A New York resident may one day have to face a conspiracy charge. The brief definition of conspiracy is working together with another party to engage in unlawful conduct or actions. When one person conducts an unlawful act, then that person is simply charged with a crime. When more than one person is involved with a crime, the secondary party and other members could receive separate charges for conspiracy. A conspiracy charge can be punished in a number of ways. Each case and ts penalties depend on the circumstances at hand
Conspiracy for Committed or Non Committed Acts
A person can receive a conspiracy charge whether an unlawful act was successfully committed or not. The conspiracy charge is separate from the unlawful act, and it stands on its own. An example of such a situation would be an unsuccessful robbery. For some reason, the robbery may not have been fulfilled. However, the persons who planned it can still be held accountable for a conspiracy charge that is separate from the charges that may stem from the unsuccessful robbery. Conspiracy to commit robbery is one of the most common types of conspiracy that arise.
More Examples of Conspiracy Situations
Conspiracy can occur in an assault situation or in a murder case. It occurs when one or more parties plan to isolate the victim and inflict pain on him or her because of a disagreement or a problem. One party may plan to lure the victim to a place where the other parties will attack. The same situation may occur in a murder case. Sometimes a person can be charged with conspiracy just for knowing that someone else was going to commit a crime and not notifying the authorities of that person’s intention. Knowing of a crime and not doing anything to stop it is just as bad as participating is according to some judges.
One more example of conspiracy is a group of workers stealing from a company or its customers. An example is a case of five or six employees working together to steal consumer credit card numbers and charge them for various store items. The people who stole the credit card numbers and all parties who knew about it would be held liable for conspiracy as well as fraud and any other charges that may come about.
Penalties for Conspiracy
Many penalties may come about for a conspiracy conviction. The level of punishment that a person receives would depend on the crime that was associated with the conspiracy. For example conspiracy that occurred in the midst of shoplifting crime may only be a Class B misdemeanor charge. A Class B misdemeanor charge would only call for jail time of up to three months. Conspiracy that is related to a more serious crime may be considered as a Class A felony. Felony convictions can result in a person spending many years in jail. Therefore, a person who receives a conspiracy charge should contact a reliable attorney.
How an Attorney Can Help
A reliable attorney can help a number of ways. Conspiracy is something that the prosecuting side must prove. The judge will not charge someone with conspiracy unless the prosecution proves 100 percent that the person was aware of the criminal activity and played the part of a willful participant in such a crime. The prosecutor will have to present some type of physical evidence or have the testimony of a reliable witness. If not, then the defense may have the right to request a dismissal of such a charge.
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