In order for a person to be deemed an accomplice to a crime, another person must first be found to have committed that crime. Indeed, there must be criminal intent to commit a crime by one person in order for another person to be complicit in the event.
An accomplice then must himself have intended that the target crime be accomplished. There must be evidence that the accomplice rendered assistance and took active steps in furtherance of the crime, and that the perpetrator of the crime was aware of the accomplice’s involvement in the process.
For example, if a criminal suspect is attempting to rob a bank, and his friend is driving the getaway car, then the friend will be treated as an accomplice, and in some cases, and in places, the friend may also be classified as a conspirator.
If you or someone you know has been implicated in a criminal offense, please contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick at 1-866-337-2900 for a free case evaluation.