Aiding & Abetting Defense Lawyer in Torrance
Accused of Contributing to a Crime? Call for a Free Consult.
If you actively participated in the commission of a crime, you may be considered an accomplice, even though you may not have had any part in the actual criminal offense. The United States Code of Law Section 2 of Title 18 permits that if you counseled, instructed, commanded, induced, or helped in any way in the commitment of crime, then you can be punished as the principal offender. The principal offender refers to the person who is primarily responsible for the criminal offense.
This is different from being an accessory to the crime because if you were an abettor, then you were present for the crime and can be charged as the principal criminal in the case, whereas an accessory is typically not present for the crime. If you aided and abetted someone who committed a criminal offense, you may be liable for the same degree of guilt and share the same sentence as the primary offender, especially for capital crimes.
Protecting Yourself Against a Criminal Conviction
If the main offender cannot be proven guilty and shown to be personally responsible for the crime, then the person who acted as their accomplice and worked together with them can be charged as an accessory to the crime.
For instance, if someone robs a bank and afterward you help them hide the stolen cash somewhere, even though you were not the one to actually steal it, you can be charged with aiding and abetting. Most charges of this nature are considered felonies. If you are found guilty of this crime, you may face any of the following penalties (which depend upon the severity of the offense):
Contact Our Skilled Torrance Criminal Defense Firm Today
If you are being investigated, arrested, or charged for aiding and abetting the commission of a serious crime, then you may be facing serious and permanent consequences. A criminal conviction will traumatically impact your future success and employment and education opportunities that may arise. At the Law Offices of Decio Rangel Jr., we understand how harsh and unforgiving the law can be at times, and we want to keep you out of prison just as much as you do.
We will diligently defend your rights and fight this battle on your behalf. A criminal defense attorney from our Torrance firm works tirelessly to attain the best possible outcome for our client’s cases and turn their objectives into a reality. We may be able to significantly reduce the charges against you or have them dismissed entirely. When it comes to the well-being of your reputation and your future, don't take any risks!