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Overview of RICO Crime Charges
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was written into law as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. It was designed to prosecute members of the Mafia and made it a federal crime to participate in criminal acts on behalf of a criminal organization. The scope of the RICO Act, however, has expanded beyond just organized crime to cover both criminal and civil offenses. Those convicted of being part of an organization that is guilty of engaging in crimes covered by the RICO Act within the past ten years can be charged with racketeering, which carries a penalty of up to a $25,000 monetary fine and 20 years in prison for each count.
RICO Crime Attorney in Houston, Texas
Multiple crimes can be prosecuted under the RICO Act, including tax evasion, weapons charges, kidnapping, counterfeiting, mail
fraud, and many others. Beyond the fines and potential jail time, those charged with racketeering may have their profits that are considered to have been gained from the illegal activities seized by the government; private citizens who suffered financial loss could also potentially file a civil suit. If you're indicted, the prosecuting attorney can file a pre-trial injunction that prohibits you from transferring property and freezes your assets. They can also require you to put up a performance bond, which guarantees seizure of specific assets should you lose the case.
If you have been charged with a RICO crime, it is imperative that you contact a seasoned Houston criminal defense attorney who will be able to address the seriousness of the charges. I, Attorney Ned Barnett, will meet with you and discuss your situation in order to get a complete understanding of your case and the charges being brought against you. I have extensive experience defending individuals against a variety of federal charges and am thoroughly familiar with the court process, both in state and federal court. Having served as a federal prosecutor, I have a profound understanding of the justice system and how to navigate through it and seek out the potential viable defense options for my clients. I'll work tirelessly to defend you and my impressive court record. Contact my firm
to discuss your case if you have been charged with a RICO crime.