Type of Crime:
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is a Federal law that provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO makes it unlawful for any person who has received any income derived from a pattern of racketeering activity to use or invest any part of such income in the operation of any enterprise which is engaged in interstate commerce. A “racketeering activity” is any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, or dealing in a controlled substance which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. If convicted of this Federal crime, you may face a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years or life if the violation is based on a racketeering activity for which the maximum penalty includes life imprisonment. In addition, you may be required to forfeit any property derived from any proceeds which were obtained directly or indirectly from the racketeering activity. Given the severe penalties associated with a conviction for this crime, it is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Contact Kenner & Greenfield today!