In Texas, a person can be charged for merely trying to commit a crime. There are various charges related to efforts put forth in trying to commit a crime, such as attempt and solicitation. Attempt goes beyond basic preparations and consists of doing everything that one can to commit a crime. Solicitation is asking someone to commit a crime. Another crime in this category is called conspiracy.
Conspiracy is an action that consists of three or more people coming together in a coordinated effort to commit an overtly criminal act, such as robbing a bank or stealing a car. It is often characterized as a crime itself, although often seen as a less serious crime than the crime that the people were planning to commit.
The crime of conspiracy in Texas is defined as the intent to commit a felony by agreeing with one or more people to commit that felony. In addition, the person being charged must have committed an overt act in accordance with the conspiracy agreement.
Texas law does not require for the defendant to have an actual verbal or written conspiracy agreement with one or more people in order to be found guilty of conspiracy. Instead, prosecutors can infer there was a conspiracy agreement from the acts of each person involved in the conspiracy.
Yes. The state prohibits the use of the following defenses, which may be available in other states:
Conspiracy is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. This means that the crime is punishable by no more than one year in state jail and/or a $4,000 fine.
Due to the fact that a conspiracy charge does not require proof of a different crime having actually been committed, it is difficult to defend oneself against such a crime. If you are charged with conspiracy in Texas, you should speak with a Texas criminal defense attorney immediately.
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