When Pennsylvania residents like you face drug-related conspiracy charges, you could be dealing with more potential consequences than you think. Your life may be ruined for the smallest interaction with someone who has bad intentions, and you might not even be aware of it.
By FindLaw’s definition, conspiracy is a crime that involves two or more people who agree to commit a criminal act together. They also take steps toward completing the crime, though those actions don’t have to be directly related to the crime itself. Instead, they only need to show that you and someone else knew of an illegal plan and actively intended to break the law. In the case of drug uses specifically, this can apply to:
- Dealing drugs
- Assisting a dealer
- Using drugs
- Being in possession of drugs
An element of intent needs to be present for a conspiracy charge, but the definition of “agreeing” to commit a crime can be difficult for law enforcement to pin down. It can get even trickier in a situation involving drugs. For example, did you know someone can be charged with conspiracy if they’re in the car of a drug dealer who has a large amount of drugs with them, even if they had nothing to do with those drugs? It’s up to them to prove that they were not knowledgeable about the drugs in question, which can be hard to do.
Conspiracy charges are nothing to take lightly. If you’re currently facing conspiracy charges related to drugs, you could benefit from a consultation with a legal professional who can help to prove your lack of involvement in the crime at hand.