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Accessory After the Fact: F.S. 777.03(2)(a-d)

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Accessory After the Fact- Generally, a person, who is not in a specific relationship to the wrongdoer, who assists or aids the wrongdoer while knowing that the wrongdoer has committed a crime and intends that the wrongdoer avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial, or punishment, may be charged with a crime as an accessory after the fact.

There are varying degrees and punishments for an accessory after the fact which may be found under Florida Statutes §777.03(2)(a-d):


  • If the offense or crime committed by the wrongdoer is a capital felony, the person assisting the wrongdoer may be charged with a first-degree felony and may be punished by the following: (1) probation or imprisonment of up to 30 years; and/or (2) fines of up to $10,000.
  • If the offense or crime committed by the wrongdoer is a first-degree felony, the person assisting the wrongdoer may be charged with a second-degree felony and may be punished by the following: (1) probation or imprisonment of up to 15 years; and/or (2) fines of up to $10,000.
  • If the offense or crime committed by the wrongdoer is a second degree or third-degree felony which has a severity ranking of 3-10, the person assisting the wrongdoer may be charged with a third degree felony and may be punished by the following: (1) probation or imprisonment of up to 5 years; and/or (2) fines of up to $5,000.
  • If the offense or crime committed by the wrongdoer is a third degree felony with a severity ranking of 1 or 2, the person assisting the wrongdoer may be charged with a first degree misdemeanor and may be punished by the following: (1) probation or imprisonment of up to 1 year; and/or (2) fines of up to $1,000.

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