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Chicago Criminal Conspiracy Defense Attorney

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Conspiracy charges are separate from the underlying crime. That is, a conspiracy is the act of agreeing to commit a crime, regardless of whether the crime occurs. To convict on a conspiracy charge, the government must prove that (1) two or more people agreed to commit a crime, and (2) the defendant knowingly and intentionally joined the agreement.

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Chicago Drug Conspiracy Defense Lawyer

Conspiracy charges often involve drugs because a drug transaction is always an agreement between two people. At the very least, both parties agree on the price and the product. Although the transaction is an agreement, that alone is insufficient for a drug conspiracy charge. Instead, a drug conspiracy requires an agreement to further drug sales.

Factors that indicate a conspiracy are:

  • transactions that were given on consignment (returnable if unsold)
  • transactions that involved commissions on future sales
  • transactions that involved large amounts of drugs or money
  • transactions that were given on credit (fronted)
  • transactions that occurred regularly

Drug-conspiracy charges carry extremely long prison sentences because the defendant may be responsible not only for drugs that are found, but also for drugs already sold and even for drugs the defendant never possessed. These non-existent drugs are sometimes referred to as "ghost dope." Although the drugs may not exist, the prison sentence is very real.

In contrast to a drug conspiracy is a "buyer-seller" arrangement. For example, buying, selling, or possessing drugs for personal use does not make you a member of a conspiracy. Additionally, merely knowing about a drug conspiracy does not make you a member of that conspiracy. Last, one can be a member of a conspiracy but later decide to leave the conspiracy.

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