Pennsylvania Racketeering Lawyer
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to target organized crime. It provides extended penalties and allows leaders of corrupt organizations to be tried for crimes they order but do not commit themselves.
RICO is used to prosecute a wide variety of organizations, from drug and burglary rings to corporate executives committing white collar crimes.
The Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato is a Southeastern Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm that provides comprehensive defense representation to individuals charged under RICO. With more than 40 years of experience advising clients on investigations and crafting effective defense strategies, Attorney Arthur Thomas Donato has the proven ability to successfully defend clients against complex racketeering charges.
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What Type Of RICO Charges Are You Facing?
Under RICO, any member of an organization who commits two or more specified crimes in a 10-year period may be charged with racketeering.
The list of applicable offenses includes:
- Any acts that violate state laws against murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter or dealing in a controlled substance
- Acts that violate certain provisions of the federal criminal code, including those related to bribery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, weapons trafficking, and slavery
- Embezzlement of union funds
- Bankruptcy fraud and securities fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- Acts of terrorism
Penalties under RICO can be severe, including steep fines and extended prison sentences, as well as forfeiture of all assets obtained through a pattern of organized crime. Maximum prison sentences for a defendant upon a single conviction is 20 years. Life sentences can be imposed in cases of serious crimes such as murder. Fines can range from $250,000 to twice the amount of the proceeds gained through the offense. RICO also creates a civil cause of action for individuals harmed by illegal activity that falls under the statute, allowing them to collect damages.
Contact a Racketeering Lawyer in Pennsylvania Today
RICO charges often involve long, intrusive investigations that allow federal investigators to collect evidence and begin building a case. Our firm counters those efforts by performing our own parallel investigation, anticipating the prosecution's arguments and crafting a strategic defense that shines light on the prosecution's weaknesses.