The saying, “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time," should really say, “don’t plan on doing the crime if you can’t do the time." An individual can still serve time in prison even if they never committed the crime, they can be charged with conspiracy.
Arizona’s Revised Statute 13-1003 states that a person commits conspiracy when one or more individuals agree to engage in an act that would constitute an offense. If a person is arrested for conspiracy to commit a class 1 felony, that person could be sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 25 years. For example, if an individual conspired to commit first degree murder, that person could still face life in prison, even if the act wasn’t carried out.
If you’ve been arrested or accused of conspiracy to commit a crime, contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.