compounding a crime

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Compounding a crime refers to when an individual agrees not to pursue criminal charges or to prevent criminal charges in exchange for a price from an accused individual. Many jurisdictions in the United States make compounding a crime illegal, especially for felonies, and some states make compounding any crime illegal. To be guilty of compounding a crime, the prosecutor typically must show that the individual: 1) knew of the other person’s criminal act, 2) agreed to forgo criminal charges or aid in prosecution, and 3) received consideration to do so. These agreements are unenforceable as a matter of public policy. Also, a person may be guilty of this crime even if the party accused of the crime receives a not guilty verdict

[Last updated in March of 2023 by the Wex Definitions Team]