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Aiding and Abetting

Sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have dire consequences. According to California CALCRIM 400 – Aiding and Abetting, General Principles jury instruction, an individual does not have to directly commit the crime in question in order to face criminal charges. Under this law, a person can be equally as guilty as the "perpetrator" of the crime, though, regardless of whether or not he or she actually "committed it personally or aided and abetted the perpetrator who committed it." Although this concept of aiding and abetting liability is meant to discourage individuals from joining their "crime partners", it can also make it easier for prosecutors to wrongfully convict people of serious crimes.

If you are being accused of a crime where the prosecution is relying on an aiding and abetting theory, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. The reliable Long Beach criminal defense lawyers at The Amer Law Firm will protect your rights, give you a full explanation of your legal options, and provide you with knowledgeable, experienced and highly competent legal counsel. We will also do our best to preserve your reputation, your freedom, and your future by fighting vigorously for you, making you sure you have the best possible defense. To learn more about our firm and how we can help put you in the best possible position and help you move on with your life, call (866) 431-2637.

How is Aiding and Abetting Proven in Court?

Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and the U.S. Constitution places the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. When you have exercised your right to remain silent and given as little information to the police as possible, the prosecution may find it difficult to establish the following in trial:

Your presence at the crime scene alone is usually not enough for the court to find you guilty of aiding and abetting, though, the prosecution will try to argue that you played the lookout or another role in the commission of the crime(s).

What are the Penalties for Aiding and Abetting?

The penalties for aiding and abetting vary depending on the crime that was committed by the perpetrator. In fact, they can be exactly the same as those that are given to the convicted perpetrator for his or her crime. For example, if you are found guilty of aiding and abetting murder, you may face life imprisonment. The courts view and treat accomplices no different than they do the perpetrators. That is why those accused of being an aider and abetter to any crime should get the best legal help they can in order to prevent their lives from being devastated.

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If you want the assistance of lawyers who work diligently for all clients, know all effective defense strategies, and aren't afraid to fight hard in court, get in touch with The Amer Law Firm to schedule a no-cost consultation. We will give you a comprehensive understanding of what you're facing and the steps that you should be taking to help prevent the worst from occurring.

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