How much trouble could I get in for being a “look out” for someone charged in a burglary?

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How much trouble could I get in for being a “look out” for someone charged in a burglary?

Today 2 detectives picked me up after school. I am 18. I have had 1previous run-in with the law. I was fined a citation for UPM. Other than that this is the only other run-in. So they tell me that someone has been charged with burglary and they “ratted” me out for being the “look out” in a burglary. I also took back jewelry for this person but this was before the situation happened. At the time I did not know the jewelry was stolen. I also signed a supporting deposition stating I was the look out for the person. They told me I won’t due time. Should I get a criminal law attorney for this? In Olean, NY.

Asked on September 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It would be advisable to be represented by an attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, an attorney can be appointed to represent you. 

You could be charged as an accessory to burglary.  An accessory is one who contributes or aids in the commission of a crime.  You could also be charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.  A conspiracy is a combination or confederacy between two or more persons formed for the purpose of committing by their joint efforts some unlawful or criminal act.


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