Even if you did not directly commit a crime, you could be charged by the authorities with complicity. This is also referred to as aiding and abetting. Even if you have been charged with this official crime, this does not mean that you are necessarily guilty. Unfortunately, some individuals find themselves swept up in complicity charges because they were near a person who attempted to commit a crime or were associated with that individual.
Common people who face complicity charges include a spouse, a roommate, a friend or a relative. The most effective legal defense against a charge of complicity is known as lack of intent. In order for a person to be found guilty for most crimes, that individual has to have a mental desire to commit the crime or cause a particular outcome. In the case of an individual who has been charged with complicity, the individual must have the intent to commit the crime itself rather than simply assisting another person to be found guilty.
Being accused of any crime in the state of California is an unwelcome experience. Some crimes do not require a mental intent. These include California crimes such as driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, speeding or certain sex offenses. Simply doing the act is sufficient to be accused of a crime.
No matter the circumstances of your individual situation, you need to schedule a consultation with a Riverside criminal defense attorney immediately. A Riverside criminal defense attorney is likely the only person who can walk you through each phase of your case and the necessary criminal defense strategy to protect your best interests.