Racketeering or “RICO” is a Federal crime traditionally aimed at mafia organizations or groups of individuals in general, participating in some type of organized crime. In essence RICO provides a vehicle for the United States government to charge and prosecute individuals with a harsher crime than the individual crimes committed in concert with each other. For example if several actors agree to commit several unrelated and rather minor crimes the punishment for each of those crimes might not be very significant. In charging those same individuals using the RICO statute, the government now has a charging vehicle that opens the door to a much more serious penalty and further a method to charge an entire organization at the same time. It is of utmost importance that if you are charged with a violation of the RICO statute that you seek the counsel of an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Our Federal criminal defense attorneys are consistently in our local Federal courts and possess the know how and drive to handle your case professionally and effectively.
Often RICO is used to prosecute the following types of charges:
- Wire Fraud
- Tax Evasion
- Drug Conspiracy
- Alien Smuggling
- Dealing in Obscene Materials possibly related to Child Pornography
Racketeering charges are extremely complex and serious charges. However, there are often defenses available to our clients. With a little hard work and investigation we can often discover information to potentially show that our client was not involved in the allegation or negotiate other avenues that can offer assistance to our client. Because the United States Attorney’s Office must prove that an enterprise actually exists and then show that the defendants each committed some type of illegal act during the course of the enterprise’s existence, it is a two prong hurdle the United States Attorney must navigate before proving RICO against you. Inherent in the burden of more proof for the Prosecutor is the increased likelihood of better defenses being available to the Defendant. Our Tampa RICO lawyers understand this and will ensure that your legal rights are protected. If you’ve been charged with a violation of the Racketeering statute don’t delay, contact our Tampa criminal lawyers as soon as possible. We’re available for a free consultation at 813-444-7435.