of the crime before the crime took place, but is not necessarily physically present at the time the crime was committed.

If the defendant facilitates in the commission of the crime, he or she can also be charged with aiding and abetting. Someone who acts as a “look out” or “driver” can be charged with aiding and abetting.

Just because an individual did not directly participate in committing a crime does not mean they cannot be held accountable for aiding the person who directly committed the crime. If the defendant does not admit involvement to the crime when questioned by authorities, he or she can also be charged with obstruction of justice.

In some cases, the defendant is charged with aiding and abetting after the person who committed the crime forced the defendant to help carry out the crime.

Proving the Charge

The charge of aiding and abetting at times is difficult to prove without a reliable witness, but if proven, the defendant can risk spending up to fifteen years in jail. Federal law states that someone accused of aiding and abetting faces the same punishment as the person who directly committed the crime.

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If you have been accused of aiding and abetting with the intent of advancing a crime, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at 800-589-1808 to discuss your legal options.


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