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The broad scope of the RICO Act

"RICO" stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The RICO Act is a law that levies both criminal and civil liability on people who the courts convict of certain activities related to interstate commerce.  But what is racketeering? According to CNN,...

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Degrees of kidnapping in Missouri

Missouri law establishes several levels of kidnapping. All these crimes involve restraining someone or preventing their movement against that person's will. Review the different types of kidnapping in Missouri and possible penalties when facing these charges....

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What is a sentencing enhancement?

If a judge or jury convicts you of a criminal offense, you are likely to face a variety of legal consequences. Courts in Missouri may have legal authority to impose a prison sentence, assess a fine or do both. Typically, you can gauge your legal exposure by looking at...

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3 programs to reduce prison sentencing

Inmates sentenced to time in federal prisons likely want to get a sentence below the recommended range. To reduce time served and allow for early release, some individuals may qualify for several programs that reduce the amount of time required to serve on an already...

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