Conspiracy charges in Oklahoma are a serious matter. If you are facing conspiracy charges in Oklahoma, you need the assistance of a McAlester criminal defense attorney.
Defining Conspiracy Charges in Oklahoma
Under Oklahoma law, conspiracy is defined as any agreement between two or more people to intentionally commit any kind of crime. The crime can be of any sort, but typically, conspiracy charges in Oklahoma will involve something along the lines of a robbery, homicide, or some type of illegal drug activity.
The plotting to commit a crime is a crime in and of itself. Even if the plotted crime is never carried out, you can still face a conviction.
In addition, not only can you be found guilty for the conspiracy itself, you can also be held responsible for all crimes committed as a part of the conspiracy, even if you did not actually commit the underlying crime. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 421)
Other Types of Conspiracy
In addition to two or more people conspiring to commit a crime, conspiracy can involve two of more people conspiring to falsely accuse or indict another for any crime, to falsely and maliciously maintain or pursue a legal action or proceeding against another, to cheat or defraud another of property amounting to obtaining the property by false pretenses, or to commit any act that is harmful to public health or morals, or for the perversion or obstruction of justice. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 421)
Proof Can Be Complex
In order to secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove every element of the crime. If any element is not proved, there is no conviction.
In addition to proving that you engaged in an agreement with at least one other person to intentionally commit a crime, the prosecution must show that you took action in furtherance of the commission of the crime.
The action in furtherance of the crime must be something other than the conspiracy itself. The action, whether legal or illegal, must be substantial and must further the commission of the underlying crime. (Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 423)
The conspiracy itself is treated as a misdemeanor offense, unless the underlying crime is a felony.
If the underlying crime is a felony, the conspiracy is charged as a felony as well and can land you in jail for up to 10 years.
Free Consultation: McAlester Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is facing conspiracy charges in Oklahoma, please contact a McAlester criminal defense attorney to discuss your available legal options.
Consult with an experienced attorney at the Wirth Law Office – McAlester today, by calling 918-302-9656.
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