Call today to discuss your case

24/7 Availability

Chicago Conspiracy Charges Attorney Matthew Chivari

Tell your side of the story

Contact Us

Schedule your criminal defense case consultation with Matthew Chivari today.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
social security attorney southfield mi
"We can help you defend your rights. Call and speak with me today." -M. Chivari

Award Winning Defense
Matthew Chivari is a recognized Chicago criminal defense attorney who wins.

tell your story
We value your side the story and will help you navigate the Illinois criminal justice system.

Available 24/7
We are available around your schedule to lend help when you need it most.

Unparalleled defense
We fight vigorously for your rights to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Conspiracy Charges

Do you need a conspiracy charges attorney in Chicago? Contact our experienced criminal defense attorney's 24/7 for a FREE consultation.

Chicago Federal Crime Lawyer

Conspiracy charges can be used to cover a broad range of crimes and federal prosecutors will often charge multiple defendants with conspiracy for actions stemming from a larger criminal enterprise, such as drug trafficking. A blanket conspiracy charge can result in one or more defendants being held equally accountable, regardless of their actual participation in the alleged crime. If you or someone you know has been charged with a conspiracy crime, you need to contact a knowledgeable Chicago criminal attorney right away.

Proving a Conspiracy Charge

Conspiracy charges differ from other criminal charges since it’s not necessary to prove that the crime was actually committed. Instead, prosecutors are only required to prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction for conspiracy:

  • There was an agreement between two or more people to commit a criminal act.
  • The individuals involved in the alleged conspiracy were aware of the plan to commit a crime and intended to carry it out.
  • At least one of the individuals involved in the conspiracy carried out some overt act towards the commission of the crime.

It’s important to note that in cases involving a drug conspiracy, the overt act element is not required. Prosecutors only need to show that there was a conspiracy, that you knew about the conspiracy and that you intended to join in. These are serious charges and you need an experienced attorney to defend you in your conspiracy charge.

Penalties for a Conspiracy Conviction

Defendants may face conspiracy charges in addition to or independent of other criminal charges. Conspiracy charges may be brought at the federal or state level in connection with a number of different offenses, including:

Conspiracy can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the nature of the underlying crime. The penalties for a conspiracy conviction typically depend on the type of crime involved. For example, a conspiracy charge involving a non-violent crime such as bribery or illegal betting may result in a penalty of up to five years in prison.

In some cases, you may receive the same penalty for a conspiracy conviction as you would if you had actually committed the crime. This is particularly true for defendants accused of conspiracies involving drug trafficking, racketeering, terrorism or white-collar crimes. Certain conspiracy crimes carry lengthy penalties and hefty fines. For example, a single conviction for a RICO offense (racketeering) can lead to a prison term of up to 20 years as well as a fine of up to $250,000. A sentence of life in prison may be levied if the racketeering conspiracy resulted in a murder.

Defending a Conspiracy Charge

Defending a conspiracy charge can be more challenging than raising a defense against other crimes. Chicago-based federal defense lawyer Matthew Chivari handles conspiracy cases throughout Illinois and the United States. He will evaluate the details of your case and help you to develop the strongest defense possible. Examples of possible defense to conspiracy include:

  • “Mere presence” – A mere presence defense means that while you may have known about the conspiracy and been present when it was discussed, you were never an actual participant.
  • Lack of knowledge – Even though you committed acts that promoted or advance criminal activity you were unaware that a crime was being committed.
  • Withdrawal – You initially participated in the conspiracy but abandoned the criminal act before it was completed

Contact a Chicago criminal defense lawyer from our firm today for help!

Federal Crimes
best felony defense lawyer in chicaco

Our criminal defense practice areas

contact our attorneys with any questions you may Have. We can defend most any criminal charges in the chicago area.

More Criminal Defense Practice Areas

What our clients say about our criminal defense legal services

We appreciate the opportunity to help you get the benefits you deserve

No items found.
Copyright 2022 Chivari P.C. Attorneys at Law. All Rights Reserved.