Being a part of any conspiracy to violate a federal law is its own crime and it is serious. In addition, many federal statutes have a conspiracy component to them. For example, the conspiracy law is written into the federal drug laws and the federal bank robbery statute. This makes it especially easy for the government to prevail against individuals accused of a crime because they can be convicted of the conspiracy even if there isn’t enough evidence to convict them of the actual criminal goal of the conspiracy.
There are, however, defenses to conspiracy laws. If you or a loved is has been arrested for being a part of a criminal conspiracy, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who is qualified to represent you in a federal criminal case. Not all criminal defense lawyers have the experience to handle federal criminal matters.
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Simply put, a conspiracy is an agreement by two or more individuals to commit a criminal act and at least one of the individuals within the agreement makes an overt act in furtherance of that agreement. For example, suppose Wafa and Taylor make an agreement to rob a bank later in the week. Then suppose Wafa buys two ski masks so they can conceal their appearances during the robbery. Wafa and Taylor are now all guilty of the crime of conspiracy. This is true irrespective of whether they ultimately rob the bank or not.
If you look at this hypothetical example, you can see why federal prosecutors love the idea of conspiracy so much. Although it is unlikely they would bring conspiracy charges in this limited hypothetical situation, but they can. If they decided to, they don’t need to prove that the bank robbery was actually committed or even attempted to be committed. They don’t even need to prove that Wafa and Taylor actually were the ones who were going to rob the bank. They don’t even need to prove that Wafa and Taylor even knew the identity of the actual robbers. All the government needs to prove to convict Taylor for the conspiracy is that he made an agreement with at least one other individual to break the law and someone within that agreement committed an overt act to further advance the agreement.
While this kind of criminal agreement is illustrative of how the conspiracy doctrine works, to truly understand the power of conspiracy, it is perhaps more illustrative to think about it in terms of a narcotics conspiracy.
Here is an example:
Every single one of them is guilty of being in a conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws of the United States. It is of no consequence that the people who sell the cocaine in the streets of New York never even met the Colombian part of the conspiracy. Nor does it matter that the people in Colombia never even entered the United States. These people all made an agreement with at least one other person to violate a United States law and there was at least one overt act.
To truly understand conspiracy, let’s even take it a step further:
It makes no difference. The 11th person and the friend are now just as guilty of being a part of that conspiracy as if they were there from the beginning of it. So is the accountant who knowingly launders their money.
Whether you have been charged with conspiracy or are under investigation, you should not underestimate the impact this matter can have on your life. You need to have a relentless and experienced legal team by your side when you are defending yourself against the federal government.
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