Federal Conspiracy

Georgia Federal Conspiracy Defense Attorney

Conspiracy Defense Lawyer Southeast Georgia

Conspiracy is one of the most often used crimes in the arsenal of the United State’s Attorney’s Office.

A conspiracy charge can relate to almost every Federal Crime.

Common conspiracy charges include:

  • Conspiracy to deal in illegal narcotics,
  •  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, or Methamphetamine.
  • Conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, and tax fraud.

Federal prosecutors will often use conspiracy to charge several people for the same offense.  The harsh reality is that if you are arrested on conspiracy charges you may be held responsible for more than the actions that you actually committed.

If you are charged with conspiracy to commit an offense in Federal Court your rights, and your future are at risk. Choosing the right criminal defense attorney to defend your case and protect your rights is critical.

The Strom Law Firm, LLC stands ready to help you defend a Federal Conspiracy charge.

What is a Conspiracy?

A conspiracy is a mutual effort to accomplish some common criminal objective, or to work together for a common criminal purpose.

In other words, if you agree with one or more people to commit a crime (or a series of crimes), you a considered a “co-conspirator” and can be charged with conspiracy.

In state court, this is often charged as a “Party to A Crime.” These are closely related concepts, except the latter is broader.  To prove that you are a party to a crime requires the prosecutor to show that you merely assisted someone in committing a crime, not that you necessarily were an active full-fledged contributor.

The crime of “conspiracy” is actually a separate offense.

What does the Government Need to Prove to Establish Conspiracy?

To find you guilty of conspiracy, the government must show that you engaged in some “overt act” to further the conspiracy.

In federal drug cases, the government only needs to show that you were a member of a conspiracy, and you planned to advance and maintain the conspiracy (no “overt act” is required).

Either way, the government is not even required to show that:

  • the conspirators had any express or formal agreement,
  • that they had a meeting, or
  • the coconspirators knew each other.

If you are found to be a member of a conspiracy to commit a crime, and that crime was committed by any member of that conspiracy, then you, and all other members of the conspiracy, are guilty of that crime.

Consider the following…

You and your friends are planning a drug deal with some people you have not even met (such as a supplier).  If one of these people commits a murder, you can be held responsible as a member of the conspiracy, for your participation.

However, if you had friends who were running a drug operation, and you were at their meetings or present when deals were being made, you are not legally responsible merely by being present – you must actually become a member of the conspiracy.

The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands this difference and will fight to protect your legal rights.  Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and MasterCard.