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The federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act was created to combat organized crime activity. However, over time it has evolved and been applied to various activities that may or may not be directly related to organized crime. If you or a loved one is being investigated or has been charged with RICO or racketeering offenses, it is essential that you obtain experienced legal assistance as quickly as possible. Broward County RICO and racketeering lawyers will protect your rights and work to preserve all legal options available in your case.

Florida and RICO
In 2009, Florida state prisons reported having 286 inmates incarcerated on charges of racketeering. (1) Laws in the state of Florida and at the federal level include similar statutes that address RICO and racketeering violations. For example, prosecutors must establish that a person has engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity. This means that the accused must be suspected of committing two or more crimes within a ten-year period. There are a number of crimes described in the law, including, but not limited to:

  • Arson
  • Embezzlement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Fraud and illegal activity regarding identification documents
  • Mail fraud
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Sale of citizenship papers
  • Wire fraud

The accused must also have engaged in these activities for the same purpose as well as to achieve a similar result from those activities. (2, 3)

In complex cases such as these, the best way to protect yourself or your loved one is to obtain skilled legal counsel as quickly as possible. If you have been charged with RICO or racketeering offenses in Broward County, including the cities of Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood or Pompano, RICO and racketeering lawyers have the expertise to defend your case and protect your rights.

Racketeering Laws Have Special Requirements for Prosecution

RICO cases are difficult and complex. These cases pose challenging legal issues and a successful defense takes time to develop. A RICO case can only be prosecuted if very specific conditions are met. Experienced Broward County RICO and racketeering lawyers will be able to analyze the facts in your case and determine the best defense.

If you or a loved one has been charged with RICO or racketeering violations, it is critical to have someone on your side that can thoroughly investigate the unique facts of the case and defend your rights. Obtaining experienced legal advice from Broward County RICO and racketeering attorneys may provide the leverage necessary to obtain lesser charges, a reduced sentence or acquittal. Securing legal representation as early as possible will allow your attorney to work diligently on your case, which will improve the odds of a more positive outcome.

The attorneys of Perlet & Shiner, P.A. represent RICO or racketeering arrest clients in Broward County, including Pompano, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and other cities.

  1. Florida Department of Corrections. 2008-2009 Agency Statistics: Inmate Admissions – Primary Offenses:
  2. United States Code. Title 18, Chapter 96:
  3. Florida Senate. 2010 Florida Statutes, Section 895:

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