Racketeering offenses involve the operation of any illegal business or enterprise, including fraudulent scams, for an individual or entity's personal profit. The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and similar state racketeering laws give the government a tremendous amount of power to go after those accused of racketeering. These types of cases are extremely complex because a large number of criminal and white-collar offenses fall under racketeering activity including murder, drug transportation/distribution, gambling, embezzlement, extortion, theft/armed robbery, money laundering, bribery, and more.
If you are facing racketeering charges under RICO or state racketeering laws, it is important to have a powerful and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Please contact Imhoff & Associates today to speak with an experienced criminal defense team member who can evaluate your case at no cost and determine your best course of action.
Penalties of a Racketeering Conviction
The consequences of a racketeering conviction under RICO and state racketeering laws can be especially harsh. However, the severity of the penalties are based on various factors surrounding the case such as whether or not the defendant has any prior felony convictions, is currently on probation or parole, the communities attitude toward racketeering crimes, the amount of media attention on the case, and other aggravating circumstances. Punishments and penalties of a racketeering conviction may include:
- Prison sentence
- Mandatory probation/parole/house arrest/counseling
- Loss of certain constitutional rights
- Forfeiture of assets
- Large fines
- Restitution paid to victims
Because racketeering cases are so very complicated, it is vital for an accused individual or party to seek the help of an experienced criminal law attorney who will work vigorously to build a strong defense, negotiate with prosecutors to minimize or dismiss charges, and if necessary, negotiate to seek lesser penalties.
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