In South Florida and all of its jurisdictions such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Aventura, or Boca Raton, an individual who intentionally participates in a crime or helps a criminal before or after the crime, may be held responsible for it.
Take for instance someone who knows his friend will be going to a warehouse to commit burglary Monday night, and agrees to babysit for the burglar’s children while the burglar commits the crime.
The State needs to prove that the defendant is an accomplice by proving that they intentionally helped in the commission of a crime. The state must prove that the individual knew that the principal was going to commit a crime and he or she intended to help the crime succeed.
Another way of being responsible for a crime is being an accessory after the fact which is someone who knows that a felon has just finished committing a crime and helped the felon avoid arrest or trial.
If you have been accused of being an accessory or an accomplice, call attorney Ralph Behr. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your case. Call our offices at 954-761-3444