DEFENDING FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES
Facing a federal criminal investigation can be intimidating and unsettling. These fears can become even worse if the authorities charge you with conspiracy to commit a crime which can enable them to greatly increase the scope of conduct presented to a jury. A conspiracy to commit a federal crime happens whenever there is an agreement by two or more people to commit a specific federal crime, and, depending on the type of conspiracy, may require that at least one of those people make some overt act to further the conspiracy. A conspiracy can be an informal arrangement or a formal agreement to commit a crime.
Due to the severity of penalties involved, it is important to understand what constitutes conspiracy and how an experienced federal conspiracy lawyer can help protect those charged and/or mitigate the impact of charges.
If you are facing Federal conspiracy charges anywhere in the United States, as soon as possible, you should contact a Federal conspiracy defense attorney so that they can begin preparing your defense. Please call our office in Orlando, Florida at 407.755.7675
ASSOCIATED CONSPIRACY OFFENSES
Prosecutors frequently file federal conspiracy charges because it is a broad crime that can cover a large range of topics. Some of the most common types of federal conspiracy charges are:
- Drug possession, distribution, or trafficking conspiracy;
- Money laundering conspiracy;
- Bank, mail or wire fraud conspiracy; or
- Health care fraud conspiracy
The United States Code contains other specific conspiracy provisions. For example, 21 U.S.C. § 846 makes it illegal to commit a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Another section of the United States Code, 21 U.S.C. § 1956(h), makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully agree with someone to engage in a financial transaction that takes “dirty” money obtained through criminal activity and use it in a clean, legitimate way (“washing the dirty money”). It is called “money laundering” because the process “washes dirty money” to make it look clean. Oftentimes, the “washed” transaction purchases lavish items such as jewelry, real estate, or cars. Fraud conspiracy charges are often filed under 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and can include allegations of a criminal agreement to commit mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, or telemarketing fraud.
UNDERSTANDING FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES
Conspiracy laws do not even require that the two people meet or interact – as long as they know the other person was doing something to further the conspiracy. This is common in complex, sprawling conspiracies where a central person(s) is coordinating numerous other individuals.
Conspiracy charges can be defended. Conspiracies can be carried to overreaching lengths by federal prosecutors who charge someone with no knowledge of the illicit purpose of an agreement. Additionally, a very minor participant in a conspiracy can be swept up in the same case as someone who is much more responsible for criminal conduct. That minor participant can face the same severe mandatory minimum sentences as the managers of the conspiracy.
MOUNTING A LEGAL DEFENSE AGAINST FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES
At Haas Law, our federal conspiracy attorneys vigorously defend conspiracy charges. This challenge requires a unique skillset possessed only by an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who not only scrutinizes the evidence, but also the lack of evidence and any conflicts in the evidence. We also examine the roles that the government thinks each person had in the conspiracy.
Our firm is based in Orlando, Florida but people from all over the country hire us when they need a law firm to represent them on Federal conspiracy charges. Haas Law has successfully represented individuals in Federal courts across the nation because criminal laws and the rules of evidence are basically the same in federal courts nationwide.