Persuasive Pittsburgh Conspiracy Cases Attorney Defending Your Rights
Many people don’t realize it is illegal to plan to commit a crime, even if you never actually follow through with it. This is known as criminal conspiracy, which results in being punished for the crime in question even if that action was thwarted or abandoned before completion. There are several mitigating factors to prove conspiracy, which is why it is imperative to hire a competent criminal defense attorney who can prove your actions don’t meet the requirements needed for a conviction.
What Constitutes a Conspiracy?
Simply thinking about or even planning a crime is not in itself illegal. What is illegal, however, is when two or more people plan to commit a crime and one or more of them takes any sort of overt action to realize the crime. If that sounds vague, that’s because it is. Conspiracy crimes are highly situational, which is why you need exceptional representation.
Overt Actions & Defenses
In order to be convicted of conspiracy, it must be proved that an overt action was taken toward committing the intended crime. This can be as small as casing a location or as serious as purchasing weapons. Common conspiracy defenses include:
- Proving there was no intent to actualize the crime
- You tried to stop or prevent the other conspirators from committing the crime, referred to in court as renunciation
- The planning happened long ago and was abandoned
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No matter what has taken place, we believe everyone is entitled to a fair legal process. We’ll work closely with you to ensure we build the strongest argument in your favor and are represented properly. No one should be punished for a crime they didn’t commit, even if they thought about it. We will treat you with the respect and understanding you deserve, period.