In today’s world, it seems like everywhere we look, someone is being accused of taking part in a conspiracy. Prosecutors love to add conspiracy charges to any criminal charge because it increases the likelihood that they will get a conviction due to procedural advantages and it can also empower them to prevent the perpetrators from completing the criminal act.
What Kind of Conspiracies Violate Federal Laws?
Any conspiracy crime that is committed against the U.S. government or any of its agencies is a violation of federal law. Examples of these are various restraints of free trade, fraud and racketeering conspiracies, trade monopolies or conspiracies against the rights of U.S. citizens.
Is Conspiracy a Crime By Itself?
Conspiracy is generally a crime that is related to some other type of crime. In other words, a person cannot really be prosecuted for conspiring to conspire. Instead, there must be a conspiracy to commit some illegal act. However, adding the charge of conspiracy to a crime makes the crime more serious because a group of perpetrators can usually do more damage than can only one individual.
How Many People Does it Take to Form a Conspiracy?
It takes only a minimum of two parties to form a conspiracy. So, it only takes two or more participants to form any sort of conspiracy to commit a crime.
What Are Some Defenses Against Conspiracy Charges?
One of the best defenses against a conspiracy charge is that a conspirator has indicated that he/she no longer wanted to be a part of the conspiracy. This conspirator must have informed the other members of the conspiracy that he or she wanted out. When this happens, it is always wise to contact a conspiracy criminal defense lawyer before proceeding to ensure that you have done all that is necessary to keep from being charged with a conspiracy crime.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Conspiracy Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with a conspiracy crime, call to schedule a free consultation with a conspiracy criminal defense lawyer today. Adding the charge of conspiracy to any other charges increases the seriousness of the crime as well as the severity of the penalty. The experienced legal staff at the Law Offices of John D. Kirby will thoroughly evaluate your case and build a strong defense to give you the best possible outcome. Give us a call at 619-557-0100 to schedule a legal consultation to speak with our friendly staff. Allow our experts to give you the legal voice you need.