Santa Barbara Accessory to Murder Attorney
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In the state of California, you could be charged as an accessory to
murder by harboring, concealing, or helping a person who you know has committed
murder in order to protect him or her from the legal repercussions of
his or her crime. The charge is known as being an “accessory after
the fact,” which could accompany a number of other related crimes,
such as resisting and obstructing a police officer.
If you’re being charged as an accessory, talk to an experienced
Santa Barbara violent crimes attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the prosecutor, you could be charged
with either a misdemeanor or a felony, which will change the outcome of
the penalty. Let us use our 30 years of experience on your behalf.
Get your case started by calling (805) 467-6060 or
filling out our online form today!
Being an accessory to murder is considered a wobbler, which means prosecutors
may file a misdemeanor or felony charge depending on the facts of the
case and possibly your criminal history. If you are convicted, you could
face a fine up to $5,000 and up to 1 year in jail on a misdemeanor charge.
If the prosecutor decides to charge you with a felony, you could face
16 months or 2 to 3 years in prison.
Examples of Accessory Crimes
You could be charged with accessory to murder if you helped the defendant
hide, if you held the defendant flee the scene, if you destroyed evidence
related to the crime, and if you lied to the police regarding the investigation.
For example, if a murderer asks you to hide a backpack containing the
murder weapon and you comply, you would be considered an accessory to
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The sooner we hear the details regarding your case, the faster our skilled
Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys can help mounting a defense on your behalf.
Appel & Morse has an extensive track record of success in our cases, and we offer flexible
availability to our clients.
Contact us at (805) 467-6060 or fill out our online form to see what we can do for you.