Several local, state, as well as federal law enforcement agents have channeled their efforts to target gang activity and raise penalties for gang-related crimes. These include:
Gang crimes are common in California, especially in Los Angeles County, which has over 1,400 gangs. For this reason, authorities keep on putting a lot of emphasis on arresting as well as prosecuting suspected gang members. According to the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, almost half of all homicides are gang related.
To reduce gang crimes, the Street Terrorism Enforcement Prevention Act particularly puts a lot of effort on it. STEP increases the penalty for specific gang crimes and forces gang members who have been convicted to register with the relevant authorities. In addition, STEP permits the abduction of assets that are associated with gang activity.
In addition to this, several special units have been created by the district attorney’s office and law enforcement to specifically aim gang activity. These special units rely on arrests and federal funding. This has led to instances of unethical or overzealous arrests and prosecutions.
There are several gang related crimes that authorities find to be quite common including:
Gang related crimes are treated very seriously and if a person is convicted of this charge, they face severe penalties. The penalty for gang crimes includes heavy fines and lengthy imprisonment. The penalty depends on the type of gang crime one is convicted of.
Hiring an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer when charged with gang activity allegations is significant to the result of your case. Due to the serious nature of these charges, it is important to choose a knowledgeable attorney to represent you. Robert E. Levy will fervently defend you against the charges; by fighting to get the charges disconnected with gang activity, looking for a tolerable plea agreement with the prosecutor, challenging evidence in court or building your case in readiness for trial.
Robert E. Levy offers aggressive representation to adults as well as juveniles facing criminal charges related to gang activity. Having a criminal record of a gang member may have a lasting effect on your life. If you or a member of your family is faced with gang-related charges, you should consider contacting Robert E. Levy to discuss your rights and how to proceed with your case.
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