Typically, an accomplice is anyone who helps execute a crime and is present at the time, but does not actually perform the criminal act.
For example, in a bank robbery, a person who points a gun and demands money is guilty of armed robbery, but so is a person who acts as lookout, and even an unarmed getaway driver.
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To charge that a person served as an accomplice in a crime, three things must generally exist:
- an underlying offense committed by the principal
- knowledge of the intent to commit the crime
- assistance in the criminal violation
In some jurisdictions, this charge may also be known as a principal in the second degree, or other term.
Because accomplices are a part of the criminal act, it is said that they have the same criminal intent, or mens rea.
The burden of intent prevents bystanders from being charged as accomplices. Without the intent to commit the crime, simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time may not enough to be charged as an accomplice.
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The above summary is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information on criminal accomplice laws, speak to a local criminal defense lawyer in your state.