Criminal conspiracy is defined as two or more people coming together to commit a criminal act. It is separated into two categories: hub-and-spoke and chain conspiracy. Hub-and-spoke conspiracy involves more than two people conspiring with one person. That singular person at the center of the conspiracy is not one of the defendants in a criminal case. The chain conspiracy involves several individuals who are linked to criminal activity such as drug trafficking.
A drug conspiracy is the act of two or more people conspiring together to commit a criminal act involving drugs. The criminal act can include one or more of the following:
For example, one individual can make the drug. Another individual may be responsible for trafficking, or moving, the drug, and a third person is responsible for selling it.
No, the type of drug does not make any difference in a drug conspiracy case. Drug conspiracy involves anyone who knowingly helps to facilitate or further any controlled substance or narcotic via:
A drug conspiracy does not require the defendants to actually know each other. All that is required is that they communicate and work together, even if they actually do not know one another, as would likely be the case with two “spoke” defendants in a hub-and-spoke conspiracy.
Elements are the things a prosecutor proves to obtain a guilty verdict. A drug conspiracy charge does not require completing the manufacturing, distribution, sale, or possession of the drugs. Instead, a prosecutor must only prove:
Whether a drug conspiracy charge is prosecuted on a state or federal level depends on who conducted the investigation. It also may depend on whether the conspiracy involved intrastate activity.
The punishment for a state drug conspiracy charge depends on the state where the case is being heard. A federal conviction is approximately 40 years in prison plus a fine.
A drug conspiracy charge is a serious criminal charge, just like any other criminal offense involving drugs. Contact a criminal law attorney for available defenses for your drug conspiracy charge.
Last Modified: 05-16-2018 01:09 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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