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Charging conspiracy is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of federal prosecutors. A conspiracy is defined as an agreement, express or implied, between two or more people to commit a crime. A conviction does not require that a person have committed the underlying crime. It is enough that he or she have performed an overt act that furthers the plan — even a legal act such as sending an email or making a purchase. This is why conspiracy is a comparatively easy crime for prosecutors to prove.
A conspiracy can encompass a wide range of criminal activity, from theft to drug trafficking. It is a federal crime whenever any interstate communication medium is used, such as mail, phones and the internet, or when the conspirators’ purpose is to commit fraud or another offense against the United States or any federal agency. Federal conspiracy convictions can lead to severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines.
Facing federal conspiracy charges is a daunting prospect, but there are several defenses that individuals can pursue with the help of experienced legal counsel. They include the following:
Each conspiracy case is unique and the success of a defense strategy will depend on the specific facts and circumstances. Conspiracy charges can be complex, but an experienced criminal attorney can provide an effective defense and exploit all weaknesses in the government’s case.