Get the help you need to fight racketeering charges

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2017 | blog, Firm News

Racketeering charges are rarely handed out casually, so if you recently received charges or suspect that some agency is investigating you, you need to begin building a strong legal defense as soon as possible.

In many cases, racketeering charges include a number of defendants, but investigators tend to prefer to focus on the controlling members of an organization or business they suspect of racketeering. No matter where you rank in your business, you face serious consequences from a racketeering conviction.

Racketeering can mean many things, so it is crucial to obtain your own independent legal counsel to examine the details of your situation. Because these charges generally involve a number of individuals suspected of illegal activity, now is the time to consider your own future, not the future of the business or your associates.

With proper legal counsel, you can rest assured that any legal actions taken against you respects your rights and follows proper procedures throughout the process.

What is RICO?

Several decades ago, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. This act sought to give law enforcement the ability to pursue charges against the “bigger fish” in organizations and businesses that they suspected of racketeering, rather than simply locking up low-ranking persons who might perform illegal acts under orders by their superior.

Under RICO, law enforcement can bring charges against individuals if they can prove that the person is an owner or manager within a business that regularly performs illegal acts.

In modern prosecutions, racketeering can involve a number of crimes, including wire fraud or mail fraud, and financial crimes.

With the rise in online money transfers in the last several years, some companies may use practices in their billing or other financial policies that they do not realize are technically illegal, especially businesses that have operated for many years.

If you have concerns about your business’s practices and whether you could face legal action for making a foolish mistake, it is wise to consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to aggressively defend against racketeering and other white collar charges.

Don’t wait to build your defense

Whether you currently face charges or suspect you may soon, the sooner you can build an aggressive defense, the sooner you can rest assured that your future is in capable hands.