Corrupt activity is engaging or encouraging others to engage in a variety of criminal activity including bribery. In Ohio, it only takes two people to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, and there is no requirement that the defendant be found guilty of any underlying criminal offenses.
These two major differences in state and federal law has caused state law enforcement and prosecutors to overuse the Ohio RICO statute, especially in the run of the mill drug crime – trafficking and even simple possession.
At Eyer Stone, LTD we have experience dealing with the RICO statutes and successfully defending individuals charged in federal and state courts.
It is imperative that those individuals who may be under investigation or under arrest for state and/or federal RICO charges assert their right to remain silent and their right to an attorney. It does not matter whether he or she actually committed any crime, remaining silent until he or she has spoken with a competent criminal defense attorney is often the difference in finding the truth and/or successfully asserting a defense to such charges in Ohio.
Convictions under the state and federal RICO statutes can lead to prolonged incarceration in state prison and even a life sentence in a federal penitentiary, loss of employment, loss of the right to vote and loss of the right to carry a firearm – just to name a few.
Eyer Stone, LTD is conveniently located in Bucyrus, Ohio – equidistant to most federal and state courts in Northcentral Ohio and represents individuals throughout Crawford, Seneca, Wyandot County and all over Northcentral Ohio; and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In fact, we have even been accepted to practice pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
If you are under investigation for state or federal RICO charges, or have a loved one incarcerated under either of these statutes anywhere in Ohio or across the country, we invite you to contact us today for a confidential consultation.