If you are a resident of Phoenix, Arizona or the surrounding areas and
have been charged with conspiracy, then you should seek legal counsel
right away. A
Phoenix criminal defense attorney with experience in defending against
conspiracy charges can make all the difference . Here are some facts about conspiracy and
how a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer can help.
What Exactly is Conspiracy?
Conspiracy is the act of conspiring to commit a crime. It’s when
two people agree to perform an illegal act whether it be to
distribute drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, or to physically harm or
murder another individual, or even to engage in wire fraud, mail fraud, or
money laundering. In federal conspiracy cases, even if you don’t actually commit
the crime, conspiracy charges may be brought against you as if you did
follow through. Arizona conspiracy law is somewhat different as, in addition
to the agreement, you must commit an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.
In federal court, conspiracy is punishable by up to five years in prison.
In Arizona state courts, the punishment can vary depending on the crime.
For example, the possible penalties for a conspiracy to possess marijuana
for sale is very different that the penalty for conspiracy to commit murder.
How a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
Conspiracy charges can be complex so you’ll need a criminal attorney
that understands conspiracy law and has experience in filing pretrial
motions that are often unique to conspiracy cases. Just last year, I defended
a client in Phoenix’s Maricopa County Superior Court in a high-profile
conspiracy to commit first degree murder case related to the firebombing
of a witness’ home in a related case. Even though my client did
not throw the Molotov cocktail into the witness’ home – and
was not anywhere around when it happened, he was still charged with conspiracy,
attempted murder, and arson. My client faced 25 years at trial and was
offered a plea bargain of 18 years. After 18 months of fierce and intense
litigation, he received probation and no jail.
Just recently, I represented another client charged with conspiracy to
possess marijuana for sale. The case arose out of a DEA wiretap. Our aggressive
defense paid off and all charges against my client were dismissed.
If you are being charged of conspiracy,
contact our dedicated and skilled defence attorney in Phoenix. We can provide the help you need!