28 Dec Reporting A Crime: Moral Or Legal Obligation?
If someone witnesses a crime or learned of later, they morally should report it, but legally do not have to. Why wouldn’t someone report a crime they have knowledge of? Safety of themselves and their loved ones, or just not wanting to get involved. Here are some exceptions to this.
A person can be prosecuted for aiding and abetting a crime, even if they did not carry out the actual crime itself. An example would be someone who acts as a lookout for another person carrying out a crime at the same time.
Under California’s Mandatory Reporting Law, some people like teachers, counselors, and social works have a legal responsibility to report suspected or confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect.
If police directly asks a person about a crime during their investigation and they must tell the truth. If they have knowledge of the crime, they must say so. If they lie about that and the police find out about the lie later, they can be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.
After a person is arrested, they will have a bail hearing to find out how much money they must pay to leave jail, or if they are denied bail.