A criminal conspiracy involves two or more people who agree to commit an unlawful act, and then take some action toward the completion of the plan. The action taken doesn't necessarily have to be a crime; it merely has to indicate the plan was in motion with the intent to break the law. Intent is the central element to a federal conspiracy charge, and proof of a specific intent to violate the law is not needed for a conviction, only an agreement and general intent to engage in illegal activity. If you are charged with conspiracy to commit a federal offense and related crimes, it is urgent that you get expert legal help.

Types of Federal Offenses

Conspiracy to commit federal offenses can include a conspiracy to engage in virtually any type of criminal activity that is prohibited by federal statutes. Conspiracy to commit a federal offense is rarely charged on its own, it is more likely an additional charge that is part of a larger investigation. Conspiracy charges typically involve crimes like drug trafficking, money laundering, and various fraudulent activities.

Conspiracy Charges

Conspiracies to commit a federal offense can be charged under any number of federal statutes, most notably U.S.C. Title 18, Chapter 19. This covers conspiracies to defraud the United States, conspiracies to impede or injure an officer, and conspiracies to commit violent crimes. Under federal law an actual criminal act is not necessary to prosecute a conspiracy; the key is whether there was a stated intent to break the law . This means that even if the actual crime was not committed, the conspiracy charges can still be prosecuted.

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The federal maximum penalty for conspiracy is five years in prison, though this is often in addition to penalties for the crime itself, and any other related charges. It is imperative that these charges are met with an early and aggressive defense. Attorneys have extensive experience dealing with serious crimes on the federal level, and a proven track record of success. Contact a conspiracy to commit a federal offense attorney today.

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