Aiding and Abetting Attorney
In California, if you help someone with the commission of a crime in any way you may be charged with aiding and abetting under Penal Code Section 31. In order to commit this serious crime you do not actually have to be present when the crime is committed, but you would have to have had knowledge of the criminal act and participated in some manner before or after it occurred. You could participate by offering advice, actions or giving financial support that helped contribute to the crime in some way.
Robbery Case Example
For instance, Bill tells you he is going to commit a robbery. After committing the robbery, you then help him hide the cash. You could then be charged with the crime of aiding and abetting by your actions of assisting him with hiding the money and not reporting the crime to law enforcement before or after it occurred. This charge in most cases is a felony offense and can also be upgraded to a conspiracy charge depending on the severity of the crime.
Legal Penalties for Aiding and Abetting
An aiding and abetting charge can result in the following severe penalties:
- A felony charge
- 1 year to life in prison
- Large monetary fine
- Community service
- Permanent mark on criminal record
- Driver's license suspension
- Loss of right to vote
- Loss of right to carry a hand gun
- Loss of certain employment or education opportunities
Skilled California Criminal Defense Attorneys
If law enforcement is investigating you for the criminal act of aiding and abetting it would be in your best interest to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Without the aid of an attorney, prosecutors will make sure that you receive the harshest penalties possible under state or federal law.
At the Hedding Law Firm, we understand the seriousness of an aiding and abetting charge. If you are found guilty, you may be facing a lifetime behind bars.
Contact us today and let us begin our own investigation into the charges and look for evidence that will help your case. As dedicated defense attorneys, we will diligently work on your behalf insuring a victory for you and your case. We offer a free consultation to potential clients throughout the state of California.
Accused of aiding and abetting? Contact the Hedding Law Firm today!