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Conspiracy charges and planning for your defense

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | CRIMINAL LAW - Criminal Law

A charge for a federal crime is a serious matter. It is not only overwhelming because of the penalties attached, but it can also be confusing because you do not fully understand what you are being charged with. For example, a conspiracy allegation may leave you perplexed, as the basis for the charge involves a crime that you did not carry out.

Often, conspiracy charges stem from white collar crimes or drug crimes. It is possible for the accused to face multiple charges, including both state and federal crimes. As such, it is imperative that you fully understand the charges you are facing, the evidence involved and the criminal defense options available to you.

Conspiracy charges

At Michael A Gottlieb, P.A., our law firm understands the confusion and complexities a conspiracy charge can bring to a defendant’s life. This is why our experienced attorneys not only focus on a diligent and aggressive defense, but they also take the time to ensure our clients fully understand their situation, the charges against them and the penalties attached with the alleged charges.

In simple terms, conspiracy is based on a plan or plot to commit a crime. A conspiracy charge focuses on the two or more players conspiring to commit the crime through an agreement and intent. In cases where the criminal act was completed, an individual could face charges for conspiracy as well as charges for the completed crime.

Creating a defense

With regards to a conspiracy charge, there are various defense options. You could provide evidence that you were not part of the conspiring process. Even if the evidence indicates that you were part of the process, you could prove that no agreement was made. Conspiracy requires an element of intent; thus, if your intentions were not to achieve the outcome, then the charge cannot hold. Often, an overt act must be taken to further the conspiracy. Thus, if this does not occur, this evidence could help with your defense.

Finally, if it was established that an agreement was made and you had the intent necessary, you can prove that your intentions changed, or you broke the agreement by showing that you took steps to indicate that you withdrew from the agreement and communicated this to the other parties.

When facing any charge, it is important to understand your rights and assert a defense. Creating a strong and aggressive defense could help you reduce or dismiss some or all the charges against you. A legal professional can help you understand your defense options and ensure your rights are protected.