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The central element of a criminal conspiracy is the agreement by two or more individuals to carry out a criminal act, meaning an offence is committed even if no further action is taken following the agreement. If you have been accused of conspiring to commit a criminal offence, it is essential that you seek proper legal representation immediately.
About Conspiracy Offences
Conspiracy offences can take many forms, including conspiring to:
- Commit fraud
- Import drugs
- Supply drugs
- Launder money
- Commit cyber crime
- Commit terrorism
- Commit a violent act
It can be tricky for the prosecution to prove its case, especially in complex conspiracies allegedly committed by many individuals over a lengthy period, where the nature and substance of purported agreements may be unclear. Enlisting the help of a highly experienced, driven yet friendly legal team will ensure that potential defences are fully explored.
To prove a conspiracy, the prosecution must be able to show two things:
- An agreement has been made between two or more parties
- The agreement is to commit a criminal offence
The agreement to commit an offence must include details of how the criminal act will be carried out. If a defendant is not aware of the plans, it will be difficult to be found guilty of conspiracy. Also, if an agreement is made with a child, between spouses or partners or with an intended victim of the offence, they cannot be found guilty of the offence.
Why Choose JMW?
Because the criminal offence arises out of the agreement and not the actual conduct, it is vital you get the very best legal advice to guide you through a process that can be difficult and stressful. At JMW, we offer a private client criminal law service that is designed to provide a bespoke service, guaranteeing thorough preparation and great attention to detail throughout.
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