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Racketeering as a Federal Crime

Answers from a Proven Knoxville Racketeering Attorney

Racketeering has many definitions authored by the federal government, but if you've been charged in a federal racketeering case, it means that you've been accused of continual engagement in an unlawful act that has yielded financial gain. Racketeering also most commonly refers to comitting acts of intimidation or extortion for financial gain.

RICO Cases

Racketeering has become synonymous with criminal syndicate cases and Congress' Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Law (RICO) has been used to prosecute many of these organized crime cases.

RICO cases are often extensive, complex, and carry serious penalties. It's easy for critical details to be swept up in what is usually a deluge of evidence, charges, and procedures—that's why it is absolutely crucial for those charged with racketeering crimes to seek experienced, competent counsel.

Again and again, our experienced Knoxville racketeering attorneys at the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz have provided just that. Call us today for a free consultation.

Racketeering Crimes and Penalties

No less than 35 different kinds of crimes are defined under federal racketeering definitions. While they range from the violent to nonviolent, all of them must be associated with an enterprise designed for illegal financial gain in order to be relevant in racketeering case.

Crimes that can be included in federal racketeering cases include:

  • Arson
  • Bribery
  • Gambling
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Narcotics dealing

Again, these are just few of the many crimes that, under RICO law, are associated with illegal enterprises. For a full list of crimes defined as "rackeeting activity," see 18 U.S. Code § 1961.

Because each federal racketeering varies so greatly in scope and circumstance, they can result in a range of sentences. Federal statutes call for up to 20 years in prison, and severe fines, if convictions are reached.

Call The Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz for Defense Against Racketeering Charges

While RICO cases can be complex, they can also be reduced to lesser charges, or dismissed all together. Our experienced Knoxville racketeering attorneys at the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz have a track record or walking away from federal court with probation and acquittals for our clients—and we're ready to pursue the same for you and your racketeering case today.

Call our firm for a free consultation on your racketeering case now.