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§ 4-204. Accessory before the fact and principal

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal ProcedureEffective: October 1, 2013

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Title 4. Pretrial Procedures (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Venue and Other Procedural Matters (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2013
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 4-204
§ 4-204. Accessory before the fact and principal
In general
(a) In this section, the words “accessory before the fact” and “principal” have their judicially determined meanings.
Distinction between accessory before the fact and principal
(b) Except for a sentencing proceeding under § 2-304 of the Criminal Law Article:
(1) the distinction between an accessory before the fact and a principal is abrogated; and
(2) an accessory before the fact may be charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced as a principal.
Accessory charged, tried, convicted, and sentence regardless of principal
(c) An accessory before the fact may be charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced for a crime regardless of whether a principal in the crime has been:
(1) charged with the crime;
(2) acquitted of the crime; or
(3) convicted of a lesser or different crime.
County where accessory charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced
(d) If a crime is committed in the State, an accessory before the fact may be charged, tried and convicted, and sentenced in a county where:
(1) an act of accessoryship was committed; or
(2) a principal in the crime may be charged, tried and convicted, and sentenced.

Credits

Added by Acts 2001, c. 10, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2001, c. 35, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2001; Acts 2002, c. 213, § 6, eff. Oct. 1, 2002; Acts 2013, c. 156, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2013.
Formerly Art. 27, § 592A.
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 4-204, MD CRIM PROC § 4-204
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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