Conspiracy to Commit a Crime
There are a number of commonly held misconceptions that people have about the criminal justice system. For example, some wrongly believe that engaging in an activity without being aware that it is illegal might excuse them from prosecution. Others may believe that discussing or planning a crime is not punishable by law if that crime does not take place or they are not involved in the commission of the act. This is incorrect, however, as participation in any phase of planning may lead one to be charged with conspiracy.
If you have been arrested for conspiring to commit a crime, it is important that you do not speak to authorities without capable and experienced legal representation. Contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss your case with a skilled and knowledgeable advocate.
Two Causes for Conspiracy Charges
Typically, conspiracy crimes may be sought in relation to the following circumstances:
- Planning to commit a crime – If you are involved in any part of the planning of an illegal activity, you are subject to arrest. Crimes that frequently involve conspiracy include murder, robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, racketeering, and arson.
- Planning illegal activities to accomplish a legal end – For example, planning to shred incriminating documents or falsifying signatures.
- Fighting Conspiracy Charges
Sufficient evidence can be difficult for the prosecution to recover. Witness testimony is often weak in these cases, as it would typically involve a person implicating him or herself in the commission of a crime. If you were involved with the crime, you may be able to negotiate a plea bargain, or to gain some favorable disposition in exchange for providing valuable information regarding other conspirators.
Do not delay speaking with a committed lawyer who can help you to protect your rights and freedom. Contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. for a free consultation by calling 414-271-9595.