Los Angeles RICO Act Federal Attorney
With our unmatched credentials and a combined 75 years of experience, our Los Angeles Attorneys defend our clients against all types of crimes, federal or state, aggressively and efficiently.
We have handled cases involving RICO charges and have gained the trust and satisfaction of our clients.
What is the RICO act?
In 1970, the United States Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
The intent of the RICO act was to prosecute organized crime (specifically the Mafia), but now is used to go after individuals as well as business entities engaged in acts of racketeering (act of operating an illegal business or illegal services in order to make a profit)
If you are found guilty under the RICO act, you may face up to 20 years in prison and you must forfeit all properties and the interest in business gained as a result of the violation. However, if the RICO violation is based on a crime for which the maximum penalty is a life sentence, then a life sentence may also be imposed.
To be found guilty of violating the RICO statute, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were associated/employed by an existing enterprise that had an affect on interstate commerce, and that you were engaged in a pattern on racketeering activity (at least 2 acts within 10 years of each other).
The RICO statute is a highly complex statute and if you are being charged under RICO, it is imperative that you hire a skilled defense attorney
At the Hedding Law Firm, we have the federal and criminal background that gives us unmatched credentials.
A RICO violation can result in many years in federal prison, excessive fines, and many other negative consequences.
We will help you with all diligence and strive to get you the best results possible by using our aggressive defense techniques.