Conspiracy

Conspiracy

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Contact an Experienced Florida Conspiracy Attorney Today!

In Florida, it is illegal to conspire to commit a crime. What this means is that Florida law prohibits you from making an agreement with another person to commit a criminal offense. It is important to note that the crime does not necessarily have to be completed or committed in order to be found guilty of criminal conspiracy. For instance, you can be convicted of conspiracy to rob a bank even if the robbery does not occur. One of the most common conspiracy charges in Florida involve drug distribution, meaning that you can be charged and convicted of conspiracy to sell or deliver drugs or controlled substances even if there never were any drugs or controlled substances to sell or the sale never took place.

Key Elements of Conspiracy in Florida

Under Florida law, in order to be found guilty of the crime of conspiracy, the State must first prove that you had an agreement with at least one other person to commit a specific crime and that you and the other people involved in the agreement had the intent to commit the crime. You do not have to take any other overt steps to commit the crime to be convicted of conspiracy. For example, if you and a friend are just sitting around and agree to try to sell marijuana for some extra cash, both you and your friend can be charged and convicted of conspiracy even if you had not yet procured the marijuana or made any other effort to sell the marijuana. The agreement to sell the marijuana is sufficient to establish criminal liability for conspiracy.

Penalties for Conspiracy in Florida

Typically, the penalties associated with a conspiracy conviction in Florida will depend on the penalties that might be imposed if the offense that you were conspiring to commit was actually committed.  Under Florida law, conspiracy to commit a certain crime is usually ranked one level below the ranking of the actual crime had it been committed.  For example, the offense of selling marijuana near a school is a second-degree felony offense which is considered a Level 5 offense on the Florida Criminal Punishment Code scale of one to ten.  Therefore, conspiracy to sell marijuana on or near school grounds would be assigned a Level 4 Offense Severity Ranking meaning that you would be sentenced under the point value associated with a Level 4 Offense, rather than a Level 5 Offense.  However, just because you would not face the full penalties as if you actually sold the marijuana on school grounds, you can still be found guilty of conspiracy to sell the marijuana, and still face a lengthy jail sentence and hefty fine associated with a felony conviction.

Contact an Experienced Florida Conspiracy Attorney Today!

If you have been charged with conspiracy in Florida, and particularly, conspiracy to commit a drug offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Florida Conspiracy Attorney right away. Conspiracy charges should not be taken lightly, as a conviction can result in serious penalties, such as jail time and significant fines. Fortunately, conspiracy is a charge that can oftentimes be successfully challenged if you have the right attorney on your side. If you never actually agreed to commit a crime, you only briefly participated in a crime without prior agreement to commit the crime, or if you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, all of these scenarios could be considered defenses to the crime of conspiracy. Contact Beryl Thompson-McClary, J.D., today at 888-640-2999 for your free initial consultation and let a seasoned Florida Conspiracy Attorney help you fight your criminal conspiracy charge.