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Can You Be Arrested For Your Friend’s Crimes?

Are crimes on your radar? Sometimes we get involved with the wrong crowd. Maybe a friend of yours introduced you to a new set of friends. Or maybe you were assigned to work with them during a school project and you decided to stay friends with them. Whatever the case may be, sometimes you find yourself with a crowd of people you never would’ve imagined being acquainted with. And you might even enjoy their company. However, they might encourage you to make bad decisions. Although it may seem fun at first, you can get into serious legal trouble.

But what happens when you didn’t commit the crime yourself? Or what if you were only present? Maybe you even helped them plan out the crime or assisted in some way. A-EZ Out Bail Bonds is here to explain what the consequences of your alliance are and if you can be arrested for your friend’s crimes.

Present When the Crime Is Committed

Just being at the crime scene isn’t enough to get accused of it. Let’s say you are hanging out with your friends and they decide to smash a car’s windows, but you didn’t participate. You’re in the clear, even if you are there. However, if you encouraged your friends to do it, helped them in any way, or advised them on how to do it…you have committed a crime.

Helped Commit a Crime

If you helped your friend commit a crime, you by default have also committed the crime. For example, if you were on the lookout while your friend stole a phone, you have facilitated the crime and were an accomplice.

Responsible for Others’ Actions

You can be found guilty for the actions of everyone in the group that was part of the crime. 

So, your friend Sam is stealing the laptop and you are on the lookout. The owner catches you in the act and is furious. Your other friend Leo pulls out a knife impromptu and threatens the owner. Even though this wasn’t part of the plan, if you continue to help your friends and be on the lookout for any witnesses, you can be charged with assault too. You can be just as guilty as the friend who pulled out the knife.

Planning a Crime with Friends

If you and your friends get together and plan out a crime, you can be charged with a crime. It doesn’t matter if the crime was never committed or if you bailed out last minute. You will still be charged with the crime of “conspiracy.”

Fast and Affordable Jail Releases with A-EZ Out Bail Bonds 

That’s why it’s important to be wary of the people you decide to call friends. They don’t always care about your well-being and can encourage you to do things that can ruin your life. If you have committed a mistake, but you want to get your life back on track, A-EZ Out Bail Bonds is only a call away. Our bondsmen have connections in the justice system and they know how to accelerate the process. We can grant you a speedy release, so you can take the next step in the right direction.

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