Widespread Use Of The RICO Act
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — or RICO Act — is a tool commonly used by federal prosecutors to charge leaders of an organization with crimes that they did not commit themselves. While initially enacted to combat the Mafia, the later application of the RICO Act has been much more widespread.
For example, in 1994 the United States Supreme Court found that the Pro-Life Action Network (PLAN) could qualify as a RICO enterprise in a case where pro-life activists were physically blocking access to abortion clinics. If you face RICO-related charges, you need to act quickly to get sound legal advice and a tough defense that protects your rights.
At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we can help you understand your rights, the charges you face and potential defense strategies that may be available. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience handling white collar cases such as racketeering in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina.
Racketeering/RICO Charges In North Carolina
The RICO Act can be used by prosecutors to fight street crimes and white collar crime. The government could use RICO to indict a leader of an organized crime family for murders that took place under his order, just as easily as it could indict a CEO of a corporation for stock manipulation. The key in any RICO-related charge or investigation is to be sure that the government can prove the defendant committed the required acts, under the statute, in a pattern of racketeering activity.