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If my roommate gets caught selling drugs, can I get in any trouble because I live at the same place?

I got put in a bad financial situation and had to take on a random roommate to help me with costs. I'm pretty sure this dude is selling stuff, not sure what or what quantities but he seemed pretty straight laced but then I met some of his friends and they are on the shady side. I'm just worried if something goes down in our place, am I accountable or whatever?

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    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    You can be in trouble. I suspect that the roommate will tell police that you are involved in order to lessen his/her punishment.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 7/24/2013
    James Elliot McIntosh | Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh
    419 Main Street
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 742-9572
    If you live there, you know what is going on, and you receive money, you get charged along with your roommate.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 7/18/2013
    Jacob R. Lauser | Law Office of Jacob R. Lauser
    PO Box 6387
    Lancaster, PA 17607
    (717) 598-9706
    You could be if the police decide that the activity is going on in communal areas that you have access to and control over. It really isn't the best situation to be in, and you should consider another living situation or getting a new roommate.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania - Replied: 7/17/2013
    Randy W. Ferguson | Ferguson & Ferguson
    303 Williams Avenue SW Ste 321
    Huntsville, AL 35801
    (256) 534-3435
    Yes. Get rid of him or risk getting charged.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 7/17/2013
    Robert Buchanan | The Law Office of Robert B. Buchanan
    400 North May Street - Suite 206
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (773) 710-1160
    Under Illinois law, "a person is legally accountable for the conduct of another when ... either before or during the commission of an offense, and with the intent to promote or facilitate such commission, he solicits, aids, abets, agrees or attempts to aid, such other person in the planning or commission of the offense." The prosecutor wouldn't have to prove that you had a spoken agreement with a roommate. They could offer evidence of the circumstances of the drug dealing to convict you under a theory of accountability. That said, speaking in hypotheticals, it wouldn't be an easy conviction for them. From what you've said, you should be OK for now. You don't know whether he's dealing or not. Keep it that way. Get your finances together and move on. Or, confront him, and if he says he is, ask him to leave. If he doesn't leave, you may have to evict him.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 7/17/2013
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