What the Government has to prove:
Not much. The Government has to prove very little to convict someone of a conspiracy under federal law. Importantly, a person can be convicted of the crime of conspiracy even if no crime is ever committed. To prove a conspiracy the Government needs only to prove two things:
1. That a conspiracy existed, meaning that two or more people agreed to violate certain provisions of the law; and
2. That the defendant willfully and knowingly entered into the conspiracy.
What the Government does not have to prove:
- That a person knew all of the members of the conspiracy;
- That a person knew about everything everyone in the conspiracy was doing;
- That a person received money as part of their participation in the conspiracy;
- That a person committed more than one act to help the conspiracy
What a person charged in a conspiracy is responsible for:
- All that was done before the person joined the conspiracy
- All that is done during the conspiracy while they are a member
So what can I do?
If you or a loved one are charged in a conspiracy, it is important to contact an attorney who is knowledgable in this area of law. The Law Office of Jennifer R. Louis-Jeune regularly handles conspiracy cases in federal court and can help you understand and defend your case to the fullest. Visit our website or give us a call.