A federal conspiracy charge [18 U.S.C. § 371] involves two or more persons who allegedly agree to commit a federal crime and at least one of the persons takes some action to advance the conspiracy. The government need not demonstrate that there is a documented agreement between the parties involved – a federal conspiracy charge may result in the case of persons simply working together in the act of committing a federal crime. The government considers the planning and intent to commit a federal crime at least (and sometimes more) reprehensible than the criminal offenses themselves.

Federal conspiracy offenses may include:

  • Two or more persons conspiring to commit any offense against the United States,
  • Two or more persons attempting to defraud the United States [18 U.S.C. § 371],
  • [21 U.S.C. § 846] Conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
  • [18 U.S.C. § 1951] Robbery of interstate commerce contains conspiracy provisions – thus both committing robbery as well as conspiring to commit interstate robbery if a federal offense.

Sometimes it is the case that a person may be caught up in a conspiracy charge and have never actually met the other person or persons involved in person. As well, someone may be charged with conspiracy for a very minor role in the alleged offense, e.g. a person could potentially have full mandatory minimum sentencing for a very large quantity of drugs while only have a very small role in the alleged intent to manufacture or distribute the drugs.

If you are being charged or investigated for conspiracy, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to fight for you. Carl Haggard has over 30 years of verifiable winning experience. As a Federal Crimes attorney located in Houston, Texas, Carl is licensed to defend against federal offenses in Texas as well as throughout all US states and territories. Call 832.328.0600 or email today for a Free Confidential Consultation regarding your case and Carl Haggard and his federal defense team will begin fighting for you.

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