Racketeering (RICO) Attorney in NY
Manhattan Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Representing Clients Facing Charges in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester County and Beyond
Federal racketeering charges are designed to bring down criminal organizations that function like businesses. Conviction on a racketeering charge can result in serious criminal consequences, including life in prison without parole.
Call attorney Craig Trainor at The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., in Manhattan at 212-300-6557 or contact him online. Our law firm represents clients facing conspiracy charges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.
What Is Racketeering?
Racketeering means participating in certain illegal activities as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise or business. Three of the most well-known racketeering acts are the Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) of 1970, the Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) statute and the Continuing Criminal Enterprise statute, also known as the CCE statute or the Drug Kingpin statute.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) of 1970 was created to help fight organized crime. It was used to prosecute members of the mafia, the Hells Angels, and other groups. It allows prosecution of organizations that engage in illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting, embezzlement, drug trafficking, slavery, and other illegal activities as a business.
Today, RICO is being retooled and used to prosecute organizations that engage in white collar criminal offenses, like embezzlement, fraud, and money laundering. To convict a defendant under RICO, the prosecution must prove that a defendant actively participated in two or more instances of racketeering activity, so-called “RICO predicates,” that affected interstate commerce or foreign commerce.
The Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering statute is similar to RICO. Instead of white collar offenses, VICAR focuses on violent crimes, such as murder, kidnapping, and assault.
The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., defends clients accused of racketeering and other federal charges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and throughout Westchester County, and Long Island. To discuss your case in a free consultation, please call 212-300-6557 or contact us online.