If law enforcement accuses you of racketeering or arrests you on suspicion of one of these federal crimes, you do not have to go through this on your own. The racketeering lawyers in Tampa, FL from Goldman Wetzel are on your side.
Give us a call as soon as you know you may face charges. We can take on your case from the first accusation or after your arrest. We can begin to build a strong defense strategy and try to clear your name before they press charges, when possible.
Call our Tampa-area office today at (888) 727-4652. We can review your case and answer your questions and concerns, or we can go to work immediately to protect your rights.
Let Us Go to Work for You as Early in Your Tampa Racketeering Case as Possible
The Tampa criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel want to get started on your Tampa racketeering case as soon as possible. There are several advantages to going to work on building your defense before you face charges. If the police recently arrested you or want to question you, reach out to us by calling (888) 727-4652.
Both of our partners, Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel, work together on every case. Because of our varied backgrounds — Goldman in the prosecutor’s office and Wetzel fighting for the accused — we can build a stronger case for you when we work together.
One major advantage of going to work on your case before you face charges is that we may be able to uncover evidence that stops the investigation of you and clears your name before they ever file charges.
Other advantages include:
- We can accompany you to interrogations to ensure your rights remain protected
- We will be there to represent you during every court appearance
- We have more time to build a strong defense and fight for a more favorable outcome
Racketeering Laws Include More Than 30 Different Crimes
The crime of racketeering is outlined in a federal law most commonly known as RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. RICO makes it possible for law enforcement and other federal agencies to hold the leaders of a criminal organization responsible even if they did not have a direct hand in committing the crime.
These laws may cover:
- Organized crime syndicates
- Outlaw biker gangs
- Street gangs
- Drug cartels
- Corrupt and “false-front” businesses
- Corrupt nonprofits and agencies
You could face federal charges if you ordered or were a part of an organization that carried out any of the 35 crimes listed in the RICO Act. You may face these charges with no proof that you were involved in the crime itself as long as the prosecution can show you were a part of the group and the crime occurred. This may include:
- Mail or wire fraud
- Other white-collar crimes
- Drug trafficking
Possible Penalties if Convicted of Racketeering in Tampa, FL
Violations of the RICO Act are federal crimes. If you face racketeering charges, you will go before a federal judge in the Middle District of Florida and face prosecution by a U.S. Attorney General. Our racketeering lawyers in Tampa know how to handle this type of case, and you can count on us to ensure your rights remain protected.
We will fight for your best interests and try to keep you from having to face the penalties associated with this type of conviction. If convicted, you could face up to 20 years in federal prison, unless the maximum for the crime committed is higher.
It is important to note that, in the case of a violent crime, you could serve as long as life in prison following a racketeering conviction. These are serious charges, and you need to take them seriously. Give the criminal defense lawyers from Goldman Wetzel a call to discuss your case as early in the process as possible. In Tampa, you can reach us at (888) 727-4652.
We Can Develop a Strong Defense Strategy to Fight for the Most Favorable Outcome Possible in Your Case
RICO violations can be difficult to fight because the charges do not tell us much about what they are accusing you of doing. They may allege you played a role in one of the 35 crimes included in the RICO Act or there may be accusations of multiple racketeering crimes.
A racketeering lawyer in Tampa, FL needs to investigate the allegations against you and the circumstances that led to them. This is the only way we can get a good understanding of the case the U.S. Attorney is trying to build against you. By uncovering and understanding what happened, we can use these facts to develop a solid defense strategy to employ in your case.
Some ways we can challenge the allegations and pursue a more favorable outcome in your case may include:
- Presenting evidence to clear your name or get the charges against you reduced
- Showing the police violated your rights by illegal search and seizure or another violation that could get key evidence barred from the trial
- Negotiating a plea deal for a reduced charge with fewer penalties
- Taking your case in front of the judge and jury and winning an acquittal
Discuss Your Case with a Racketeering Lawyer in Tampa, FL
If you face allegations or arrest for racketeering crimes in Tampa, Florida, the partners from Goldman Wetzel can take your case. Let us go to work on your behalf, providing you with aggressive representation and fighting for a more favorable outcome.
Call us today at (888) 727-4652. We offer complimentary consultations and can go to work for you right away.