State and Federal Conspiracy and Racketeering (RICO) Criminal Defense in North Carolina

Just about any criminal offense can include a conspiracy charge if there is more than one person involved. Even if you did not participate in the crime, if convicted of a conspiracy charge, you could face the same punishment as the perpetrator. In some instances, individuals charged with conspiracy can still be sentenced when the crime never actually occurred.

The most common offenses charged as conspiracies include:

  • Drug crimes
  • Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Prostitution
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Illegal firearms sales
  • Facing federal prosecutors

Conspiracy charges provide prosecutors with a great deal of latitude. As a result, most federal cases include conspiracy charges as well. Often, when the government suspects conspiracy, racketeering is also added to the indictment. Racketeering is often charged under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). While the racketeering activity must be part of an ongoing scheme made up of related racketeering activities, it can require very specific legal skills to defend against. Sadly, conspiracy and RICO charges are so broad that they spill over into almost every other area of criminal law.

Because the rules of evidence are different for conspiracy cases, it’s essential that you work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands how state and federal courts treat conspiracy cases. Defending conspiracy and RICO charges requires specialized skill and experience. Retaining a criminal defense lawyer skilled both in negotiations with federal agents and federal prosecutors, and in front of juries and judges, can give you the edge in a conspiracy defense matter. Tony Rollman provides cost and risk free consultations.