Accessory 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.
Imagine crimes which attach to every other crime we have in our statutes in Colorado. Imagine crimes which are largely dependent on the crime committed by another person. Imagine crimes which are proven by police with the assistance of a former friend of yours - those crimes are Complicity and Accessory to a Crime. They can occur across Colorado and be very surprising when the police show up to question and charge you.
When trying to understand the criminal offense of Accessory to a Crime, located at C.R.S. 18-8-105, you need to consider whether it would be in society's best interest to allow people to help others avoid arrest or conviction for a crime. Imagine a world where sophisticated businesses helped others hide from police and escape capture following the commission of a crime. It would present quite a problem for law enforcement, and provide incentive for persons to commit criminal offenses.