Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and related statutes are amongst the most serious federal charges. A conviction can result in up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines for each RICO offense. Additionally, the government can seize all assets related to the criminal enterprise. This can include both your business and personal assets. If you have been charged with a RICO offense or are under investigation for racketeering, it is vital that you work with an experienced federal litigator.
The attorneys at Paoletti & Gusmano, Attorneys at Law, have extensive experience handling cases in federal court and representing clients during a federal criminal investigation. We are committed to protecting your rights at every stage of the process, and we will fight to have your charges dismissed, for an acquittal or to have the penalties reduced in your favor.
Ensure that your rights and your assets are protected from day one. Call our law firm in Bridgeport at 203-371-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Understanding RICO Charges
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was enacted to punish leaders of criminal enterprises for crimes committed under their orders. This includes mob bosses, gang leaders and union leaders. It can also include business people who have committed white collar crimes. To be convicted under RICO, it must be shown that you committed, attempted or conspired to commit two of 35 state and federal crimes within a 10-year period. These 35 state and federal crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Fraud and embezzlement
- Robbery and other theft crimes
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Murder and kidnapping
- Extortion and blackmail
- Acts of terrorism
Experienced in both state and federal cases, our Connecticut-based lawyers have the knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex RICO charges.
Civil RICO Cases
In addition to criminal penalties, RICO allows civil liability for the defendant. A private individual can bring a claim against you for financial or property loss as a result of RICO-related activities. In this type of civil action, a plaintiff may be able to secure treble damages, which can be up to three times the amount of normal, compensatory damages.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyers
We understand the impact RICO charges can have on your life and your professional reputation. In a free, confidential consultation, we will answer your questions, explain your options and begin building your defense strategy. Call us at 203-371-1000 or contact us online to speak with one of our attorneys.
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