The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO, is a federal law that provides for criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO is codified as Chapter 96 of Title 18 of the United States Code, 18 U.S.C. § 1961–1968. The Civil RICO statute at 18 U.S.C. 1964 expressly authorizes civil remedies, and empowers state courts with original jurisdiction to enforce the Civil RICO statute. Thus, there is also a provision for private parties to sue, and a “person damaged in his business or property” can sue one or more “racketeers.”
Most civil RICO claims are filed under 1962(c), which makes it unlawful to “conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct” of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. A pattern of racketeering can be satisfied with only two (2) RICO “predicate acts” during any given 10-year period. Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes – 27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes – within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering. RICO permits the private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to collect treble damages. Many states, includingFlorida, have enacted their own RICO statutes.
RICO claims are challenging, and the attorneys of The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. will zealously advocate your rights. Past experience on the prosecutorial side of matters allows this firm to provide candid and well-reasoned advice.
We encourage you to contact our firm to discuss your options regarding your case.