Professional Racketeering Attorney
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly referred to as RICO Act) can be prosecuted in either state or federal court. The federal law is laid out in 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968, and the state law in Minn. Stat. Sections 609.901-609.912 -- both jurisdictions provide for severe criminal penalties. RICO allegations can also be brought civilly, leading to substantial civil penalties.
RICO was first enacted as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. It was originally intended to be used as a tool for the government to prosecute organized crime, but law enforcement and prosecutors have expanded the use of RICO to investigate and prosecute individuals and businesses far outside of what the law initially contemplated. RICO has been used far beyond mob bosses -- it has been used to search and prosecute financial companies, banks, and a host of other types of businesses.
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A person found guilty of a criminal RICO violation in either Minnesota or federal court can face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The person convicted may also have to forfeit all property and business interests associated with the counts they were convicted under. In addition to allowing the government to bring criminal charges , the RICO statute allows an individual person to file a civil suit seeking treble damages (triple damages -- for example if a million dollars is at issue, a court can order three million in damages). Furthermore, just by bringing an indictment -- an accusation -- the government can attempt to temporarily seize and freeze the assets of the person accused. This is one reason it is wise to get an experienced attorney involved early in the process, before charges are brought.
RICO is an extremely complex law and an experienced defense lawyer can use the many intricacies within the law as a tool to protect the accused. It is essential to obtain legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer and law firm which has the knowledge, experience and the toughness needed to protect you in a RICO case.
Retaining a lawyer before you talk to a police officer or federal agent is one of your rights as an American. A prosecutor who wants to convict you hopes for nothing more than you giving up that right. It is wise to talk with a lawyer before you try to “go it alone” against powerful and experienced opposing forces. Contact Birrell Criminal Defense to speak with our lawyers and staff today to learn more about your options and how we can help protect your rights, freedom and future.
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