Federal Racketeering Lawyers in Portland
Backed by 60+ Years of In-Depth, Combined Legal Experience
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is a federal statute that gives law enforcement immense power and resources for investigating and prosecuting racketeering cases. 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.
Racketeering is the distribution of proceeds from unlawful activity or committing crimes in furtherance of unlawful activity. When someone is indicted under RICO, the U.S. prosecuting 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.
Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. proficiently defends clients against federal racketeering charges. The penalties for a conviction include significant fines and many years in prison. In some instances, the sentence could even be life without parole if the crime that triggered the RICO charges carries that sentence.
Several RICO-related crimes include:
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Obstruction of justice
What We Can Do for You
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 seven decades of combined experience with handling federal criminal matters. We review all evidence carefully and thoroughly to identify any weaknesses in the government's case. In addition, we urge individuals who believe that they or an associate is being investigated for racketeering to contact an attorney right away. The earlier we can get started on developing a strong defense, the better your chances are at obtaining a favorable outcome.
An individual charged with a RICO crime may also be sued in civil court by anyone who was injured as a result of their actions. The injured person could seek damages and injunctions against the defendant. Our proficient racketeering attorneys in Portland advocate for clients facing this type of legal action
Call a Portland Racketeering Attorney
Our law firm is committed to providing high-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 today at (503) 303-0771 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about federal racketeering charges.