Although some people think that conspiracy cases always involve a large group of people, many only involve two individuals. When it comes to conspiracy charges, there are various factors to take into account. When someone is accused of conspiring with another to commit a crime in Minneapolis, Minnesota, or anywhere else in the U.S., they may face additional charges and harsh consequences. By conspiring with another individual to carry out a crime, those accused of conspiracy could face steep fines and prison time even if the crime never took place.
On the Office of the Revisor of Statutes' site, the penalties for conspiracy in Minnesota are provided. When at least two people conspire to commit a misdemeanor, they may face $300 in fines and 90 days of imprisonment. However, those accused of conspiring to commit treason or first-degree murder may face up to 20 years behind bars. Conspiring to carry out a gross misdemeanor or another type of felony could result in up to half of the prison time and fines that come with the actual crime. Aside from committing a crime, it is also illegal for two (or more) people to conspire to have another individual prosecuted or apprehended on a false charge. People who conspire to have someone wrongfully prosecuted or taken into custody have committed a misdemeanor.
In addition to serious penalties at the state level, people also encounter significant consequences when facing federal conspiracy charges. According to the Internal Revenue Service, when offenses are committed against the U.S. by two (or more) people, those who conspired to commit an offense may face up to $250,000 in fines (these fines are doubled for businesses) and five years in prison.