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Racketeering (RICO) Attorney in NY

Manhattan Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Representing Clients Facing Charges in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester County and Beyond

Federal racketeering charges are designed to bring down criminal organizations that function like businesses. Conviction on a racketeering charge can result in serious criminal consequences, including life in prison without parole.

If you are facing a racketeering charge or believe you may be under investigation by a federal agency, you need to speak to a federal criminal defense lawyer now.

Call attorney Craig Trainor at The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., in Manhattan at 212-300-6557 or contact him online. Our law firm represents clients facing conspiracy charges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

What Is Racketeering?

Racketeering means participating in certain illegal activities as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise or business. Three of the most well-known racketeering acts are the Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) of 1970, the Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) statute and the Continuing Criminal Enterprise statute, also known as the CCE statute or the Drug Kingpin statute.

About RICO

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) of 1970 was created to help fight organized crime. It was used to prosecute members of the mafia, the Hells Angels, and other groups. It allows prosecution of organizations that engage in illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting, embezzlement, drug trafficking, slavery, and other illegal activities as a business.

Today, RICO is being retooled and used to prosecute organizations that engage in white collar criminal offenses, like embezzlement, fraud, and money laundering. To convict a defendant under RICO, the prosecution must prove that a defendant actively participated in two or more instances of racketeering activity, so-called “RICO predicates,” that affected interstate commerce or foreign commerce.


The Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering statute is similar to RICO. Instead of white collar offenses, VICAR focuses on violent crimes, such as murder, kidnapping, and assault.

The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., defends clients accused of racketeering and other federal charges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and throughout Westchester County, and Long Island. To discuss your case in a free consultation, please call 212-300-6557 or contact us online.

Mr. Trainor has a unique set of skills and experience that position him
for success in your case


    Attorneys understand that a federal judge clerkship is a highly sought-after position. Mr. Trainor has used this experience to inform his work on behalf of those accused of crimes or harmed by police brutality and misconduct. The federal clerkship gave Mr. Trainor a keen understanding of how to build a winning case in federal court. He understands court procedures inside out and knows what types of arguments and evidence are persuasive.


    Mr. Trainor prosecuted hundreds of cases against people accused of crimes ranging from assault to identity theft to shoplifting to drug dealing. His criminal defense clients benefit from the insider’s perspective he gained in this position.

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    Mr. Trainor spent three years focusing exclusively on defense of sophisticated white collar crimes, from public corruption to securities fraud. White collar criminal cases are highly complex and technically challenging. All of Mr. Trainor’s clients benefit from the depth of knowledge he has in financial crimes, investigation, and the use of experts in case development.

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