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Definition of Accessory before the fact

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one suspected of or charged with beforehand knowledge or participation in a crime
Accessory before the fact Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration
(hypernym) accessory, accessary
Accessory before the fact Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A person who incites, counsels or orders another tocommit a crime, but who is not present when it is committed.
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An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. The distinction between an accessory and a principal is a question of fact and degree:
  • The principal is the one whose acts or omissions, accompanied by the relevant mens rea (Latin for "guilty mind"), are the most immediate cause of the actus reus (Latin for "guilty act").
  • If two or more people are directly responsible for the actus reus, they can be charged as joint principals (see common purpose). The test to distinguish a joint principal from an accessory is whether the defendant independently contributed to causing the actus reus rather than merely giving generalised and/or limited help and encouragement.

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