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Accomplice Liability and the Principle Theory


Clients often ask, can an accomplice be convicted of a crime as if he or she was not the one who committed it? The answer is yes. In Florida, accomplice liability otherwise know as the principle theory, is the all for one and one for all theory of prosecution. For example, if a bank robbery is planned and defendant A is the getaway driver and defendant B is the actual robber, defendant A can be prosecuted for any and all crimes that defendant B commits while inside the bank. However, the prosecution must prove that defendant A had full knowledge that a robbery was going to occur.

If defendant B murders someone while inside the bank, defendant A can be charged in the principle theory with murder.

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