Aiding and Abetting
In criminal law, an abettor is a person who willingly and knowingly helps or encourages another individual carry out a crime. This includes providing funds, information or helping the individual evade law enforcement. Other forms of assistance include driving the vehicle used to flee the scene, providing false defenses and prompting or encouraging the individual to commit the act. Abetting is a punishable offense. The abettor is treated as a willing assistant who can receive the same punishment as the individual who actually committed the crime.
The assistance can occur during the planning stages, during the commission of the crime or after the act. The abettor doesn’t have to be at the crime scene. The prosecutor may file aiding and abetting if there is insufficient evidence to charge the person with criminal conspiracy. The severity of the crime will determine the punishment. Possible penalties include incarceration, asset seizure, restitution and probation.
If you are charged with aiding and abetting, you need an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. Some people innocently allow a loved one to stay in their home due to a personal relationship. This is not a criminal act. You should not assume that law enforcement and the legal system will eventually determine your innocence or consider evidence that would lessen your punishment. Contact us to discuss your case. We will thoroughly analyze the evidence and consider possible defense strategies.