Handling Complex Racketeering Cases
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law, passed in 1970, originally intended to target organized crime and criminal enterprises. Over time, prosecutors have expanded its application, using it against any group of people and against legitimate businesses with no relation to organized crime.
If you are under investigation for a RICO violation or you have already been charged, speak to one of our Manhattan RICO lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work building a defense. In some situations, early intervention by an experienced defense lawyer can make the difference between serious prison time and reduced or even dismissed charges.
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New York City Racketeering Defense Lawyers
A wide variety of criminal activities, such as prostitution, drug trafficking and robbery, can be involved in a RICO case. The complexity of these charges demands the attention of an attorney who understands the nature of RICO violations. At the Brill Legal Group, we have successfully defended many clients facing these charges. Whenever possible, we seek to prevent clients from suffering the severe penalties that result from a conviction, such as:
- Seizure of assets
- Heavy fines
- Lengthy prison sentences
- Freezing of personal and business bank accounts
Because these cases involve multiple defendants, the attorneys at our Hauppauge-based law firm often try to work out joint defense agreements with the lawyers representing other defendants. These agreements can help streamline the defense strategy and lead to more efficient, effective representation.
In addition to criminal penalties, RICO cases often involve a separate civil case. If you lose this case, you could face forfeiture and civil damages in addition to any criminal punishment. Though RICO cases usually take place in federal court, there are times when state RICO cases arise, charged under New York’s Enterprise Corruption laws, also known as the Organized Crime Control Act (Penal Law 460.20). We defend against charges in both court systems.
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