Criminal conspiracy: What exactly does that mean, anyway?

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2015 | White Collar Crime

It takes two to tango.

Although that well-known aphorism might not command spot-on relevance to the concept of criminal conspiracy, it’s at least somewhat germane.

Many lay readers of our criminal law blog likely see the term conspiracy quite often in crime-related stories. And, in fact, conspiracy often operates as a sort of catch-all category used by state and federal prosecutors that tacks on to other criminal charges and can lead to longer sentencing penalties for defendants.

As we note on a relevant page of our website at Frank A. Rubino, Esq., a conspiracy charge is often levied against individuals in white collar crime matters or when prosecutors file charges against drug defendants.

So, what exactly is conspiracy?

Loosely defined, criminal conspiracy applies to a case where two or more people work in concert — that is, conspire — in furtherance of some unlawful activity.

What is especially notable about conspiracy, as we note on our website, is the way that federal prosecutors often employ it to bring criminal charges against individuals “when they have little or no evidence they were directly involved in a crime.”

That obviously makes a conspiracy charge a potent card for criminal authorities to play.

For that reason, we also believe that the filing of such a charge renders it imperative that a criminal suspect obtain proven and aggressive legal counsel to defend against conspiracy and related allegations.

We provide that assistance at our firm, with attorney Frank A. Rubino, Esq. commanding many years of experience defending business principals, politicians, government officials and other clients against conspiracy and other criminal charges in both state and federal courts.

We welcome your closest scrutiny of our firm.

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