Protecting You When You Are Charged With Gambling And RICO Violations
If you have been accused of operating an illegal gambling operation or racketeering, you face severe penalties. Costly fines and jail time could result. You need an attorney who can navigate even the most complex details to build your defense.
At Sapone & Petrillo, LLP, our New York City and Long Island attorneys have defended many clients charged with complex crimes at the federal level. We understand the severity of the charges that you face. We are prepared to guide you through every aspect of the legal process – from your arrest and initial appearance in court to pretrial hearings and your trial itself – and to tenaciously fight for your rights. Our experienced trial attorneys will work to create the best possible results for you and your case.
Illegal Gambling At The Federal Level
Gambling is governed by a complex landscape of laws on both the state and federal level. These regulations are complex, making it possible to unwittingly violate these regulations while operating a gambling business. In addition to state regulations, which can vary greatly depending on location, businesses are generally considered illegal by the federal government if:
- The business at least five people managing, financing or otherwise operating the business.
- The operation taken in more than $2,000 in a day or has been operating for 30 days consecutively.
Federal gambling offenses are punished particularly harshly with strict sentencing guidelines and potential penalties that include strict fines and years in prison. If you have been charged with gambling crimes like running an underground poker tournament, operating an unregistered gambling website or another violation, we will use our extensive trial experience to defend you.
Criminal Charges And Violations Of RICO
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was originally intended to allow the government to push back against illegal activities enacted by organized crime rings. Today it addresses a variety of crimes related to organized crime, including:
- Racketeering and extortion
- Illegal gambling
- Drug trafficking
- Sex trafficking and prostitution
- Embezzlement and money laundering
- Witness tampering
- Obstruction of justice
At , we understand the seriousness of these charges, and we will use our years of legal experience to build a cutting-edge defense for you and your rights.