There are outstanding felony warrants in my locality for a person who committed crimes against me. He fled the city he was living in, changed his phone number, and is hiding at a family member's house an hour away. They are all aware of his outstanding warrants. He is out on 2 separate bail/bonds for different cases. Is there a penalty in Virginia for allowing a criminal to hide at a home while the home owner has knowledge of the outstanding warrants and the wanted person is essentially fleeing justice?
Yes, harboring a known fugitive can expose you to criminal prosecution. You should have him find somewhere else to stay or risk the consequences. If you continue to allow this individual to stay, contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine the best way to protect yourself.
Absolutely - harboring a fugitive is a criminal offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As my colleagues indicated, yes-harboring a fugitive is a crime. If the home owner has knowledge that this person is wanted for outstanding warrants then they should speak to an attorney for advice as soon as possible.
The relevant code section is § 18.2-19, you can google it for yourself.
In Illinois family members are not liable...
Family members no longer exempt from “aiding and abetting a fugitive” laws
Previously, a family member ( husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister to the offender) was exempt from prosecution for harboring or aiding a fugitive. Senate Bill 252 Removes the family member exemption from prosecution for actively aiding a fugitive. Only minors are now exempt from the statute. Actively aiding a fugitive is a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony can mean 1 to 3 years in prison and/or up to $25000 fine.
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