Charged With Conspiracy in AZ?
Under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1003, conspiracy is the direct intent to promote or aid in a crime or criminal offense with the agreement of one or more parties. In a conspiracy, at least one of the agreed parties will actually carry out the offense. Conspiracy can be any number of crimes, from conspiracy to commit murder to
fraud. If, for example, you conspired with someone to commit a murder, then you may not only be charged with conspiracy but also with accomplice to murder.
Depending on the type of crime that was going to be committed, you may find yourself facing varying penalties. For a Class 1 felony, such as murder, you can be sentenced to life without parole, even for just conspiring to commit the murder. Class 2 felonies can have you spending up to one year in jail or prison, and Class 3 felonies are punishable by up to one year in jail and probation. Regardless of the offense, if you have been arrested and charged with conspiring to commit a criminal act, then you need to act quickly to work with an attorney to defend your rights and freedoms.
Defenses Against Conspiracy Charges
Conspiracy can be a hard thing to actually convict someone of because the lack of evidence can be overwhelming. Someone simply implying that you were conspiring with them to commit a crime may get you arrested but may not be enough to convict you of the crime. Another strong defense is pleading innocence. If you loaned someone a shovel under the impression that they were going to do yard work and they ended up committing a gruesome murder, then you are technically not liable for that crime. Because evidence can be so sparse in conspiracy crimes, it is important that you work with a strong defense attorney to help protect your rights. Do not trust your case to an ill-experienced lawyer; you deserve strong representation! Contact Laboy Law Office to schedule a free case evaluation today.