Can a person who knows another person is committing suicide but says nothing to anyone about it be held accountable?

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Can a person who knows another person is committing suicide but says nothing to anyone about it be held accountable?

Asked on October 25, 2015 under Criminal Law, Montana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Not unless that person had some special duty to the person, such as being the legal guardian, or being some sort of medical practicioner, like a doctor or counseler, or certain school employees. The average person has no legal duty to say or do anything, but obviously has a moral duty to help or seek help.


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