September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester
Have you or someone you know been charged with Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania? The charge of Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include many years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge.
This is a crime that must involve at least two people. It is an agreement to conspire together to commit a crime with the intent of facilitating the commission of the crime by attempting, solicitation to commit the crime or actually committing the crime, or agreeing to aid in the planning of the attempt, solicitation, or the act of the crime.
There can only be one conspiracy charge per person for the entire group. You should not be charged with multiple conspiracy charges for the same underlying criminal charge. In other words, it does not matter how many conspirators there are it is the same conspiracy agreement, thus there should only be one conspiracy charge.
The gravity of this offense depends on the underlying crime that the conspiracy is about. The way the charge is laid out is Conspiracy to commit (the underlying charge). Whatever the underlying charge is, is determines the gravity of the offense. Meaning that if the underlying charge is to commit a summary harassment, and then the Conspiracy will be charged as a summary at the same level as the harassment charge, whether or not the actual harassment offense occurred. This includes any offense that can be the underlying offense. Thus you could face life in prison if the underlying offense is murder. It does not matter if they underlying offense actually occurred, all that matters is that there were the agreement and an action to further the agreement to commit the underlying offense.
As you can see being charged with Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania is very serious offense. The results of a conviction could possibly result in spending decades in prison. If the police arrest you Criminal Conspiracy it is very important to be polite but remain silent and request to speak with your lawyer right away. Anything you say can and will be used against you. With so much at risk, it is important that you exercise your constitutional rights from the very beginning.
It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away in you or someone you know is charged with Criminal Conspiracy in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.