Proof in Aiding and Abetting
Anyone who helps another person execute any component of a crime can be criminally charged for aiding and abetting or accessory to the crime. Oftentimes that person may not even be present for the wrongdoing; however, if they possess knowledge of the transgression before or after a criminal act has been committed, they still can be charged with involvement in that crime. Proving the defendant knowingly was involved, and then proving the degree of participation can be difficult, and a skilled Cape Cod criminal defense attorney may be able to help deny your involvement in court.
Types of Participation Chargeable as Aiding and Abetting
You may be charged with aiding and abetting if you knowingly participate in a crime in the following ways:
- Providing financial support
- Advising the principal
- Helping plan the crime
- Agreeing to stand lookout at the scene of the crime
- Agreeing to develop an escape plan
However, presence at the scene of the crime is not enough to convict someone of aiding and abetting because intentional participation must be proved. Additionally, if a person helps a criminal with no knowledge that they are participating in the crime, they should not be charged.
Contact a Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
James Powderly has the extensive legal experience required to help you defend your rights. If you were charged of aiding and abetting a crime, we may be able to build a strong defense, so you can separate yourself from the primary party accused. Contact our Cape Cod criminal defense attorney, James Powderly, today at (508) 343-0676 so we can further discuss your case.