Our federal criminal defense lawyers at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. have over fifteen years of experience in defending individuals in federal court.  We have effectively represented both individuals and businesses indicted for RICO violations.  RICO cases are often very complex as it encompasses various charges, requiring representation by a knowledgeable and experienced RICO defense lawyer.  Our attorneys are hands on with their clients and keep them fully informed through every step of the process.  If you or a loved one is being investigated or has been indicted under RICO, contact us at 1-800-94-TRIAL for a free consultation or contact us online.

RICO Generally

RICO stands for “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.”  This federal law focuses specifically on racketeering, and usually involves cases of organized crime.  Racketeering means engaging in an illegal organization.  Originally, this law was enacted to target highly organized crime like the Mafia.  Now, the RICO Act is applied to individuals.  To be charged under the Act, you must have committed any two of the thirty-five crimes listed under the statute within a ten-year period.  Additionally, the crimes must be related to organized crime.  RICO crimes include, but are not limited to:

•   Counterfeiting                                   •  Embezzlement

•   Fraud                                                •  Robbery

•   Bribery                                              •  Extortion

•   Drug Trafficking                                •  Loan Sharking

•  Obstruction of Justice                        •  Money Laundering

•  Murder                                               •  Murder-for-hire

•   Arson                                                •  Prostitution

Possible Penalties

RICO imposes harsh criminal penalties on individuals involved in organized crime.  If you are convicted of a RICO charge, you could face up to 20 years imprisonment and large fines.  See 18 U.S.C. § 1963.  Furthermore, all illegal gains and business interests gained through racketeering activity are required to be forfeited.  At Russell Mace & Associates, we understand how a RICO charge can affect your life both professionally and personally.  We want to ensure that your reputation is not tarnished, and will put forth the time and effort to minimize any potential damage you be facing.

Possible Defenses

•   Insufficiency of Evidence                       •  Lack of an Illegal Enterprise

•   Lack of Knowledge                                •  Constitutional Violations

•   No Relationship Between Offenses      •  Factual Innocence

The circumstances of all cases are different.  A seasoned defense lawyer will be aware of all the applicable defenses in any given case.  There are many different elements that the Government has to establish in proving a RICO violation.  Our federal defense lawyers at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. know exactly what to anticipate and will be prepared to make the arguments necessary to obtain the best possible outcome.  Whether you need an attorney for the investigatory stage, a trial attorney, or want to negotiate a potential plea agreement, the attorneys will aggressively represent you through every stage of the process.

RICO Defense Lawyer

RICO cases are complex and indictments are usually filed after a lengthy investigation.  Given the difficulties that can arise with these types of cases, it is most important to obtain an experienced RICO defense lawyer to ensure that you are informed of all of your options.  Our federal defense attorneys will aggressively defend your case to try to get the most favorable result possible.  We have criminal defense lawyers licensed in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and New York with years of experience in federal defense and trial strategy.  Contact our firm at 1-800-94-TRIAL or contact us online if you have are being investigated or charged under RICO or any other federal crime.

Our South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney is available 24/7 to assist in the defense of any federal indictment. We have defense attorneys in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Miami, Miami Beach and throughout the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.