Theft Crimes: What Is an Accomplice?

Two women stealing from a man

If the historical narrative Ocean’s Eleven has taught us anything, it’s that a group of thieves can accomplish more than a single thief ever could. All jokes aside, some heists require more than two hands, and that’s where accomplices come in.

While an accomplice’s job may not be to steal the goods, that doesn’t mean they are impervious to criminal charges. This is why you should know what an accomplice looks like.

What Is an Accomplice?

In Texas law, an accomplice is someone who acts with the intent to promote or assist the commission of an offense by soliciting, encouraging, directing, aiding, or attempting to help another person commit an offense.

This definition is generic and does little to help us understand what an accomplice is. Therefore, let’s give some context as to what soliciting, encouraging, directing, and aiding a thief might look like.

Examples of an accomplice may include:

  • Distracting a sales associate, guard, or another person to give a thief an opening;
  • Driving a “getaway vehicle”;
  • Planning a theft;
  • Hiding, selling, or otherwise handling known stolen goods;
  • Covering up evidence;
  • Tampering with security (including standing in front of a store camera).

These are just some of the ways an accomplice can help a thief steal goods. However, no one is guilty until they undergo a trial, and criminal defense is just a phone call away.

Have You Been Charged as an Accomplice?

The Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. is ready to get behind your case and fight for your rights! Accused of committing or helping to commit robbery, shoplifting, money laundering, forgery, burglary, or any other theft offense? You need experienced criminal defense now.

Call (281) 817-8737 now for a free consultation for your criminal case.

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