New York Consolidated Laws, Penal Law - PEN § 205.50 Hindering prosecution;  definition of term

As used in sections 205.55 , 205.60 and 205.65 , a person “renders criminal assistance” when, with intent to prevent, hinder or delay the discovery or apprehension of, or the lodging of a criminal charge against, a person who he knows or believes has committed a crime or is being sought by law enforcement officials for the commission of a crime, or with intent to assist a person in profiting or benefiting from the commission of a crime, he:

1. Harbors or conceals such person;  or

2. Warns such person of impending discovery or apprehension;  or

3. Provides such person with money, transportation, weapon, disguise or other means of avoiding discovery or apprehension;  or

4. Prevents or obstructs, by means of force, intimidation or deception, anyone from performing an act which might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person or in the lodging of a criminal charge against him;  or

5. Suppresses, by any act of concealment, alteration or destruction, any physical evidence which might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person or in the lodging of a criminal charge against him;  or

6. Aids such person to protect or expeditiously profit from an advantage derived from such crime.


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