Aiding and Abetting / Accessory

A criminal charge of aiding and abetting or accessory can usually be brought against anyone who helps a person or persons commit a crime. A person charged with aiding and abetting or accessory is usually not present when the crime itself is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime, either before or after the fact, and may have indirectly assisted the person in committing the crime by providing advice, actions, or financial support. Depending on the degree of involvement, the offender’s participation in the crime may rise to the level of conspiracy.