While most Florida residents realize they can face a conspiracy charge, few know what that means. For example, many people think that the planned crime must be carried out to be charged. However, you can be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, even if you did not follow through.
Ronald S. Chapman has defended Florida residents for more than 30 years. From negotiating with prosecutors to vigorously presenting a defense to the jury, our West Palm Beach conspiracy defense lawyer is here to help.
The burden of proof rests with the prosecution when proving a conspiracy took place. That means the state must show that:
- You intended to commit a crime
- You agreed, confederated, conspired, or combined with one or more people with the intent to commit a crime
This differs from a federal conspiracy charge. In that case, you sometimes have to take action to further the plan. That makes state cases easier to prove, so it is vital to contact an experienced West Palm Beach conspiracy defense attorney for help.
Did you change your mind and back out after entering an agreement to commit a crime? If so, you might be able to use an abandonment defense. However, you must meet the criteria for this defense to be successful.
First, you have to show that you voluntarily and completely renounced the conspiracy. Second, you must have evidence that you took action to prevent the crime. Possible actions include persuading others to withdraw or calling the police to report the plan.
Do you think you abandoned the agreement but are unsure if you meet the legal threshold to prove your case? Our West Palm Beach conspiracy attorney can discuss this with you to see if it is a viable defense.
Conspiracy charges are based on the crime the alleged participants conspired to commit. For instance, assume you face a conspiracy charge to commit a first-degree felony. The conspiracy charge itself is also a first-degree felony.
Regardless of its classification, you face severe penalties if convicted, so contact our West Palm Beach conspiracy lawyer today for assistance. Then you can review your options, which might include negotiating with the prosecutor to dismiss or reduce your charges.