Corporate Criminal Liability

Corporate Criminal Liability is the liability imposed upon a corporation for any criminal act done by any natural person. This liability is imposed to regulate the acts of a corporation. Any corporation can be made liable for act of its agent if an individual commits a crime, acts within the scope of employment with the intent to benefit the corporation. Additionally, the responsible corporate r (RCO) doctrine holds that a corporate r is indirectly liable for a subordinate’s criminal conduct when the r is in charge. The corporate r is subject to prosecution if he has the authority and the ability to stop the offense but fails to act. It is important to note that the RCO doctrine does not require proof that the r either participated in or authorized the crime.