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Who can be seen as an accessory to a crime in Queensland?

Those who were not directly involved with a criminal act may be seen as accessories or parties to the crime in question.

What does it take to become an accessory to a crime?

The Criminal Code outlines the legal definition of those who are considered ‘accessories’ to a crime. See below:


According to section 569 of the Criminal Code, “a person who counsels or procures another person to commit an offence, or who aids another person in committing an offence, or who does or omits to do any act for the purpose of enabling or aiding another person to commit the offence, or who becomes an accessory after the fact to an offence, may be charged in the same indictment with the principal offender, and may be tried with the principal offender or separately, or may be indicted and tried separately, whether the principal offender has or has not been convicted, or is or is not amenable to justice.”

The term “accessory after the fact” may also be used.

This would be applicable in situations such as driving a ‘getaway’ vehicle or assisting in the removal or hiding of evidence.

The Punishment

Punishments for assisting in crime will vary depending on the crime committed, and the charge laid on the principal offender.

If you are responsible for a similar offence, It’s important to discuss your particular situation with a credible lawyer to gain the correct knowledge.

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