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What is racketeering?

In California, it is no secret that being arrested in connection with a federal crime can be an extremely serious matter. Many federal charges carry much harsher penalties than the equivalent offenses charges at the state level. Furthermore, no matter the nature of the offense, a conviction leaves a permanent mark on your record that can negatively impact many areas of your life.

One crime that is quite prevalent in some areas of the U.S. is racketeering. This is a broad term as it incorporates many forms of organized crime covering a wide range of offenses. However, as many rackets involve the work of a large number of people, it is often difficult for the authorities to definitively track down those responsible for the crimes committed.

As this article on criminal law explains, leaders of organizations involved in organized crime do not need to be directly linked to an offense to be prosecuted. Under laws enacted to combat such organizations, a defendant only needs to be shown to be the manager or owner of one. The organization then also needs to be shown to regularly engage in specific illegal activities.

If you are facing federal charges, you may be feeling concerned about your future. The potential penalties for such crimes can be daunting to consider, and the whole situation may feel overwhelming. Fortunately, you are not alone, and an attorney may be able to provide valuable advice and support as you prepare for your trial and begin to build your defense. Even if it seems like a guilty verdict is inevitable, there may be a way to escape conviction or at least to negotiate a plea deal and secure a lighter sentence.

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