The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was implemented to crack down on organized crime. It targets individuals and groups operating illegal businesses for profit or engaging in fraudulent enterprises. Various groups – from corrupt police departments to motorcycle gangs – have been found guilty of racketeering and therefore violating RICO.
At LaHood Norton Law Group, we defend those accused of violating RICO by committing federal racketeering. We deliver aggressive defense strategies with our clients’ needs in mind.
Racketeering is a complex statute defined in U.S. Code § 1961. It takes extensive research and experience to understand the nuances of this law. At LaHood Norton Law Group, we understand RICO and racketeering laws. As former prosecutors, we also know how the prosecution might build its case against an alleged racketeer. We use this insight to our clients’ advantage when crafting our defense strategies.
The exact list of 35 crimes considered racketeering are listed in U.S. Code § 1961. However, racketeering can be any type of criminal offense that is connected with an enterprise, including:
A person violates RICO by engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity and committing at least 1 of the 35 offenses that constitute racketeering. The enterprise must have committed at least 2 crimes within 10 years.
If you believe you are under investigation for racketeering or if you have been formally charged with a RICO violation, you can find support from the aggressive criminal defense attorneys at LaHood Norton Law Group. Our San Antonio RICO lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of the accused. We are ready to put nearly 100 years of combined experience to work for you.