Racketeering (Rico)

Fighting for those accused of participation in corrupt organizations

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a frequently misunderstood piece of federal legislation often associated with organized crime. The RICO Act was designed to prevent criminals from gaining control of or founding business enterprises to further their criminal activities and holds organizational leaders accountable for criminal conduct committed in furtherance of the enterprise and at their behest. Today, however, RICO Act violation defendants are more frequently stakeholders in businesses. This statute provides federal authorities with a long arm, and those charged or investigated are frequently surprised to find themselves at the center of a criminal inquiry and may compromise their federal RICO defense by failing to act. Therefore, if you or your business is being investigated for an alleged pattern of criminal activity, it is important to contact an experienced RICO defense attorney immediately. Alliant Law Group, LLC can help you protect yourself.

What conduct does RICO cover?

The RICO Act essentially makes it a separate federal offense to found a business enterprise or obtain or maintain control over such an enterprise through a pattern of “racketeering activity” or to, as an employee, engage in such activity on behalf of an enterprise. Racketeering activity is a pattern of criminal conduct including at least two distinct racketeering crimes occurring within a 10-year period. Racketeering crimes encompass a variety of federal and state crimes, including both violent crimes and white collar offenses:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Felony gambling
  • Felony arson
  • Felony robbery
  • Felony or federal bribery
  • Felony obscenity crimes
  • Felony drug crimes
  • Counterfeiting
  • Identity fraud
  • Federal embezzlement
  • Various federal fraud crimes
  • Immigration crimes
  • Obstruction
  • Witness tampering
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual exploitation of children
  • Trademark counterfeiting
  • Criminal copyright infringement
  • Trafficking certain stolen goods

Implications of a RICO charge

The implications of a conviction under the RICO Act are substantial. A basic RICO Act violation carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison and the forfeiture of any illegally obtained business interest and any property or proceeds derived from illegal racketeering activity. If the racketeering activity in question includes a state or federal offense that carries a life sentence, the RICO violation itself may also carry up to a life sentence. It is important to note that a RICO Act violation is a distinct federal offense in addition to any penalties available for the underlying racketeering activity. Therefore, a charge under this act can significantly increase your potential jail sentence and should be met with a vigorous and sophisticated federal criminal defense.

Get a sophisticated defense against charges of organized corruption

A conviction under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) can deprive you of everything you have worked to achieve and incur a lengthy prison term. The RICO defense attorneys at Alliant Law Group, LLC know how to handle these serious and complex charges from initial investigation through trial and on to appeal if necessary.

Please contact Managing Partner Daniel Conidi for a free consultation at Dconidi@alliantlaw.us