What does principal to armed burglary mean?

UPDATED: Mar 16, 2012

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What does principal to armed burglary mean?

Asked on March 16, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida


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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A principal is the perpetrator of the crime.  Some definitions of principal in state statutes expand this to include aiders and abettors of the crime who may or may not be present at the crime scene for example, someone watching outside or guarding the area. Some state statutes define principal as the actor/perpetrator of the crime or one who is present aiding and abetting.  Generally, all persons acting together in commission of a criminal offense and persons advising and agreeing to the commission of the criminal offense and present when committed are principals even if not aiding in the commission of the criminal act. 

Again, the definition of principal varies from state to state depending on the particular state statute, but a principal is the perpetrator of the crime.

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