RICO Act Attorneys in New York
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in New York
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is one of the most advanced laws that aim to address the existence of organized crime. It focuses primarily on racketeering and allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes they did not personally do and only ordered others to do. You can just contact our team of top - rated RICO Act Attorneys in New York if you are charged with RICO acts, to spare yourself from any criminal prosecution as fast as possible in NY.
Illicit Activities and Predicate Crimes
There are four main illicit activities related to the RICO law and they are found in the four subsections of section 1962. They include the acquisition and operation of an enterprise using racketeering proceeds, taking control of an enterprise using racketeering activities, conducting the affairs of an enterprise using racketeering activities, and conspiring to acquire, control, or conduct.
There are predicate crimes connected with the RICO act. These are so-called as predicate crimes as they are acts done for the continued proliferation of the enterprise. Predicate crimes include:
- Robbery dealing in obscene material; or
- Dealing in controlled substances.
The only requirement related to a predicate crime under the RICO Act is the fact the act must be committed. There is no need for the individual who did the act to be convicted of it.
The consummation for the violation of the RICO Act is dependent primarily on the pattern of racketeering activities. This pattern requires the commission of two or more of the predicate offenses, there must be no relationship between the two predicate offenses, and the acts must have been committed to ensuring the continuity of the criminal enterprise.
There is only one act that does not require the occurrence of two or more predicate offenses. The act is the collection of an unlawful debt.
In terms of penalty, the RICO act provides that any of the violations are punishable by the following:
- Criminal Penalties
- forfeiture of any property acquired through a RICO violation and of any property interest in the enterprise involved in the violation;
- imprisonment for not more than 20 years;
- Imprisonment for life; and/or
- a fine of not more than the greater of twice the amount of gain or loss associated with the offense or $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations.
- Civil Penalties
- The courts may award anyone injured by a RICO violation;
- Individuals who suffer damages are also awarded civil penalties;
- Costs and attorneys’ fees are also covered by the RICO act.
To this day, the RICO Act survived many constitutional changes. However, it is expected to survive and evolve through time.
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