The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as the RICO Act, was designed to assist in the prosecution of criminal organizations. It can apply to a wide range of offenses including fraud, money laundering, robbery, and various violent crimes. A violation of the RICO Act is a federal offense punishable by decades in prison as well as substantial fines. If you have been contacted by federal authorities in connection with a RICO Act violation, Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC can come to your defense. Our Chicago federal defense lawyers are backed by more than a decade of experience, numerous legal accolades, and an in-depth knowledge of federal racketeering laws.
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RICO laws typically do not target individual criminal acts but are instead reserved for members of suspected criminal enterprises that engage in repeated racketeering activities. Convictions under the RICO Act can be met with punishments greater than what the individual crime may otherwise call for. According to U.S. Code 18 § 1963, each count of racketeering can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison (or life if the underlying crime qualifies), forfeiture of assets, and treble fines (restitution of three times the damage).
The flexibility provided by federal statutes in identifying both criminal organizations and patterns of activity constituting RICO violations demands prompt legal action from the accused. Secure the services of our firm and rest assured that your case is in qualified hands. We have defended clients in complex cases heard before the Illinois Supreme Court as well as federal courts nationwide. The dedicated team at Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC can defend against even the most complicated federal and racketeering charges and can help you to understand the nature of your case.
Make no mistake, if you have been charged with a RICO violation, your future hangs in the balance. However, you do not need to face aggressive federal prosecutors without the protection of our skilled legal advocates. We understand that you are likely to have numerous questions about your case and if you want to get answers, our Chicago federal defense attorneys are only a phone call away.
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