Aiding and Abetting in Las Vegas

What Is Aiding and Abetting?

Aiding and abetting is a phrase that’s often heard on television cop shows, but what does it really mean?

The laws for aiding and abetting are categorized under NRS 195.020, and the penalties for breaking this law are harsh. That’s because Nevada law doesn’t distinguish between the party who commits the crime and the party that helps them. Someone who offers any assistance to a person who commits a crime is liable for the same penalties. In fact, a person who merely encourages someone else to commit a crime may be charged under NRS 195.020. Other ways that people may aid and abet are by providing a false alibi, providing information used to enable a crime or acting as a lookout while a crime is in progress.

However, it’s important to note that just knowing about a crime is not aiding and abetting, nor is being in the vicinity where a crime occurs. A person also cannot be convicted under NRS 195.020 if they unknowingly participate in a crime.

Regardless of the circumstances that may have led to charges under NRS 195.020, you deserve competent legal defense. The Potter Law Offices have a great deal of experience in all areas of criminal defense. If you have been accused under NRS 195.020 or any other portion of Nevada law, contact the Las Vegas criminal defense practitioners at the Potter Law Offices.