Racketeering charges are matters of the federal criminal justice system, and they involve committing a specific set of criminal activities – such as extortion, bribery, illegal weapons possession, prostitution, etc. – within a specified period of time and on behalf of an illegal business, organization or enterprise.
Racketeering is legally governed by the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, which was initially enacted in 1970 in an effort to prosecute the Mob, Mafia, motorcycle gangs and other criminal organizations; in modern times, however, the RICO Act has also been used to prosecute CEOs or businessmen of stock trading corporations, healthcare organizations and even professional sports teams.
Because racketeering charges are typically felony charges filed at the federal court level, the penalties associated with convictions of these crimes can be severe and may include long prison sentences, mandatory parole terms following prison, expensive fines, loss of property, etc.
When facing racketeering charges, the severity of the charges at hand will vary depending upon a number of factors; generally, however, the following factors can worsen racketeering charges and the possible penalties imposed upon the accused if convicted:
- Prior white collar crime convictions or a criminal record of any crime
- One or more people were injured or killed as a result of the alleged racketeering operations
- Other charges, such as those for tax evasion, forgery, hate crimes, etc., are also filed against the defendant.
Defense against Racketeering Charges
Depending on the specific details of a given case, our Denver racketeering defense lawyers may argue that:
- The evidence against the accused was gathered via an illegal search and seizure (i.e., in violation of the fourth amendment).
- The police failed to read the accused his Miranda rights upon arrest and/or did not follow legal procedures when conducting the investigation.
- Illegal wiretaps were used for part of the investigation.
- The prosecution does not have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the racketeering offense.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of racketeering and felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. As soon as you start working with our trusted criminal defense lawyers, we will begin investigating your case, interviewing witnesses and compiling evidence to support your defense. We will also work diligently to get the prosecution’s evidence against you thrown out of court and, whenever possible, to get the charges against you reduced or potentially even dismissed entirely. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.