Reporting A Crime: Moral Or Legal Obligation?


If someone witnesses a crime or learned of later, they morally should report it, but legally, they are not required to. Why wouldn’t someone report a crime that they may have knowledge of? Is it a question of self-preservation including the overall safety of their family as a whole, or just not wanting to get involved, period.

    These are a few provisions under California law that Glendora Bail Bond Store Services feel that every citizen should be aware of:

  • 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.

For people who are offered bail, they will always be welcomed and encouraged to contact Glendora Bail Bond Store Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s what we are here for!

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