Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

Conspiracy to Commit a Crime in Denver, Colorado, C.R.S. 18-2-201

On many occasions, people will be charged in Denver County or Adams County with conspiring to commit a crime like Theft. One person and his coconspirator will make elaborate plans to commit the theft and divide up responsibility for different tasks. One person may be a look-out, while the other person(s) are inside committing the offense. In another example, one person may come early and identify employee patterns or stake out the business for a Robbery. Agreeing with another to commit a criminal act, is a simple definition of Conspiracy.

Jefferson and Arapahoe County Conspriacy Lawyer: What is the Definition of Conspiracy?

More formally, C.R.S. 18-2-201 provides that "A person commits conspiracy to commit a crime if, with the intent to promote or facilitate its commission, he agrees with another person or persons that they, or one or more of them, will engage in conduct which constitutes a crime or an attempt to commit a crime, or he agrees to aid the other person or persons in the planning or commission of a crime or of an attempt to commit such crime."

When dealing with conspiracy charges, it is important to remember that no person may be convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, unless an overt act in pursuance of the conspiracy is completed by a conspirator. If a person in Arapahoe or Jefferson County knows that a person he conspires to commit a crime with has conspired with a third party for the same crime, he is guilty of conspiring to commit a crime with the third party, whether or not he knows their identity. Also, if a person conspires to commit a number of crimes, he is guilty of only one conspiracy so long as such multiple crimes are part of a single criminal episode.

Conspiracy Lawyer in Douglas County and Adams County: A Completed Separate Crime is not Necessary

Prosecutors in Adams County and Douglas County will want to punish you severely, even if the crime was never committed. They remember the worst crimes they have seen, and remember that many started with conspiring to commit that crime. They predict that the crime may later be completed if an attempt is not punished. Coconspirators are charged with the same crime as other people in the conspiracy, even if they only did lesser conduct. Participation by agreement with any part of the criminal episode will make each member of the conspiracy equally responsible for the conduct of other conspirators. In a shooting case, for example, the person who obtained the gun will be just as liable criminally as the person who pulled the trigger.

Conspiracy Crime Penalty and Classification in Boulder and El Paso County, Colorado

A conviction for Conspiracy will result in a penalty as follows:

  • Conspiracy to commit a class 1 felony is a class 2 felony,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 2 felony is a class 3 felony,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 3 felony is a class 4 felony,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 4 felony is a class 5 felony,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 5 or 6 felony is a class 6 felony,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 1 misdemeanor is a class 2 misdemeanor,
  • Conspiracy to commit a class 2 or 3 misdemeanor is a class 3 misdemeanor,
  • Conspiracy to commit a petty offense is the same degree of conviction as the original charge - there is no discount

If you are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime anywhere in Colorado, you need someone who will fight for you. Call us today at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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