If you face charges for aiding and abetting in Las Vegas, Nevada you might be curious about what this offense really means. Aiding and abetting generally involves a crime in which a minimum of two individuals have participated in at some point or level. A person who is accused of aiding and abetting can be charged even if he or she did not commit the actual offense. If the alleged offender has intentionally or knowingly taken any part in the crime, this individual could be found guilty of aiding and abetting.
Several Common Instances Of Aiding and Abetting
You can face charges for aiding and abetting even when your level of involvement does not constitute a criminal offense without the crime itself. Several common instances of aiding and abetting include:
- Operating an escape automobile
- Committing mail, bank, or wire fraud
- Helping to create an alibi for an individual who has been involved in a crime
- Giving information to an individual who you know will use it with criminal intent, and/or
- Providing assistance with a kidnapping
The penalties and laws that pertain to those who engage in aiding and abetting can be an offense under the state of Nevada law as well as a federal offense. An individual who has engaged in aiding and abetting can be charged under federal law for the actual commitment of the crime and can face severe punishment according to the nature of the crime itself.
As per state of Nevada law NRS 200.340, an individual who is found to be guilty of aiding and abetting another individual in a kidnapping crime or other like crime can be charged with:
A Category A Felony with a prison sentence of 5 years (after parole) to life without the opportunity for parole if the individual who has been kidnapped suffers bodily injury of an extreme nature; or a Category B Felony with a prison sentence of two to 15 years.
The manner of punishment that an individual might receive for helping another person commit a crime will depend upon the nature of the crime that was committed. In either case, an individual who faces aiding and abetting charges will be charged with the actual crime itself.
Federal penalties for an aiding and abetting offense can be even more harsh than those of Nevada, depending upon your type of involvement and the way in which you are charged. It is vital that you speak with a criminal defense lawyer who has both experience and knowledge in this area.
Aiding and Abetting Defenses
Your criminal defense attorney will have the ability to help you understand the most optimal defense for your charge. Some of the possible aiding and abetting defenses include:
- Non-participation, but having been physically present at the crime scene
- Having no intent to commit a crime
- Association with the individual who actually committed the crime, but having no knowledge of their engagement in criminal activity; and/or
- You were accused of aiding and abetting during a time after the crime had already been committed.
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