Racketeering is the operation of an illegal business, also known as a racket. Usually, organized crime takes place when somebody is arrested for racketeering, which could consist of illegal drugs, prostitution rings, gambling, and other activities that sometimes involve bribery. Racketeering is covered by the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO consists of 35 crimes from murder, to illegal gambling, to drug dealing. If somebody commits two of these crimes within a 10-year period, they can be charged with racketeering.
California’s Racketeering Laws
California believes that racketeering can be brought to attention be seizing possession of the defendant’s property. The prosecutor must show that the property, however, was acquired by the defendant through criminal acts or received in exchange for property through criminal profiteering activities. Even if forfeiture of property occurs, other penalties can still apply. And, in California, the only defense you have against these charges is to argue that your activities were not related to the crime activities or goals.
Racketeering happens all across the country, including California. In February 2017, a dozen men were indicted for racketeering crimes in an Oceanside-based street gang. Some of the crimes they committed included attempted murder, drug trafficking, prostitution, and robberies. They worked together from 2004 to 2016 to commit these crimes and even owned various properties to carry out actions.
California racketeering laws focus on profits that stem from criminal activities. This is why, if you have evidence against you and the prosecution in the state of California believes that they can make their case, you may be worried about losing your property and money over a crime that you didn’t commit. This is why it is important to speak to an experienced defense attorney about your case. We are waiting to hear from you to assess how you can move forward.