Criminal conspiracy is an agreement by two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, and is a punishable crime in Massachusetts with potentially severe consequences. While some states are more stringent when it comes to requiring prosecutors to prove the elements of conspiracy, Massachusetts law is fairly simple and certainly not complex. In order to show prove conspiracy in Massachusetts, the prosecutor must show three elements. First, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant joined an agreement or plan that involved him and at least one other individual. Second, the prosecutor must show that the purpose of the agreement the defendant entered in to was to do something criminal or unlawful. Finally, the prosecutor must show that the defendant joined the conspiracy knowing of the plan and intending to carry out the unlawful act. While some states also require an overt act to be proved, meaning the prosecutor must show that the defendant also took some step towards carrying out the conspiracy, Massachusetts court have long discredited this approach. In addition, a prosecutor can use circumstantial evidence to prove a conspiracy charge, making convictions even easier to obtain.
Due to the complexity and serious nature of criminal conspiracy charges, it is imperative for individuals facing these charges to obtain an experienced MA criminal conspiracy defense attorney as early as possible. At the Greater Boston Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, we have been providing outstanding legal services to clients throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 40 years. Our team of Criminal Conspiracy Defense Attorneys has the experience, knowledge and courtroom expertise to deliver legal advice of the highest quality to our clients.
In many cases, conspiracy is charged in addition to another offense, normally the subsequent offense committed as part of the conspiracy. Under Massachusetts law, even if a defendant is acquitted for the subsequent offense, the defendant can be found guilty of conspiracy or vice versa.
The penalties for conspiracy can be severe, depending on the offense the defendant conspired to commit. If the defendant conspired to commit a felony that is punishable by life in prison, the punishment for the conspiracy offense could be up to 20 years in jail in addition to a $10,000 fine. If the defendant conspired to commit an offense that was punishable by ten years or more, then the defendant could be placed in jail for up to ten years and fined up to $10,000. For all other conspiracies to commit felonies punishable for less than ten years in prison, the defendant could be held in jail for five years and charged a fine of $5,000. Finally, if a defendant is found guilty of conspiracy to commit a crime that is not a felony, the defendant could still be given a sentence of up to 2 ½ years in jail and a fine of $2,000.
MA Criminal Conspiracy Attorneys at Altman & Altman, LLP
At the MA Criminal Defense Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, we understand that facing charges of criminal conspiracy is often a frightening and confusing experience for those involved. With this uncertainty and anxiety in mind, our dedicated team of criminal conspiracy lawyers will outline all of your legal options and will fully explain your rights. We will give you straight answers to your difficult legal questions and will help you navigate these difficult waters.
Our skillful Boston Criminal Conspiracy Defense Attorneys will protect your interests during every phase of the legal process. Whether you have been arrested, are facing an arraignment, are being investigated, or are being questioned by the police, our skillful MA Criminal Defense Lawyers will vigorously defend your rights. As a client of Altman & Altman, LLP, our Criminal Conspiracy Lawyers will stand by your side throughout the course of the proceedings and will aggressively advocate on your behalf.
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