A conspiracy charge is a criminal charge that alleges that you agreed to take part in a crime with at least one other person. Whether the conspiracy charge is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime. Either way, it’s a serious charge and is usually used in combination with other criminal charges – particularly violent and white-collar crimes. If you’re facing conspiracy charges, it’s important to take action quickly. Talk to a criminal defense attorney who has experience with conspiracy cases as soon as possible to discuss your case and get more information on your options.
What Are the Possible Penalties If I’m Convicted of Conspiracy?
The possible penalties for conspiracy depend on whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. It’s also possible in some cases to be charged with conspiracy on a federal level. This usually happens in high-level white-collar crimes that directly impact some aspect of the government, such as in a fraud case. Penalties for misdemeanor crimes can include fines and prison time, and these penalties are usually higher and longer if the charge is a felony.
Is It Possible to Take a Plea Deal?
In some cases, conspiracy crimes can be difficult to prove because the prosecutor has to satisfy the requirement of intent. This means that they have to show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to commit the crime with the other party. Plea deals are a fairly common option with these types of charges, but they aren’t guaranteed. In some cases, the prosecutor may offer a plea deal in exchange for testifying against another party. If you are interested in negotiating a plea deal, make sure to discuss this option with your attorney as soon as possible.
How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?
A criminal defense attorney plays a vital role in fighting for your rights and protecting your future when you are charged with a crime. They can ensure that someone is looking out for your interests and providing strong legal counsel as you go through police questioning, and they can also help you understand the pros and cons of your defense options so you can pick the right one for your case. A defense attorney can also provide some support and a friendly face as you navigate a system that can often feel stacked against you.
Conspiracy is a serious criminal charge, and it requires serious defensive action. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation and talk to a member of our team about your case. Call (803) 888-2200 to get started.