What is the Law on Compounding a Felony in Kansas and What are the Punishments for it?
In Alabama, a felony offense is penalized by a minimum jail term of 12 months and 1 day in the state prison. However, based on the crime’s severity level and the circumstances under which it was committed, the person convicted with a felony might have to serve a wide variety of sentences in the state.
What is Compounding a Felony?
When a person who has been a direct victim of a felony commits the offense that he/she will not prosecute the accused or defendant, they are said to have committed the crime of compounding a felony. They decide not to prosecute the offender upon receiving a bribe or a reward from the latter. Thus, it is the offense of receiving something of value and deciding not to prosecute the person who has committed a felon or furnish the necessary evidence in the court.
Also, it is obvious that while a person may be tried in the court for certain things done by them, they can be also prosecuted for an act or acts they failed to do too. For example, a person could have been a witness during the commission of the crime and he/she decides not to report the same to the police upon receiving some reward from another person. It will be regarded as compounding a felony.
Compounding a Felony in Alabama
A person is said to have committed the criminal offense of compounding a felony in case he/she offers to give or gives, agrees to accept or accepts any kind of pecuniary benefit or other items of value in return of:
- Not reporting to the law enforcement officials the suspected commission or commission of any information about the crime or crime; or
- Deciding not to seek prosecution of a criminal offense.
It is considered as a defense available to the prosecution according to this section when the pecuniary benefit did not cross an amount that was reasonably believed by the actor to be indemnification or restitution for damage resulted from the offense. Also, the defendant has the responsibility to inject this defense.
Compounding a felony is considered as a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama.
Related laws: Withholding information, aiding, assisting, or harboring about sex offender(s)
An individual is said to be guilty of committing the offense of withholding information, concealing, assisting, or harboring a sex offender when the individual has reason to believe that the offender must be registered but did not adhere to the registration requirements according to this chapter. Plus, the individual aids the sex offender to avoid a law enforcement official who is trying to locate the sex offender, and when the individual does any one of the following activities:
- Assists attempts to harbor or harbors another individual to attempt to harbor or in harboring the sex offender.
- Enables a sex offender is residing his/her residence for not registering in case the address is different from the one listed as his/her home address.
- Offers disguise, weapon, transportation, money, other items to a sex offender to avoid apprehension or discovery.
- Tells the offender that the law enforcement officials are trying to locate him/her.
- Offers false information about a sex offender to a law enforcement official.
- Assists, attempts to conceal or conceals another person in attempting to hide or hiding the sex offender.
In Alabama, an act of concealing, assisting, harboring, or withholding information about a sex offender from a law enforcement agency is considered a Class C felony.