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What is conspiracy?

Criminal charges can quickly stack up. A person who is accused of one criminal act could suddenly be facing several criminal charges that are related to the initial offense. Law enforcement agents often do this because increasing the number of charges can increase the likelihood that a person will plead or be found guilty on at least one of them.

Some of these added-on charges can seem confusing, and people may not be aware of how serious they are. One such charge that can be filed in connection with a wide range of criminal behaviors is conspiracy. In this post we will look at what conspiracy is and what a person could be facing if convicted of this offense.

Conspiracy is essentially the act of agreeing with another person to commit an unlawful act. The unlawful act that is discussed never even needs to be completed; but as long as at least two people are informed that a criminal act will take place and take some action toward completing that act, conspiracy charges can be filed.

Specifically, Minnesota laws state that a person can be guilty of conspiracy if he or she is aware of and engaged in a plan to either:

  • Commit a crime
  • Get someone else wrongfully arrested for a criminal offense

This charge can essentially be filed in conjunction with any other type of offense. Allegations of violent crimes, white collar crimes, drug charges, theft and even sexual assault can all include conspiracy charges if more than one person is involved in the alleged offense.

A conviction on a conspiracy charge could mean serious penalties. In Minnesota, the amounts of jail time and monetary penalties that are handed down depend on how serious the crime involved in the conspiracy is. For example, if the intended crime is first-degree murder, the penalties of a conspiracy conviction will be much more harsh that if the intended crime is a misdemeanor.

In any situation involving allegations of conspiracy and intent to commit a criminal act, it can be vital to work with an attorney to defend against criminal charges. Being convicted of any type of crime can be detrimental to a person’s family, future and freedom. 

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