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The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO, is a law that allows for individuals involved in organized crime to be punished under federal law. When an individual commits an offense as part of a criminal organization, or to obtain funds for the criminal organization, he or she can be charged with a federal offense.

Federal law makes it possible to not only charge the individual who carried out the alleged offense, but the individual who ordered it as well. If you have been accused of being involved in racketeering activity, contact a federal defense attorney immediately.

Dallas Defense Attorney for Racketeering Charges

If you have been arrested and charged with racketeering in Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to contact Richard McConathy. As a federal crimes defense attorney in Dallas who is licensed to practice law in federal court, Richard McConathy will work hard to provide you with the best defense possible.

Call him today at (972) 233-5700 to schedule a consultation to discuss your charges. During your free consultation, the experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will review the evidence in your case and present it in a way that is most favorable to you.  

Information Center for Racketeering Charges in Texas

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Defining Racketeering

According to 18 U.S. Code § 1961, racketeering is a set of illegal activities, carried out as part of an enterprise, that are aimed at commercial profit and disguised as legitimate business deals or transactions. An enterprise is defined as any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or group of individuals.

Common racketeering activity in Dallas includes acts or threats involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, drugs, and counterfeiting, called "predicate acts."  In order for an individual to be charged with racketeering, he or she must have been involved in two or more predicate acts within 10 years of one another.

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Collecting Unlawful Debt

Another form of racketeering activity involves forcing individuals to pay unlawful debt. Unlawful debt is defined as debt that was incurred or contracted in gambling activity which was a violation of the law. It is unlawful for an individual to receive income through the collection of unlawful debt.

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Leaders of Organized Crime Groups

In most cases, the federal government targets leaders of gangs, organizations, or other entities of organized crime. For example, if an individual commits a crime at the urging of his or her superior, the federal government can charge the leader of the gang or organization with a federal offense.

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Penalties for Racketeering in Dallas

Racketeering is a federal offense that, if convicted, could lead to a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The government can also seize any property derived from any proceeds which were obtained directly or indirectly from racketeering activity.

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Federal Crime Defense Lawyers Helping You Fight Racketeering Charges in Collin County

If you have been charged with racketeering, having a federal crimes defense attorney in Allen TX who is licensed to defend you in federal court is essential. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy have the qualifications necessary to provide you with defense options for racketeering charges in and around Arlington, Dallas, Highland Park, Southlake, Plano, University Park, and the surrounding areas.

In order to give yourself the best chance at avoiding the potentially devastating penalties associated with racketeering, contact Richard McConathy at (972) 233-5700. The sooner you contact McConathy, the sooner he can begin analyzing your case and preparing your defense. Your first consultation is free, and it is the first and most important step in the defense building process.

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