What Steps Should I Take After Being Arrested for Conspiring to Commit a Crime?

You could face charges of criminal conspiracy if you helped somebody else commit a criminal offense, assisted them with evading police, or intentionally withheld information you knew about a crime. Depending on your circumstances, collecting the credible evidence needed to convince a jury that you had no relation to the incident could be complicated. When you’ve been charged with assisting someone in committing or fleeing a criminal act, you need legal advocacy in your corner as soon as possible.

Expand Your Legal Knowledge of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

California calls someone who commits a crime and someone who helps them different things, but often, the penalties are the same or the consequences just as severe. This is typically the case when the crime involved the death or injury of an innocent person. The primary person involved in the offense is called the “principal” of the crime, while anyone that assisted them is called an “accomplice,” or sometimes a “co-conspirator.”

Get to Know the Evidence Prosecuting Attorneys Have to Work With 

Attorneys that prosecute criminal offenses in California have the burden of proof, as do prosecutors across the country. They must bring forward enough compelling evidence to convince a jury beyond all doubt that you were involved in committing the crime. This can be: 

  • By first establishing that your behavior was indeed against state or federal law 
  • By showing it was you and not someone else who helped the principal defendant 
  • By proving that you had knowledge and intent to aid the principal, or at least were reasonably expected to 

In an ideal situation, you would have proof that plainly opposes the prosecution’s statements. You may, for example, have an alibi. If you were with a friend and not with the criminal suspect, the friend could provide testimony. Or, perhaps you have  a receipt from a retail store or restaurant that shows you were at that location and not where the crime occurred. are examples of a successful alibi. If you lack a substantial alibi , you may be able to establish that you were unaware of the crime and also had no reason to suspect it.

Call a Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away 

Get help now from a seasoned California criminal defense lawyer if you’ve been charged with acting as a criminal accomplice or are being investigated for co-conspiracy. Call Jennifer Mouzis today for your initial consultation at (916) 822-8702.