accomplice
ac·com·plice /ə-'käm-pləs, -'kəm-/ n [alteration (from incorrect division of a complice ) of complice, from Middle French, associate, from Late Latin complic - complex partner, confederate]: one who intentionally and voluntarily participates with another in a crime by encouraging or assisting in the commission of the crime or by failing to prevent it though under a duty to do so
the accomplice of the burglar
an accomplice in a robbery

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

accomplice
I noun abettor, accessory, accessory after the fact, accessory before the fact, advisor, aid, aider, aider and abettor, assistant, associate, associate in crime, associate in guilt, coactor, coconspirator, codefendant, codirector, collaborator, comate, confederate, confrère, conscius, consociate, contriver, cooperator, coworker, culpae socius, encourager, fellow conspirator, helper, helpmate, partaker, particeps criminis, participant, participator, partner, partner in crime, partner in wrongdoing, planner, principal, socius criminis, supporter associated concepts: accomplice witness, aiding and abetting, complicity, inchoate crimes, mens rea, vicarious liability, Wharton's rule foreign phrases:
- Agentes et consentientes pari poena plectuntur. — Acting and consenting parties are liable to the same punishment.
II index abettor, accessory, assistant, coactor, coadjutant, coconspirator, cohort, colleague, confederate, consociate, conspirer, contributor (contributor), copartner (coconspirator), participant, partner

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


accomplice
n.
Someone who knowingly and willingly helps another commit a crime. See also aid and abet, accessory

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


accomplice
a person who participates in a crime, either by accession or as a perpetrator, before or after the fact, by committing, procuring or aiding and abetting. Some degree of guilty knowledge is necessary.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


accomplice
Someone who helps another person (known as the principal) commit a crime. Unlike an accessory, an accomplice is usually present when the crime is committed. An accomplice is guilty of the same offense and usually receives the same sentence as the principal. For instance, the driver of the getaway car for a burglary is an accomplice and will be guilty of the burglary even though he may not have entered the building. (See also: accessory)
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


accomplice
n. One who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally, and with common intent and criminal purpose shared with the principal offender, solicits or encourages another to commit a crime or assists or attempts to assist in its planning and execution. Normally, one's mere presence while knowing the crime is about to be committed, without any contribution to the commission of the crime, does not make a person an accomplice. However, in some situations, knowledge combined with the failure to make an attempt to prevent the crime will make one an accomplice. An accomplice is normally regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


accomplice
One who knowingly, voluntarily, and with common intent unites with the principal offender in the commission of a crime. One who is in some way concerned or associated in commission of crime; partaker of guilt; one who aids or assists, or is an accessory. One who is guilty of complicity in crime charged, either by being present and aiding or abetting in it, or having advised and encouraged it, though absent from place when it was committed, though mere presence, acquiescence, or silence, in the absence of a duty to act, is not enough, no matter how reprehensible it may be, to constitute one an accomplice. One is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another if he or she gave assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent it with the intent thereby to promote or facilitate commission of the crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


accomplice
I
One who knowingly, voluntarily, and with common intent unites with the principal offender in the commission of a crime. One who is in some way concerned or associated in commission of crime; partaker of guilt; one who aids or assists, or is an accessory. One who is guilty of complicity in crime charged, either by being present and aiding or abetting in it, or having advised and encouraged it, though absent from place when it was committed, though mere presence, acquiescence, or silence, in the absence of a duty to act, is not enough, no matter how reprehensible it may be, to constitute one an accomplice. One is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another if he or she gave assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent it with the intent thereby to promote or facilitate commission of the crime.
II 1. A partner in a crime. 2. A person who knowingly and voluntarily participates with another in a criminal activity.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

accomplice
n.
   someone who assists in the commission of a crime and, unlike a mere accessory, is usually present or directly aids in the crime (like holding a gun on the bank guard while the vault is looted, or holding a victim of assault and battery). Also unlike an accessory who can claim being only a subordinate figure, the accomplice may share in the same charge and punishment as the principal criminal.
   See also: accessory

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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