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What is Complicity?

Criminal charges can have a serious effect on an individual’s freedom and livelihood. Most people understand the seriousness of criminal charges and attempt to avoid actions that will get them in trouble at all costs. There are many different actions that can warrant criminal charges, and most people are familiar with more popular and obvious terms like robbery, assault, battery, and grand theft. Other crimes, like complicity, may not be as recognizable to the average person.

Complicity is often referred to as “aiding and abetting.” It is an accomplice crime, which often accuses one individual of assisting another in the perpetration of a crime. Persons charged with complicity may face serious criminal charges and if convicted may be forced to spend time in jail, pay heavy fines, and submit to a probation program. If you or someone you love has been charged with complicity, contact the Appleton criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.

Understanding Complicity

Complicity in a crime may mean that the individual:

  • Provided transportation to the scene of the crime
  • Helped the suspect leave the scene of a crime
  • Acted as a lookout during a criminal act
  • Helped alert the perpetrator of a victim’s approach
  • Supplied weapons, tools, or other assistance
  • Provided shelter or escape for a criminal

Persons charged with complicity (or aiding and abetting) may be considered to be as guilty as the person who committed the crime itself.

Contact an Appleton Criminal Attorney

If you stand accused of complicity or any other criminal action, contact the Appleton criminal attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.