I taught a drug dealer how to sell drugs but I never helped him sell any drugs. Did I commit a crime?
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Perhaps. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.
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I agree, it depends on the level of your involvement with the teaching. If you assisted an ongoing criminal enterprise then you have some criminal exposure. I also agree you need to contact a criminal defense attorney in your area to discuss your situation.
What the "lessons" included will determine your exposure. Do not post any additional detail in this public forum. Your concern can be addressed within a privileged interview with an experienced drug defense lawyer.
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Most likely, unless all you did was make general statements. If you are in a jam, follow the advice of my colleagues and hire a lawyer.
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