Alexandria Racketeering Defense Lawyers
Understanding Racketeering Laws
To prosecute individuals and groups for organized criminal activity, Congress
passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law,
which makes participating in or making profit from organized illegal activity.
Not only does RICO target organized criminals like members of the Mafia,
but it also can charge legitimate businesses and corporations for engaging
in criminal action.
If you or your organization is being accused of racketeering in Virginia
or Washington D.C., do not wait to let
Bynum & Jenkins Law defend you against serious
federal allegations. Our Alexandria racketeering defense attorneys have 26 years of top-notch
experience helping clients through the legal process, investigating their
cases, determining all available legal defenses, and defending clients
at trial or negotiating a favorable deal with investigators and prosecutors.
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(703) 537-5522 for a free consultation and speak with our legal team.
What is Racketeering?
Racketeering is derived from the term “racket,” which means
an organized and illegal activity. As we mentioned above, racketeering
covers any type of illegal action performed by a group or enterprise.
According to RICO, it is a
federal crime to do any one of the following:
- Use money acquired or obtained through racketeering to establish or operate
any business or organization
- Conduct racketeering to obtain or operate an interest in any business or
- Perform legal or illegal action of an enterprise by racketeering
What are the Penalties for Racketeering?
To convict someone under RICO, the prosecution must prove that there was
a pattern of racketeering (ongoing criminal activity, rather than only
one crime), a criminal enterprise was involved, and the illegal activity
affected interstate commerce (e.g. money, good, people from one state
to another). Each count of racketeering carries a maximum prison sentence
of 20 years (or life imprisonment if the predicate crime carries such
a penalty), a fine of up to $250,000 or double the amount the defendant
gained from the illegal profits, as well as civil lawsuits filed by any
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serving harsh penalties like a federal prison sentence.
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(703) 537-5522 to discuss your case with an Alexandria racketeering defense lawyer.