Definition of Aiding and Abetting in Criminal Law in Arizona
Your friend, acquaintance, or family member is facing criminal charges; then suddenly, you are too? Aiding and abetting laws caused quite a bit of confusion because it’s not even required that the person be present at the time of the crime.
It becomes further complicated because a person can become accomplice or guilty of aiding and abetting if they have knowledge of the crime after it took place. That is often referred to as an accomplice after the fact. But what can you do to defend against false accusations of aiding and abetting?
Understanding Arizona Aiding and Abetting Requirements
Arizona largely places responsibility between adults when it comes to reporting and informing police of crimes or the possible commission of a crime. Essentially, one adult who is in a reasonable mental state is responsible for reporting information regarding the commission of a crime. That includes contacting the police before the crime happens.
Now, if it could be seen that you possibly provided counsel, aid, or engaged in any part of the planning or execution of the crime, then it’s likely you’ll be facing aiding and abetting charges based on criminal liability. Aiding and abetting is also known as criminal liability, which is the responsibility or accountability of one person for the actions of another. Generally, these charges seem very unfair.
Some of the most common responses to aiding and abetting charges or that they believed the person who committed the crime was not serious. Or, that they believe they did not have enough information to provide police with a report.
Proof of Reporting and Compliance
Now it is possible that you had reported the crime either to police or Crime Stoppers, but both of those parties allow for anonymous reports. How can you prove that one of those anonymous reports was you?
Through phone recordings, cell phone records, and even a personal record, if you kept that information, you can show that you had reported information anonymously. There is no penalty for anonymous reporting, and throughout Arizona, it’s encouraged.
However, if during their investigation police believed that you were somewhat involved with the crime, it may be necessary to expose that you had been one of those anonymous reporters. You may need to show, however, that your degree of compliance or choosing anonymity was in your interest to protect yourself or those close to you from being associated with the crim.
Fighting to Show That You Weren’t an Accomplice
Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to prove what you did not know in relation To any particular crime. However, you may be able to show that you did not facilitate or enable the crime, participate in the commission of the crime, or that you did participate in reporting, which could possibly excuse you from some aiding and abetting charges.
Punishment for criminal liability of another can lead to sentencing or additional charges equal to that of the person who carried out the crime. It may be in your best interest to get legal support to fight these charges and maintain your innocence that you knew nothing and had nothing to do with this crime.