Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also referred to as RICO, is a federal law in the United States that allows for extended penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed in congruence with an ongoing criminal organization. Focusing specifically on racketeering, the act allows for leaders of a group to be tried for the crimes that they ordered another to do. For example, if an individual orders another to murder someone, the person who commanded the order may no longer be exempt from trial. The act closed the loophole that used to exist in this case.
According to the law, racketeering activity can be seen in several forms, including:
If you or someone you know has been accused of violating the RICO act, immediately secure legal representation. Even if you are innocent, it is necessary to hire a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney if you wish to avoid a conviction. It is important that you do not give law enforcement or investigators any information regarding the situation, even if you believe it will declare your innocence. The prosecution may be able to use that statement against you in the courtroom that can make you appear to be guilty.
Do not leave your future unprotected. Immediately secure representation to ensure that your rights are protected and your future is safeguarded. Here at Okabe & Haushalter, our legal team intends to do just that. We strive on helping our clients fight criminal charges, including those of RICO act violations.
For more information on how our firm may be able to help you with a RICO act violation accusation, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer today.