A charge of aiding and abetting may be lodged against a person who assists someone in committing a crime. To be guilty of aiding and abetting, a person need not actually participate in the crime itself, or be present when and where the actual crime is being perpetrated. He or she need not participate in every single aspect of the crime. In fact, he or she need not understand or appreciate every single aspect of the crime. It is enough if he or she simply joins in some aspect of the process and associates with the other criminal participants.
To be guilty of aiding and abetting, a person must intend to facilitate the crime in some way. It’s not enough to simply be present at the scene of the crime or to merely have knowledge that a crime is being committed.
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