Conspiracies Are More Common Than You Might ThinkPosted on:2/21/2011
|In popular media and even on the nightly news, we're confronted with various conspiracies regularly. Often, they involve fantastic plots in which many hundreds of people are likely involved, yet manage to keep the whole thing under wraps and hidden from public view. |
In popular media and even on the nightly news, we're confronted with various conspiracies regularly. Often, they involve fantastic plots in which many hundreds of people are likely involved, yet manage to keep the whole thing under wraps and hidden from public view. These conspiracies may or may not be true, but are featured on the television because they are entertaining regardless.
Yet conspiracies happen daily in the criminal world. For prosecution, “conspiracy” charges can be brought for any number of crimes so long as the prosecutor can prove that two more more people were involved and had plans to commit a serious crime in the future. Usually this is tied in with the prosecution's current charges for crimes already committed, alleging that these crimes were an overt act towards the larger conspiracy.
Sound ridiculous? It's not and it is brought to trial daily, all over the country. Cases large and small can include conspiracy charges – especially where criminal gangs or groups might be involved, such as with drug trafficking or large-scale robbery or fraud.
The most common defense against conspiracy is to undermine the connections made by the prosecution to show that the current crime was part of a larger crime yet committed. Since proving a crime that hasn't taken place is very hard to do, this is usually the weakest link in the prosecutor's attack.
More often than not, conspiracy charges are laid in an attempt to “pad” the criminal's docket of accused crimes. This has two goals: to make them look worse in the eyes of the public and jury and to make them nervous because of the potential total sentence they could be facing. Often, these charges are dropped when prosecution actually begins or they as part of a plea bargain.
An attorney with experience and knowledge will see this coming and not allow the prosecution to goad his or her client into these sorts of mistakes. Despite the public perception that the accused are “innocent until proven guilty,” most of the power in criminal cases rests with the prosecution – the accuser – rather than with the defendant.
It is the job of a good defense attorney to turn those tables and make the defendant innocent until the prosecutor can absolutely prove guilt. So choose your attorney wisely.