Derivative Crimes

Derivative Crimes

What are Derivative Crimes?

If you played a secondary role in committing or planning to commit a crime, you yourself are committing a "derivative" crime. This means that while you may not have been the principal person carrying out the criminal deed, you did act as an accomplice or helper in either planning or executing the act with another. Being an accessory in a crime or an accessory before/after the fact is a common type of derivative crime, as is aiding or abetting a criminal. Other acts that may be considered a derivative crime include conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, organized crime, and racketeering.

Being an accomplice in a crime, whether before, during or after the criminal act, can lead to an arrest and conviction of a derivative crime. Even if the charge is "derivative," you may be seen as just as guilty as the principal person that committed the crime and you may face the same punishment.

Derivative Crime Lawyers

Derivative crimes can be taken just as seriously as primary or principal crimes, and if charged, you may be convicted and punished just as severely as the perpetrator. Therefore, it is important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney with knowledge in derivative crime law. If you participated in a criminal act in any way intentionally, or if you believe you are being accused of a derivative crime that you are innocent of, you will need a derivative crime lawyer on your side. Criminal defense attorneys will help to represent you and defend your rights so that you have the best chance possible of receiving a strong defense.

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If you are charged with a derivative crime, contact Attorney Search Network for a pre-screened lawyer referral today. We can help you find a criminal defense lawyer with experience in derivative crimes in your area. You deserve fair representation that can offer you help and a strong defense. Our knowledgeable lawyers can help protect your rights and help you fight your derivative crime charge.

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