The federal and state governments take conspiracy cases very serious and will attempt to punish anyone who is involved in any criminal enterprise. A conspiracy may occur when two or more persons enter into an agreement to violate the law, even if the outcome of that violation would be legal. Title 18 of the United States Code outlaws conspiracy. Conspiracies are viewed as extremely serious crimes, even if the contemplated crime is never actually committed. Even if you did not commit the actual crime you may be charged with the crime and any criminal acts that arise from it.
If you are convicted of participating in planning a crime you may face the same penalties as the person who actually committed the crime. It may not even matter that the crime was never committed. The rules of evidence and the trial process in Federal Court are designed to favor the prosecution. The conspiracy defense lawyer trying your case needs to know what to expect and how to counter it in order to protect your rights.
Conspiracy charges come in all forms and variety of cases, ranging from white collar crime, business fraud, Medicaid fraud, internet crimes, narcotics offenses and many more.