Racketeering is often associated with organized crime, but a “racket” is nothing other than a business or organization alleged to be illegal. You do not have to be part of organized crime to be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), as RICO covers any illegal enterprise that affects interstate or foreign commerce – even if that particular illegal operation is run as part of a legitimate business.
And, it’s relatively easy for the government to prosecute a RICO case, as the focus is on a pattern of criminal activity, rather than on specific acts of crime. The expansive net cast by RICO means that almost anyone – not just the infamous leaders of organized crime syndicates – can be charged with racketeering.
If you’ve been charged under RICO for racketeering, do not hesitate to call me, Baltimore illegal business operations defense attorney Jim Crawford, at 443-709-9999 or contact me online for a free consultation. I’ve handled thousands of cases throughout Maryland, and I have the experience necessary if you’re facing RICO charges.
Attorney in Baltimore for RICO & Racketeering Crimes
The RICO statute is often applied in the context of white collar crime (racketeering, fraud, embezzlement) but is also used in cases of violent crime like robbery and homicide, and to prosecute drug kingpin charges. My white collar criminal defense practice includes representing clients under the RICO and racketeering statute for charges of:
Besides fines and imprisonment, one of the hallmark consequences of a RICO conviction include forfeiture of “ill-gotten gains,” which means substantial risk to your property like cash accounts and vehicles. Because the federal prosecutor can seize a person’s assets when bringing charges, you must act quickly to obtain legal representation.
Thousands of cases in all areas of criminal law mean experience. Contact me at 443-709-9999 a free initial consultation. To provide the highest level of service, the attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates are available today for a free initial consultation.