I’m being charged as an accomplice but I didn’t do anything

Georgia law allows someone who did not directly commit a crime to be charged with the substantive offense. Most states call it being an accomplice, Georgia calls it party to a crime. However, merely being present when a crime is being committed is not enough to sustain a conviction.  To convict someone as a party to a crime, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person 1) intentionally causes another person to commit a crime under circumstances where that person would not be guilty in fact or because of legal incapacity; 2) Intentionally aids or abets in the commission of a crime; or 3) intentionally advises, encourages, hires, counsels, or procures another to commit the crime.

All of that means that you actually have to do something to assist with the crime. For example, if you take a friend to the bank and while they are inside, they rob the bank. After the robbery, they get back into your car and tell you they robbed the bank. If you drive them away from the scene, you can be charged and convicted of the robbery even though you never stepped foot in the bank.

If you have been charged as a party to a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you. Give us a call at 404-581-0999 for a free case consultation.