Orlando Racketeering Defense Attorney
Federal or state prosecutors will sometimes charge companies or individuals with a state or federal RICO case in hopes of getting longer prison sentences, intimidating them to plea or cooperate, and influence a potential jury about the severity of the alleged misconduct. To prevail under RICO the feds must prove the 1) the existence of an enterprise; 2) that the enterprise affected interstate commerce; 3) the defendants were employed or associated with the enterprise; 4) the defendants participated in the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise; and 5) that the defendants participated through a pattern of racketeering activity.
RICO is an acronym for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and used to be a favorite charge for federal agents and prosecutors 30 years ago. The number of federal RICO cases has significantly decreased because under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines’ use of “relevant conduct” a defendant can essentially get the same amount of time if found guilty of less complex charges such as wire or bank fraud. However, this is not the case in the state and the Florida RICO statue is used routinely to link isolated criminal acts and allege a criminal enterprise. If charges with RICO it’s important to hire a lawyer who has experience with complex criminal investigations. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending a significant amount of time in state or federal prison.
Leverage an Experienced Orlando Racketeering Defense Attorney
When you are facing federal criminal charges, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney with years of experience in federal court. At Dan Eckhart Law, we have tried dozens and dozens of cases in federal court, always fighting aggressively for clients’ rights and freedom.
Attorney Dan Eckhart leverages his experience as a federal prosecutor to help build the strongest strategic defense possible for his clients. He will fight relentlessly to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for your future. Call us at 407.276.0500 or use the form on our website to contact us and get started on your defense.