If a Texas resident is said to be complicit in a crime, it means that he or she helped or played a role in the commission of the felony or misdeameanor. In some cases, an accomplice may face the same penalties as the person who actually committed the crime. This is generally true if a person encouraged an illegal act to take place or didn't do anything to prevent it from happening.
There are three elements that a prosecutor must prove to show that an individual is liable as an accomplice to a crime. First, a crime must actually take place. This differs from a conspiracy charge in which penalties may be levied even if the crime was never carried out. Next, it must be shown that aid, counsel or encouragement was given to the person who then went through with a criminal act.