You didn’t commit a white collar crime yourself, but you’re still facing criminal charges. The authorities claim you were an accomplice. What does it mean for your future and what options do you have?

First of all, you should know that you can face charges as an accomplice, even if you didn’t technically commit the crime. For instance, perhaps you stayed late after work so that you could open the door for a co-worker, who then embezzled money from the company. You didn’t see the money or take it yourself, but your co-worker gets arrested and tells the police you knew what was happening. You may be an accomplice.

As you can see from this example, though, one of the key points is determining just how much you knew and whether you even intended to be involved. You may have had nothing to do with the crime, regardless of your actions.

Maybe you always stay late at work because you’re a dedicated employee. You have the authority to let other employees into the building, and some of them go home for dinner and come back to the office. It’s fairly common. You let your co-worker in, thinking they just wanted to forge ahead on a project, but you had no idea they were coming in to steal from the company. Then you’re not an accomplice, even though you did help them commit that crime.

Details matter. Every last aspect of the alleged crime is incredibly important. Make sure you know what legal defense options you have. White collar crimes are serious; consider the representation of an experienced defense attorney.