Federal Law Under Title IX RICO in Los Angeles Federal Court

RICO was enacted as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. As the title of the statue suggests, the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 sought "the eradication of organized crime in the United States" by providing enhanced legal tools, including RICO under Title IX. In decades past RICO was predominantly reserved for criminal law cases. However, courts are increasingly seeing the litigation of civil business fraud and conspiracy cases under the civil law section of RICO. Internet crime and fraud may also be filed under RICO. If you are being sued under the Civil RICO Act or if you have been charged with a crime such as fraud or conspiracy, you will require a skilled federal lawyer to represent you in court.

Mail And Wire Fraud In RICO Cases - Skilled Federal Lawyer

Claims of both mail and wire fraud are common in criminal and civil RICO cases. Underlying claims can also include other types of fraud and conspiracy. Cases brought under RICO in the Los Angeles Superior Court are subject to a motion for removal under federal question doctrine. The pleading standards are then heightened in federal court under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 8, 9(b), and 12(b)6 among others. A skilled federal lawyer should be utilized.

Legal Elements of RICO

First there must be evidence of an "enterprise." An enterprise is defined in Section 1961(4) as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity." An association in fact must have at least three structural features: (1) a purpose, (2)relationships among those associated with the enterprise, and (3) longevity sufficient to permit these associates to purse the enterprise's purpose. In short, there must be a purpose, relationships, and longevity. In addition to the existence of an enterprise, there must be a pattern of racketeering. The pattern may include business or criminal fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, or other allegations of misconduct or crime. Additional elements and defenses for RICO allegations are complex and subject to the dynamic changes in case law precedent that occur in the federal circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court.

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