If you have been accused of or arrested for racketeering in Bradenton, FL, or elsewhere in Manatee County, the racketeering lawyers in Bradenton, FL at Goldman Wetzel can help. Let us review your case and help you fight the allegations you face. Racketeering is a serious accusation that could include violations of both federal and state crimes. The consequences of a conviction are significant. You do not have to try to fight this on your own.
Call us today at 941-405-5193. We offer complimentary consultations or can go to work for you right away. We will protect your rights and aggressively defend you, fighting for a more favorable outcome in your case.
An Explanation of Racketeering and the Offenses Included
When people hear “racketeering,” they often think of the Mafia and organized crime. While federal agencies certainly can use racketeering laws to prosecute mob leaders, they also apply to organizations that range from street gangs to drug cartels to corrupt agencies or businesses.
The law that provides for the prosecution of the leaders of these organizations is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). This law made it possible, for the first time, to go after the leaders of these organizations in addition to their workers who committed individual crimes. Today, prosecutors do not have to prove someone personally committed an illegal activity. Instead, they need to show there was a “pattern of racketeering activity” within an organization.
When it comes to racketeering, the organization can run an illegal business or use a legitimate business as a front to commit their crimes. There is a list of 35 offenses included under RICO. This list includes:
- Mail fraud
- Wire fraud
- Drug dealing
Racketeering Convictions Come with Serious Consequences
Federal racketeering offenses are not minor crimes. If the jury finds you guilty, the federal judge who oversees your case will likely sentence you to time in federal prison. When it comes to sentencing, the judge will consider:
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines; and
- Mandatory minimum sentencing laws; and
- Maximum penalty laws
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are advisory;judges often look at them for a baseline to know where to begin their sentencing. These guidelines consider:
- The nature of the crime; and
- The severity of the offense; and
- Any prior convictions
The maximum penalty for racketeering includes up to 20 years in prison(for each count) unless the crime itself has a higher maximum. In some cases, someone convicted of racketeering could receive life in prison.
The Goldman Wetzel Attorneys Work Together for You
The Goldman Wetzel criminal defense attorneys work on every case together. When you hire one of us, you get both of us. When we both tackle a case together, it allows us to build a stronger case by each focusing on our areas of experience and look at the case against you from different angles.
Attorney Summer Goldman can look at your case from the prosecution’s point of view, creating a defense strategy to counter their case against you. Attorney Maribeth Wetzel, meanwhile, is a career criminal defense attorney who knows how to fight this type of allegation and will present an aggressive defense on your behalf.
With both of our racketeeringlawyers in Bradenton, FL working together on your case, we can provide compassionate support for you during this stressful while still offering the type of representation you want to get a more favorable outcome in a federal criminal case.
Building a Defense in Your Bradenton, FL Racketeering Case
When clients enlist our help early on, we can sometimes stop a case before it gets started. We like to take on cases before our clients face federal charges. This allows us to present evidence to the U.S. Attorney to clear your name. We may be able to prevent you from ever facing charges or getting arrested.
As soon as we learn about your case, we can go to work for you. If you face interrogation, we can accompany you to ensure the agency questioning you does not violate your rights. If you already face charges or will soon, we will go to work investigating the circumstances that led to the allegations of wrongdoing. This allows us to develop a strong defense strategy based on the facts of your case.
While every case requires a unique approach, some common ways we can get a more favorable outcome in this type of case include:
- Preventing them from pressing charges or getting the charges dropped
- Building a strong case to go to court and fight for a not guilty verdict
- Convincing prosecutors to reduce the nature and severity of your charges
- Negotiating a plea deal
- Requesting a probated sentence
If you face allegations or arrest for racketeering in Bradenton or elsewhere in Manatee County, Florida, we are here to help. Call us at 941-405-5193 to discuss your case with a member of our team and to learn more about our services.
Talk to a Racketeering Lawyer in Bradenton, FL
The federal crimes attorneys from Goldman Wetzelbelieve no one should have to face allegations of wrongdoing on their own. Let a racketeering lawyer in Bradenton, FL review your case and build a strong defense on your behalf. We can take your call today at 941-405-5193