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Understanding the Legal Issues Involving Conspiracy

The crime of conspiracy involves two or more people who conspire or agree to commit an illegal act. The individuals involved in the conspiracy must also engage in some type of action related to the crime—no matter how minor. However, the underlying criminal offense does not have to be fully executed for a person to be slapped with federal conspiracy charges.

The basis of a federal conspiracy charge includes four key factors:

  1. Two or more people agreed to commit a federal crime
  2. The person willfully participated in the conspiracy
  3. Some action was taken by the conspirator toward the completion of the criminal offense
  4. The criminal action that was taken was knowingly committed

When charged with conspiracy, defendants are often accused of committing or attempting to commit the crime itself as a separate offense. In most cases, the prosecution will try conspirators as a group, and, frequently, one conspirator’s testimony is used as evidence against the other conspirators to secure a guilty verdict. There are many different federal laws that prohibit conspiracies involving other federal crimes such as terrorism, racketeering, and drug trafficking.

Conviction in a federal case carries penalties that include:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Fines of up to $250,000 for individuals
  • Fines up to $500,000 for organizations
  • Asset seizure

Okabe & Haushalter Can Help Defend Your Legal Rights

Okabe & Haushalter is highly skilled in federal case litigation and can provide experienced legal counsel if you have been charged with conspiracy. We are well-versed in conspiracy laws and have successfully represented many clients accused of federal crimes. Our firm can thoroughly investigate your charges and prepare a compelling defense in response to the prosecutor’s case.

Get in touch with our Las Vegas federal crime attorneys if you have been charged with conspiracy. This is a serious federal crime that could result in imprisonment for many years. A knowledgeable lawyer will review your case and explain the laws pertaining to conspiracy and how they will affect your criminal case if you have also been charged with a separate federal crime. Contact a Las Vegas conspiracy attorney at our firm if you are facing federal conspiracy charges for responsible legal counsel and powerful representation in court.