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What charges can be brought for helping with a crime?

In the state of Minnesota, you could be held liable for a crime even if you did not physically commit the crime. It is essential for you to understand that helping someone in any way commit a crime could leave you open to charges of your own. Knowing the law is your best bet to avoid such issues. 

According to The Office of the Revisor of Statute, you can face charges for helping someone in any way to commit a crime. This might include providing information or tools, driving them to the location or even just talking with them about the crime. If the other person commits more crimes while committing the crime you helped him or her with, then you are also liable for those crimes. 

In fact, you can even be charged if the other person is never caught or never charged. As long as it can be proven you helped in some way, you are liable for the crimes committed. The only change you have of not being charged is if you tried to stop the crime from occurring or if you are a minor. 

It is important to note that you will be charged with the actual crime in most cases. So, it is always important to consider the consequences if you are around people who are likely to commit a crime. Claiming that you didn't know something was a crime will not stop charges from being filed against you. This information is intended for education only and not as legal advice. 

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