RICO Racketeering Counsel That Informs, Advises, & Improves Your Life

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 investigations are 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.

Are you facing a federal RICO investigation or charge? Get capable legal guidance from our Pennsylvania racketeering lawyer in a confidential consultation. Call (610) 565-4747 or contact us online to get started.

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 investigations 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 racketeering lawyer 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.

If you are under RICO investigation, get competent legal advice today. Call our offices at (610) 565-4747 or contact us online for a case review with our racketeering lawyer. 

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the potential penalties for a RICO conviction?

Penalties for a RICO conviction are severe and can include up to 20 years in prison for each RICO charge, with the possibility of a life sentence for more serious underlying crimes such as murder. Fines can reach $250,000 or double the proceeds of the criminal activity. Additionally, RICO allows for the forfeiture of all assets gained from the illegal enterprise. The law also provides a civil pathway for victims to seek damages for harm caused by the racketeering activities.

Why should I choose a Pennsylvania racketeering lawyer from the Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato for my RICO case?

Choosing a Pennsylvania racketeering lawyer from the Law Offices of Arthur Thomas Donato means you'll be represented by a team with extensive experience in defending against RICO charges. Attorney Donato's four decades of legal practice provide clients with a deep understanding of federal investigations and racketeering laws. The firm's commitment to personalized defense strategies and proactive investigation ensures that clients receive capable and effective legal guidance throughout their case.

  • Outstanding Service Award
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • A-V Rating
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Best Law Firms - Pennsylvania
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers Fellow

Take Action

For an Initial Consultation, Call Our Office, or Fill Out the Form Below

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy

What Sets Us Apart?

Devotion. Commitment. Hard Work.
  • We Provide Cases With Intensive Investigation And Intensive Legal Analysis
  • Less Than 1% of Lawyers Have the Quality of Credentials That We Have
  • We Aim to Get You the Best Results Legally As Well As Improve Your Life Overall
  • Over 40 Years of Legal Experience Providing Attentive & Personal Services for You