Federal Racketeering Defense Lawyer

Portland Attorney Defending Against Federal Charges

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is a federal statute that gives law enforcement powerful tools in bringing racketeering cases. It provides for exceptional criminal and civil penalties for acts which are taken as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Enacted in 1970, the relevant statute is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. §1961-1968). Although commonly thought to have been enacted to deal with the Mafia and other organized criminal organizations, RICO prosecutions are increasingly common in white collar cases.

When someone is indicted under RICO the U.S. Attorney may choose to seize that person's assets and seek to prevent them from transferring any property without a court order. This can cripple a person and their family or business before the criminal allegations are even tested.

The Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., defends clients against federal racketeering charges. The penalties for conviction include significant fines and many years in prison. In some instances, the sentence could be life without parole if the crime that triggered the RICO charges (see below) carries that sentence.

Racketeering is the distribution of proceeds from unlawful activity or committing crimes in furtherance of unlawful activity. The charge of racketeering covers many specific state and federal crimes, including conspiracy. In addition, RICO crimes include:

Bankruptcy fraud Drug trafficking
Money laundering Murder for hire
CounterfeitingObstruction of justice
SlaveryEmbezzlement
Kidnapping Bribery

The government must charge the organization with committing two RICO crimes within 10 years. Federal racketeering charges are extremely complex and fighting them requires in-depth knowledge of federal criminal procedure. At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., we have more than 70 years of combined experience handling federal criminal matters. Our lawyers will force the government to prove its case against our client.

We make sure that all the evidence against our client was obtained legally and verify that law enforcement acted in accordance with the law. We review all evidence carefully to identify any weaknesses in the government's case. We urge individuals who believe that they or an associate is being investigated for racketeering to contact an attorney right away. When our lawyers enter an investigation early on, we are sometimes able to shape it to a client's advantage.

An individual charged with a RICO crime may also be sued in civil court by anyone who was injured because of commission of a RICO violation. The injured person could seek treble damages and injunctions against the defendant. Our law firm advocates for clients facing this type of legal action because of RICO charges.

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Our law firm is committed to providing the highest-quality defense at reasonable rates and is dedicated to protecting our clients' privacy as the legal process unfolds. We offer a free initial consultation. Call our law firm toll free at 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail to speak with an attorney about federal racketeering charges.