Criminal RICO Defense Attorney in Baltimore
Defense for Racketeering & Organized Crime Charges throughout Maryland
RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It was originally drafted in the late 60’s by renowned attorney G. Robert Blakey, whose goal was to find a more efficient way of prosecuting mafia leaders. However, RICO is capable of far more than what it was originally designed for. First signed into law by Richard Nixon, he was also the first person prosecuted with it during the Watergate scandal.
If you are being accused of a crime via the RICO law, you will need an attorney who understands this complex piece of legislation inside and out. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, our white collar crime lawyers in Baltimore can explain the specifics behind the charges against you and help you build a solid defense.
Call (443) 709-9999 to arrange a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
Proving a RICO Case
RICO is a notoriously complex law. It was several years before the FBI started using it for its intended purpose. In fact, it was only after Robert Blakey had started teaching law at Cornell Law School that two FBI agents attended his course and asked him for more detailed instruction on how to use it. Because of its complexity, both the prosecution and defense must have a masterful knowledge of the law in order to build a successful case.
There are several elements the prosecution must prove to secure a RICO conviction:
- A criminal enterprise existed
- The defendant is or was associated with the enterprise
- The defendant knowingly contributed to the enterprise’s illegal activities
- The criminal enterprise’s activities affected interstate commerce
- The defendant and at least one other conspirator agreed to commit at least two acts of racketeering to support the criminal enterprise
While RICO was originally created to target the mafia, a “criminal enterprise” can take many forms. Any sort of group that conspires together to commit crimes could be labeled as a criminal enterprise.
You Need Proven Legal Counsel
Not just any criminal defense attorney can handle a RICO case. Federal prosecutors are eager to land RICO prosecutions, so you will need someone who can aggressively defend your rights and freedom. Our Baltimore criminal defense attorney and his team perform thorough investigations and spare no effort to protect our clients’ best interests.
Schedule a free consultation at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates today by calling (443) 709-9999. You can also fill out an online case evaluation form to get started immediately.