Criminal conspiracy involves two or more individuals agreeing to commit an illegal act together. Criminal conspiracy is a punishable crime in Massachusetts with the potential for severe consequences. In order to prove conspiracy in Massachusetts the prosecution most show:

• The defendant joined in an agreement or plan that involved himself/herself and at least one other individual.
• The purpose of the agreement was to do something illegal or criminal.
• The defendant agreed to the plan and intended to carry out the unlawful act.

A conspiracy charge can be an additional charge to the subsequent offense committed as part of the conspiracy. Even of the defendant is acquitted of the subsequent offense, he/she can still be found guilty of the conspiracy charge. In Massachusetts convictions are easier to obtain because the prosecution can use circumstantial evidence to prove a conspiracy charge.

The severity of punishment for conspiracy is dependent upon the offense that the defendant allegedly conspired to commit. These sentences can include jail time, fines or both and are in addition to the charge for the subsequent offense. It is important that you contact an attorney whose main practice is criminal defense. A defense attorney is experienced in knowing how the laws apply to the subsequent offense and the charge of conspiracy. It is important that you speak with an attorney who will protect your interest whether you are being investigated, have been arrested or are being arraigned, do not speak with anyone regarding your case until you have discussed the matter with an attorney. If faced with a conspiracy charge it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible.