Newark, N.J. Racketeering (RICO) Defense Lawyer
These types of charges are usually the result of a very complex investigation, and can have very serious consequences if the client is convicted. Both the Federal and the State Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Acts are often used to charge multiple people with crimes committed by other people. In a case that only charges conspiracy, a client can be charged with anything that occurs during the conspiracy that was a reasonable and foreseeable consequence or act, even if the client did not do the act. In a RICO case, a client can be charged with crimes committed by others, even if the client never knew that the other person was involved, or that they were committing the offense.
Contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 today for a consultation on what needs to be done to give you the best chance of beating this charge.
Defending against a Racketeering Charge
While defending a client in a recent case, Howard Bailey succeeded in having State charges of racketeering and prescription drug fraud charges dismissed against his client, after 41 days of trial. The State had used extensive wiretapping and other types of Electronic surveillance to build their case against the client. By attacking the wiretap, the evidence the State had seized was threatened with suppression, and the witnesses were not able provide other evidence to support a conclusion that the client had actually been involved in the activities of the codefendants.
These types of charges are usually filed against a client after prosecution has conducted a lengthy investigation using sophisticated investigative techniques like wiretapping. If you are under investigation or have been charged with this type of crime, STOP TALKING! This is more important than in most criminal cases, as what you say is not only going to be used against you, it is most likely being recorded.
Consequences and Penalties of Conviction
On conviction, a client faces a lengthy prison sentence without parole; and, anything of value that is related to the crimes will be forfeited, including any business related to the racketeering activities.