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Defending Against Racketeering Charges in Florida

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RICO, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, are both federal and Florida state laws that were enacted to combat criminal organizations that are involved with racketeering crimes. Under these laws those who join with others to commit crimes or order others to commit crimes can charged for the crimes of the persons who actually committed the crime.

There are a number of different crimes activate RICO charges, including but not limited to: theft, gambling, prostitution, fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder.

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Penalties For RICO Charges in Florida

Punishments for RICO crimes vary between cases, and depend on the scale and nature of the racketeering. For a single charge, an offender can face a maximum of life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Life sentences are generally reserved for cases in which the crime itself warrants a life sentence like murder. Non-violent offenses like gambling and prostitution charged under RICO can still result in a sentence of 30 years in prison. Federal and Florida RICO laws also include civil forfeiture statutes which allows for the seizure of property from those suspected of racketeering.

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If you are facing RICO charges, you need an experienced defense lawyer on your side. Mitchell A. Stone is a board-certified criminal trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in criminal defense, including RICO and other white collar crimes for high-profile clients.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What are the potential penalties for RICO charges in Jacksonville, Florida?

In Jacksonville, Florida, the penalties for RICO charges can be severe, varying based on the crime's scale and nature. An individual could face up to life imprisonment, particularly in cases involving crimes like murder that warrant such a sentence. For non-violent offenses such as gambling or prostitution, the sentence can still reach up to 30 years. Additionally, there are substantial fines and civil forfeiture statutes that may lead to the seizure of property associated with racketeering activities.

What types of crimes can lead to RICO charges in Florida?

In Florida, a variety of crimes can trigger RICO charges, including theft, gambling, prostitution, fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder. These charges are serious because they imply involvement in an organized effort to commit these crimes, which can lead to more significant penalties than individual offenses.

Can I face RICO charges for ordering others to commit a crime in Florida?

Yes, in Florida, individuals who order others to commit crimes or are part of a group committing crimes can be charged under RICO laws. This means that even if you did not personally commit the crime, you could be held responsible for the actions of those who did, as part of an organized criminal effort.

What should I do if I'm suspected of racketeering in Jacksonville?

If you're suspected of racketeering in Jacksonville, it's crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Contacting a knowledgeable defense attorney like Mitchell A. Stone, P.A. can make a significant difference in your case. An attorney can help you understand your charges, the potential consequences, and develop a defense strategy tailored to your situation. Early intervention is key to protecting your rights and building a strong defense.

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