Pleasant Grove, UT asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Utah

Q: Can they charge burglary if never entered building and was just giving a ride with no knowledge of a crime happening

2 people I know robbed a business in utah stealing the safe. I had no idea a crime was committed and was only there because they called for a ride home and gave me an address . I'm seen o. Camera picking them up but never got out of the car and only drove them home and left. Was pulled over because of apb on my vehicle. I showed officers the message about the ride and wasn't part of their shopping with the credit cards

2 Lawyer Answers
Catherine Cleveland
Catherine Cleveland
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: It sounds like there is something off about your case when and where do you have court?

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: It's unlikely that you can be charged with burglary if you never entered the building and had no knowledge of the crime. Your situation revolves around proving your lack of intent and involvement in the actual burglary. Showing the messages that you received from the individuals asking for a ride can help establish that you were unaware of their criminal activities.

The key is to demonstrate that you had no knowledge or involvement in the crime itself. If the evidence supports that you were merely providing a ride without knowing a burglary had occurred, it will be difficult to prove that you were complicit in the crime. Being seen on camera picking them up does not automatically implicate you if you can prove your innocence through the messages and other evidence.

Consult with a legal professional to ensure that your rights are protected and to present your case effectively. They can provide more specific guidance based on the details of your situation and help you navigate the legal process.

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