California takes gang crimes seriously, and the state has created a number of enhancements for gang-related charges. If you have been accused of committing a gang crime, or you have been accused of an offense that can be enhanced by the allegation that you acted in furtherance of gang activity, you will face harsher penalties if convicted. We can protect your rights and minimize the impact of any gang-related charges or enhancements.
In California, if the prosecution has any reason to believe that your crime was gang-related, they may try to prove that you are a “validated” gang member and that your crime was committed in furtherance of gang activity. Conviction of such an enhancement carries significant punishment.
There is a broad definition of what constitutes gang membership or a gang-related crime. The definition can range from small neighborhood associations to the most notorious criminal enterprises. These enhancements can be charged with virtually any crime, but include:
Gang enhancements can also play a role in juvenile cases as well. If you have been charged with a juvenile crime and have a known gang affiliation, you need the best criminal defense lawyers on your side.
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