Q: Can I legally run a business where I provide business consultation to established or aspiring criminals?

I have a particular skill at knowing how to effectively commit a crime, whatever that crime may be. As a result, I'm very good at providing advice to people looking to also commit a crime. I'd love to be as legitimate a business man as possible, but is that even a possibility given my chosen clientele?

For reference, I am in the United States, have no prior arrests, and am in good standing with any and all legal organizations. I figured that I'd mention that bit just in case.

Thank you in advance,

1 Lawyer Answer
Stanislav Kshevitskii
Stanislav Kshevitskii
  • White Collar Crime Lawyer
  • Moscow

A: According to the theory of criminal law, knowing about an impending crime and not reporting it is in itself a criminally punishable act. This is called covering up a crime. An additional element of the crime in your case may be the planning and preparation for the commission of a crime.

Having your talent, it may make sense to think about literary creativity and publishing your ideas in the form of short mystery stories about criminology. By selling such publications, you will be able to earn money without being an accomplice to crimes.

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