A federal conspiracy crime indictment arises when two are more people give substantial assistance to an activity that is a federal crime subject to indictment. A federal conspiracy crime indictment is usually more complex than other federal criminal indictments, due to:
- The number of co-conspirators involved
- The intense pressure on co-conspirators to provide substantial help to federal law enforcement against other co-conspirators
- The involvement of Title III wiretaps that allows federal law enforcement to capture, record and listen to telephone, personal and electronic communications of co-conspirators
A federal conspiracy crime indictment holds each co-conspirator criminally accountable for the actions of the other co-conspirators. In a federal conspiracy crime indictment, the statements of co-conspirators can be used against all other co-conspirators in front of the jury.
These factors give rise to important considerations in defending federal conspiracy crime indictments, including motions for severance from other co-conspirators and constitutional confrontation of witness issues at jury trial.
What Could Be Considered A Criminal Conspiracy?
Though conspiracy charges are taken quite seriously, most federal and state laws restrict conspiracy charges from being pursued in the event that no actions were taken to support or carry out the conspiracy. Various conspiracies consist of:
- Intent to defraud the United States
- Murder of a law enforcement officer
- Intent to manufacture or possess drugs or firearms
- Activities associated with organized crime, such as money laundering
Who Prosecutes Conspiracy Charges?
The agency that prosecutes a conspiracy charge is based on the nature of the claim — it may well be the FBI, DEA or another federal or state government agency. Given both the difficulty and severity of conspiracy charges, it is highly recommended that those dealing with a conspiracy charge consult with an lawyer who is both qualified and skilled in the ins and outs of conspiracy law.
Our Firm Has The Skill And Resources To Defend You
Federal criminal defense lawyer Marcos Garza and his team have handled many federal criminal conspiracy cases, in areas such as:
- White collar crime
- Asset forfeiture
- Drug possession or trafficking
- Auto theft
- Racketeering (RICO cases)
- Money laundering, theft and extradition
Our Knoxville law firm is thoroughly equipped to defend you in any serious federal or state criminal conspiracy case. Contact us by calling 865-329-6982 or 866-893-8413 to speak with our attorneys today.