Conspiracy is a complex issue when it comes to charges two or more people. The Commonwealth must prove the following in court:

  • That two or more people did actual conspire to work together to commit:
    • • a criminal act
    • • achieve an unlawful goal
    • • use unlawful means to achieve an otherwise lawful goal
  • Prove intent to work together
  • Prove the defendant knew that he or she was planning something that was unlawful
  • Prove that you initially agreed to become involved, even if you later change your mind and do not participate

Conspiracies can cover a wide range of actions, from murder, to insider trading, to drug trafficking, etc. The punishment for being part of an illegal conspiracy can range from 2 1/2 years to 20 years in prison. The defendant can and most likely will be charged for both the conspiracy and the actual crime. The courts will then set a penalty for each crime separately. Thus, a murder conspiracy could carry both 20 years for the conspiracy and death for the murder.

The Commonwealth can charge you with conspiring to commit any of the following charges:

  • Armed robbery
  • Arson
  • Auto theft
  • Burglary
  • Drug crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Hate-crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Pyramid schemes

This is why it is imperative that you consult with a well-qualified, experience criminal defense attorney as soon you find yourself charged with conspiracy or become aware of the Commonwealth’s investigation of your possible involvement. In the Boston, MA area, Attorney Liam D. Scully has years of experience defending conspiracy cases.

Attorney Scully is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Association. His 15 years of criminal defense experience allows him to provide his clients with the best possible defense. His vast knowledge the criminal and motor vehicle laws in Massachusetts allows him to isolate the evidence necessary to obtain the best possible result for his clients.

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