Federal crimes come with harsh penalties. Conviction of a federal offense can cause irreversible stains on your permanent record, thus affecting the rest of your life. These crimes are considered a serious enough offense that the federal government is in charge of making sure that criminals are getting the sentences they deserve. However, it is important to remember that not all those accused of conspiracy charges are guilty.
Defense against the accusation of conspiracy to commit an illegal act can be very complicated. It is important to know that in the event of conviction, heavy fines and jail time may be part of the sentencing.
Ranging from the conspiracy to sell and distribute illegal drugs, to white collar workers illegally taking money from a business, conspiracy changes cover a large amount of territory.
Reasons for an unfair accusation may include a lack of evidence for conviction. Conspiracy charges can be difficult to prove without hard evidence. Relying on testimonies alone will hurt the prosecution’s case. An innocent person may also be the “fall person.” In the case of a large conspiracy, blame may be put on the wrong individual. Unknowingly part of the conspiracy, this person should not actually be the one accused or convicted of these crimes.
Since conviction of a federal crime can result in years of jail time for those falsely accused, it is important for those accused to defend themselves against the charges. No matter how little or how much evidence exists, there are cases that are overturned.