An accessory to a crime is a person who voluntarily or knowingly takes part in a commission of a criminal act. Being an accessory can occur before or after the crime happens. To be criminally responsible for the crime as an accessory, the person does not have to be at the actual scene of the crime. One such accessory to a crime law in Texas is aiding an individual with ending their life.

How Does the State Define Aiding Suicide?

A person is guilty of assisted suicide when they act with the intent to assist or promote an individual taking their own life. It is a crime to either attempt to aid or actually aid the individual with ending their life.

What Is the Punishment for Aiding Someone with Their Suicide?

The crime of aiding an individual with their suicide can be a Class C misdemeanor in Texas. With a Class C misdemeanor, a person may be sentenced to a $500 fine.

Can I Get Jail Time for Helping Someone with Their Suicide in Texas?

Yes. Helping an individual with a suicide is only a fine if the suicide does not happen. A person does face a jail felony if their actions caused an individual to commit suicide or to attempt suicide and serious bodily injury occurs.

What Is the Punishment for a State Jail Felony?

In Texas, a state jail felony is punishable by:

  • 180 days to two years in state jail
  • $10,000 fine
  • Both time in state jail and $10,000 fine

Do I Need an Attorney to Represent Me in My Aiding Suicide Case?

It is vital to hire a Texas criminal attorney to represent you in your aiding suicide case. Your attorney will work on either building a defense or getting the charges dropped.