Criminal Defense Lawyers in Tampa
Call for a FREE Consultation!

Racketeering

Tampa Criminal Defense Attorneys

Florida Racketeering / RICO Laws

Federal and state racketeering laws make it a crime for a criminal organization or enterprise to receive income through such an organization or enterprise’s “pattern of racketeering activity” or collection of unlawful debts. Like the federal Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, which prohibits an array of activities relating to any such enterprise engaged in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, the Florida RICO Act also criminalizes a wide swath of “racketeering activity.”

The term racketeering in the Florida statute means to commit, to attempt to commit, to conspire to commit, or to solicit, coerce, or intimidate another person to commit (a) “any crime that is chargeable by petition, indictment, or information” under specified sections of the Florida Statutes, or (b) any conduct defined as “racketeering activity” in the federal RICO Act.

Why work with us and why we are the best choice?

Award-Winning Firm

We are known to “go to the mats” for our clients. That carries extraordinary weight and respect with prosecutors and other lawyers.

Experience Counts

Both Daniel J. Fernandez and Martin J. Hernandez have more than 500 trials between them.

5 Star Rating

We are consistently rated among the top criminal defense lawyers by our peers, major independent legal authorities, and others in the community.

Direct Attorney Access

We will provide you with a free consultation where you will speak directly with one of our attorneys. Call us at 813-229-5353.

We Fight for You

Our practice consists solely of trial attorneys and we dedicate ourselves to securing the best result for each and every client who enlists our services.

Florida Racketeering / RICO Laws at a Glance

Statute Florida Statutes Title XLVI. § 895.03
Florida Racketeering Law: Offenses The Florida RICO Act specifically makes it unlawful for any person:

To use or invest any part of proceeds, derived directly or indirectly from a “pattern of racketeering activity” or through the collection of an unlawful debt, in the acquisition of any title, right, interest, or equity in real property or in the establishment or operation of any enterprise, where the person received such proceeds with “criminal intent.”

To acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest or control of any enterprise or real property through a pattern of racketeering activity or through the collection of an unlawful debt.

To be employed by, or associated with, any enterprise to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in such enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity or the collection of an unlawful debt.

To conspire or attempt to violate any of the provisions above.

“Pattern of Racketeering” Defined Engaging in at least two incidents of racketeering conduct that have the same or similar intents, results, accomplices, victims, or methods of commission or that otherwise are interrelated by distinguishing characteristics and are not isolated incidents, where at least one such incident occurred after October 1, 1977, the effective date of the statute, and the last of such incidents occurred within five years after a prior incident of racketeering conduct.
Crime Classification, Sentences, and Penalties 1st degree felony

Up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000

In lieu of such fine, any person convicted of racketeering activity through which the person derived pecuniary value (including money, or property or service that has a value of more than $100), or by which he or she caused personal injury, property damage or other loss, may instead be sentenced to pay a fine of treble damages.

Defenses Lack of knowledge

Lack of “pattern of racketeering activity”

Withdrawal

Start Planning Your Defense

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you to schedule your FREE consultation.

Contact Us

Address:
3002 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609

Business hours:
7 Days a Week / 24 Hours a Day

Phone number:
(813) 229-5353

From Our Blog

Recent Reviews

If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney, call us for a free consultation to discuss the case. 7 DAYS A WEEK / 24 HOURS A DAY

fh-law-logo.png
Experience Matters! Our firm has tried over 500 cases and has 35+ years combined experience.

Contact Info

Address:
3002 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33609

Business hours:
7 Days a Week / 24 Hours a Day

Phone number:
(813) 229-5353

© Fernandez & Hernandez LLC – 2019. All rights reserved. The material provided in this web site is intended to be used as general information and not as legal advice. You should schedule an appointment with an attorney for professional advice regarding your particular case. You should avoid sending any sensitive, confidential or damaging information via e-mail since mail on the Internet is not secure. We strongly recommend that you contact either Martin J. Hernandez or Daniel J. Fernandez as soon as possible if you are seeking legal representation. Our early intervention is crucial. We have emergency assistance available 7 days a week, every day of the year.