Our readers in Tennessee probably know that many federal criminal charges focus on more complicated crimes than you might see at the state level. Oftentimes, federal crimes are those that involve monetary transactions or earnings, usually in efforts that cross state lines. One such federal criminal charge is known as racketeering.
Overview of racketeering
What is racketeering? When you hear the common phrase “organized crime,” that is when racketeering usually comes into play. A simple definition of racketeering would be an organized criminal enterprise aiming to earn a commercial profit – and the efforts are usually disguised as a regular, legitimate business. In the efforts you might see under the umbrella of racketeering, you could see allegations of extortion, fraud and even threats of violence; all with the goal of earning profits.
As our readers can probably imagine, proving a racketeering charge can be quite difficult for federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. These types of cases can involve hundreds of hours of investigation, along with reams of documents to examine. And, the fact that racketeering efforts usually involve allegations of multiple people being involved makes it that much more complicated to prove in court.
If you are facing a federal criminal charge, reviewing the evidence that will be used in the case is a crucial part of formulating a defense strategy. Any particular item of evidence could be the key to getting your case dismissed or, ultimately, getting a finding of “not guilty.” Your freedom is on the line, so be sure to get the right information about the specific charge you face and the facts involved in the case.