RICO or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act gives federal and state prosecutors the ability to combine unrelated crimes into a single larger charge. Therefore, when someone is prosecuted under RICO, they will face harsher punishments. If you are facing a RICO in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area you will need a strong, experienced criminal attorney. Gilbert and Smallman criminal attorneys can offer you the representation necessary for this type of charge.
For example, if several people are charged with a minor drug charge, each person may be sentenced to as little as a year. However, when the charges are combined by the prosecutor into one RICO case against the group and offers that they are working as an illegal enterprise, the sentence each person faces is over a decade. RICO trials are complex and long. State and federal agencies often back teams of prosecutors for this type of case. Having a Miami – Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney from Gilbert and Smallman is the right decision to make. Call today for an initial consultation.
Originally, RICO was designed to aid in the prosecution of organized crime. So while it’s intent was to curb extortion, bibery, trafficking, counterfeiting, interstate gambling by the mafia; now it also covers white collar crimes, embezzlement, securities fraud and public corruption.
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