Serious consequences are to follow if you are charged with a criminal offense. A person can face loss of driving privileges and/or professional licenses, costly fines, and even life behind bars, depending on how severe the crime is. Certain crimes can warrant charges at both federal and state levels. More resources are often more available for federal agencies to allow them to investigate alleged crimes. They thoroughly gather necessary evidence to support their claims against offenders. Its important that anyone who is facing racketeering or conspiracy federal charges to seek professional and knowledgeable legal assistance right away.
Racketeering offenses can be committed at either a federal or state level. Racketeering is the act of acquiring a company, business, or organization through illegal activity, operating a business with income that’s illegally obtained, or using a business operation to do illegal acts. These offenses are considered racketeering at a federal level:
- Economic or Financial Crimes
- Interfering with a Criminal Investigation / Obstructing Justice
- Minor Sexual Exploitation
- Money Laundering
- Murder for Hire
One count of racketeering can result in up to 20 years of jail time. A conviction can also result in life imprisonment in some situations. The defendant might also be court ordered to pay a fine that’s twice as much as any profits that they illegally obtained. A defendants assets maintained or earned through racketeering can also be seized by the government. Assets such as equipment, vehicles, and land can become property of the federal government if forfeited.
A partnership in crime is considered conspiracy. When two or more people agree to violate a law and then perform the act, a conspiracy exist. The agreement can be verbal or in writing. A person doesn’t have to complete the act to be convicted of conspiracy. Several people can be convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary even if the actual act of burglary doesn’t take place. Conspiracy also means that a defendant can be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and the actual crime itself if they complete the offense. This type of offense is punishable of up to 5 years in prison along with required fines. If the conspiracy is considered a misdemeanor, such as conspiracy to vandalism, a lower penalty would apply in this situation.
Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away
Any kind of criminal charges should be taken very seriously. Charges at a federal level can carry much more weight and have more serious consequences and penalties. A conviction can result in a very lengthy stay in prison. Speaking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you be informed and help you understand your legal options that you may have in your racketeering or conspiracy case.
If you have been charged with racketeering or conspiracy, it is important to start building a defense against these charges as soon as possible. A skilled Knoxville criminal defense attorney knows the varying factors that affect blood and breath alcohol testing results and can raise questions about the arrest being a valid one. Contact our Knoxville criminal defense lawyers today to learn how we can help defend yourself against these charges!