The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was designed to fight organized crime by establishing strict penalties such as asset forfeiture and jail time for individuals involved in a structured criminal enterprise.
Racketeering charges generally apply to an organized group that is formed for the purpose of committing criminal activities such as violent or financial crimes. Unlike a conspiracy charge, those accused of racketeering are supposed to clearly understand that they belong to an organization whose purpose is to further criminal activity.
In a racketeering prosecution, the government has to establish that the defendant has a position of leadership in a well-formed and structured group. Our effective criminal defense attorneys bring experience and dedication to attacking this crucial aspect of the prosecution’s case and will aggressively pursue an individualized and innovative defense strategy on behalf of our clients in Maryland and Washington, DC. Contact us today an expert evaluation of your case at 301-345-9555
Originally designed to give the government an effective tool in the war against traditional organized crime, racketeering charges are now being brought in conjunction with gang violence, drug trafficking and other gang-related criminal prosecutions.
Other allegations that may result in a racketeering charge include investing of the ill-gotten gains of a criminal enterprise into a legitimate business in order to obtain influence over the conduct of that business or to disguise the nature of the investment (money laundering), as well as acquiring an interest in a business through an illegal act such as extortion.
If you are under investigation or formally charged with racketeering in Maryland or the District of Columbia, or if you are an attorney seeking to refer a client for experienced criminal defense representation, contact our offices in Greenbelt and Columbia today.
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