Criminal accusations of conspiracy can result in severe consequences. A conviction could not only destabilize your standing in a professional or personal setting, but also make it more difficult for you to see your family, maintain a job, and participate in day-to-day life.
If you find yourself facing accusations of conspiracy, reach out to an attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group right away. Our attorneys have experience defending hundreds of criminal cases and are not afraid to fight on your behalf. Contact an Arizona conspiracy lawyer to get started.
Arizona Revised Statute 13-1003 outlines the state’s definition of conspiracy. Accusations of conspiracy must involve an agreement between two or more parties who have the intention of committing a crime and do something in furtherance of the agreement. The planned offense does not have to be carried out in order for conspiracy to be charged.
Under most circumstances, conspiracy carries the same felony charge as the offense it elicited. For example, instances of assault with a deadly weapon charged as a Class 3 Felony would merit a Class 3 Felony conspiracy charge.
The only time in which a conspiracy charge may not match the charge of its related act is when the act is classified as a Class 1 Felony. In these cases, parties accused of conspiracy could face life in prison. A skilled Arizona attorney can build a defense that aims to mitigate the criminal consequences of a conspiracy charge.
A person’s criminal record can impact the nature of the conspiracy charges they face. Any parties who have been convicted of two prior separate instances of violent, felony-level crimes may face life in prison for additional alleged instances of conspiracy. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-706, these parties may not have the right to seek their release until they have served at least 35 years of their sentence.
An individual who has had their record set aside or expunged may face sanctions different from those who have a visible record. Anyone with a criminal record, expunged or otherwise, should consult with a conspiracy attorney to go over how this might affect their case.
Under Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1005, individuals involved in conspiracies have the ability to renounce their participation in a conspiracy, so long as they do this before an arrest or the crime is committed. Renunciation of the conspiracy must be done voluntarily and completely. This requires the individual make a reasonable effort to prevent the commission of the crime the in the co-conspirator’s agreement. If the crime has not yet been committed, reach out to Grand Canyon Law Group to help structure an exit plan that protects you.
Simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time or having no knowledge of the agreement to commit the crime could also be defenses against conspiracy charges. An experienced attorney can evaluate the facts of an individual’s conspiracy case and develop a defense accordingly.
Conspiracy charges can threaten more than your job. Uncontested charges may make it more difficult for you to seek similar employment in the future. These charges may also come with jail time, fines, and additional consequences that can disrupt your day-to-day life.
Fortunately, you have legal options to combat conspiracy charges. The defense lawyers at Grand Canyon Law Group have extensive experience as former Deputy County attorneys and can use their knowledge of the courtroom to protect your rights. Reach out to an Arizona conspiracy lawyer today to learn more about what our dedicated team can do for you.