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What Does RICO Mean?

RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Historically, it was not uncommon for the leaders of corrupt organizations to avoid criminal charges as they delegated the actual committing of the crimes to other members without having to dirty their hands themselves. RICO, passed in 1970, was intended to address that legal loophole and hold all members of a corrupt organization accountable for their joint actions.

While RICO was originally passed in direct response to the Mafia, it now can be used not only against illegal enterprises, but legal organizations engaging in illegal activities as well.

If you need assistance understanding the racketeering charge brought against you, speak to a Chicago criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Stephen F. Hall. Contact us at (312) 757-8204.

Understanding the Charges

For the RICO Act to be applicable, a person needs to have engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity that is connected to an enterprise or organization. “Pattern” is defined as committing 2 of the 35 set RICO offenses in a 10-year window.

The list of RICO offenses includes, but is not limited to:

  • Gambling
  • Arson
  • Bribery
  • Drug dealing
  • Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Money laundering
  • Transport of stolen goods
  • Extortion
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder

Why Representation Matters

The 5 main elements the prosecution is concerned with in a RICO case are proving:

  • The existence of an enterprise, whether it is legal or illegal in nature is irrelevant
  • The accused was directly connected to that enterprise
  • The defendant was willingly and knowingly involved in the enterprise
  • The enterprise engaged in interstate commerce
  • The defendant conferred with one or more conspirator and agreed to engage in additional acts of racketeering on behalf of the enterprise

An experienced Chicago RICO lawyer knows how to effectively argue that the prosecution does not have the evidence necessary to prove these 5 facts beyond a reasonable doubt. We are ready to join your team and be your advocate.

Schedule your free consultation with a Chicago criminal defense attorney today at (312) 757-8204.

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