Racketeering is a federal crime and a serious accusation. If the police or agents from a federal agency questioned you, accused you, or arrested you for a crime related to racketeering, you do not want to try to fight this by yourself. The racketeering lawyers in Sarasota, FL from Goldman Wetzel can build a strong criminal defense and pursue a more favorable outcome in your case.
Racketeering is a Federal Crime Under the RICO Act
Racketeering crimes fall under a federal law known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Lawmakers designed this law to allow federal agencies to prosecute those who orchestrate organized crime even when they had no direct hand in the crime itself.
RICO may apply to almost any organization involved in illegal activity. This includes:
- Organized crime
- The Mafia
- Outlaw biker gangs
- Street gangs
- Drug cartels
- Corrupt businesses, nonprofits, and agencies
- “False front” businesses
There are 35 crimes that may lead to racketeering charges under RICO. The RICO Act includes a list of these illegal activities. If you are a part of an illegal organization or a legitimate organization that commits one of these crimes, you could face a racketeering conviction. Some of these crimes include:
- Mail or wire fraud
- Drug dealing
Since the RICO Act is a federal law, all court appearances you will make following a racketeering arrest in Sarasota will be in front of a Federal Judge. If you face charges, a U.S. Attorney will try your case in the Middle District of Florida. This is not something you want to try to handle on your own. Let the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel review your case and pursue a more favorable outcome on your behalf.
A Racketeering Conviction Could Have Serious Consequences
If the court convicts you of federal racketeering charges under the RICO Act, you can expect your sentence to be severe. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines take these crimes very seriously, and most sentences will likely include time in federal prison.
These guidelines are advisory, but many Federal Judges use them as a starting point when determining a sentence. The minimum recommended sentence for a RICO violation is 30 to 37 months in federal prison.
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines also consider additional factors that could increase your time in prison. This includes:
- Your criminal history;
- The nature of the crime; and
- Other aggravating factors.
Federal law mandates the maximum penalty for a RICO violation is 20 years in prison. However, if the crime in question is murder or another serious, violent crime, the Judge may exceed this maximum. If the court convicts you of ordering someone else’s murder, you could receive life in prison.
If the police or other law enforcement officers accuse you of a racketeering crime in Sarasota, or if they arrested you, you need criminal defense representation as soon as possible. Call Goldman Wetzel today at 941-405-5193.
Enlist Our Help as Early as Possible for the Most Favorable Outcome
We like to take on criminal defense cases as early as possible. Go ahead and give us a call after your arrest but before you face formal charges. Getting involved at this point in the process may allow us to uncover evidence to clear your name and prevent you from ever facing charges. This is the best possible outcome in this situation.
Even if this is not possible, there are advantages to enlisting our help early. Both our partners work on every case we handle. When you hire one of us, you hire both of us. By calling us early on, you have someone to protect your rights and fight for your best interests every step of the way. We will:
- Ensure your rights remain protected during interrogations
- Represent you during court appearances
- Develop a strong argument for a more favorable outcome
- Implement a strong defense strategy on your behalf
Call us today at 941-405-5193 to discuss your case with a racketeering lawyer in Sarasota, FL.
Let Us Create a Solid Defense Strategy on Your Behalf
When we take on a case, we immediately launch our own investigation into the circumstances that led to the accusation. We strive to uncover new evidence to prove your innocence or to better explain your involvement. Because we come from varied backgrounds — Summer Goldman as a prosecutor and Maribeth Wetzel as a career defense attorney — we can see your case from all angles.
Because racketeering can involve one or more of a list of 35 crimes, we need to have a good understanding of exactly what they allege you did and what type of evidence they will present against you. We need to uncover and analyze the facts of your case. Only then can we develop a defense strategy to try to overcome their allegations.
While our approach will differ based on the facts of your case, some ways we may be able to get a more favorable outcome for you include:
- Presenting additional evidence to get the charges dropped or reduced
- Getting certain evidence thrown out
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge with fewer penalties
- Taking your case to court and arguing for an acquittal
- Taking other steps to reduce the charges or penalties you face
Talk to a Racketeering Lawyer in Sarasota, FL
If you face allegations, arrest, or racketeering charges in Sarasota, FL, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can help. Let a racketeering lawyer in Sarasota, FL review your case and go to work for you today. Call us at 941-405-5193.