Virginia Conspiracy Law
Virginia Conspiracy Attorneys
The concept of “conspiracy” is frequently associated with criminal charges in Virginia, often in conjunction with offenses such as drug crimes, assault, robbery, and more. In Virginia, conspiracy refers to an agreement between two or more individuals to commit a crime. For a conspiracy charge to hold, the individuals involved must take steps towards carrying out the crime, and prosecutors must prove that each person had knowledge of and intent to commit the offense. One unique aspect of conspiracy charges is that individuals in Virginia can be charged even if the intended criminal activity is not fully executed. Conspiracy charges in Virginia carry significant penalties, including lengthy prison sentences. Given the high stakes involved, it is crucial for individuals facing such charges to seek the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer with expertise in conspiracy crimes in Virginia. Our lawyers will work closely with clients to develop a strong defense strategy in what is often considered a complex area of Virginia law.
Conspiracy to Commit a Felony
Virginia’s criminal code, specifically Section 18.2-22, outlines the laws pertaining to conspiracy to commit a felony. According to this section, individuals who conspire to commit a felony within or outside the Commonwealth can be found guilty of conspiracy. If the crime they conspired to commit is punishable by death, the conspiracy charge is classified as a Class 3 felony. If the crime is a non capital felony, the charge is reduced to a Class 5 felony.
If the crime individuals conspire to commit carries a punishment of less than five years in state prison, the conspiracy charge carries a penalty of up to one year in prison or, at the court’s discretion, up to twelve months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. A Virginia conspiracy lawyer can assist in eliminating conspiracy charges or seeking a reduced sentence.
Conspiring, Conspiring and Aiding and Abetting Acts of Terrorism
Under Section 18.2-46.5 of the Code of Virginia, conspiring to commit an act of terrorism is illegal and subject to subsequent sentencing guidelines. The same applies to individuals who successfully commit the crime or those who aid and abet acts of terrorism. Such offenses can result in Class 2 or Class 3 felony charges, both of which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
It is important to note that aiding and abetting are separate charges often mistaken for conspiracy. Although similar, conspiracy charges require an additional element of evidence to prove that individuals were in agreement to commit a crime, as opposed to merely assisting or abetting a crime.
Conspiring to Trespass or Commit Larceny
Individuals who conspire to enter or remain on another person’s premises without lawful permission face Class 3 misdemeanor charges under §18.2-23 of the Code of Virginia.
The same section outlines conspiracy laws related to larceny. If individuals conspire, assist, aid, or abet in the act of larceny involving goods or merchandise valued at more than $200, they face felony charges, which carry a prison sentence of one to 20 years. The jurisdiction for such cases is determined by where the plans for the crime were made or the city and county in which the crime was executed. A knowledgeable Virginia conspiracy lawyer can provide clear explanations of these legal nuances to clients.
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