The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was originally created to investigate the Mafia and organized crime in general, but now this law applies to a variety of dishonest and fraudulent white-collar matters. RICO investigations are led by federal prosecutors and law enforcement, which means a conviction will result in serious criminal penalties, including time in federal prison.
If you are accused of federal racketeering charges in Florida, The Wiseman Law Firm can provide knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation to ensure you obtain the outcome and justice you deserve. With more than 15 years of trial-tested legal experience, our Orlando criminal defense attorney understands who to effectively fight the feds throughout the legal process.
Federal investigators must establish a pattern of racketeering activity—that is connected to their enterprise—to file RICO charges in the United States. Common types of enterprises include businesses, corporations, a crime family, a street gang, a drug cartel, or even a political party.
A person must commit at least two “predicate crimes” through the enterprise within the last 10 years to violate RICO law. A conviction for RICO is punishable by a prison term of up to 20 years or a life sentence (especially if a serious felony was involved) and a fine not exceeding $250,000 or twice the profits obtained through the crime.
Common types of predicate crimes include:
Federal prosecutors will conduct a thorough investigation, obtaining company files and financial records, interviewing witnesses, and doing whatever it takes to convict you. Our Orlando criminal defense lawyer will work tirelessly for you to either get your charges reduced or your entire case dismissed entirely.
Do not hesitate to contact us and let us get started your case today.