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Article - Criminal Procedure




§4–204.

    (a)    In this section, the words “accessory before the fact” and “principal” have their judicially determined meanings.

    (b)    Except for a sentencing proceeding under § 2–304 of the Criminal Law Article:

        (1)    the distinction between an accessory before the fact and a principal is abrogated; and

        (2)    an accessory before the fact may be charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced as a principal.

    (c)    An accessory before the fact may be charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced for a crime regardless of whether a principal in the crime has been:

        (1)    charged with the crime;

        (2)    acquitted of the crime; or

        (3)    convicted of a lesser or different crime.

    (d)    If a crime is committed in the State, an accessory before the fact may be charged, tried and convicted, and sentenced in a county where:

        (1)    an act of accessoryship was committed; or

        (2)    a principal in the crime may be charged, tried and convicted, and sentenced.