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Police charge man with felonies for helping minors with robbery

Criminal liability in New Hampshire can be based on an alleged criminal actor's activities in directing the criminal behavior of other persons. This may be a particularly apt crime for authorities to charge when they assert that an adult has managed and/or directed or supported the criminal activities of minors. The issue is relevant in the recent arrest of a 45-year-old Concord man who the police say is responsible for the felonies of armed robbery and sale of a controlled drug.

Authorities also charged the man with other offenses, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges involve an armed robbery of a gas station on Oct. 21 that was carried out by two masked men, according to police. The police say that one of the men used a handgun to demand the money from the cash register. They then reportedly fled with the money and cigarettes.

Surveillance footage and tips from the Crimeline led to the arrest of a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old for the crime. Apparently, questioning of the teens may have led to the accused adult, who is alleged to have provided shelter and assistance to both teens before and after the robbery. Concord police asset that he also provided a controlled drug to one of the juveniles. Police say that the accused is reportedly a family friend to one of the teens.

This scenario provides room for criminal defense counsel to develop a possible defense to the felonies. The prosecution will have to prove that the accused acted with criminal intent and awareness under New Hampshire law while allegedly assisting the two teens. In addition, it is questionable whether giving a drug to a teen will qualify as selling a controlled substance. If the facts are proved, however, the drug action would likely qualify as contributing to the delinquency of a minor. At this point, much remains to be investigated before the accused and his counsel can evaluate the prospects for defending the charges.

Source: Concord, NH Patch, "Teens, Concord Man Arrested After Gas Station Armed Robbery", Tony Schinella, Dec. 8, 2017

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