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Topic: Parties to a crime
Running Head: PARTIES TO A CRIME
Parties to a Crime
PARTIES TO A CRIME
Parties to a Crime
An individual could be a party to a crime if they were involved in any way in committing
the crime. The individual becomes a party to the offense despite not partaking in the crime
directly (Herlitz, 1992). An example is a driver who drives the get-away car in an armed robbery.
Even though the driver does not leave the car, he is still a participant in the crime and thus a
party to the crime of armed robbery. Parties to a crime can be described as the people who are
involved in the crime before, during or after the crime has taken place (Herlitz, 1992). Their
involvement is based on the actions they take in the three instances which are before, during or
after the crime has taken place. In discussing the elements that comprise of being a party to an
offense, this paper will focus on the state of Texas. In it, the statutes governing the Texas Law on
being partisan to crime, the elements of the law, the historical common law for the same law will
be examined. An exploration that will entail a detailed comparison between the state criminal
statute and the historical common law together with two versions of the crime will be conducted.
The discussion will be primarily based on the evolution of the elements of the crime and
particularly in Texas.
The term accomplice has a similar meaning to being a party to a crime, and these two
terms are used interchangeably. However, despite the similarity, the Texas states treat the term
under being party to an off...