Compounding a Felony Law and Legal Definition

Compounding a felony is the crime of taking compensation by the aggrieved person in a felony in return for an agreement with the felon not to prosecute or to suppress evidence against them.

The following is an example of a state statute dealing with compounding a felony:

1. A person commits the offense of compounding a felony if he knowingly accepts or agrees to accept any pecuniary benefit in consideration for:

(a) refraining from seeking prosecution of a felony; or

(b) refraining from reporting to law enforcement authorities the commission or suspected commission of any felony or information relating to a felony.

2. A person convicted of compounding a felony shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 6 months, or both. "