A Strong Defense Against RICO (Racketeering) Charges
The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) provides harsh penalties – including civil liability as well as prison time – for those convicted of certain illegal business practices. For any business owner, facing federal charges can be incredibly intimidating. The federal justice system is challenging to navigate. Many defense lawyers who practice only in state courts are not qualified or equipped to tackle federal charges.
At Hunker Appeals
, we are committed to providing a skilled and effective defense for business owners facing RICO charges or allegations of other illegal business dealings. We understand what’s at stake in these cases: not only the business you’ve worked so hard to build, but also your reputation, your freedom and your future. A strong defense from the outset can make all the difference. Ideally, if we get involved while the case is still under investigation – before charges get filed – we can do everything in our power to avoid serious charges. Barring that, we can provide a skilled defense in federal court and on appeal
, if needed.
What Amounts To Racketeering?
Originally, RICO was enacted to combat organized crime by the Mafia in the 1970s. Since then, federal investigators have used it to prosecute business owners for a pattern of alleged racketeering activities such as:
- Obstruction of justice
- Illegal gambling
- Mail and wire fraud
Dozens of activities are included under the federal definition of racketeering activity.
Civil RICO Claims
RICO also empowers private individuals to bring a lawsuit against an enterprise for alleged racketeering activities. If they prevail, they are entitled to treble (triple) damages – a significant penalty against the defendant organization.
Enlist A Powerful Defense
Our attorneys can provide a skilled and powerful defense against both civil and criminal RICO claims. We are well-versed in the nuances of federal court, and we focus our practice on complex, high-stakes cases such as these.