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HOW DOES THE CONCEPT OF AIDING AND ABETTING USED TO CHARGE A DEFENDANT IN LOS ANGELES?

First, this concept is used to hold people responsible for crimes who do not actually commit all of the acts necessary to be a crime. For example, if three people decide to go into the drug business together and one person is the supplier of the drugs, another person in the group negotiates the sales of the drugs and the third person is in charge of delivering the drugs and collecting the money. In the above scenario, all three individuals are responsible for selling drugs as aiders and abettors to the group. There are situations where each individual might escape responsibility because they did not agree to something related to the offense and one of the group members went outside what was forseeable and acted on their own. An example of this would be if the person who is in charge of delivering the drugs sees someone they do not like on the way and intentionally runs them over with their car. Obviously the other two group members would not be held responsible for this act because it was not forseeable for purposes of aiding an abetting a crime.

If you have a case in one of the Los Angeles courthouses and you believe that you should not be held responsible as an aider and abettor, I welcome you to come into my office and discuss your situation and I can assess whether you have a good argument or not. When I meet with someone who is charged with a crime, I try and make it a goal of mine to come up with a game plan that we both agree upon and then set out to execute the game plan and resolve the client's case in the best way possible. Over the years I have noticed that once the client understands what the plan is and what their role is in the plan, then they have a sense of control back in their life and can begin the process of moving past their criminal case. For me, peace of mind is a huge thing to capture back in the arena of criminal defense. When I can do this for a client, I know I have helped someone and done my job!

SOME LAW RELATED TO THE CONCEPT OF AIDING AND ABETTING

In California, it is illegal to help someone commit a crime. If you are accused of helping someone during the commission of a crime, the crime you will be charged with is aiding and abetting a specific crime. Most people think that if you were not present during the actual occurrence of the crime then they may not be charged with aiding and abetting the crime. This is a common misconception. If you assisted in the planning of the subject crime and played a part in its commission, then you will be held responsible if the crime is actually committed.

The fact that you have mere knowledge of a crime being committed and participated in it before, during, or after makes you guilty of this crime. For example, if John tells you that he is going to assault someone and after the crime you hide him in your house or before the crime you give him a bat to use as an assault weapon, you have aided and abetted. This is a hard concept for most people to accept, because they typically believe that if they did not do all of the elements of the crime, they they should not be held accountable for its commission.

Aiding and Abetting can cause a person to be charged with a felony offense and can sometimes be called a conspiracy depending on the specific circumstances of the crime. The penalties can be severe and result jail or prison, depending on the exact crime you were involved with; excessive fines; community service and probation; a criminal record; loss of rights such as right to vote or right to carry a hand gun.

Hire A Qualified Criminal Attorney

As Criminal Attorneys in San Fernando Valley, we understand the severity of the consequences of a felony conviction and we do everything we can to help you. Knowing when the concept of aiding and abetting is applicable and when it is not, can make all of the difference in the world to someone who is being charged with a serious crime.

The concept of aiding and abetting can be used to charge persons under state or federal law and if you do not have adequate representation, the prosecutors will make sure to do everything they can to convict you and impose the harshest penalties. Our Lawyers at the Hedding Law Firm will intervene and do everything to prevent that from happening. Call us and set up a free initial meeting and we will sit down with you and discuss our plan to your victory.

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The Hedding Law Firm
Phone: (818) 986-2092
Encino-San Fernando Valley Address:
16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436
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445 South Figueroa St
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Los Angeles, CA 90071