Racketeering refers to illegal business activities, usually performed ‘behind the scenes’ of a legal business. It is illegal for an employee or associate of any enterprise to engage in foreign commerce and collection of unlawful debt, as well as extortion, loansharking, bribery and obstruction of justice. The RICO acts were made to make it easier to prosecute on-going illegal business operations and organized crime. RICO is a serious criminal matter that puts you, your family and your business at risk. The only way to prevent prison, heavy fines and the seizure of all assets is to get an aggressive, unrelenting criminal defense attorney.
Consequences of RICO Charges
Those who are investigated for RICO could have their assets seized and any transfer of property or funds restricted prior to and during the trial. This is done in order to prevent any funds from being lost or misdirected in case the defendant is convicted. However, this can cause irreversible damage to the person and the business involved. Often asset seizure alone can cause the accused to plead guilty of lesser charges. When this happens you need a criminal defense lawyer that can give you an honest assessment on your case. You need to know what your options are in order to determine if making a plea bargain is really the best choice. This includes knowing your plea options, the probable outcome of the trial, and how long the trial will last. If plea bargaining is the best option, then you criminal defense attorney should use all of their negotiating power to reduce the charges as much as possible.
RICO focuses on patterns of criminal behavior and not a single crime. So despite the severe punishments, the prosecution can sometimes get a conviction for RICO more easily than with a specific crime. As a result, they will resort to RICO charges when they don’t have enough evidence to prove a different alleged crime. Sometimes an innocent personal or business relationship can result in RICO charges.
RICO is a federal charge and requires a criminal defense attorney that knows how to defend you in federal courts. Federal courts are not the same as state courts and have different rules of conduct and legal systems. Without having an in-depth knowledge of the federal court system, your case won’t stand a chance. Therefore, get the best federal criminal defense possible.
We Can Help
Our criminal defense team is prepared to defend you against any allegations of racketeering or organized crime. With our experience and knowledge of the federal court system, we can use our excellent skills of litigation and negotiation to dismiss or reduces the charges brought against you. We are prepared to defend you against even the most serious allegations of organized crime which may include:
1. Money Laundering
2. Violent Crimes
3. Drug Trafficking or Drug Possession
4. Obstruction of Justice
A conviction for racketeering can leave you with a long prison sentence, a ruined business and severe financial losses. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with RICO, Contact our criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to arrange a free attorney consultation.