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Note that aiding and abetting does not necessarily qualify as a conspiracy under Nevada law. A conspiracy requires two or more people to agree to commit a crime. In contrast, a person can aid and abet without ever having made an agreement. Common defenses to aiding and abetting include:
- the defendant was merely present at the crime scene
- the defendant had no knowledge of the crime
- the defendant withdrew from aiding and abetting the crime by telling everyone involved that he/she is withdrawing and by trying to hamper the crime from taking place
The majority of Nevada criminal cases carry the same penalties for principals and their accomplices. A notable exception involves 2nd-degree kidnapping, where aiding and abetting carries the same prison sentence as being the principal but no fine. Read more information on the Nevada crime of aiding and abetting.