Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: If I talk on the phone with or hang out with a person who has a felony warrant can I get in any legal trouble?

This person is on the run, they knew they had the warrant and when chased by police in their vehicle managed to get away long enough to jump out and escape on foot. I'm also curious if I am obligated to inform police of their location if we do choose to hang out somewhere, as I am pretty connected to this person in a related way, however not at all related to the crime their being accused of

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Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You are not obligated to turn the person in but the more you affiliate with the person knowing about their crime and if you help them in any way, money/a ride, you could be seen as to be an accessory after the fact or obstructing justice which is helping to continue their evading the police. As a family member, you have some further protections but if you are not related, I'm sure anyone would tell you not to get tangled up in something if you don't want your name attached to it. If the police are looking for this person, it could also be dangerous to be around them. Good luck

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