Facilitating Escape Attorneys in Knoxville

Facilitating or Permitting Escape

Anyone who helps a person arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime may be held criminally liable for permitting or facilitating escape. A person may also be charged with a crime if he or she brings anything into a prison or jail that could help an inmate to escape. This crime is called introducing implements of escape.

If you have been charged with permitting or facilitating escape or introducing implements of escape, the attorneys at the law offices of Baker Associates can defend your rights under the law. With years of criminal defense experience, we can help you understand the complex legal issues that arise when charged with these crimes. Through diligent and thorough research and investigation, our skilled attorneys find weaknesses and inconsistencies in the government's case. Know your rights; consult the experienced prison escape defense attorneys at Baker Associates today.

Permitting or Facilitating Escape in Tennessee

As with most crimes in the state, persons who help with their commission are potentially liable. With respect to helping a person to escape from lawful custody, the law is very specific. An official or employee of any penal institution that is responsible for maintaining persons in custody is criminally liable if he or she intentionally, knowingly or recklessly permitted or facilitated an escape.

"Facilitation" of an escape here means the act of knowingly furnishing assistance or of making it easier for another to escape. "Escape" means unauthorized departure from custody or failure to return to custody following temporary leave for a specific purpose or limited period, but does not include a violation of the conditions of probation or parole. A "penal institution" includes any institution used to house or detain a person 1) convicted of a crime, 2) judged delinquent by a juvenile court, or who is in direct or indirect custody after lawful arrest.

Persons other than officers who permit or facilitate an escape of a person in custody may also be guilty of this crime if they act with the purpose to facilitate or permit an escape or act knowing that an escape will occur.

Introducing or Providing Implements for Escape

Under T.C.A. 39-16-608, any person who introduces into a penal institution or provides an inmate with anything that could be useful for the inmate's escape is guilty of a Class D felony if he or she also acts with the specific intent to facilitate an escape.

Consequences and Penalties

An official or employee charged with permitting or facilitating escape faces either a Class E or Class C felony depending on the officer's state of mind when he or she committed the offense. It is a Class C felony if the officer's specific purpose was to permit or facilitate an escape. It is also a Class C felony if the officer acted with knowledge that his or her actions would permit or facilitate an escape. If the officer acted recklessly and his or her recklessness permitted or facilitated the escape, a conviction is categorized as a Class E felony.

Any other person who intentionally or knowingly permits or facilitates an escape is guilty of a Class E felony unless, 1) the person in custody was charged with or convicted of a felony, or 2) the person used or threatened to use a deadly weapon (such as a knife or pistol) to effect the escape. In these instances, the charge carries a Class C felony conviction.

Class E felonies carry a sentence between one and six years in jail. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed $3,000. Class C felonies carry a sentence between three and fifteen years. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed $10,000. Notwithstanding the classification of the charge, persons found guilty may also face supervised release, restitution, and/or probation.

Protecting the Rights of Our Clients

Complex legal issues and defenses are involved in the prosecution and defense of escape-related crimes. Our lawyers have the experience necessary to help you understand your case. By engaging in fierce representation and investigation into the legal issues of your case, our lawyers will help you mount a strong defense against these charges.

Do not put your case and the quality of your life at risk by making the wrong legal choices. Discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at our offices.

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