Representing Clients In New York And Nationwide
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is used to prosecute organized crime, enhancing penalties and allowing leaders of corrupt organizations to be held accountable for crimes that they order, but do not commit. These organizations range from high-profile crime families to drug rings and even corporations engaged in white collar crimes.
Criminal defense attorney Harvey Slovis has the aggressive approach necessary to effectively represent individuals and organizations charged with racketeering. His strategic advocacy style and sharp cross-examination skills enable him to protect clients in trials involving even the most complex criminal activities.
The Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act
RICO allows for members of organizations to be charged with racketeering when they commit two or more specified crimes in a 10-year period. That list of crimes includes:
- Acts violating state laws against murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter or dealing in a controlled substance
- Acts violating certain provisions of the federal criminal code, including those related to bribery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, weapons trafficking and slavery
- Embezzlement of union funds
- Bankruptcy and securities fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering
- Immigration fraud
- Acts of terrorism
A conviction under RICO can carry severe penalties, including expensive fines and extended prison sentences, as well as forfeiture of assets obtained through the illegal pattern of activity. In these high-stakes cases, you need an experienced advocate who can anticipate the prosecution’s arguments and effectively identify the weaknesses in the case against you. Harvey Slovis is skilled at persuasively presenting evidence to juries and fighting aggressively for his clients’ rights in court.