Racketeering is a crime often associated with organized criminal activities. However, the term covers a wide variety of crimes. Racketeering is the criminal act of establishing a business that is involved with illegal activities. Typically, these businesses are fronts for illegal organizations that gather significant profits through unsanctioned activities, such as gambling.
If you have been accused of involvement in racketeering, you may be facing significant penalties in the event of a conviction. The Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. have the knowledge necessary to help you fight these charges. Contact a lawyer today at 414-271-9595 to learn more about racketeering defense tactics.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act 1970
Due to the increased amount of organized crime in the late 60’s, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was passed by Congress. It was designed to help cut down on the following activities:
- Illegal gambling rings
- Sexual exploitation of children
- Money laundering
- Mail fraud
- Wire or financial institution fraud
- Sports Bribery
For a case related to the RICO Act, the prosecution must prove that you were involved in the business or profited financially in some way. A successful defense will cast doubt upon this and other aspects of the state’s case.
If you have been accused of racketeering, there is no time to delay seeking the counsel of a committed and experienced legal advocate. Contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling 414-271-9595.