Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What is Racketeering?

Racketeering is a serious crime – and it’s one that carries heavy penalties if you’re convicted. Some aspects of racketeering can be considered a white collar crime because they’re nonviolent and are committed for financial gain. However, some aspects involve violence, drug trafficking, and other offenses.

If you’ve been accused of this crime, it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with a racketeering lawyer in Chicago as soon as possible.

What is Racketeering?

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, covers several offenses that are typically associated with organized crime. Under RICO, there are 27 federal offenses and several state crimes considered “racketeering activity.”

Obtaining money through an illegal enterprise is racketeering. Some forms include:

  • Bank fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit extortion
  • Federal or interstate gambling offenses
  • Money laundering
  • Murder for hire
  • Some types of embezzlement
  • Sports bribery
  • Tax evasion, in some cases
  • Witness tampering

Some of these crimes are felonies, and if you’re convicted, you could end up spending time in prison. It makes sense for most people to get in touch with an attorney when they’re accused of these crimes – and it may make sense for you, too. Your lawyer can preserve your rights and be present with you during questioning, and he can represent you and speak for you in court, too.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows About Racketeering Charges?

You can’t afford to gamble with something as serious as racketeering charges. Call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free racketeering case review – we may be able to help you.


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