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Q: Is conspiracy to commit murder is the same charge as murder in nyc

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Jack Richard Lebowitz
Jack Richard Lebowitz
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Glens Falls, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: No they are different charges, but the conspiracy charge is a lot easier to prove and the penalties for conspiracy may be as serious as murder (well, perhaps almost as serious, one or two felony classes below murder, perhaps the same as negligent homicide). For murder, you need a dead body and some evidence of culpability. For a conspiracy charge, all you need is evidence you planned a murder with someone and took one step towards accomplishing it, whether the murder actually occurred at all or was even attempted.

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