Racketeering is commonly associated with organized crime. However, it also encompasses a broad range of illegal activities carried out as part of a business enterprise. Many forms of white collar crime can lead to racketeering charges, particularly when multiple people conspired to commit the offense, including:
- Money laundering
- Drug trafficking or conspiracy
- Obstruction of justice
The federal government has powerful tools at its disposal to investigate and prosecute racketeering. The large body of federal law that defines and criminalizes racketeering — the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) — is sweeping in its scope. It establishes severe penalties for violations, including up to 20 years of imprisonment per count and hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in fines. Property connected with the offense will also be seized and subject to forfeiture.
Protecting Your Rights
RICO investigations are often lengthy and intensive. Protecting your rights at the pre-indictment investigation stage is critical. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to mitigate the consequences or even avoid formal charges.
Once charges are filed, legal representation becomes even more important. Racketeering cases often involve complex, multicount charges and volumes of evidence. Navigating the proceedings and building a compelling case requires legal insights that only come from experience.
At The Law Office of Kevin L. Barnett, a criminal defense firm in Charlotte, we handle racketeering charges and other types of white collar crimes. We can conduct a thorough investigation, sort through the evidence and detect any holes in the state's case. With more than 30 years of legal experience — including substantial experience in federal court — we understand how to craft strong defensive strategies.
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With our firm on your side, you can gain peace of mind knowing your case is in sure and capable hands. To discuss your case with a lawyer during a free consultation, call 704-899-5574. You can also send us an email.
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