Typically, when someone is accused of multiple crimes, those charges are
treated separately. They can be tried and sentenced at the same time,
but they are not lumped together as a single accusation. If, however,
the authorities believe that there was a larger goal to these crimes,
defendants can be accused of enterprise corruption.
At The Kindlon Law Firm, PLLC, we have years of experience defending the Capital
Region and surrounding areas. Since 2014, Albany residents have relied
on our skill and knowledge to help preserve their innocence.
If you a facing enterprise corruption charges in the Capital Region, call
our office today at (518) 444-4428. You can speak directly with one of
our attorneys, day or night.
Defining Enterprise Corruption
Enterprise corruption is a complicated charge.
It assumes many things, and there are several requirements for a conviction.
The accused must be found guilty of three or more crimes, and those crimes
must have been committed to benefit a criminal organization.
The criminal organization must have been active during the time of the
The accused was aware of the organization’s existence at the time,
and they intentionally committed those crimes to benefit that organization.
The defendant was directly associated with or employed by the criminal
If you’ve been accused of working for a criminal organization, the
complicated nature of this charge can work in your favor. All the above
conditions must be met. Otherwise, the charges must be handled individually.
For instance, we can help prove that your actions were not in service
of an organization. Perhaps you simply knew some people within the group,
but you were not directly affiliated with it.
There are many ways to challenge an enterprise corruption accusation. Tell
your story to our team. If there are discrepancies in the prosecution’s
case, we may be able to locate them and help defend you.
“Criminal Enterprise” Is a Broad Term
When we imagine a criminal organization, we often picture deep-rooted networks
of organized crime. Legally, however, this is not always the case. According
to New York law, any two or more people can comprise a criminal organization.
Therefore, if two people stole a car and used illegal guns to rob a liquor
store, they could be accused of operating for a criminal enterprise. Car
theft is the first crime; possession of the guns is the second; and robbery
is the third. Minor street gangs accused of petty crimes could also meet
The authorities should not use technicalities to charge someone, nor should
they elevate crimes to create steeper penalties. If prosecutors are combining
individual accusations to create a harsh case against you, contact our
firm today. We can help demonstrate that you were not in service of a
crime family, and we can work on a defense for each allegation.
Authorities Must Show Intent
Reviewing the definition of enterprise corruption, you will find that intent
is a fundamental part of the allegation. Someone must be willingly, knowingly
working in service of a criminal organization to be charged.
Authorities can make assumptions when building a case. If they, for instance,
observe you spending time with members of a criminal organization, they
can connect you to that group. Afterward, they charge you with three petty
crimes. Because they’ve already connected you to a gang, police
make a logical leap, associating your alleged offenses with that organization.
You need a steady, reasonable legal team like ours to help prove that
your actions were not connected to any criminal organizations. Furthermore,
we can help defend you against these individual accusations.
Members of organized criminal enterprises are known to manipulate others.
It’s easy for them to trick someone into committing a crime, keeping
that person unaware of the crime’s benefit to their gang. The prosecution
must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you were directly working for
a criminal enterprise. If you were not affiliated with any such group,
you can use our services to help argue this point in court.
For a grounded defense against criminal enterprise corruption in Albany,
contact The Kindlon Law Firm, PLLC. Any time of day, someone is here to help.
Our number is (518) 444-4428, and you can
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