In the context of criminal law, a conspiracy occurs when two or more parties make an agreement to commit a crime. A charge of conspiracy does not depend on the fact that the parties carried out the planned crime, but only that they made the agreement and at least one of the parties took some type of action in furtherance of the conspiracy.
You can be arrested, charged and convicted, in other words, simply for agreeing with another person to commit a crime, even if you did not actually sell drugs, cultivate marijuana or commit some other type of crime. Conspiracy charges are frequently leveled in cases involving drug crimes such as manufacture and trafficking, and they offer a way for prosecutors to cast a wide net to ensnare more suspects in the case.
Both federal and state laws make it illegal to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, create, or distribute controlled substances as well as to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them. Likewise, it is illegal to conspire with someone to commit these offenses. The penalties depend largely on the amount of the drugs that were seized. These penalties can be drastic. Under Georgia law, for example, just 28 grams (1 ounce) of cocaine or methamphetamine carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.
The good news is that there are valid defenses to drug conspiracy charges. As noted above, one of the requirements is that the government must prove that the accused knew of the unlawful agreement and intended to join it. While the government may be able to establish that an accused knew about a drug conspiracy, it is often more difficult to establish that he or she intended to join it. Challenging illegal searches and seizures may also lead to the suppression of evidence that was seized. Discuss your case with an Atlanta criminal attorney to learn more about your legal options when facing drug crime charges.
As a seasoned drug crime defense attorney, I have what it takes to handle your defense. I will skillfully investigate the details surrounding your charges and your alleged offense in order to gather evidence and build a strong case. With me by your side, we might prove that you were not intentionally or knowingly involved in a drug conspiracy. Drug conspiracy is a federal drug crime that could land you in prison for years, so be sure to retain my services as soon as possible. I have more than 20 years of experience and have handled thousands of cases.
The sooner you hire a lawyer to defend you from charges of drug conspiracy, the better. At the Law Office of Jeff Manciagli, I have a proven track record of successful case results. I am honest, straightforward, and never overpromising anything.
After you take advantage of a free case evaluation and retain me as your defense attorney, I will begin working immediately on your defense and will personally handle your case through to the end. Contact my firm today for excellent drug crime defense.