RICO Act & Conspiracy Defense Attorneys
Defending Against Racketeering and Criminal Conspiracy Charges
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) was designed to give federal law enforcement more tools and more teeth to combat organized crime. In their zeal, federal investigators and prosecutors often overstate the "conspiracy," implicate the innocent or cut corners with the constitutional rights of the accused.
The South Florida criminal defense attorneys of Bogenschutz, Dutko & Kroll, P.A., have successfully defended clients prosecuted under RICO. We conduct our own investigation to contradict allegations of racketeering and to fight the underlying charges of criminal activity. If you are accused as a co-conspirator in a RICO case or suspect you are under investigation, contact us today to preserve your rights and strategize your defense.
More About The RICO Act and Qualified RICO Defenses
Racketeering refers to crimes committed to further illegal business activities or to cover up the criminal enterprise. The RICO Act enumerates several dozen crimes that may trigger RICO provisions, such as money laundering, bribery, extortion, collusion, embezzlement, terroristic threats, obstruction of justice, counterfeiting, wire fraud and arson.
We are called upon for our experience in alleged RICO conspiracies relating to drug trafficking, illegal gambling, loan sharking, organized fraud, prostitution and other underworld enterprises.
Former Prosecutors And Organized Crime Detectives Have Unique Qualifications for Your RICO Defense
The prosecution must establish a criminal organization and demonstrate a pattern of racketeering that includes two or more enumerated RICO crimes. Our experienced trial lawyers all are former Broward County prosecutors, and Mike Dutko also served in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as a detective in its organized crime bureau. We are skilled at challenging the government's case to show that the elements of a criminal conspiracy were not met. What sets us apart is our ability to conduct an investigation that rivals or exceeds the government's own investigation. We can sometimes avert RICO indictments and resolve cases without formal charges by sharing our conclusions with prosecutors.
The stakes are high, including the possibility of years in prison, major fines, asset forfeiture and civil RICO lawsuits for damages. Before you say one word to state or federal authorities, you need the advice of attorneys experienced in complex criminal litigation.
Call our trusted legal team at 954-764-2500 or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.