In 1977, the Florida legislature passed the Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organization Act, commonly called RICO. In 1986, it revamped its RICO provisions and added to them, allowing private citizens to initiate RICO lawsuits in court. The federal criminal code also contains RICO provisions. What does this mean to you? If you’re involved with a gang or with organized crime, the days are long over when the prosecution struggled to successfully convict you of minor charges for individual criminal acts. Florida, the federal government, and individual citizens now have the ability to go after you on a much larger scale, for an entire scope of alleged wrongdoing. Florida’s RICO statutes allow prosecutors to lump old crimes with more recent infractions so that you might risk up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
RICO is a complex statute, not easily understood. If you’re facing a RICO charge, you need a criminal defense law firm experienced at sorting through the factors and finding possible defenses that can make a difference. Katz & Phillips is such a law firm. We’ve successfully represented individuals facing RICO charges many times before. We know what works, and what doesn’t. We’re tireless about identifying and implementing your best possible defense so we can protect you from a lengthy prison sentence and other penalties. Call us as soon as possible, because a RICO charge won’t go away. The way Florida law is set up, it may keep growing and growing. The sooner we fight your charges, the greater your odds of a successful result become.