Aiding and Abetting
Aiding and Abetting
Aiding and abetting is not a specific crime itself. Its a case that can happen in crimes. Usually this means that another person helped someone else commit a crime in one way o another. To be charged with Aiding and Abetting, four conditions have to be met. 1. The perpetrator committed the crime. 2. The you knew that the perpetrator intended to commit the crime. 3. Before, or during the commission of the crime, the you intended to aid and abet the perpetrator in committing the crime. 4. Your words or actions did aid and abet the perpetrator’s commission of the crime. “Aiding and Abetting” means to know the perpetrator’s intent and that you helped, aid, or encouraged the perpetrator’s crime. If all the requirements are true then you actually have to be at the scene of the crime when it was committed to be considered aiding and abetting. So what does this mean if you just see someone committing a crime? In some cases people may see this as turning a blind eye. In some cases they may consider this aiding and abetting since you let the crime happen. However that is not always possible. Not a lot of people are willing to take the risk to stop a crime. This means that although you may be at the scene of a crime or fail to prevent a crime does not make you an aider and abettor. However even if you did help someone in planning a crime, you are not guilty of that crime if you choose to leave before the crime is committed. However to withdraw two things must happen. 1.You must tell everyone else in the group that was planning to commit the crime that you are no longer participating. It must be done early to prevent the crime from happening. 2. You must do everything reasonably in your power to prevent the crime from happening. The crime itself may still happen but the important thing is that you have to try to prevent it.
If you or a loved one was charged with aiding and abetting a crime, have an attorney look over your case.