Conspiracy Charges – Gerald R Stahl provides West Michigan’s Best Criminal Defense Strategies
What is Conspiracy?
Often times in a drug related offenses the defendants are charged with a separate substantive offense, Conspiracy. In general, the elements of a conspiracy are the combination or agreement, which can be expressed or implied, between two or more persons to commit an illegal act or a legal act in an illegal manner. Conspiracy can also be charged after a burglary or robbery or other offenses so long as two or more people agree to the criminal enterprise.
In Michigan, there is a statute on conspiracies. The actual crime of conspiracy is a distinct and different crime from the substantive offense. Whether a defendant is successful in completing the crime is not required to be convicted of conspiracy. Nor is it necessary that all defendants participate in the conspiracy throughout the entire criminal endeavor.
For example, in a conspiracy involving a drug case, not all the individuals along the chain need to know all the conspirators, or all the details of the conspiracy in its entirety. In other words if A and B agree to drive the getaway car in a drug deal for C and D, who agree to sell drugs to E, they all could be prosecuted for a conspiracy.
A police informant willing to pretend to participate in an alleged criminal enterprise such as delivery of a controlled substances is not a co-conspirator in the alleged conspiracy.
If You Have Been Charged with a Crime – “Better Call Stahl”
Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer with 30 years of experience in every type of case from homicide to DUI. He routinely represents defendants in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry and Newaygo Counties. Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located in Grand Rapids on East Beltline near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court.
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