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Portland shootout leads to conspiracy charges for 3 men

Conspiracy charges are issued for cases where a group of people plan to commit a criminal offense. A conspiracy charge can be issued even if the plan was not executed. Portland, Oregon, readers should note that even though a person did not directly participate in committing a criminal offense, the person can still be charged with conspiracy because the individual was aware of the criminal's objective.

Three men were recently charged with conspiracy and other criminal charges following a Portland, Oregon, burglary incident that resulted in a shootout with local authorities, killing a police dog in the process.

Based on the report, police responded to calls regarding a burglary and chased the three alleged culprits. One of the suspects, a 20-year-old man, shot an officer and his dog. Police apprehended the other two suspects, also in their early twenties. The suspect who shot the police officer and his dog is currently being treated at a hospital and is under police scrutiny.

The three suspects are facing criminal charges for conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, second-degree attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping and first-degree attempted kidnapping. Reports show that the defendants were allegedly involved in an active robbery and burglary spree in the area.

Defendants who are facing conspiracy charges may choose to handle the case alone or seek help. Complicated criminal charges like conspiracy charges need the legal knowledge and a solid conspiracy defense. Even a minor role in a criminal offense can lead to serious consequences if the defendant is convicted.

Source: KATU, "Police identify man suspected of shooting officer, killing K-9," April 18, 2014

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