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Accessory to a Crime

Being Charged as an Accessory After the Fact

Many actions may be considered illegal by Nevada law enforcement. Even if you don’t participate in a robbery or other crime, you may still find yourself facing charges under NRS 195.030, the law for being an accessory after the fact.

It may seem like you’re just helping someone, but if your actions render aid to a fugitive you may be facing criminal charges. While you may not be the principal party to a crime, you may still be responsible for offering the principal help. Perhaps you offer them a place to lie low or help get rid of evidence. You may lie to police or assist the fugitive to escape.

All of these actions may lead to charges under NRS 195.030. However, it’s important to note that you cannot be charged with a crime under this section if the person you helped was your spouse, a sibling, child, parent or grandparent.

Being an accessory is not the same thing as aiding and abetting. That’s because aiding and abetting happens just before or during the commission of a crime while being an accessory happens after a crime is already over.

This area of Nevada criminal law is complex. If you are facing charges under NRS 195.030, contact the Potter Law Offices. This Las Vegas criminal defense firm has many years of experience at helping defendants get the aggressive representation they need.