Accomplice to a Crime
Being an accomplice to a crime is different from being an accessory. An accomplice is someone who was present on the scene when the crime was committed, and who assisted in the crime. Accessories are those who assisted in some way, but were not present when the crime was committed.
The law usually does not make a distinction between those who actually committed the crime and those who were accomplices. In other words, those who are charged as accomplices often receive the same punishments as those who are charged with committing the actual criminal act. One can be an accomplice to many kinds of criminal acts.
Types of Criminal Accomplice Offenses
A common example of being an accomplice to a crime involves robbery. One person might commit a robbery while other people carry out related tasks such as:
- Driving a getaway vehicle
- Watching for nearby police
- Creating a distraction
Even people who do not personally commit crimes may be charged as accomplices to the crime. In the above example, these people may face exactly the same charges and penalties as the person who committed the robbery. While this example dealt with robbery, it is possible to be an accomplice to all sorts of crimes. The possible punishments for being an accomplice depend on the nature of the crime.
If you or a loved one has been accused of being an accomplice to a criminal offense, you need the help of a criminal defense lawyer. For a free consultation, contact the Appleton accomplice to a crime lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 today.