If a person attempts or conspires to commit a crime, or is an accessory or complicit in a crime in Weld, Morgan, or Logan County, they will face criminal charges. The completion of a crime isn’t necessary for a conviction in Greeley, Evans, or Erie.
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Attempt, Conspiracy, Accessory and Complicity
Attempt to Commit a Crime
A person will be charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit a Crime - C.R.S. 18-2-101 - if they engage in “conduct constituting a substantial step toward the commission” of a crime. The completion of a crime isn’t necessary for a conviction. If someone is caught trying to commit a crime, or if the crime is partially committed, they will be charged with Criminal Attempt. An example of Criminal Attempt would be a man forging paychecks at a business. He is caught before the checks were cashed, however, so he didn’t’ complete the crime of forgery. Instead, he would be accused of Criminal Attempt at Forgery. If a person is convicted of Criminal Attempt, they will be sentenced less harshly than if they had completed the crime.
Conspiracy to Commit a Crime
A person will be charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Crime - C.R.S. 18-2-201 - if they, “with the intent to promote or facilitate its commission, they agree with another person or persons that they, or one or more of them, will engage in conduct which constitutes a crime or an attempt to commit a crime, or agrees to aid the other person or persons in the planning or commission of a crime or of an attempt to commit such crime.” In other words, if you plan to commit a crime, or play a part in committing a crime, you will be charged with Conspiracy. An example where someone would be charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Crime would be a man who lures someone to the house of someone in order to kill them. In this case, the person would be charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
Accessory to a Crime
A person would be charged with Accessory to Crime - C.R.S. 18-8-105 - if they rendered assistance to someone else who has committed a crime, intending to “hinder, delay, or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment” of the person who committed the crime. An example of someone being charged with Accessory to Crime would be a person who makes up a story to tell the police in order delay the apprehension of their friend, who punched a man during a bar fight. Because the story misled the police, they would be charged with Accessory to Assault.
Complicity - C.R.S. 18-1-603 - is not a crime in and of itself. Instead, if a person, “with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of an offense, he or she aids, abets, advises, or encourages the other person in planning or committing” a crime, they will be held legally accountable. This means they will be charged with the crime they helped commit. An example of Complicity would be a man who provides a gun to another man, knowing he is going to use it during a burglary. Because he aided the man to commit the crime of Burglary, he himself would be charged with Burglary.