Racketeering/RICO Attorney in Michigan
If an organization is used by a crime ring to embezzle funds or an organized group runs an illegal business, the individuals involved could be charged with racketeering. There are harsh penalties in place for those found guilty of racketeering, so if you are accused, you should reach out to a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. The laws surrounding racketeering are complex, and require great insight to accurately interpret. Your attorney will review the details of your case and assess your situation in light of the law to determine the best approach to your defense. A talented federal defense lawyer could mean the difference between clearing your name and being forced to suffer harsh punishment. Pick up the phone and call Grabel & Associates today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your desired results in your racketeering case.
What is Racketeering and RICO?
Racketeering is typically defined as operating an illegal business for profit or participating in a counterfeited business. There are many illegal activities that fall under the umbrella of racketeering when they are connected with an enterprise, some of which include robbery, fraud, extortion, federal drug offenses, murder, kidnapping, gabling, bribery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, and more. These crimes are charged under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. RICO was enacted in 1978 to combat organized crime. Since then, many states have introduced similar laws, making it easier to raise charges. Prosecutors only have to prove that the defendant owns or manages an organization and that the organization regularly engages in illegal activity.
RICO states that it is a federal crime to do any of the following:
- Conduct a business’s affairs, legal or illegal, through racketeering.
- Use money from any activity classified as racketeering to operate a business or organization.
- Use money acquired from the collection of unlawful debt to operate a business or organization.
- Acquire an interest in a company through any activity classified as racketeering.
- Conspire to engage in any of the activities listed above.
RICO tends to target individuals involved in a pattern of racketeering. The government must prove that the accused has committed two or more crimes within the course of the last 10 years.
Penalties for Racketeering Convictions in Michigan
The punishments associated with racketeering convictions are severe. If you’re facing criminal charges, contacting a defense attorney is the first step in avoiding life-altering penalties. If the judge finds you guilty, you could face any of the following:
- Prison Sentence
- Seizure of Assets
- Probation or Parole
- Payment of Restitution to Victims
- Additional Fines
- Loss of Right to be Bonded
Your lawyer will look at every potential defense, including but not limited to proving your innocence by presenting facts, drawing attention to insignificant evidence, proving illegal police procedure, or showing that you were unaware of the illegal activity. We’re committed to keeping you involved and informed throughout every stage of your case, putting the power back in your hands.
Our Approach to Defending Against Racketeering Charges
The Grabel & Associates team has been working in criminal defense for over 15 years and knows how to successfully battle wrongful racketeering charges. Besides fighting against the federal government, we will also defend against civil suits brought by private citizens who have suffered financial harm, damage to their property, or harm to their business. We understand the ins and outs of racketeering cases involving RICO and will help you earn the best available results. To take the first step in fighting for your future, pick up the phone and dial our toll-free hotline. A seasoned case analyst is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with a free initial case consultation and connect you with the right attorney to handle your case.
Contact Us for 24/7 Criminal Defense in Michigan
Racketeering cases are time-sensitive and require immediate action if you want to receive a favorable outcome. Dial 1-800-342-7896 to speak with a member of the Grabel & Associates team and learn more about the racketeering charges you’re facing. We’re passionate about defending our clients and will be devote ample time to crafting your defense. You can also set up a free consultation through our online contact form.