Under Florida law, conspiracy is defined as an agreement by two or more persons to commit a criminal offense, with the intent that the crime will be committed. There must be an indication that the involved parties knew the plan and had intended to break the law.
For example, Jack, Ryan, and Sally plan a to rob a store. They visit the store to assess the layout and security. They pool their money and purchase a gun. They write a demand letter. All three can be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, whether or not the robbery is attempted or completed.
Florida law prevents anyone from attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit a crime. Ron Chapman can help if you have been charged or arrested with the intent to conspire to commit a crime.
The prosecution must prove two things beyond a reasonable doubt to charge a defendant with conspiracy to commit a crime.
Your intention means everything. All parties must show intent to achieve the outcome of the crime. Knowledge of a crime is not enough. For instance, if a friend tells you he is going to rob a bank, you are not part of the conspiracy to rob the bank just because you know. You would have to help assess the bank first or agree to assist with the getaway.
A conspiracy conviction, depending on the crime, can carry severe penalties. You can be punished for both the conspiracy and the actual crime. If you conspired to rob a bank and robbed it, you would be punished for both crimes.
Depending on the crime conspired, the punishment can range anywhere between a second-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by 60 days in jail with a $500 fine all the way up to a first-degree felony which is punishable up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help.
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