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Is it a crime to live with a fugitive if you aren't aiding, abetting or harboring them?

Bowling Green, KY |
Attorney answers 3

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In KY we have several state statutes that are relevant: KRS 520.110, 520.120 and 520.130.

The "rendering assistance" to such person is the focal point of the statute.
You could be charged if you:
harbor or conceal such person;
warn of discovery;
provides money, transportation, weapon, disguise;
prevents or obstructs by means of force, deception or intimidation;
volunteers false information to law enforcement;
or suppresses by act of concealment, alteration or destruction of any physical evidence that might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person.

KRS 520.110 (2) provides a defense that the accused is the spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild of the person whose discovery or apprehension he sought to prevent.

There is a separate statute in federal court that is not addressed in the State response.

I'd consult with a competent criminal defense lawyer in your area.

I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this response on the avvo website. I have not been retained to represent you. I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky and in federal court in this state and the Southern District of Indiana. You need to seek legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your area..

Posted

One might argue that living with someone who is wanted and not reporting it is harboring. But that might depend on the nature of the living arrangements. The fugitive should surrender and the living with person should talk to an attorney about the precise arrangements and what he or she should do.

The above is not intended as legal advice. The response does not constitute the creation of an attorney client relationship as this forum does not provide for a confidential communication.

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Most prosecutors would find that harboring, and you risk a conviction. Why don't you get him or her to surrender and end the nightmare. What does your lawyer say?