Is There Such Thing as "Guilt by Association?

For example, say you a friends with a drug dealer but you aren't involved in his illegal activities.  You may know of some things (from him telling you or what you've seen, but you don't report anything and stay out of it).

If the authorities raid the place and you are there, will you be arrested?  Is there a crime for "associating" with criminals but not being involved in their actions?

5 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago
    Favourite answer

    Not an actual crime, no.  It's a saying.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, there is guilt by association.  There is also being guilty by being an accessory, which you are.  You know about it and are not doing anything about it.  You have a civil duty to report any and all crimes that you are aware of.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Although people call it being a snitch, and it would be very dangerous for you, there is a crime called being an accessory before the fact, when you know that someone has committed crimes.  But if you don't know specifics, and it's just a hunch, then you're OK.

  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You will be arrested, and they will see what they can charge you for. Accessory after the fact? Aiding and abetting? Obstruction of justice if you don't cooperate with the cops by snitching out your friend? Or even better, a cop pats you down in this drug dealers apartment, and they "find" drugs in your pocket. Not yours? Tell it to the jury. The cops had this place under surveillance, and they saw you there several times, they can prove he's a dealer, they can prove he had drugs there, and you just being there is enough to prove to the jury that those drugs are yours.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago


    Guilt by Association - guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender.

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