In Pennsylvania, Helping Someone Avoid Arrest Is a Crime.

undefinedBy F. Clay Merris, Esq.

Pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 5105, entitled Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, “a person commits an offense if, with intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for a crime...the person

(1)  harbors or conceals the other;

(2)  provides or aids in providing a weapon, transportation, disguise or other means of avoiding apprehension or effecting escape;

(3)  conceals or destroys evidence of the crime, or tampers with a witness, informant, document or other source of information, regardless of its admissibility in evidence;

(4)  warns the other of impending discovery or apprehension…

(5)  provides false information to a law enforcement officer.”

The grading of this offense is dependent on the severity of the underlying crime for which the other person is wanted.  If they are wanted for a felony of the first or second degree, hindering the police or constables from apprehending them could lead to a felony charge.

If you are involved in a criminal prosecution, contact Scaringi Law 717 657 7770.  The knowledgeable attorneys of Scaringi Law are able to provide you with your options and offer a free consultation.



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