Rendering Criminal Assistance

These charges often involve co-defendants. Here, the Prosecutor is trying to prove the defendant is protecting another individual from legal authorities and/or the defendant assisted in committing the crime. Many people facing Rendering Criminal Assistance charges may have experienced isolated lapses of judgment, been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or vicariously allied themselves with the wrong individuals. Additionally, this charge is somewhat of a “catch-all” for police when they are aware that they might have trouble proving that the defendant played a large role in committing the crime with other co-defendants.

Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree     RCW 9A.76.070

A person is guilty of Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree if he or she renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed or is being sought for murder in the first degree or any class A felony or equivalent juvenile offense. This charge is a Class B Felony punishable up to 10 years prison and a $20,000.00 fine. However, it is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year jail and a $5,000.00 fine if it is established by a preponderance of the evidence that the actor is a relative under the age of eighteen at the time of the offense.

Rendering Criminal Assistance in the Second Degree     RCW 9A.76.080

A person is guilty of rendering criminal assistance in the second degree if he or she renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed or is being sought for a class B or class C felony or an equivalent juvenile offense or to someone being sought for violation of parole, probation, or community supervision. This crime is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year jail and a $5,000.00 fine. However, the crime can be a simple misdemeanor punishable up to 90 days jail and a $1,000.00 fine if it is established by a preponderance of the evidence that the actor is a relative.

Rendering Criminal Assistance in the Third Degree     RCW 9A.76.090

A person is guilty of rendering criminal assistance in the third degree if he or she renders criminal assistance to a person who has committed a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor. The crime is a simple misdemeanor punishable up to 90 days jail and a $1,000.00 fine.

If you or someone you care about faces Rendering Criminal Assistance charges in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He is here to assist you through these difficult times.