Our Attorneys Challenge RICO and Organized Crime Allegations
Defending you against serious federal criminal charges in Arkansas
You may feel like David facing Goliath when you’re charged with a major federal crime such as a violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The government has nearly limitless resources while you, it seems, have only a handful of rocks. The attorneys at the James Law Firm level the playing field. We do not back down while defending you in court. Our entire team of lawyers is committed to your defense.
Federal racketeering and money laundering laws cast a wide net
The FBI is the federal government’s primary law enforcement agency. Other agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), also investigate federal crimes in Arkansas. Federal prosecutions are often based on the following charges because the applicable statutes encompass such a broad range of activities:
- RICO violations — RICO, which is contained in Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act, has been called the most sweeping criminal statute ever passed by Congress. RICO’s stated purpose is to eliminate “the infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations operating in interstate commerce.” In simple terms, the government wants to keep gangsters from hiding behind legitimate businesses. To obtain a conviction, the federal prosecutor must prove that an enterprise existed, the enterprise affected interstate or foreign commerce, the defendant participated in the enterprise, and the defendant committed at least two racketeering acts.
- Money laundering — Money laundering is the process of concealing criminal proceeds. Common methods include disguising the source of the proceeds; changing the form of the proceeds; or moving the proceeds to a place where the proceeds are less likely to attract attention. The object of money laundering is ultimately to get the proceeds back to the individual who generated them. Money laundering is a necessary consequence of almost all profit-generating crimes.
- Organized Crime Control Act violations — This law gave the federal government sweeping new powers. Title I of the act gives federal grand juries broad investigative authority and authorizes the detention of uncooperative witnesses during a grand jury’s term, which can last as long as three years. Title II weakens the witness immunity laws. Title III gives courts the ability to detain uncooperative witnesses for up to 18 months. Title IV allows witnesses to be tried for perjury, based solely on contradictions in their testimony. Title V authorizes the attorney general to operate a witness protection program for cooperative witnesses and their families. Title VIII makes it a federal crime to protect an illegal gambling business or to use income from organized criminal activity to run a business engaged in interstate commerce. Title XI includes the Explosives Control Act and establishes certain types of bombing and arson as federal crimes.
If you believe you are the target of a federal investigation, retain an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Don’t wait for an indictment or arrest. At that point, the government has already finished building its case.
Veteran Arkansas criminal defense attorneys are ready to help you
Contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the James Law Firm if you suspect that federal investigators are prying into your affairs. We are available 24/7. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (501) 375-0900 or visiting us online. Hablamos español.