Racketeering / RICO Violations

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Racketeering is considered the operation of any illegal business or enterprise for one’s personal profit.  A large number of criminal and white-collar offenses are considered racketeering activity including murder, drug transportation, gambling, embezzlement, extortion, theft, robbery, and bribery among others.

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and similar state racketeering laws allows the government to go after those accused of racketeering offenses. As a result, the RICO and state racketeering laws can be harsh.

Penalties of a Racketeering Conviction 

The severity of the penalties are based on a variety of other factors surrounding the case. If a defendant has any prior convictions,  if they are currently on probation or parole, as well as community attitude and media attention the case may have attracted will be taken into account.

Penalties may include:

  • Prison sentence
  • Probation/parole/house arrest/counseling
  • Loss of rights
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Fines
  • Restitution paid to victims

If you or someone you know is facing RICO charges you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can review your case and determine your best course of action.

Our criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm will provide an aggressive and well planned defense to have your charges or penalties reduced or even dismissed. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and hear how we can help.

What is RICO?

RICO charges involve the operation of an illegal business or enterprise, including a fraudulent scams, for an individual or entity’s personal profit.

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and similar state racketeering laws give the government a tremendous amount of power to go after those accused of racketeering.

The RICO act is broad and covers a variety of white collar crimes including:

The Penalties for a RICO Conviction Are Severe

The consequences for a RICO conviction are harsh.  Possible penalties may include:

  • Prison time (up to twenty years for each violation)
  • Mandatory probation/parole/house arrest/counseling
  • Loss of certain constitutional rights
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Large fines
  • Restitution paid to victims

Defending RICO Claims

RICO cases are complex criminal cases.  They involve serious criminal charges and life altering potential consequences.  Centrally located in Columbia, South Carolina, the lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC have the experience, and the resources necessary to assist our clients in RICO cases.

Given the possible consequences at stake, it is critical that you contact a RICO defense attorney who can protect your rights and provide you an aggressive and well planned defense.  Contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.


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