Organized crime describes the unlawful activities of a highly structured group of people that is centrally controlled. Although the phrase often conjures up images of mafias and street gangs, organized crime encompasses a vast number of criminal activities, including many white collar criminal offenses. If you are under investigation or are facing charges for organized criminal activities or racketeering, contact America's Criminal Defense Group. Our law firm is dedicated to the presumption of innocence and we will fight to protect your rights with honor and integrity.
Organized crime is any criminal operation carried out by a highly ordered group of people. Participating in illegal activities for financial profit as part of an organized crime faction is called racketeering. Since the passage of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1970, organized crime, or racketeering, is charged as a felony. Our criminal defense law firm provides skilled white collar crime defense and we have experience defending clients in many states. Because organized crime involves such a broad range of offenses, it is important to seek knowledgeable legal counsel to protect your rights.
Organized crimes can range from alcohol and drug-related crimes, sex crimes, theft, murder, gambling, and kidnapping for ransom to less obvious offenses such as money laundering, extortion, insurance fraud, and terrorism. Organized crime operates on a hierarchical structure that serves to protect those in power from engaging directly in criminal activities and being discovered by law enforcement agencies.
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Organized crime characterizes any crime committed for the benefit of a structured, illegitimate association. The offenses associated with organized crime are all very different, but there are some generalizations about these illegal institutions that can be made:
Most organized crime groups operate behind the guise of legitimate businesses. Sometimes racketeering involves bribing or otherwise manipulating officials or owners of genuine businesses in order to run the racket undetected. Racketeering is charged as a felony with serious consequences. Contact our criminal defense law firm to discuss your particular case.
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