At 50, RICO Remains a Powerful and Controversial Tool for Prosecutors
In 2020, the United States marked the 50th anniversary of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. Though the law was originally intended to fight organized crime, it has led to criminal and civil proceedings against a wide range of organizations that have been labeled as criminal enterprises, even when they have nothing to do with the Mafia.
Under the federal statute, RICO can only be charged when the alleged criminal activity bears some relation to interstate commerce. Florida also has a RICO statute for matters that only encompass criminal activity within the state. However, the definition of interstate commerce is expansive, so a defendant could find themselves in federal court even if they believe they were only engaged in local activity. If you have been named in a RICO indictment or believe that you might be the subject of an investigation, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can explain key elements of the relevant law, including:
The Law Office of Roma W. Theus, II, P.A. advocates on behalf of clients facing RICO charges and other types of complex criminal allegations in federal and state court. To schedule a consultation at my office in Wellington, please call 954.281.4851 or contact me online. My firm assists individuals in South Florida and across the United States.
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