Georgia has a law that makes it a crime to be a party to a crime, which many people refers to as aiding and abetting a crime, or being an "accessory" to a crime. This law is unforgiving, as it allows a court to sentence someone who is a party to a crime just the same as someone who directly committed the crime. While the State still must prove that the actual crime was committed, the State, can still prosecute you for a party to a crime even if the person who directly committed the crime is not prosecuted or not convicted
It is important to know that who you decide to associate with or hang out with can have life long consequences.
Here are the ways you can be charged with being a party to a crime under O.C.G.A. 16-2-20:
(a) Every person concerned in the commission of a crime is a party thereto and may be charged with and convicted of commission of the crime.
(b) A person is concerned in the commission of a crime only if he:
(1) Directly commits the crime;
(2) Intentionally causes some other person to commit the crime under such circumstances that the other person is not guilty of any crime either in fact or because of legal incapacity;
(3) Intentionally aids or abets in the commission of the crime; or
(4) Intentionally advises, encourages, hires, counsels, or procures another to commit the crime.
If you are charged with being a party to a crime, call Kyle Jarzmik at 678-967-0197.