If you or a loved one has been charged or is being investigated for racketeering or any other federal offense that could lead to a RICO charge, our federal defense lawyers are standing by to immediately provide a free consultation. The Herbst Firm handles cases in both the Baltimore and Greenbelt United States District Courts for Maryland, and we have the experience and determination to take on federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorneys. The feds are relentless in their investigations and use a variety of coercive tactics to get the evidence they think they need. We strongly recommend that anyone under investigation retain counsel before it’s too late. Do not speak to the feds without a lawyer under any circumstances. They are not your friends, and no matter what they say, they are not trying to help you.
There are upwards of 35 different violent and white-collar crimes that can result in an additional racketeering indictment. The most common of these crimes are drug trafficking, fraud, theft, and money laundering. We have also seen recent RICO charges stemming from extortion and bribery. Crimes such as drug trafficking already carry lengthy maximum prison sentences and harsh minimum mandatories, but when a racketeering charge is added, the stakes become even higher. The feds may also use the continuing criminal enterprise or CCE statute to punish alleged traffickers.
In addition to facing prison time, defendants charged under these laws can face forfeiture of all of their assets, including businesses and real estate. Federal agents and prosecutors will basically try to seize anything that they believe has even the slightest tie to the alleged crime. Our first goal is always to keep our clients out of jail, but we are also committed to fighting to keep our client’s assets out of the hands of the feds. We have seen totally legitimate assets and businesses taken by the government, and many times the defendants are left with absolutely nothing. Protect yourself and or a loved one, and hire a lawyer who is willing to fight to prevent the government from taking away your freedom and your property. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.