Conspiracy/White Collar Crimes in New York City

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Conspiracy is defined under New York Penal Law Article 105. Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree is defined as the criminal act of agreeing with one or more person(s) to engage in criminal activity; this is a class B misdemeanor. To be proven guilty of this crime, it must be shown that the person had the intent – either through conscious objective or purpose.

The law is also very clear in stating that it is not considered a defense to have not known about the criminal nature of the agreement. It is also important to note that not all people in the agreement need to be found guilty for one of them to be proven guilty.

The Following Must Be Proven to Prove Guilt:

  • The defendant agreed to commit a crime with one or more person(s);
  • The defendant agreed with the full intention to perform; and
  • The defendant committed at least one related "allegedly overt act"

There are several other different forms of conspiracy as defined under Article 105. For example, Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree is considered to be conspiracy to either commit a felony or commit a crime with a minor under the age of 16. This is a class A misdemeanor.

The Other Degrees of Conspiracy Are Defined Below:

  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree: Conspiracy to commit a class B or C felony, commit a felony with a minor under the age of 16 or commit money laundering. This is a class E felony.
  • Conspiracy in the Third Degree: Conspiracy to commit a class B or C felony with a minor under the age of 16. This is a class D felony.
  • Conspiracy in the Second Degree: Conspiracy to commit a class A felony. This is a class B felony.
  • Conspiracy in the First Degree: Conspiracy to commit a class A felony with a minor under the age of 16. This is a class A-I felony.

Arrested for Conspiracy? Under Investigation?

When a defendant is accused of conspiracy in conjunction with any white collar crime, he or she may face criminal charges for both. This applies in situations where one or more persons conspire to commit fraud or another white collar offense and then are successful in carrying out the act. These persons may be at risk of facing criminal charges for conspiracy and the act that was committed. If the attempted or intended crime is unsuccessful, these persons may still face conspiracy charges.

As a standalone offense or when charged in conjunction with the crime that a defendant allegedly conspired to commit, a conspiracy conviction may have serious consequences. That is why you should act immediately to involve a NYC criminal defense attorney who can competently handle your case. In New York, a conviction for conspiracy may result in up to 25 years in state prison depending on the circumstances of the offense. If the conspired act is carried out, the defendant may face an additional sentence for whatever the penalties associated with that offense may be under New York penal code.

Hire Our NYC Criminal Defense Lawyer

With a lawyer to get involved with and handle all aspects of your case, you have the invaluable opportunity of challenging your conspiracy charges and avoiding a conviction or at the very least avoiding maximum penalties that will change your life. You may have been accused of conspiracy in relation to RICO violations, counterfeiting, fraud, identity theft or a similar white collar offense. With the resources to investigate your case and build an innovative strategy, we can handle any unique circumstances and meet your needs.