The Law on Conspiracy and its Punishments in Tennessee
Conspiracy is a serious crime and its punishment is meted out in accordance with the nature of the crime the participants in the conspiracy intended to commit. In order for a case to stand as a conspiracy to commit a crime, one or more people must come to an agreement where they decide that they will commit a crime in the State.
In rulings related to conspiracy cases, all the co-conspirators receive the same punishment. Even if one of the conspirators had a larger role to play in the intended crime and another a smaller role, the punishments they both receive will be the same. All co-conspirators face the same indictment and these are for conspiracy charges alone. If any other crimes were committed in relation to the conspiracy then those can be tried separately in court as well.
What constitutes a conspiracy in Tennessee?
Only those people who formed an agreement with the intent to commit a crime can be charged with conspiracy to commit that crime. The prosecuting attorney will also have to prove that the conspirators performed at least one action that indicated they intended to commit the crime in question.
Charges for conspiracy are different from charges for committing actual crimes. However, the punishment received depend on the classification of the intended crime belongs to. If the conspirators are apprehended before they have committed the crime, they are only held accountable for conspiring to commit the crime. If the conspirators were partially able to commit the crime, then those charges can be tried in court.
If they succeeded in committing their intended crime, they will be charged with penalties for committing the crime separate from conspiring to do the same. The cases are different and a conviction in one trial will not affect the other.
What if someone partakes in the conspiracy without their consent?
Proving intent is very important in cases related to the conspiracy. Anyone who participates in crime either by accident or coercion or without knowing what their actions could lead to in the context of the crime, cannot be charged with conspiracy. Only those that formed the agreement and then committed at least one act that clearly showed they intended to follow through with the crime can be charged with conspiracy in Tennessee.
What are the punishments for conspiracy in Tennessee?
The punishments received by conspirators depend on the crime they intended to commit. The usual way such punishments are meted out is that the punishment received belongs to the classification of punishments directly under the classification of the crime by the conspirators intended to commit.
That means that if the intended crime fell into the category of Class A Felony, then people who conspired to commit that crime will receive punishments for those crimes that belong to the Class B Felony category.
What happens to any additional charges incurred from other trials relating to the conspiracy?
Depending on the crime, conspirators could spend a few months in jail, or decades. The fines could also range from minor to exorbitant. In addition to the punishment received for conspiring to commit the crime, the criminals may also have to face her charges if they partook in criminal activity before detainment.
The trial for the crime bears no connection to the trial for the conspiracy in so far as the rulings in one do not affect the rulings in the other. The amount of time spent in prison or the amount in fines, the criminals have to pay is a sum of all the punishments received in all the trials pertaining to the crime the conspiracy was for.