Criminal conspiracy is an agreement by two or more people to commit an unlawful act. The charge is often levied in drug cases, although it it used by prosecutors in many different cases. In order to be found guilty of conspiracy, the prosecutor must prove the following three elements:
-The defendant joined an agreement or plan that involved at least one other person
-The purpose of the agreement was to do something unlawful
-The defendant knew of the plan and intended to carry out the unlawful act
Conspiracy is often charged in addition to other offenses, such as drug charges. However, Massachusetts law allows for a person to be convicted of conspiracy even if the underlying charge is dismissed. The potential penalties highlight the seriousness of a conspiracy charge: in many cases, you can face the same punishment for the conspiracy as you would for the underlying crime.
If you’re facing conspiracy charges in Massachusetts, you need a high-quality Criminal Defense Attorney to protect your rights. Contact me today at (617) 657-4464 for a free phone consultation.