Even if there is no actual crime committed, the state of Arizona can prosecute the intent and preparation to carry out a crime. In court, planning a crime can be taken just as seriously as if the crime had taken place. Some convictions of conspiracy can result in the same amount of hard prison or jail time.
According to A.R.S 13-1003 (A), a person can be charged with conspiracy in Arizona if he or she:
- Organizes and/or prepares for a criminal offense.
- Promotes or commissions a criminal act in collaboration with one or more persons and agrees that at least one of them will carry out the offense.
Subsection B of the above statute explains that if a person is contracting an individual that is known to conspire with others in other crimes, that person can be charged with those crimes even if he or she does not know about them.
Penalties for Conspiracy and Facilitating Conspiracy
The penalty for conspiracy is the same as the penalty if said crime was committed. For example:
- With conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, the person can still be sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole only after 25 years of the sentence has been served.
There are specialty sentencing provisions that are to be applied to conspiracy if the crime took place in a group. According to A.R.S. 13-1004, this is called facilitation and is a:
- Class 5 felony if the offense facilitated is a class 1 felony.
- Class 6 felony if the offense facilitated is a class 2 or class 3 felony.
- Class 1 misdemeanor if the offense facilitated is a class 4 or class 5 felony.
- Class 3 misdemeanor if the offense facilitated is a class 6 felony or a misdemeanor.
First time offense penalties include:
|Misdemeanor||Maximum Jail Time|
|Class 3||One Month|
|Class 1||Six Months|
|Felony||Minimum Jail Time||Maximum Jail Time|
|Class 6||Six Months||1.5 Years|
|Class 5||Nine Months||Two Years|
How JacksonWhite Can Help You
Each circumstance in your situation can affect the outcome of your trial for conspiracy charges. Let the JacksonWhite criminal defense attorneys analyze your case and help you get the best results. Jeremy Geigle and his team have the efficacy and support system to get you through this very difficult time.