Criminal charges filed under COCCA (Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act), along with its federal equivalent, RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), are on the rise. Someone can be charged with a COCCA or RICO crime if the prosecution believes that person participated in a criminal enterprise through a “pattern of racketeering activity.” This can take a variety of forms, but these charges generally appear in connection with drug trafficking schemes, money laundering, or securities fraud. Often, dozens of people are indicted at once and multiple charges are brought against each defendant.
A conviction under COCCA or RICO often comes with heavy criminal penalties, including imprisonment and criminal forfeiture of proceeds and assets. The Eichner Law Firm has extensive experience defending people charged under COCCA and RICO, and has a team of attorneys, investigators, and civil asset forfeiture experts—including a certified fraud examiner and a marijuana regulation expert—available to tackle even the most complex COCCA or RICO case.