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In New Jersey, racketeering charges are a serious matter. A conviction for racketeering potentially carries a lengthy prison sentence, massive fine, criminal record, and damage to your reputation that may impact your life and career. At Team Law, our New Jersey Racketeering Lawyers have the skills and resources to defend you against federal and/or state racketeering charges.
Our experienced legal team will provide tough and assertive representation in your New Jersey racketeering case. We understand the severity of the situation and are here to guide you through this process and mount an aggressive and tactical defense. Our lawyers provide top-notch legal representation to each and every client. Contact Team Law to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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Racketeering involves obtaining or extorting money from another person or entity. Racketeering also may include activity associated with organized crime but does not necessarily have to be linked to such activity. Essentially, racketeering is an all-encompassing crime intended to target individuals engaged in a pattern of illegal activity. Furthermore, racketeering is both a federal and state crime. Depending on the severity of the crime, a person can be charged with either federal or state racketeering charges and is usually charged with both.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §1961, is specifically designed to criminalize and severely punish racketeering by business enterprises. New Jersey also criminalizes racketeering. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:41-2, if you receive any income derived (either directly or indirectly) from a pattern of racketeering activity or use/invest any part of that income or its proceeds in acquisition of any interest in an enterprise or in the establishment or operation of an enterprise that is engaged in activities that affect trade or commerce, you can be convicted of racketeering in New Jersey.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:41-1, an individual or entity engages in a “pattern of racketeering activity” if they commit the following crimes at least twice within 10 years of each other:
While getting convicted doing two of the above offenses within a 10-year span does not meet the threshold for a racketeering conviction, if a prosecutor proved beyond a reasonable doubt that you also derived an economic benefit from the illegal activity or intended to use/invest any amount of money linked back to the crimes, then you face a racketeering conviction.
If you or a loved one is facing a racketeering charge, it is essential to retain a knowledgeable, assertive, and skilled criminal defense attorney. At Team Law, our New Jersey Racketeering Lawyers are ready to handle all aspects of your federal and/or state case and guide you through the legal process. We provide strong, high-caliber legal representation in order to achieve the best result possible. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential consultation.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:41-3, if you are convicted of racketeering in New Jersey and the “pattern of racketeering activity” that you engaged in involved a first-degree crime, the use of a firearm, or was a violent crime, then you can be guilty of first-degree racketeering. And all other convictions for racketeering will be charged as second-degree racketeering.
Accordingly, if you are found guilty of first-degree racketeering, you can be imprisoned for 10-20 years and be forced to pay a fine of up to $200,000. (Depending on the sentencing judge’s ruling, you may be ineligible for parole). If you are convicted of a second-degree crime, you can face 5-10 years behind bars and a fine of up to $150,000. Additionally, no matter the severity of the sentence, you will be mandated to return all of the money you benefited from by making restitution.
Immediately. In the event of a federal and/or state racketeering charge, our experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys will help you from the moment you learn that you are being investigated. If federal/state law enforcement officials attempt to ask you any questions, whether formally or informally, immediately make a request to speak to your attorney. There may be some confusion surrounding your racketeering charge, especially at the beginning, and any statement you make can incriminate you unexpectedly. Contact Team Law to learn more during a free and confidential discussion.
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