RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)

RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)United States Federal Law does everything in its power in order to combat the continuing growth of criminal organizations. One of the countermeasures initiated in 1970, is an Act relating to the control of organized crime in the United States, also known as RICO (OCCA).

RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This term applies to a Federal Law, designed to combat organized groups running illegal business (i.e. racketeering), which may include the importation and sale of illegal drugs, gambling, money laundering, prostitution rings, bribery, drug trafficking, slavery, or any act involving murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, extortion, dealing with obscene matter, terrorism, bankruptcy or security fraud, helping aliens to enter illegally the country, dealing with controlled substance, etc. Continue reading

Defining Illegal Behavior: Felonies Vs. Misdemeanors Vs. Infractions

The common criminal law abolished by most states is defining illegal behavior depending on the severity of the crime. A criminal offense may be a felony, misdemeanor or an infraction.  Let’s try to explain each type of the offense and make difference between them.

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Felonies are considered to be the most serious class of offense throughout the United States because they typically violate the moral standards of the community. Felonies are usually punishable by fines, imprisonment in a state prison lasting more that one year or both. Felonies include:

  • terrorism
  • murder
  • arson
  • kidnapping
  • rape
  • treason and others.

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Has your child been accused of a crime? Find out what you should know about Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile delinquency known as juvenile offending or youth crime is participation in illegal behavior by minors.

Criminal defendants who haven’t quite reached the age of majority (18 in most states) go through a different criminal justice system than the one most people are familiar with.

juvenile (1)Let’s find out the differences between Juvenile Proceedings and Adult Criminal Proceedings:

Juveniles commit “delinquent acts” not “crimes,” and juvenile offenders have “adjudication hearings” not “trials.” The punishment of juvenile offenders also differs significantly from the punishment of adult criminals. The purpose of an adult sentence is to PUNISH, when the purpose of a juvenile sentence is primarily to REHABILITATE the juvenile so that he can go on to live a productive adult life.

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The juvenile justice system is much different than the adult system and you need a lawyer who can give your child the best chances of success throughout the complex legal process.

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Federal And State Crimes – What Are They And How Can You Differentiate Between Them?

Probably everyone has heard about federal and state crimes but the majority of people doesn’t differentiate them. Let’s make it clear and define both of the terms.

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Federal crime is an illegal act that is made against U.S. federal legislation and is prosecuted by federal criminal law. Federal crimes are investigated by:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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When federal cases go to trial they are prosecuted by United States Attorney in each judicial district in accordance with already established laws. Federal crimes can range from illegally downloading songs from Internet to RICO, drug trafficking, corruption or immigration crimes.

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Easy way to get rich – easy way to jail. Larceny Or Theft Is Not A Solution!

rrrrrrrrrrrrThe modern media popularizes the life of reach and beautiful. Everyone would like to have a better live and sometimes the desire of having more money or goods may lead to unlawful criminal actions. Some people think that stealing is the easiest way to get richer and that is the reason why larceny or theft are committed so often.

Criminal law basically categorizes larceny as a form of theft that means taking of someone else’s property without using force from the location different from their home.

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Larceny consists of unlawful taking of person’s property and carrying it away. In this case someone else’s property means that the larceny occurs when the property belongs to someone else. If the property is co-owned and it was stolen from the co-owners by another one, it is also larceny. Larceny occurs without the owner’s consent, what means that the owner didn’t give his approval to remove the property, and the taker’s intent is to permanently deprive the owner of use of his or her property.

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Property Crimes – Non-Violent Intent to Deprive the Owner of Their Property

Property crimes have been always a central problem in every society and culture throughout the history. Property crimes consist of taking someone else’s money or property without using force.

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Property crimes include:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism

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Robbery is not regarded as a property crime, because it involves the use of force or threat of force, that’s why it is categorized as violent crime.

According to the FBI Crime Statistics there were in 2012,  8,975,438 property crimes with $15,5 billion calculated damages.

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Baltimore Prison Scandal – Sex, Drugs & Racketeering

The Washington Post article written by Anne E. Marimow and John Wagner entitled: 13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme presents a shocking account of the Prisoners Running the Prison.Thirteen female correction officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center essentially turned over the facility to Tavon (a/k/a “Bulldog” and “Tay”) White, leader of the Black Guerilla Family Gang. 

On April 23, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Press Release announcing that a federal grand jury returned a racketeering indictment charging 25 individuals, including 13 correctional officers with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, for conspiring to run operations of the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang inside correctional facilities. All 25 defendants also are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute drugs, and 20 of the defendants are charged with money laundering conspiracy.

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