Racketeering is operating an illegal business for profit or engaging in a fraudulent scheme or enterprise. In general, racketeering is charged under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), although some states have enacted similar laws.
Racketeering activity encompasses any number of criminal offenses-extortion, fraud, money laundering, federal drug offenses, murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, counterfeiting, and embezzlement-connected with an "enterprise," defined as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity . . ."
Racketeering prosecutions and defenses usually revolve around very complicated legal issues. To ensure your defense, you need an attorney with experience in defending against racketeering charges. If you have been charged under RICO or a state racketeering law, or believe that such a charge may be imminent, contact the Cochran Firm Criminal Defense Section, P.C. for a free consultation.
Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Racketeering include:
Defenses of Racketeering may potentially include:
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