Legal Accountability Law and Legal Definition

Legal accountability refers to the theory under the law to find culpability such as a crime or a theory to receive money by way of a civil case. Individuals should be held accountable by the state they occurred in. Legal accountability for a crime is based on the suspect’s assistance before or during the commission of the criminal act.

The following is an example of a case law on legal accountability :

A person may be convicted of a crime committed through the conduct of another if s/he is legally accountable for the crime. One incurs legal accountability for the conduct of another by acting as an accomplice. [State v. Ayers, 433 A.2d 356 (Me. 1981)]