609.495 AIDING AN OFFENDER.
Subdivision 1. Definition of crime.
(a) Whoever harbors, conceals, aids, or assists by word
or acts another whom the actor knows or has reason to know has committed a crime under the
laws of this or another state or of the United States with intent that such offender shall avoid
or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment, may be sentenced to imprisonment for
not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both if the crime
committed or attempted by the other person is a felony.
(b) Whoever knowingly harbors, conceals, or aids a person who is on probation, parole, or
supervised release because of a felony level conviction and for whom an arrest and detention
order has been issued, with intent that the person evade or escape being taken into custody under
the order, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine
of not more than $5,000, or both. As used in this paragraph, "arrest and detention order" means a
written order to take and detain a probationer, parolee, or supervised releasee that is issued under
243.05, subdivision 1
244.19, subdivision 4
401.02, subdivision 4
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1996 c 408 art 3 s 40
Subd. 3. Obstructing investigation.
Whoever intentionally aids another person whom the
actor knows or has reason to know has committed a criminal act, by destroying or concealing
evidence of that crime, providing false or misleading information about that crime, receiving the
proceeds of that crime, or otherwise obstructing the investigation or prosecution of that crime
is an accomplice after the fact and may be sentenced to not more than one-half of the statutory
maximum sentence of imprisonment or to payment of a fine of not more than one-half of the
maximum fine that could be imposed on the principal offender for the crime of violence. For
purposes of this subdivision, "criminal act" means an act that is a crime listed in section
, under the laws of this or another state, or of the United States, and also includes
an act that would be a criminal act if committed by an adult.
Subd. 4. Taking responsibility for criminal acts.
(a) Unless the person is convicted of
the underlying crime, a person who assumes responsibility for a criminal act with the intent to
obstruct, impede, or prevent a criminal investigation may be sentenced to not more than one-half
of the statutory maximum sentence of imprisonment or to payment of a fine of not more than
one-half of the maximum fine that could be imposed on the principal offender for the criminal act.
(b) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to impair the right of any individual
or group to engage in speech protected by the United States Constitution or the Minnesota
Subd. 5. Venue.
An offense committed under subdivision 1 or 3 may be prosecuted in:
(1) the county where the aiding or obstructing behavior occurred; or
(2) the county where the underlying criminal act occurred.
History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.495; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11; 1986 c 444; 1993 c 326 art 4 s 25;
1997 c 239 art 3 s 14; art 9 s 51; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 8 s 24,25; 2002 c 348 s 2; 2006 c 260 art 1 s 26