The Law on Conspiracy and its Punishments in Minnesota
Conspiracy to commit a crime is punishable in the United States, subject to specific rules and differences between different States. The Minnesota legal system defines what conspiracy to commit a crime means in the State and what punishments should be meted out to people charged with conspiracy. When more than one person gathers and decides to commit a crime together, then they can be charged with conspiracy to commit that crime.
The punishments given in conspiracy related cases are the same for all co-conspirators irrespective of their role in the actual crime. The charges for conspiracy to commit a crime as well as the charges for committing the crime are different. Should a group of conspirators go through with committing the crime they conspired to commit, then additional charges can be brought against the whole group depending on their actions until detainment.
What constitutes a conspiracy in the State of Minnesota?
Two or more people who agree to commit a crime and have the intention of going through with that agreement can face charges related to conspiracy to commit a crime in Minnesota. Conspiracy to commit a crime is not the same as actually committing the crime.
Conspirators who go through with the crime they intended to commit are charged both with conspiracy to commit a crime as well as charges for committing the crime itself. If the conspirators were attempting to commit the crime when they were detained, then they will be charged both with conspiracy to commit a crime and attempting to do the same. When the conspirators were apprehended while still in the planning stages, then they are charged only with conspiracy to commit a crime.
Those who partake in criminal activity pertaining to this conspiracy without knowledge of their role in the same, cannot be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime in Minnesota. The reason behind this is that in order for a case to be considered as a conspiracy, there is a need to establish intent to commit the crime. People who participated without their knowledge or were forced to participate in the act without their consent cannot be charged with conspiracy to commit that crime.
What are the punishments for conspiracy in the State of Minnesota?
Minnesota differentiates between the punishments all those responsible for conspiring to commit a crime can receive. These punishments are dependent on the nature of the crime they intended to commit.
The following are the list of punishments that people charged with conspiracy to commit a crime in Minnesota can receive:
- When the crime by the conspirators intended to commit is usually punishable as a misdemeanor, then the conspirators can incur is the same as that for misdemeanors. Such punishment can land all the perpetrators in jail for a period of up to ninety days, they may be asked to pay a fine not exceeding $300, or both.
- When the conspiracy is related to first-degree murder or reason, then the perpetrators can face up to twenty years in prison.
- When the conspiracy is related to other crimes, then the punishment for that shall be the equivalent of one-half of the punishment for the actual crime.
Aside from this, Minnesota also has rules in place for people who conspire to place someone in jail under false charges. Such people, a group of two or more should intentionally place their victim in jail under false pretenses fully aware that their charges as false. Such conspirators will face the same penalties incurred by those who face misdemeanor charges.