Dallas Engaging in Organized Crime Attorney

In Texas, the crime of engaging in organized criminal activity is a very broad statute, which covers a wide variety of conduct.  You might think you’d need to be in the mafia to be charged with this offense, or have some sort of gang affiliation.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.

To be charged with engaging in organized crime, all that’s required is that you participate, with others, in a particular crime.  The list of crimes that can give rise to this charge are listed in the statute, referenced below.  For example, if it’s alleged that you and two of your friends burglarize a house, all three of you can be charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.  As to its seriousness, the offense of engaging in organized crime is charged as one level of offense higher than the underlying offense.  In other words, since burglary (the underlying offense) is a second degree felonyengaging in organized criminal activity with respect to a burglary would be a first degree felony.  Accordingly, if the underlying offense is Class A misdemeanor assault, you and your co-defendants could be charged with engaging in organized crime, which, in this instance, would be charged as a state jail felony (i.e., one level of offense higher than a Class A misdemeanor).

Also, you can be charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, even if you don’t commit the underlying crime!  For example, if it’s alleged that you and two friends conspired to burglarize a house, you can be charged, even if you never carried out the burglary.  Under these facts, the crime of engaging in organized criminal activity is charged as the same level of offense of the underlying crime.  Thus, you could be charged with a second degree felony version of engaging in organized crime… for the burglary you merely planned!  In Texas, second degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in state prison, and up to a $10,000 fine.

If you’ve been arrested or charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, you need serious legal help.  You should contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Berlof & Newton, P.C.  Our attorneys have vast experience in Texas criminal courts, and will zealously represent your interests.  Call today at (214) 494-8990, or contact one of our lawyers directly using the “Get Legal Help Now!” form in the left margin of this web page.  Se habla español.