Conspiracy has always been a murky term in criminal law, and when the charge is brought in U.S. District Court, it can be even more confusing. In the federal criminal justice system, a conspiracy charge related to drug trafficking or large-scale fraud operations can expose you to a severe risk of punishment. To learn what conspiracy means specifically in your federal case, contact me today.
A conspiracy is nothing more or less than an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime, together with an overt act by at least one person to advance the illegal purpose of the conspiracy. An actual crime need not have been committed, a conspirator need not know all the details of the illegal plan, and the overt act need not itself have been a crime. The agreement is the essence of the conspiracy, not the crime itself.
In real life, a federal conspiracy offense might involve dozens or hundreds of people, with most unknown to one another, who are alleged to have participated in a complex drug trafficking or fraud scheme. My understanding of federal fraud law can help you by attacking the evidence linking you to the agreement, by showing that the alleged overt acts were in fact innocent and unconnected to the criminal conduct, or even by demonstrating your withdrawal from the agreement before the underlying crimes occurred. My analysis of the facts will identify the best approach.
Whether you’re facing minor drug charges or a major federal indictment, contact me today.
I handle federal cases in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.