RICO Charge Attorney
Have you been charged with a RICO violation in Houston?
If you have been charged with racketeering in federal court, then you need
a good criminal defense lawyer who cares as much about the best possible
outcome to your case as you do, and one who will fight to protect your rights.
I am Houston drug attorney Mark A. Morasch, and I have more than 20+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney
and prosecutor. Anyone can make a mistake. I do not believe that your
future should be lost because of a single error in judgment.
Contact me to learn how I can help.
18 U.S.C. 1962 - RICO Prohibited Activities. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who has received any income derived,
directly or indirectly, from a pattern of racketeering activity or through
collection of an unlawful debt in which such person has participated as
a principal within the meaning of
section 2, title 18, United States Code, to use or invest, directly or indirectly, any part of such income, or
the proceeds of such income, in acquisition of any interest in, or the
establishment or operation of, any enterprise which is engaged in, or
the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce. A purchase
of securities on the open market for purposes of investment, and without
the intention of controlling or participating in the control of the issuer,
or of assisting another to do so, shall not be unlawful under this subsection
if the securities of the issuer held by the purchaser, the members of
his immediate family, and his or their accomplices in any pattern or racketeering
activity or the collection of an unlawful debt after such purchase do
not amount in the aggregate to one percent of the outstanding securities
of any one class, and do not confer, either in law or in fact, the power
to elect one or more directors of the issuer.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person through a pattern of racketeering
activity or through collection of an unlawful debt to acquire or maintain,
directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise which
is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign
(c) It shall be unlawful for any person employed by or associated with any
enterprise engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or
foreign commerce, to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in
the conduct of such enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering
activity or collection of unlawful debt.
(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to conspire to violate any of the
provisions of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section.
18 U.S.C. 1963 - RICO Criminal Penalties. (a) Whoever violates any provision of
section 1962 of this chapter shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more
than 20 years (or for life if the violation is based on a racketeering
activity for which the maximum penalty includes life imprisonment), or
both, and shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision
of State law:
(1) any interest the person has acquired or maintained in violation of section 1962;
(A) interest in;
(B) security of;
(C) claim against; or
(D) property or contractual right of any kind affording a source of influence
over; any enterprise which the person has established, operated, controlled,
conducted, or participated in the conduct of, in violation of
section 1962; and
(3) any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds which the person
obtained, directly or indirectly, from racketeering activity or unlawful
debt collection in violation of
section 1962. The court, in imposing sentence on such person shall order, in addition
to any other sentence imposed pursuant to this section, that the person
forfeit to the United States all property described in this subsection.
In lieu of a fine otherwise authorized by this section, a defendant who
derives profits or other proceeds from an offense may be fined not more
than twice the gross profits or other proceeds.
18 U.S.C. 1959 - Punishment Ranges for a Compensated Crime of Violence
in Aid of RICO
Any offense involving any controlled substance and the following criminal act:
Any Narcotic or Dangerous Drug
Attempt or Conspiracy to Murder or Kidnap
Attempt or Conspiracy to Maim or Seriously Injury
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