RICO CRIMES

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH A RICO CRIME IN TEXAS?

Are you facing charges of a RICO Act violation in Texas? Both state and federal government agencies utilize the most experienced prosecutors, criminal detectives, and advanced resources to pursue these cases. Fighting back against these serious allegations will require a solid defense strategy from an experienced and aggressive RICO crimes defense attorney like Gregg Gallian of Gallian  Firm, LLC, who will provide a free consultation and case review upon receiving your call.

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What iS RICO AND WHAT ARE RICO CRIMES?

There is an extensive list of potential criminal offenses that are defined under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. These criminal acts, known as racketeering, refer to fraudulent and dishonest illegal acts.

EXAMPLES OF RICO CRIMINAL ACTS INCLUDE:

  • Acts of Terrorism
  • Burglary
  • Drug Crimes
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Gambling
  • Forgery
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Sexual Assault

Racketeering is defined as any participation, or conspiracy to participate, in act crimes defined under the RICO Act. These crimes are committed with the intention to obtain, maintain, or gain profits from and/or as part of a criminal organization.

Organized crime is defined as a combination of 3 or more individuals who work together to conspire and/or commit crimes, including, but not limited to street gangs.

What are the Elements of a RICO Act Crime?

The prosecution must prove that several elements existed to obtain a conviction on RICO violations.

A conviction on these charges requires the prosecution to prove that the defendant knowingly conspired and/or participated in a criminal organization.

RICO violations also require that these illegal acts were committed in multiple states, and/or overseas.

ElementS of a RICO Act Crime Include:

  • An Organized Criminal Organization Existed
  • The Defendant Associated, Conspired, and/or Associated w/ a Criminal Organization
  • The Defendant Committed and/or Participated in a Pattern of Racketeering Activities
  • Criminal Enterprise Affected Interstate or Foreign Commerce

The prosecution does not need to prove that the defendant was aware, acquainted, or conspired with all of the individuals involved.  These charges also do not require that the defendant had full knowledge of the extent of the criminal acts.

How are RICO Crimes Assessed?

RICO crimes are assessed based on the specific acts committed, length of the operations, victims involved, and locational extent of the operations. Penalties for these crimes vary drastically.

Any crime that violates the RICO Act is tried at one level higher than the crimes committed. For example, a 3rd-degree felony charge is tried as a 2nd-degree felony.

What Texas Laws Pertain to Racketeering and the Rico Act?

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Texas prosecutes RICO Act violations under legal code Chapter 17.01. The charges incurred for these crimes are referred to as engagement in organized criminal activity. Criminal applications and circumstances are identical to those cited under federal law.

An award-winning, relentless RICO crimes defense attorney like Gregg Gallian can build a case to fight back against these serious allegations. The federal government will employ the most seasoned prosecutors and detectives, and utilize the most advanced resources to pursue cases that violate the RICO Act.

What is the Federal Law for RICO Act Violations?

RICO Act violations are generally tried at a federal level. The prosecution will push for maximum penalties if they can establish proof that the threat of continued criminal acts existed in the case.

A conviction for a violation of these acts could result in penalties of up to 20 years in federal prison and excessive fines.

Cases that involve patterns of racketeering are punished at the highest severity. A pattern of racketeering is defined as two or more crimes racketeering committed within a 10-year period.

What Strategies Could a RICO Crimes Defense Lawyer use for Racketeering Charges?

There are several strategies that a RICO crimes defense lawyer may use to fight back against these serious allegations.

The prosecution will fight to prove that the aforementioned elements existed in the case. They will also need to prove that there was a direct correlation between the criminal acts committed and monetary compensation or other assets acquired.

Defense Strategies for RICO Crimes Include:

  • Lack of Proof of Repeat Criminal Activities
  • Lack of a Criminal Organization
  • Doubt Regarding Monetary Gain
  • Insufficient Evidence of the Extent of Criminal Activities

A RICO crimes defense lawyer may also utilize violations of basic constitutional rights as a defense strategy. For example, your criminal defense attorney may be able to evidence, and potential charges dismissed by proving that an illegal search and seizure occurred.

Do You Need to Contact a RICO Crimes Defense Attorney?

An award-winning, relentless RICO crimes defense attorney like Gregg Gallian can build a case to fight back against these serious allegations. The federal government will employ the most seasoned prosecutors and detectives, and utilize the most advanced resources to pursue cases that violate the RICO Act.

You will need the best defense team on your side. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can build a case to prove your innocence, clear your name, and/or lessen your charges.

What are Your Next Steps if Charged with a RICO Crime?

Contacting Gregg Gallian, an elite level RICO crimes defense lawyer, is the first step to beating these serious criminal charges. Generally, RICO case investigations occur over an extended period of time. Investigators and detectives may spend months, and even years, gathering evidence before pressing charges.  But let’s say you haven’t yet made the call to Gallian Firm and we can speak, or write, in generalities: 

1). Contact an Experienced RICO crimes Defense Lawyer

1. The prevention or interruption of the use of a building or room that should be publicly accessible. For example, place of employment, an aircraft, automobile, or other public places.

2. Impairment or interruption of public communications, 

transportation, or public services, including water, gas, power supply, etc.

3. Placing the public or a substantial-sized group of people in serious of serious bodily injury.

4. Influencing the activities and/or conduct of government branches and/or agencies on the state or federal level.

2). Keep RICO ALLEGATIONS to Yourself

Do not discuss your concerns or charges with anyone else, including family, friends, and especially members of your alleged criminal organization. It is likely that an investigation into these matters has been ongoing. There may be individuals in your alleged organization who are already involved with detectives and/or law enforcement. Protect your legal interests by keeping any charges or suspicious to yourself.

3). STAY CALM AND MEASURED

Despite the level of stress and fear which can result from these RICO act criminal charges, you can only do yourself damage by panicking or acting out. Stay calm and contact Gallian Firm.  You will be in the best hands possible and immediately know you made the right choice. 

Why is Gallian Firm Your Best Choice if You are Charged with RICO Crimes?

Gallian Firm, LLC is your best choice for building an aggressive, successful legal defense against crimes being charged under the RICO Act. Gregg Gallian is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has helped hundreds of clients facing serious criminal charges.   A former prosecutor, he knows the tricks that prosecutors will try when you are charged with RICO Act violations, and how to navigate and defend you against them. 

Gallian Firm, LLC is your best choice for building an aggressive, successful legal defense against crimes under the RICO Act. Gregg Gallian is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has helped hundreds of clients facing serious criminal charges.   A former prosecutor, he knows the tricks that prosecutors will try when you are charged with RICO Act violations, and how to navigate and defend you against them. 

Gallian Firm, LLC is known for developing the most aggressive, effective, award-winning, criminal defense strategies.

Choose a criminal defense attorney who cares about his clients, communicates openly, and will work passionately to defend you against criminal allegations. You can reach Gallian Firm, LLC at 214-432-8860 or visit online to schedule a free consultation.

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