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Q: Would this be considered a co conspirator?

Let's say that there are two guys Jack and John , Jack has an enemy named Kyle and he wants to beat him up real bad. John knows Kyle's address and agrees to sell his address to Jack knowing that John has bad intentions but doesn't plan to help him he just wants money. Can John face conspiracy charges for selling the guys address?

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Darrell G. Griffin Jr.
Darrell G. Griffin Jr.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Stockton, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Based on your fact pattern alone, yes John can face conspiracy charges. A conspiracy takes two or more people, to commit a crime, and to have taken any steps to further that crime. Selling the address, especially understanding Jack is intending to assault Kyle, is a step in furtherance of the crime.

However, depending on the particular court, county, etc, conspiracy is not the easiest to prove up and get a jury to understand. This would also require that a) Jack carried through and assaulted Kyle, and b) during the investigation it was revealed John sold the address, and c) the prosecution can prove that happened.

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