Conspiracy Charges Defense Attorneys Serving People Across Oregon
Federal prosecutors have many powerful weapons at their disposal. One weapon is the conspiracy charge. Conspiracy charges often arise in cases where many people are alleged to be involved in a criminal enterprise such as drug cases or certain white collar crimes. A generic conspiracy conviction can lead to as long as five years in prison. In most cases, like drug or white collar offenses, everyone in the conspiracy to commit the offense can be punished as if they had committed the underlying offense. Thus, most federal conspiracy charges carry penalties in excess of the basic five year conspiracy charge and can range up to life imprisonment.
If you have been charged with conspiracy, or if you have reason to believe you are under investigation by law enforcement agents, the sooner you hire a criminal defense lawyer, the better positioned you will be. The Portland-based law firm of Raivio, Kohlmetz & Steen, P.C., provides a strong defense to conspiracy charges at both the state and federal level.
In order to prove conspiracy, the government must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- An agreement between at least two parties to achieve an illegal goal
- That the defendant became a member of the conspiracy knowing at least one of its goals and intending to accomplish it
- At least one conspirator committed an act to further the conspiracy.
As you can see, you can be charged with conspiracy even if you did nothing to actually commit a crime. The "crime" itself does not even have to be completed. In many cases, individuals with a limited role, or no role whatsoever in a criminal scheme, are charged with conspiracy. Suddenly even someone with a minor role in a broader conspiracy may be facing extreme consequences if convicted.
Our law firm will fight every aspect of these charges. We will hold the government to its burden of proof and will find any potential evidentiary or Constitutional violations in your case. Our four attorneys have more than 70 years of total experience defending individuals against criminal charges and can offer skilled, strategic representation.
Call the Federal Conspiracy Defense Attorneys of Raivio, Kohlmetz & Steen, P.C.
Our law firm is committed to providing discreet, effective legal representation for reasonable rates. We offer a free initial consultation. Call our law firm toll free to 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail.