The charge of conspiracy in the state of Tennessee is a serious one because it is aimed at preventing group crimes. The purpose behind the law is that a group committing crimes poses a greater threat to the public than does an individual. In order to meet the requirements to be charged with conspiracy, an individual needs to meet two elements –
- the person has to enter into an agreement with one or more persons while acting with the same culpable mental state required for the underlying crime
- each conspirator must act for the purpose of promoting or facilitation commission of an offense
Without both of those conditions being met, the charge of conspiracy cannot be brought against a defendant. The punishment for conspiracy is wide ranging depending on the elements involved in the conspiracy, as well as the underlying crime. It is important to understand that conspiracy is an additional charge to be added to the charges related to the act of committing the underlying crime.
If you have been charged with conspiracy in the state of Tennessee, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a thorough understanding of the laws to defend you. Gregory P. Issacs meets all of those qualifications, and would be happy to provide a free consultation. Give us a call today at 865-673-4953 to schedule a meeting.