Q: If someone has an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear, is paying his electric bill "aiding and abetting?"
Someone I know has an outstanding bench warrant in a criminal case for failure to appear. Is he technically a fugitive? He's requested I help him out with some bills, and I've done so in the past. Am I "aiding and abetting" if I pay his electric bill, or offer him other financial aid?
A: The individual you want to help just needs to get that bench warrant for failure to appear taken care of as soon as possible. Perhaps lending money to help him or her retain an attorney might be a better allocation of funds.
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