Facing charges for being an accomplice in Phoenix carries life-altering punishments

by Aaron Black • August 29, 2016
Accomplice charges for a robberyI often times respond to questions submitted on Avvo. I was reminded recently of a question submitted sometime back in regards to a brother in Phoenix who was trying to find some legal information for his brother who had been charged with armed robbery. The problem was his brother was not the one who actually robbed the store and he was still being charged with the crime as an accomplice.

Under the law his brother is accountable for what his co-conspirator did. He could for example have been the getaway driver which makes him guilty of the crime as well. By the way did you know that if you have been charged as an accomplice that it’s the same as being the main perpetrator?

If you are facing charges of conspiracy I strongly recommend that you get a criminal defense attorney to represent you as the charges can carry life-altering punishments and ramifications

Felony Criminal Offense Conviction Punishment

  • Class 6 felony - Class 6 felony carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Class 6 felonies can include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft and possession of marijuana."
     
  • Class 5 felony - A class 5 felony offense carries a maximum punishment of 2.5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Some examples of class 5 felony offenses include theft of a credit card, unlawful flight from law enforcement, criminal damage, theft and aggravated assault on a police officer.
     
  • Class 4 felony - A class 4 felony is punishable by a maximum punishment is 3.75 years in prison, 4 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 4 felony offenses include aggravated DUI, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, forgery, identity theft and burglary.
     
  • Class 3 felony - A class 3 felony offense is punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $150,000 and surcharges. Examples of class 3 felony offenses include theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana for sale, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and trafficking stolen property.
     
  • Class 2 felony - A class 2 felony offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, 7 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 2 felony offenses include possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, manslaughter, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child prostitution, armed robbery, assisting a criminal street gang, burglary, discharging a firearm, theft and fraudulent schemes.
     
  • Class 1 felony - A class 1 felony offense is the most serious crime a person can be charged with and is reserved for murder charges only. A class 1 felony carries a minimum of 25 years to life and has a maximum penalty of the death penalty.
If you have been charged as an accomplice to a crime in Phoenix, click here contact to Law Office of Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free consultation.