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 commerce. (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; (2) any: (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:

Crime

Time

Fine up to

Any Narcotic or Dangerous Drug

up to 20 years or Life

$250,000

Murder

Life

$250,000

Kidnapping

up to Life

$250,000

Maiming

up to 30 years

$250,000

Seriously Injury

up to 20 years

$250,000

Threats

up to 5 years

$250,000

Attempt or Conspiracy to Murder or Kidnap

up to 10 years

$250,000

Attempt or Conspiracy to Maim or Seriously Injury

up to 3 years

$250,000

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