Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to eliminate organized crime.
This act allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.
In order to convict a defendant under the RICO statute, the government must prove that a person or organization has committed two or more particular criminal acts within a 10-year period. Furthermore, RICO prohibits companies and organization that are involved in criminal activity from making financial gains through lawful business enterprises. If convicted of a RICO violation, a defendant may face the following penalties:
- Up to 20 years in prison
- Forfeiture of any property or assets gained through the company involved in RICO violations
Additionally, any individuals harmed by RICO violations may sue the defendant for three times the damages they sustained. Therefore, if you, or someone you know, is charged with RICO violation, it is extremely important to get the help from experienced attorneys such as Anthony Bruno & Peter Schoenthal.
At Bruno & Schoenthal, we believe that representing clients begins and ends with total preparation.
We also believe that trial is often your best course of action. By preparing a case for trial from the beginning, you leave no stone unturned. When you approach a case this way you often find facts or defenses that can lead to your charges being dismissed or allow you to have a stronger position when negotiating with the government. If you or your attorney is unprepared, there’s no way you can expect a positive outcome in court. That’s why when we approach a case, our first step is to begin fully preparing for trial so you get a complete representation. Unlike other firms who assign a single lawyer to each client, we work together on every single case and we believe in a client-centered approach. This means you will get the benefit of our combined experience and problem solving skills.
By working together, we can develop strategies and initiatives that will help us be successful in court.
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