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Making a COCCA Case: Predicate Offenses

A conviction for a COCCA charge requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity. A pattern of racketeering activity means committing two or more “predicate acts." Colorado Revised Statute section 18-17-103(5) includes a number of qualifying crimes. The following are some of the more common “predicate acts” used to establish a pattern of racketeering activity.

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COCCA Charges: Colorado's RICO used in Marijuana and White Collar Offenses

There are four basic COCCA charges available to prosecutors. These charges range from using proceeds of illegal activity to merely being employed by an organization engaged in a pattern racketeering activity.

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