What are some examples of becoming an accomplice to a crime?
You know someone else who committed a crime. He or she was already caught, and now you're worried that you may be implicated. You didn't do anything wrong in terms of committing the crime yourself, but could you still get into legal trouble and be labeled an accomplice?
To better understand how this works, here are a few examples.
1. Getaway driver.
You didn't rob the bank, but you knew the other person was going to do it. You even picked him or her up and helped avoid the police after the robbery.
2. Loaning weapons.
You know that someone else wants a gun to carry out an alleged crime, but he or she doesn't own one. You do. That person asks to borrow it. If you loan it out, knowing the person's end goal, you could be an accomplice.
3. Setting up the crime.
You work at a high-end jewelry store. You don't want to rob it, but the other person does. For a cut, you "forget" to turn on the alarm when you leave for the night.
Now, intent matters here. You need to have knowledge of the crime and intend to help it be completed. If you legitimately forgot to turn on the alarm or loaned the gun out in ignorance of the planned crime -- perhaps just thinking the other person was going to the gun range -- you may not be a legal accomplice, even if your actions helped the other party.
When you're facing charges, make sure you know all of your legal options, especially if you think you're being unfairly named as an accomplice when you had no idea what was going on.