Partners-in-Crime

If you have committed, or the police believe you have committed, a crime along with other persons, you should be especially careful.

If you are charged with a crime while “acting in concert,” you can be legally responsible for any crime committed by any other participant in the course of the commission of such crime, no matter how insignificant your role relative to the other participants.

Put simply, if you agree to act as a lookout for a robbery, for instance, but one of your partners kills the victim, you can be charged with that murder. You may not think that is fair, but that is the law.

Therefore, do not think that you can tell the police “I was only the lookout!” and expect to be given light treatment. If you make such a confession, you could find yourself charged with a murder.

Your lawyer will help you sort this issue out.

 

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