On that day, thousands of Patriots descended on the Capitol building in support of former President Donald Trump and in protest of the certification of Joe Biden as the new president.
Originally, most people who were in the area were there to hear the former President speak. It wasn’t long, however, before some nefarious actors started to take advantage of the atmosphere and pushed everyone towards the Capitol. According to recent investigations, some of those individuals were members of the Proud Boy movement.
Now, four members of this organization have been convicted of seditious conspiracy. Court records reveal the suspects as Joseph Hackett, Roberto Minuta, David Moerschel, and Edward Vallejo.
Deciding to convict these four individuals was no easy task. A jury deliberated for 12 hours over a period of three days before deciding on a guilty verdict. So far, these convictions are the most serious convictions brought forth during the Jan. 6 investigation. Already, over 1,000 Americans have been charged with various crimes. 500 have already pleaded guilty to riot-related charges in hopes of arranging a lighter sentence for themselves.
Over the past few years, the term “conspiracy” has been thrown around a lot, but there is a clear distinction between the term “conspiracy” and the criminal charge of committing a conspiracy. Under the law, the conspiracy to commit sedition is defined as plotting and planning the overthrow, destroy, or put down by force the government of the United States or to levy war against them. Considering the severity of this charge, it makes sense that the penalties are also substantial. If convicted, then the individual could serve up to 20 years in prison.
While thousands of Americans have already been targeted by the Justice system, don’t make the mistake of thinking their investigations are wrapping up. Considering how often January 6th is mentioned in news reports, there’s a great chance that the federal government will continue to attempt to identify, charge, and convict any individual they suspect played a role in the events of that day.
If you were anywhere near the area on that specific day, then it’s important to consider your legal rights and options. If you have not yet been contacted by law enforcement, then understand that there is still a chance that they may bring you in for questioning and potentially even charge you with a crime if they believe you entered the Capitol, fought with police, or otherwise contributed to the conspiracy to breach the building.
To get informed about your legal rights, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our defense team. That way, you can feel confident that your rights will be upheld regardless of if you get investigated or accused of being at the Capitol when you weren’t.