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The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a complex statute that can potentially be wielded as a litigation tool. When faced with federal criminal RICO charges or a civil RICO claim, it is important to have an experienced RICO defense lawyer advocating on your behalf. At Team Law, our RICO Charges Lawyers will work relentlessly for clients seeking criminal defense to RICO charges brought by the government, civil defense against a private RICO claim, and/or seeking to bring a private RICO action.
Our legal team understands the severity of potential RICO charges. The repercussions on your personal and professional life are massive. While it may be a serious matter, you are not out of options. Our legal team is here to help, and we will provide high-level legal representation in an effort to achieve the most favorable outcome. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential discussion.
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The federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations statute (RICO) is a federal law that allows for significant criminal penalties and a civil cause for action for acts that are performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and therefore allows the alleged leaders of a criminal organization, or syndicate, to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to commit. Signed into law in 1970, RICO is best known for its application to mafia-related activity.
The federal RICO statute has evolved to combat a wide range of criminal activity, ranging from violent crimes to sophisticated fraud, bribery, money laundering, and extortion schemes. A companion statute, the “Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering” (VICAR) statute, proscribes violent crimes, including murder, kidnapping, and assaults.
RICO provides for private civil causes of action, and when properly used, provides a potent tool to obtain treble (or triple) damages and attorney fees in business litigation. Specifically, the RICO statute provides for three different substantive violations as described in 18 U.S.C. section 1962(a) (b) and (c) (RICO substantive provisions), and 18 U.S.C. 1962(d) (RICO conspiracy).
Section 1962(c) is the most used RICO provision, which forbids the RICO “person” from conducting the affairs of an enterprise affecting interstate or foreign commerce through a pattern of racketeering or through the alternate theory of collection of unlawful debt. As such, a RICO person who conducts the affairs of a legal entity or “association in fact” through multiple acts of mail and wire fraud may be found in violation of section 1962(c). And section 1962(d) makes it a crime to conspire to commit any of the three substantive offenses.
It is vital to understand that it is not necessary for a RICO conspiracy defendant to personally conduct the affairs of an enterprise. Instead, the RICO defendant himself needs only to agree with a defendant who is an operator or manager to conduct the affairs of the enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity for a court to find sufficient evidence for conviction or liability.
Regarding a civil RICO claim, the RICO Charges Lawyers at Team Law can provide effective representation, including the following:
At Team Law, our RICO Charges Lawyers will protect your rights and aggressively advocate on your behalf. We will help you if you are facing a RICO charge. Our experienced legal team is trustworthy and has the expertise to present the best defense possible. We can effectively and efficiently analyze and solve complex legal problems for our clients. The attorneys at Team Law have the knowledge, the experience, and the ability to advocate effectively on your behalf and will work hard to provide exceptional legal service. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential consultation.
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