what type of charges can be brought against warfield Warfield went along for the ride with a group of men who intended to commit a robbery.The men went into a victim's house, tied up and confined her children, and were about to force her to go to her workplace and open a safe that held cash receipts from the business where the woman worked. As they were getting ready to leave the house, local police happened by and noticed the situation. The group of men, including Warfield, fled from the house, and they were subsequently captured. What can Warfield be charged with, and why? Please discuss fully. 

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I have very little legal knowledge, but I have always assumed that a person in this situation could be charged as an accessory if he knew that a crime was going to be committed. I will be very interested to hear what an attorney has to say.

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I don't think it matters whether or not Warfield wanted to commit a robbery. If he stayed, he is an accessory. He could have fled the house when the robbery began. If he did not know about the robbery ahead of time, but stayed during it, he is still an accessory.
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I will, of course, defer to any attorney who may contradict me, but I believe the main point here would be Warfield's prior intent. If he knew beforehand that his friends were planning to commit a crime, then he is equally responsible. If he even thought there was a possibility that this might happen, he is equally guilty. Since Warfield went into the house, it will be tough to prove that he did not have prior knowledge of what might happen. Since he also fled, his guilt can also be presumed. The only way Warfield might not be considered guilty is if he knew NOTHING of what was going to happen beforehand (hearing none of the men's planning) and he went into the house legally and/or with an invitation to visit. How Warfield can explain why he didn't flee the house before the police came and before the victims were tied up--instead of taking off once he realized what his friends had in mind--is another story. Warfield may claim that he was just along for the ride, but I don't think many cops would buy this story, and he'll probably need a great attorney to keep him from joining his friends in prison. 

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