Racketeering is operating an illegal business for profit or engaging in a fraudulent scheme or enterprise. In general, racketeering is charged under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), although some states have enacted similar laws.

Racketeering activity encompasses any number of criminal offenses-extortion, fraud, money laundering, federal drug offenses, murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, counterfeiting, and embezzlement-connected with an "enterprise," defined as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity . . ."

Racketeering prosecutions and defenses usually revolve around very complicated legal issues. To ensure your defense, you need an attorney with experience in defending against racketeering charges. If you have been charged under RICO or a state racketeering law, or believe that such a charge may be imminent, contact the Cochran Firm Criminal Defense Section, P.C. for a free consultation.

Criminal Defense

Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Racketeering include:

  • Long-term imprisonment
  • Probation or parole
  • Loss of the right to be bonded which has serious consequences for employment
  • Payment of restitution to the victims
  • Significant fines above and beyond restitution
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Other

Defenses of Racketeering may potentially include:

  • Showing insufficient evidence
  • Proving factual innocence
  • Proving illegal or improper police procedure
  • Showing lack of knowledge of illegal activity
  • Other

Our Criminal Case page provides more information on the following:

  • Why you may receive a stiffer sentence
  • What you can do to improve the outcome of your case
  • What The Cochran Firm can do to help you