Under Pennsylvania law and throughout Pennsylvania criminal trial Courts one crime that is often seen in cases involving multiple defendants is the crime of conspiracy. Conspiracy is a separate and distinct crime and it is covered by its own statute in the criminal code. Under section 903 of the Pennsylvania Criminal Code criminal conspiracy is defined as an agreement with another that one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes a crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit a crime. Alternatively, a conspiracy can be found when one agrees to aid another in the planning or the commission of such a crime and attempt or solicitation to commit a crime.
Conspiracy cases are often very complicated factually
In conspiracy cases it is not always clear when the conspiracy ends and therefore what is “in furtherance of the conspiracy.” This becomes a key question for admission of certain types of evidence. Further, it is not always clear whether or not someone has left (renunciation) the conspiracy and no longer liable. These and others are unique legal issues that come about in conspiracy cases. Co-conspirator statements, testimony against other co-conspirators and many more issues may be litigated and or involved in the defense of a criminal conspiracy charge.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense or needs representation on a conspiracy charge do not hesitate to contact Michael D. DiCindio, Esq. and DiCindio Law, LLC directly today.
- § 903. Criminal conspiracy.
(a) Definition of conspiracy.–A person is guilty of conspiracy with another person or persons to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he:
(1) agrees with such other person or persons that they or one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime; or
(2) agrees to aid such other person or persons in the planning or commission of such crime or of an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime.
(b) Scope of conspiratorial relationship.–If a person guilty of conspiracy, as defined by subsection (a) of this section, knows that a person with whom he conspires to commit a crime has conspired with another person or persons to commit the same crime, he is guilty of conspiring with such other person or persons, to commit such crime whether or not he knows their identity.
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