Detroit Lawyers Defend People Against Criminal Conspiracy Charges in Federal Court

Tough Michigan advocates face down federal prosecutors throughout the US

Many people mistakenly believe they must be convicted of a criminal act to be sent to prison, but federal prosecutors have a powerful weapon in their arsenal that makes planning a crime punishable in itself.  A conspiracy conviction requires only that there be an agreement to achieve an unlawful objective and an overt act to carry it out — even if that act is not illegal. Whether you have been accused of violating the RICO Act or the federal conspiracy statute, Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan has the knowledge and experience to represent you effectively.

Fearless attorneys effectively represent defendants in RICO Act prosecutions

The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was originally aimed at organized crime but it is broad enough to allow prosecutors to target any enterprise — including a group or individual — that may be engaged in criminal activities. Racketeering activity includes a long list of crimes, including fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, fraud, bribery and illegal gambling schemes. RICO makes it illegal:

  • To use proceeds from a pattern of racketeering activity or collection of an illegal gambling debt to invest in an enterprise  engaged in interstate commerce
  • To acquire or maintain an interest in an entity through use of racketeering
  • To operate such an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activities or collection of illegal gambling debts
  • To conspire to do any of the foregoing

A “pattern of racketeering activity” requires only two such crimes within 10 years of each other. Unfortunately, the broad scope of this statute can ensnare even the innocent by attributing illegal intent to conduct that may be legitimate. We understand the requirements for proof of a RICO violation and will tenaciously represent you in court, putting the prosecution’s allegations to the test.

Experienced counselors defend clients from federal conspiracy charges

Federal law also has a more general conspiracy statute, which makes it unlawful for two or more people to conspire either to commit a federal crime or to commit fraud against the United States or one of its government agencies, provided that one of them takes some action in furtherance of the conspiracy. We may be able to work out a deal in which you testify against alleged co-conspirators in return for clemency, or we may combat the prosecution’s case  in court.

Contact an accomplished federal conspiracy defense attorney in Michigan

If you need representation against federal conspiracy charges, Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan can help. Our main office is located in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit but we are also available to meet you in Taylor, Southfield and Royal Oak. Call us at 313-329-5847 or contact us online for a free consultation.