What is conspiracy?
Conspiracy is an illegal agreement between two or more people that the government must prove that you were the person accused voluntarily joined with intent and with the intent to be part of this illegal agreement. The evidence has got to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Merely because you were in a place where a crime was discussed, or where people were arrested, is not enough. Mere presence is not enough. You have to actually have joined a conspiracy with the intent to be involved in the goal of the conspiracy.
Conspiracy is a serious charge. It’s used primarily in Federal court. It’s such a broad all encompassing charge that is reasonably easy to prove under certain circumstances that it’s called the Darling of the Prosecutor’s Nursery. The conspiracy charges are often just as serious as the actual charge itself. For example, if a group of people get together and decide to rob a bank, and they do an act in further ends of it, they buy duct tape to tie people up, or they drive to the bank and scope it out. They’re guilty of conspiracy. Then if the bank robbery actually takes place, they’re guilty of the bank robbery as well.
So conspiracy is very, very, very serious. It’s very all encompassing, and you’ve go to make sure that your lawyer fully understands conspiracy law. Their are books and books written strictly on conspiracy law, that’s how complicated it is. We understand conspiracy law.