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Criminal liability for aiding and abetting

| May 10, 2017 | Criminal Defense |

You may well know someone in Minnesota who has been charged with a criminal offense. But have you also been accused of some type of involvement in that situation even if you did not directly commit a crime or take an illegal action? If so, you are not alone as the state’s laws do outline provisions for liability of others in these circumstances. This is often referred to as aiding and abetting a crime.

The Minnesota Officer of the Revisor of Statutes explains that you may be held liable or accused of being liable for an alleged criminal action if it is believed and can be proven that you knowingly helped in any way facilitate the crime. That may include providing counsel to the person who executed the act, enabled procurement of things that contributed to the crime or conspired with another person.

There is, however, a provision in the statute that indicates you may be released from liability if you are found to have removed yourself from any part of a criminal action before the actual crime took place. For example, if you may have been connected to a defendant but then consciously pulled away from that person or any plot to commit a crime before it happened, your liability may be eliminated. 

If you would like to learn more about the type of liability that you may be charged with for allegedly participating albeit not directly with a potential crime, please feel free to visit the aiding and abetting liability page of our Minnesota criminal defense website.