Aiding and Abetting
Many people focus on the perpetrator of a crime when considering criminal law and may forget that there are serious punishments for assisting or advising someone who intends to break the law. Although the person who physically commits the crime often takes much of the focus in a trial, individuals who assist him or her before or after the crime may be guilty of aiding and abetting an individual in the commission of a crime.
Persons accused of aiding and abetting in the commission of a crime may face criminal prosecution as well. Penalties for the crime may include incarceration, fines, probation, and court costs. If you stand accused of aiding and abetting a criminal, contact the Milwaukee criminal attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Assisting with a Criminal Act
Each criminal case is different, and it may be up to a judge or jury to decide what truly constitutes assisting with the crime. Aiding and abetting a criminal may include:
- Helping with the planning of a crime
- Providing financial assistance to the perpetrator before the crime is committed
- Having prior knowledge to a crime and failing to report it
- Advising the perpetrator prior to the crime
- Providing shelter or financial assistance to the perpetrator after the crime
If you have been accused of aiding and abetting a criminal in the commission of a crime, contact the Milwaukee criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your legal options and formulate your defense.