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  • What are Accomplices, Accessories, Aiders, and Abettors

    Posted Aug 1st, 2014 By in Criminal Law With | Comments Off on What are Accomplices, Accessories, Aiders, and Abettors

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    With the numerous legal terms and jargon, understanding your accused role in a crime can be confusing. However, it is important to know what role you are accused of playing in a criminal charge, because the role can also determine the sentencing. Accomplices, accessories, aiders, and abettors are just a few of the terms used to describe how an individual participates in a crime.

    Principals and Accomplices

    As a general rule, the law refers to the main actor in a crime as the principal and to assisting persons as accomplices. Technically, an accomplice is one who intentionally helps another to commit a crime.

    Even if an accomplice does not carry out the crime, in the eyes of the law the accomplice’s pre-crime assistance makes him or her just as guilty as the person who does the deed itself.

    Accessory After the Fact

    An accessory after the fact is someone who, knowing that a felon has finished committing a crime (usually the crime has to be a felony), helps the felon avoid arrest or trial. In most states, accessories after the fact face far less punishment than accomplices or principals.

    Conspirators

    Conspirators are two or more people who agree to commit a crime. (The distinction between accomplices and conspirators is that the former are “helpers,” while each conspirator is a principal.) Conspiracy is a controversial crime, in part because conspirators can be guilty even if the crime that they agree to commit never occurs. As a result, conspirators can be punished for their illegal plans rather than for what they actually do.

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