Burns Law Group, PC
View Our Practice Areas

Consequences of money laundering in Georgia

When a crime takes place, it is very common for money to be involved. Money that is generated through illegal activities can be seized as illegitimate profits by the authorities. Therefore, criminals do whatever they can to make it seem as though this money was acquired through legitimate channels. This process of taking money acquired through criminal activity and making it legitimate is called money laundering, and it is a crime.

Therefore, if you were not directly involved with a particular crime, but you knowingly dealt with money that came from criminal activity — or helped to disguise its origin —you are engaging in a criminal act. If you stand accused of money laundering, it is important that you understand the law so that you know what actions to take regarding your defense strategy.

What are the laws on money laundering in Georgia?

In Georgia, it is always illegal to engage in money laundering. Those who launder money here in Georgia may be arrested on additional charges relating to different facets of their illegal activities. They could face charges of fraud, embezzlement or drug trafficking, depending on the circumstances.

What are the legal consequences of a conviction for money laundering?

There are specific Georgia state laws that apply to money laundering. But it is important to note that you may also be charged under federal laws. If you are facing federal charges, you will be subject to the laws enacted in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Federal peitentiaries are full of convicted defendants sentenced for RICO violations.

There are severe consequences here in Georgia, as well. A conviction could mean that you face a maximum of 10 years in jail. However, if you are convicted of directly dealing in the transactions related to the unlawful activities in question, you could face as many as two decades in jail.

It is important to take any allegations of money laundering very seriously because of the catastrophic consequences that a conviction could have on every aspect of your life. Make sure to thoroughly research and develop your defense strategy and adapt it to your situation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

181 E. Main Street
Canton, GA 30114

Phone: 770-628-1131
Fax: 770-956-1404
Map & Directions

Burns Law Group