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Juvenile Gang Crime

For countless teenagers across southern California, gangs provide the protection and sense of family that they are lacking in their lives. For many, there are few options in life besides joining a gang. But gang lifestyle is not only dangerous, it is harshly pursued and prosecuted by law enforcement. When a juvenile (someone under the age of 18) is arrested and charged with committing a gang-related crime, he or she can be severely punished.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a juvenile gang crime, it is very important that you seek out an experienced attorney right away to protect you both in and out of court.

At The Amer Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping young defendants fight back against their charges and prevent convictions that lead to life-altering penalties. With the help of Long Beach juvenile crime defense attorney Al Amer, you can be freed from your charges or pursue alternative options in a conviction so that you do not need to be sentenced to juvenile hall, or worse, jail. Call (866) 431-2637 to learn more through a free consultation.

What is Considered a Gang Crime?

The state of California has many laws about gang crimes, each designed to seriously punish anyone found guilty of such activity.

California Penal Code Section 186.22(a) states that anyone who “actively participates in any criminal street gang with knowledge that its members engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity, and who willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang” can be found guilty of breaking the law. However, there are more potential criminal charges associated with gang activity.

California Penal Code Section 186.22(b) states that “any person who is convicted of a felony committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang, with the specific intent to promote, further, or assist in any criminal conduct by gang members, shall, upon conviction of that felony, in addition and consecutive to the punishment prescribed for the felony or attempted felony of which he or she has been convicted” can have penalties added to his or her conviction. This can lead to a maximum of 10 extra years in prison if tried as an adult.

However, legal definitions for what counts as a gang are very broad and vague. It can be easy for police and prosecuting attorneys to deem a group to be a gang when little evidence proves this as fact.

What are Juvenile Gang Crime Penalties?

The juvenile justice system is meant to be rehabilitative rather than punitive. This means that if you are convicted of a juvenile gang crime, you will most likely be sent to juvenile hall or another correctional facility, rather than jail or prison. You may also be put on probation, sentenced to house arrest, or placed in a foster home or with a relative other than who you are currently living with.

There are other, less severe options for a juvenile crime conviction. You may be made to complete community service, undergo counseling, or pay a fine. These are often combined with probation to make sure that you complete the sentence you have been assigned.

However, prosecutors may attempt to have you tried in court as an adult, especially if the alleged crime is an especially serious one. If you are tried as an adult and convicted of a crime, you may be sentenced to prison for participating in a gang or through an enhanced sentence for felonies committed as part of a gang. Finding success in defending against your criminal charges does not always mean having every charge dropped. By reducing your charges and undergoing alternative sentencing, such as completing counseling or time in a rehabilitation program, can prevent you from having to spend years locked up.

An Attorney Dedicated to Your Wellbeing

If your child has been accused of gang-related criminal activity, do not wait to get in touch with the legal team at The Amer Law Firm by calling (866) 431-2637. Gang crime defense attorney Al Amer has dedicated his career to protecting the rights and future wellbeing of juvenile defendants. With our legal team’s representation, your child can prevent devastating penalties that can permanently change his or her life.

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