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Criminal facilitation and criminal solicitation are respectively codified in New York State Penal Law Article 115 and New York State Penal Law Article 100. The crimes are somewhat similar, so they are both mentioned here even though they are technically different.
A person commits criminal facilitation when he or she “renders aid” to a person who is committing a crime. To be guilty of criminal facilitation, the crime the defendant is helping in must either be a felony or the person committing the actual crime must be under the age of 16 and the facilitator must be over the age of 18.
Examples of degrees of criminal facilitation:
According to the law, all people who have the same intent to commit a crime are just as guilty as each other if they aid in each other in some way. Essentially this means that a getaway driver is just as guilty as the actual bank robber for his or her actions in the bank if they help without being coerced. It is because of this principle that prosecutors often try to sway defendants in accepting plea bargains when bringing up these charges in order to nail a conviction on at least one party.
Criminal solicitation is often the bane of many New York City criminal defense lawyers because it is difficult to pin down the conduct that is considered illegal. Criminal solicitation defined in New York State Penal Law Article 100. According to penal code Section 100.00, a person commits the crime of criminal solicitation when “with the intent that another person engages in conduct constituting a crime, he solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts to cause such other person to engage in such conduct.”
When a person commits this specific act, he is guilty of criminal solicitation in the fifth degree, which is a violation and not treated as a crime; however, it is still punishable by up to 15 days in jail. If you add aggravating factors to this basic definition, you raise the level of crime and the potential penalties.
Examples of criminal solicitation:
Accusations of either criminal facilitation or criminal solicitation to any degree can be serious. We never underestimate what is at stake when we take your case. We will fight aggressively for you from the beginning to the end of your legal matter.
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