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New York State Conspiracy

New York State Conspiracy

Build Your Defense With a Knowledgeable Manhattan Conspiracy Crime Lawyer

Just like with federal law, New York has a set of conspiracy laws that can can carry significant penalties. Therefore it is imperative that you contact a Manhattan conspiracy crime lawyer if you are the subject of a conspiracy accusation. As a former prosecutor, John Buza is very experienced and knowledgeable in this difficult area of the law.

The early you start planning your defense, the better. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

New York’s Conspiracy Laws

The New York conspiracy laws are codified in Penal Code Article 105. Under New York law, a person is guilty of the most basic form of "conspiracy" when "with intent that conduct constituting a crime be performed, he or she agrees with one or more persons to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct." Just like with federal conspiracy laws, if the government is accusing someone of conspiracy, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that one of the conspirators committed an "overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy."

Conspiracy overview:

  • Conspiracy, in its most basic form, is Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree, which is a class B misdemeanor. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail. However, as you add aggravating factors, you increase the level of Conspiracy and applicable sanctions can become significantly more severe.
  • A person is guilty of Conspiracy in the First Degree when an individual over the age of 18 enlists two ore more people under the age of 16 to commit a felony. An example of Conspiracy would be a situation in which two people make an agreement to murder someone and someone engages in at least one overt act to carry out this plan. A person convicted of Conspiracy in the First Degree can receive a life sentence.
  • If the criminal acts in a conspiracy include a class B or C felony, then it would be classified a Conspiracy in the Third Degree, which is a class C felony. For example, if two people make an agreement to commit a second degree robbery, which is a class C felony, then they are committing third degree conspiracy, a class C felony. Obviously, if the robbery is completed, then they'd be guilty of that robbery as well as the conspiracy to commit it.

The basic gist of the way the law works in New York courts is the degree of conspiracy increases as the severity of the underlying conduct increases.

Aggressive Prosecution Calls for Aggressive Defense

Just like U.S. Attorney Offices throughout the county, New York state prosecutors are aggressively pursuing conspiracy charges. Conspiracy accusations have the potential to be very serious. John Buza is an experienced New York conspiracy defense attorney. As a former Manhattan prosecutor, he has significant of experience in the intricate laws of conspiracy.

If you, or a loved one, is accused of any subsections of New York's conspiracy laws, do not hesitate to contact him for a free consultation.


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