What is an Accessory After the Fact
Under Florida Statute 777.03, the crime of Accessory After the Fact is committed when a person maintains, assists, or aids an unrelated person who is known to have committed a felony, with the intent that the unrelated person avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial, or punishment for the felony.
For example, if you know that your friend robbed a bank and you hid him in your closet to help him avoid the police then you’d be an accessory after the fact.
In FL Accessories After the Fact are punished by taking the level of the offense that the person whom she aided or assisted and reducing it by one. So if the underlying felony was a 3 degree offense then the rd Accessory will be charged with a 1 degree misdemeanor, if the st underlying felony was a 2 degree offense then the Accessory will be nd charged with a 3 degree felony, and so on. rd
In order to be charged as an Accessory After the Fact the person who you helped cannot be your spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, or sister by blood or marriage. Strangely enough, in FL an uncle, aunt, or cousin could be charged as an Accessory. Go figure…
Apart from being an uncle, aunt, or cousin there is an exception where the underlying felony involves child abuse, child neglect, or a child’s death, in which case being a blood relative won’t protect you.
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