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What is Aiding and Abetting?

By Carlos Gamino

Aiding and abetting is against the law in Wisconsin, which you may already know if you’re facing these charges. It’s generally referred to as being party to a crime in Wisconsin, so here’s what you need to know.

What is Aiding and Abetting?

Aiding, abetting and being an accessory are three separate terms under Wisconsin law:

  • Aiding is helping or supporting another person to commit a crime.
  • Abetting is encouraging, inciting or inducing another person to commit a crime.
  • An accessory is someone who aids or abets (or aids and abets) in support of someone else committing a crime.

Aiding and Abetting Examples

Here’s an example of aiding someone in the commission of a crime:

Carlos knows Tedia is going to rob a bank. He provides her with a ski mask and a large bag she can use to carry money, and he tells her that he’ll be outside waiting in the getaway car to drive her away from the scene before police arrive. Carlos is aiding Tedia, so he can be charged as a party to the crime.

Here’s an example of abetting:

Carlos and Tedia are walking down the street and see a parked Ferrari with the windows down. There’s a briefcase on the passenger seat, and Carlos tells Tedia she should reach in and grab it because there’s probably something valuable inside. Tedia grabs it, and they’ve both committed a crime – Carlos is in trouble for abetting, and Tedia is in trouble for theft.

In both of these cases, Carlos is an accessory to the crime that Tedia committed.

Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney About Aiding and Abetting?

If you’ve been accused of aiding and abetting or being party to a crime, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your free consultation – we’ll answer your questions and explain possible outcomes for your case.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-17T09:36:06-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What is Aiding and Abetting?

What Does it Mean if You’re Party to a Crime in Wisconsin?

What Does it Mean if You’re Party to a Crime in Wisconsin - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

The state of Wisconsin can charge you with being a party to a crime – commonly called PTAC – if you have anything to do with someone else committing a crime. Here’s what you need to know.

What Does it Mean if You’re Party to a Crime in Wisconsin?

Legally, the state can charge you as a party to a crime when you didn’t directly commit the crime – and even when the person who did directly commit the crime hasn’t been convicted (or has been convicted of some other crime based on the same act). If you “aid and abet” someone in committing a crime, which really just means you helped in some way, the state can charge you as a party to a crime, too. Finally, if you hire someone to commit a crime, give someone advice on committing a crime or otherwise help another person commit a crime, the state can charge you.

Related: Felonies in Wisconsin

Examples of Being Party to a Crime

If you’re not sure what being a party to a crime in Wisconsin looks like, check out these examples:

  1. Your friend robs a bank and you serve as the “lookout.” You can be charged and convicted.
  2. You agree to rob a bank with your friends and you help plan it, but you don’t go through with the actual robbery and your friends do. You can be charged and convicted.
  3. Your friends rob a bank and you provide the bags they use to carry out the money, their masks and their weapons – and you knew that they were using these things for a bank robbery. You can be charged and convicted.

Related: Misdemeanors in Wisconsin

Consequences of Being Party to a Crime

If you’re convicted of being party to a crime, it’s like you committed the crime yourself. You could be looking at misdemeanor or felony charges – and you may want to talk to a criminal lawyer about your case.

Do You Need Legal Advice on Being Party to a Crime?

If you’ve been accused of being party to a crime in Wisconsin, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 now or contact us online – we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

Carlos Gamino

By |2021-07-17T12:30:10-05:00March 8th, 2020|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What Does it Mean if You’re Party to a Crime in Wisconsin?

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