The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization ACT (RICO) was passed in 1970. In part, it was passed to hold organizations or enterprises accountable for a crime instead of pursuing individuals separately. RICO charges can affect organized crime of many types, but in order to fall under the RICO act, the crime must happen on behalf of an organization.
At Owens Criminal Defense, we work with clients who are under suspicion of or facing charges of violations against the RICO Act. As this act has a broad definition and can cover many different types of crime, it’s not always easy to understand your charges or the penalties that may result if you’re convicted, which is why you need a professional attorney by your side.
What Crimes Fall Under RICO?
There are 35 different crimes that fall under RICO that constitute racketeering. Among others, these crimes include:
Although RICO crimes must involve an organization, the organization itself doesn’t necessarily have to be formal. It could be a company, but it could also be a family, a gang or even a political party.
Penalties of Being Convicted
If you’re convicted of crimes under RICO, you could see a prison term as well as fines. However, to be convicted, a person must have a pattern of completing crimes, and this pattern must be proved within a four-year statute of limitations. At Owens Criminal Defense, we represent clients who have been accused or charged with crimes under the RICO act. We are experienced RICO attorneys who can assist with your case.