The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal statute that empowers criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of organized crime. Essentially, RICO allows prosecutors to define a criminal enterprise so they can charge all participants in that enterprise with all of the crimes that the enterprise committed. People who were only involved in the criminal enterprise to a very small extent could be charged with drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, public corruption and any number of other charges. These cases typically involve federal white collar crimes or federal drug crimes.
At the California Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C., we have the experience to take on federal prosecutors who are using RICO against our clients. Our attorney, John D. Kirby, is a former federal criminal prosecutor who understands the prosecution's tactics in these cases, tactics that may include using one member of the alleged criminal enterprise against another. In addition to being a former federal criminal prosecutor, he is a Cornell Law School educated lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of criminal law.
RICO Has Very Specific Requirements
Understandably, people who discover that RICO is being used against them are very frightened. This is a powerful statute, and repercussions can be extremely severe. However, as powerful as RICO may be, it needs to be used properly in order to be effective. Specific requirements need to be met to fold an individual into the alleged criminal enterprise. If the prosecution is not able to meet those requirements, and they are not easy requirements to meet, we will see that the case against our client goes no further.
The earlier we are able to intervene, the better. If you have not been charged, but you are under investigation and you believe RICO will be used against you, let us take immediate action to set the stage for a positive outcome.
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