If you have been accused of a crime that is gang-related, you could be facing enhanced penalties, following the passage of California’s Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act, designed to deter individuals from engaging in street gang activities. Because of the harsh punishments in place to discourage gangs, you need the advice of an attorney experienced in such matters if you are arrested for a gang-related crime.
Our gang crime attorneys know the laws that relate to gangs, and we are familiar with the enhanced penalties that apply to gang-related charges. Our firm believes that everyone deserves a capable defense and is committed to defending against gang enhancements and their unnecessary penalties.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about 20,000 gangs are currently active across the U.S., with the ranks swelling to nearly one million members. In California, anyone convicted of a felony that benefits, or was committed at a gang’s direction or while associated with a gang, or that otherwise promotes a gang can be sentenced to as much as life in prison. Penal Code 186.22 describes specific conditions that can modify sentencing for gang-related felony convictions.
Because the laws that provide for enhanced punishments related to gang activity are complicated, they also present qualified defense attorneys with a number of points that can signal potential areas of argument on your behalf following an arrest for an alleged gang-related offense. Among the questions that might arise are whether you actually belong to a gang, whether you knew that a gang was engaged in criminal activity, whether anything you might have done was undertaken for a gang’s benefit.
We understand the complicated laws that apply to gang-related offenses and will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and fully explain the alternatives that are available. Our firm has built a reputation for taking swift action and will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a strong and comprehensive defense. A conviction on felony charges that involve enhanced penalties related to gang activity can send you to state prison for many years. When your freedom is at risk, you want to know that you have chosen attorneys who are tough and aggressive.
Client charged with possession for sales and gang enhancement. Client faced 16 years in prison with the gang and prior strike allegation. Client turned down 8 year pretrial offer with prior attorney before going to trial. Not guilty on all charges at trial. (People v. Antwan B.)
Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)
Client charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice when cops performed a probation sweep at her residence. Client found not guilty on all counts at jury trial. (People v. Felicia M.)
Client charged with corporal injury to girlfriend after argument allegedly escalated. Client had significant exposure of 21 years because of prior strike, probation violation and GBI allegation. At trial, jury refused to convict client, returning hung verdict. (People v. Christopher P.)
Client charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale after traffic stop. Client claimed prejudice by prosecution’s delay in bringing the case to court. Motion filed on behalf of client asking the Court to dismiss the case as violative of client’s speedy trial rights. Motion granted and case dismissed. (People v. Shannon J.)