Defending Your Future & Your Freedom
If you are being accused of racketeering or committing another white collar crime, you should not hesitate to contact West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney, Ron D. Herman. Racketeering is a federal offense, which can send you to prison for up 20 years, if not for life. You need to make sure that you have a strong and strategic defense ready for your trial. Get an experienced and qualified legal professional on your side today!
Attorney Herman is a former prosecutor who is a reputable defense lawyer with recognitions such as the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and inclusion in Florida’s Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list. With his professional accolades, you can trust that your case is in very good hands.
Fighting Racketeering Charges
Traditionally, racketeering meant obtaining or extorting money illegally or conducting illegal business activities, usually by those engaged in the Mob or the Mafia and other crime families, but these days racketeering is often associated with white collar criminals. Racketeering has a long history of being connected to business and in the United States, racketeering is synonymous with organized crime.
Congress passed the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as a part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. The purpose of RICO (18 U.S. Code Chapter 96) was to penalize the use of an enterprise to conduct certain prohibited activities, some of which include:
- Embezzlement from union, pension or welfare funds
- Mail Fraud
- Obstruction of Justice
- Money Laundering
- Wire Fraud
- Financial Institution Fraud
Criminal Penalties for Racketeering
Under 18 U.S. Code § 1963 – criminal penalties, a violation of section 1962 is punishable by:
- Hefty fines
- Up to 20 year or life imprisonment
- Forfeiture to the United States any property or proceeds directly or indirectly derived from the offense
The property subject to criminal forfeiture under RICO includes real property, and anything growing on, affixed to, or found on land. Other property subject to forfeiture would be tangible and intangible personal property, including rights, interests, claims, and securities.
Skilled Defense Representation in Your Racketeering Case
Contact Herman Law, P.A. to discuss your federal racketeering charges with Attorney Herman in a complimentary consultation. Right now, your future is at grave risk, and the outcome of your case will hinge on the knowledge, skill and experience of your defense counsel. Attorney Herman has handled over 150 jury trials in the state and federal courts and he can help you.
We will work vigorously to defend your rights and to help avoid the maximum penalties under the law.