Conspiracy defense: What constitutes a conspiracy?
Oregon residents may become involved in conspiracies without intention. All that is required for a conspiracy charge to be filed is two or more people to be suspected of discussing or planning a criminal activity. The punishment for such charges can be severe and may even include life imprisonment. For this reason, conspiracy defense may be best navigated by an experienced criminal defense attorney.
When it is determined that a person was in any way involved in an alleged conspiracy – regardless of whether he or she committed any actual crime – the punishment can be the same as for the those who committed the offense. It is not uncommon in white collar or drug offenses for a person who played a minor role in an extensive conspiracy to face severe consequences if convicted. Charges can be filed even if the crime was never committed but only planned.
To obtain a conspiracy conviction, the burden is on the prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that at least two parties had entered into an agreement to commit a crime. Also, it must be established that the accused person knew of at least one of the goals of the conspiracy and had the intention to accomplish that goal. Furthermore, at least one member of the conspiracy must have acted in some way toward furthering the conspiracy.
Those in Oregon who have been accused of involvement in a conspiracy may rest assured that the Federal Conspiracy Defense Attorneys of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. are at their service. Among our four attorneys, we have accumulated over 70 years of experience in the defense of criminal charges. We can offer skilled and strategic advocacy while aiming to achieve the best possible result under the circumstances.