Accessory After the Fact


SHORSTEIN, LASNETSKI, & GIHON
defends people accused of or charged with
Accessory After the Fact.

If someone commits a crime and you help them after the fact, you can be charged with Accessory After the Fact. 

What is Accessory After the Fact?

Accessory After the Fact is defined in Florida Statute Section 777.03.  To prove that you are guilty of Accessory After the Fact, the State must prove:
  • A felony was committed by someone, and
  • after the felony was committed, you maintained, assisted, or aided or attempted to aid that person, and
  • you did so with the intent that that person would avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial, or punishment, and
  • you are not related to that person by blood or marriage as husband, wife, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, or sister. 

What if I was the victim of domestic violence and I'm charged with Accessory to my abuser? 

It is a defense if you are charged with Accessory After the Fact to any of the following crimes and the person that committed the crime you are charged with being an accessory to was your abuser:

  • Child abuse
  • Neglect of a child
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Aggravated manslaughter of a child under 18 years of age
  • Murder of a child under 18 years of age

What if tried to help someone but they still got caught?

Even if you were unsuccessful in helping the person avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial or punishment, you still can be convicted of accessory after the fact. 


What are the potential sentences for Accessory After the Fact?

Accessory After the Fact to a Capital Felony
Up to 30 years

Accessory After the Fact to a Life Felony or First Degree Felony
Up to 15 years

After the Fact to a Second Degree Felony
Up to 5 years

Accessory After the Fact to a Third Degree Felony
(with sentencing guideline level of 3 through 10)
Up to 5 years

Accessory After the Fact to a Third Degree Felony
(with a sentencing guideline level of 1 or 2)
Up to 1 year in jail


If you or a loved one has been arrested for or accused of
Accessory After the Fact,

Call Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon Now!

904-642-3332 (Jacksonville)
 
or

407-228-2019 (Orlando). 

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