Gang Related Offenses
Recent Case Result: Client charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Knife) with criminal street gang allegations & enhancements, plus a charge of actively participating in a criminal street gang facing 17 years in State Prison if convicted. Client received probation with a suspended prison sentence.
Recent Case Result: Client charged with 5 counts of Robbery and Burglary with gang / weapon allegations & enhancements, plus a charge of actively participating in a criminal street gang facing life in prison if convicted. Client accepted a plea deal for one count of burglary with no allegations and enhancements for a total prison term of 4 years 8 months (Credit for Time Served).
California Penal Code section 186.22 makes it illegal for any person to actively participate in a criminal street gang. In addition, gang allegations and enhancements are regularly added to charges when the District Attorneys office believes the felony was committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang. Being convicted of these gang offenses and allegations could add up to 10 years to a persons prison sentence!
Prosecutors in California take gang crimes very seriously. Most District Attorneys offices have special departments and prosecutors assigned to prosecute gang related offenses and people they believe are gang members. It is important to have an aggressive attorney fighting for you in court against these gang allegations!
The broader heading of gang related offenses covers a wide variety of criminal charges. The Law Offices of Chester & Lewkowicz is able to handle many different types of gang crime issues for clients, including:
- Drug crimes (possession, sales, trafficking, manufacturing)
- Weapons charges (gun possession, assault with a firearm or deadly weapon)
- Violent crimes (murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, kidnapping)
- Property crimes (burglary, theft, vandalism, graffiti / tagging)
Many gang-related felony offenses might also be prosecuted under California’s Three Strikes laws. The Law Offices of Chester & Lewkowicz handles all types of gang related offenses, including those falling under three strikes laws, and can help you seek the best possible resolution for your case!