Organized Crime

We are your Boston and Miami Organized Crime Attorneys

With the passage of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the federal government created for itself a powerful tool to be used against what they term “criminal organization.” Specifically, RICO provides the government with extended penalties for criminal acts performed by individuals alleged to be acting in concert in some conspiratorial way. Some of the criminal acts that underpin a RICO charge against an alleged “Mafia” or “Gang” organization or an international “cartel” are:

  • Arms Trafficking
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder or Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Extortion
  • Kidnapping
  • Obstruction of Justice or Perjury

The RICO Act permits the leaders of a such an organized group to be tried for the criminal acts which they may instruct others to do, which prevents defenses based on one’s own failure to actually commit a crime directly.

Prosecutors use powers granted by RICO to investigate a broad range of alleged criminal activities and organizations, including alleged drug organizations, organized burglary rings, car theft rings and other organizations. Jail time and asset seizure and forfeiture commonly result in these types of cases.

If you have been accused of, or are under investigation for, racketeering and violations of the RICO Act, the criminal defense Mercado & Rengel can help. Mercado & Rengel has defended individuals and organizations accused of high-level and complex crimes, including racketeering.

We focus our Boston and Florida Criminal practice on handling complex cases that frequently involve multiple jurisdictions, multiple defendants and voluminous discovery often dating back months and years. If you have been accused of a RICO violation, contact us now before the investigation is complete. In some instances, we are able to convince the government that charges should not be brought, so do not delay in putting Mercado & Rengel to work on your case.