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Nevada law says that there is no difference between principals and accomplices.
Consequently, aiding and abetting someone to violate the law carries identical punishment as if the accomplice carried out the crime him/herself.2
For example, someone who aided and abetted a robbery would receive the standard robbery sentence of two to 15 years in Nevada State Prison.
3. Can a defendant raise a defense?
Yes. Common defenses to aiding and abetting include:
- the defendant was merely present at the crime scene,
- the defendant did not know about the crime, and
- 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.
- Nevada Revised Statute 195.020. See also State v. Plunkett (2018) 429 P.3d 936.
- NRS 195.020.