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Accessory to a Crime in Arapahoe County - Helping Out Can Prove Costly

Accessory-Crime.jpgAccessory to Crime in Jefferson County, Colorado

Helping out a friend who you know is wanted by police, can result in criminal charges for you.  In Jefferson County, this crime is called Accessory to a Crime.  It can occur with the simplest bit of assistance to a friend in need.

Adams County Definition of Accessory to a Crime from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

In Brighton and Adams County, the definitino of Accessory to Crime is:

(1) A person is an accessory to crime if, with intent to hinder, delay, or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of another for the commission of a crime, he renders assistance to such person.

(2) "Render assistance" means to:

(a) Harbor or conceal the other; or

(a.5) Harbor or conceal the victim or a witness to the crime; or

(b) Warn such person of impending discovery or apprehension; except that this does not apply to a warning given in an effort to bring such person into compliance with the law; or

(c) Provide such person with money, transportation, weapon, disguise, or other thing to be used in avoiding discovery or apprehension; or

(d) By force, intimidation, or deception, obstruct anyone in the performance of any act which might aid in the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of such person; or

(e) Conceal, destroy, or alter any physical or testimonial evidence that might aid in the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of such person.

Accessory to Crime Attorney in Douglas County, Shares Some Examples

If you get a call from a friend who tells you the police are looking for him and he needs a place to lay low, you can be charged with up to a class 5 felony for proving him a place to stay.  If you lend money to a friend in Douglas County so he can get a motel and hide out, you can be charged.  If you let someone borrow a car, you can get into trouble and be charged as an Accessory.  Finally, imagine you calling a friend and telling him the police just came to question you and that you said you did not have any idea where you friend was, you could be charged.

Accessory to a Crime Denver Attorney

In Denver, we provide experienced criminal defense attorneys who can advise you on whether your conduct has put you at risk.  Never give a statement to police about your involvement with a wanted person or someone already charged.  You can quickly end up in jail beside them.

Our defense attorneys can be reached 24/7 at 303-731-0719.  Call us and come in for a free meeting with a criminal lawyer who can advise you.  Together, we can protect your future.

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