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When dealing with criminal charges that involve RICO violations, our award-winning Atlanta criminal defense attorneys provide the experienced, aggressive legal representation you need.

If you are facing charges as an individual or part of a group for racketeering or other organized crimes, you could find yourself facing severe state and federal penalties. Under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, this includes seizure of your property, heavy fines, and a potentially lengthy prison sentence. In this situation, you need an aggressive Atlanta criminal defense attorney experienced in RICO prosecutions fighting on your behalf. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, our nationally recognized team has successfully represented high profile clients in similar matters and can provide the legal protection you need.

In 2012 a Georgia sheriff was indicted under the Georgia Racketeered Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. In State v. Victor Hill, Musa Ghanayem was an integral part in successfully acquitting the Elected Sheriff of a 38 count RICO indictment. This nationally recognized case helped exposed the State's abuses of the RICO Statute, and is considered a road-map on how to defend one.

Georgia RICO Crimes

RICO is a federal law that expands prosecution for people charged with organized crimes. Involving investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it allows authorities to freeze assets, uncovers profits that would otherwise be hidden, and proves a pattern of behavior that allows for easier convictions in court. It also allows for additional penalties to be imposed, both on the state and federal level.

Each state also has its own RICO statutes. In Georgia, it is against the law for any person to conduct, conspire, engage, profit, or otherwise participate in organized crime activities. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, we aggressively represent clients facing RICO violations associated with a broad range of charges, which may include:

● Arson;


● Bribery;

● Commercial gambling;

● Copyright infringements;

Drug offenses;


● Homicide;

● Kidnapping;

● Prostitution and pandering;

Sexual assault;

● Tampering with witnesses or evidence

Theft crimes;

‘White collar’ crimes, including fraud, securities violations, and embezzlement.

RICO is a complex area of law and one many attorneys have little experience in. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, you can trust us and our proven track record of success in handling these types of matters to help you and your loved ones avoid the potentially severe penalties you could be facing.

Protecting You Against RICO Penalties

An arrest on organized crime related charges could result in multiple RICO violations. Under Section 16-14-5 through 6 of the Georgia Code, a conviction could result in both criminal and civil penalties. These include:

● Fines of up to $25,000 or three times the pecuniary value gained from the crime;

● Anywhere between a five and 20-year prison sentence for each offense;

● Seizure of any property and assets funded with profits from the crime;

● The dissolution of your company or business;

● Restrictions on future business dealings and investments;

● Suspension of licenses, permits, or prior approvals granted by the state.

As these penalties have the potential to impact your freedom and the financial security of both you and your family for years to come, you need our experienced RICO defense attorney fighting to protect you.

Reach Out to Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney

When you need trusted, aggressive legal representation to protect you against RICO charges, Ghanayem & Rayasam is a strong ally to have on your side. Call or contact our Atlanta, GA criminal defense attorneys online today and request a confidential consultation to discuss how we can assist you.