DUI: Accomplice Liability
DUI is a criminal act, and those who actively participate in the commission of this crime may be held liable by being an “accomplice.” That means that if you allow someone to drive your car who is intoxicated or willingly allow that person to operate a motor vehicle, you could face criminal charges yourself. As described by law, if you act as an accomplice to the crime, you face the same degree of guilt for the crime.
This is different than being an “accessory,” since an accessory may be guilty, but he or she is not present at the time the crime is being committed. Though an accessory may face charges, they will likely be lesser than the main offender.
Those who face accomplice liability should not go at it alone. The help of an experienced, dedicated attorney is necessary in presenting your case in the best light in front of a judge and/or jury. If you have recently been convicted of being an accomplice in a DUI charge, contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Elements of Accomplice Liability
In order to prove accomplice liability, the prosecution must prove three items:
- There was a violation by the principal offender
- The accomplice had clear knowledge of said violation or they had intent to act out the violation, as well
- The accomplice helped the principal in committing that violation
Penalties for an accomplice DUI charge can range in severity. This can include license suspension, hefty fines, or potential jail time. In order to minimize the negative consequences following this conviction, it is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
To learn more about DUI laws and your rights, contact Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 today.