Berry Law Firm has successfully defended clients facing criminal charges for a variety of complex white-collar crimes. We are noted for our case preparation and trial advocacy skills. Since 1965, we have represented hundreds of clients in Nebraska and in more than 20 states. Our law firm has the experience, advocacy skills, and technical resources needed to handle the most complex white-collar crime cases.
If you are the target of a grand jury investigation, or if you have been called before a grand jury for an alleged white-collar crime, you may be in the most important legal battle of your career You should obtain legal representation from a Lincoln RICO violations lawyer as soon as possible.
What Constitutes a RICO Violation?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was signed into federal law in 1970 as part of the Organized Crime Control Act. The primary purpose of this Act was to prohibit “racketeering activity.” 18 United States Code §1961 defines racketeering broadly to include a number of crimes, such as:
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Copyright infringement
- Bankruptcy and/or security fraud
- Aiding illegal immigration for monetary gain
Offenses like murder, arson, extortion, and bribery that are prohibited under state law can also be considered racketeering activity, as well as violations of federal laws regarding theft, obstruction of justice, slavery, and murder-for-hire.
However, state and federal authorities may only prosecute someone under the RICO Act if they demonstrate a “pattern of racketeering activity.” This means two or more racketeering convictions within a 10-year period for similar purposes, with similar participants, or against similar victims.
33 states and Puerto Rico have codified racketeering laws of their own in addition to the aforementioned federal statutes. However, Nebraska is not one of those states, so anyone charged with a RICO violation in our area should work with a local attorney who is familiar with federal racketeering cases.
Contesting Allegations of Racketeering
If someone is convicted of racketeering under the RICO Act, the penalties they could face are extremely serious. Each individual count of racketeering could result in a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. They would also be required to forfeit all assets and income they received through racketeering.
Racketeering charges often involve complex transactional chains and numerous parties. By direct and indirect evidence, the government will try to paint a coherent picture tying these transactions and the various players together.
Our Lincoln RICO attorneys will analyze the factual and legal issues in your case to develop the optimal defense strategy. We can draw upon the investigative and analytical skills of experts such as forensic accountants and other financial professionals to dispute the government’s case against you.
Getting Assistance from a Lincoln RICO Violations Attorney
Federal prosecutors usually demand lengthy prison sentences in white-collar crime cases. Additionally, exculpatory evidence can be hard to come by, and it can be even harder to present effectively in court. Retaining skilled legal counsel is a virtual necessity for anyone accused of a white-collar crime.
Our team provides aggressive, results-driven representation in cases involving mail fraud, wire fraud, and other white-collar crimes. Our Lincoln RICO violations lawyers will work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for you. Call today to schedule a confidential consultation.