How you could be accused of criminal conspiracy

Large-scale criminal activity or particularly dramatic offenses often involve forethought and planning. For example, individuals intending to steal from a business might case the facilities by visiting them frequently to determine what kinds of security and safety measures the business uses. Other times, would-be criminals might get advice or inside information from someone who works at a business or in a specific building.

If you provided information to individuals who then turned that knowledge into a criminal plot, you could potentially face charges related to criminal conspiracy. Depending on the nature of the crimes, there could be very serious consequences involved.

To be part of a conspiracy, you have to know about criminal intent

If you work in the bank or as security for an armored truck company, you might enjoy the attention that you get from people who are curious about your job. You might even violate company policy by disclosing specific information about your job duties or security practices for a company in your enthusiasm to share stories about your experience.

Hanging out with friends or regaling social acquaintances with stories related to your job is not the same thing as intentionally meeting with people and providing them with information intended to facilitate a criminal act.

If you can demonstrate that you did not know about the intent to commit a crime, that could be one possible way to defend against conspiracy allegations if someone commits a criminal offense that implicates you despite your lack of direct involvement with the crime. There may be other defense options available to you too, all of which are likely worth exploring before you settle on a specific strategy. That’s why having an experienced defense attorney on your side is so important.


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