Last year two of Suge Knights Lawyers were accused of witness tampering by prosecutors but have now been arrested for such crimes. Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, were arrested for being accessories after the fact that a felony has conspired.This happens when someone assists another who has committed a felony, after the person has committed the felony, with knowledge that the person committed the felony, and with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment. An accessory after the fact may be held liable for obstruction of justice.The severity of the penalties under penal code 32 and sentencing depends on several factors, including your criminal history and the severity of the offense. For example, the sentencing guidelines differ as follows when the circumstances surrounding your case make it a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony.
For a misdemeanor an accessory is punishable by A fine of up to $5,000 and Imprisonment in a county jail of up to but not exceeding one year.For a felony an accessory is punishable by A fine of up to $5,000; and Imprisonment in a county jail for a period of 16 months, or 2-3 years, depending on the seriousness of the felony.The elements for one to be an accessory to a crime varies from state to state. In order to convict a person for being an accessory to a felony, a prosecutor must be able to prove that the following four elements:The crime was committed by another individual,The defendant assisted, helped, encouraged, or aided the other person in the commission of the crime.The defendant acted with intent for the crime to be completed,In most cases, the crime does not have to be actually completed to completion. As long as the defendant aided the other person in committing the crime and had intent for the crime to be completed, then the defendant could be found as being an accessory to the crime.