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Legal Issues to Consider in the Federal Criminal Defense of a Federal RICO or Gang Prosecution…

Legal Issues to Consider in the Federal Criminal Defense of a Federal RICO or Gang Prosecution…

Whenever the federal government targets a group of people for federal criminal prosecution, whether it’s a gang or another organized group like the mafia or a drug trafficking organization, federal criminal defense attorneys face several challenges in how to defend the case.  Defense attorneys have to take a multi-faceted  approach to defending their client.  This includes, inter alia, listening carefully to the client’s side of the story; exploring 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment challenges to the evidence; suppressing evidence whenever possible; exploring any affirmative or legal defense to the charges;  carefully considering and being prepared to challenge the testimony of government witnesses; and attacking in infirmities in the manner in which the charges were filed.  In a recent article in the Grand Rapids Press on MLive.com, Grand Rapids Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Gary Springstead discusses some of the challenges in defending a federal prosecution RICO prosecution in West Michigan.  (click here to view the article)

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