Punishment For Aiding And Abetting  

Aiding and abetting refers to that act of a person who facilitates to carry out a criminal deed directly at the scene of the crime or indirectly by helping with the strategies. For example, in a criminal case which involves smuggling of drugs, you may not be present in the actual scene when the deed was carried out but if you have been involved in facilitating it, you would be called an abettor and punished.

Under the federal law, the punishment remains the same for both the criminal and the abettor. However, in some states, the sentence may be slightly lesser but generally, severe.

A person is considered to be involved in aiding or abetting in the following circumstances / cases:

  • The accused is aware of the criminal deed and is found guilty about knowing the strategies of the crime
  • The offense is committed by someone following the instruction of another person
  • The defendant has assisted in executing the criminal deed or participated directly in someway in committing the offense

It is important to note that the mere presence of a person at the scene of crime does not make him liable but the main logic in considering a person an abettor lies in the fact that the individual has knowledge about the criminal deed that has been executed.

In case you are suspected in a case of abetting, it is recommended to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in order to protect yourself from being convicted.

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