Santa Rosa Gang-Related Crime Lawyer
Let a Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Attorney Protect You
According to California law, a “criminal street gang” is considered
any ongoing organization, group or association of three or more persons
which vigorously engage in criminal activity and possess a common name
and/or symbol. Due to the negative connotation associated with street
gangs, if law enforcement arrests you for committing a criminal act and
discovers you are affiliated with a gang, the penalties for the criminal
act could potentially be enhanced, turning misdemeanors into
My firm represents individuals charged with the following gang-related crimes:
If you were arrested for gang-related crime, it’s crucial to obtain
the legal services of a skilled and experienced
Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney. I am dedicated to providing the aggressive defense you need to fight
the charges against you and maintain your freedom, reputation, and future.
Punishment for Crimes Involving Gangs
California Penal Code section 186.22 is known as the state’s street
gang enhancement law and imposes specific criminal penalties for individuals
who committed crimes while being involved in a gang. The code involves
two parts, the crime of participating in a gang and the gang sentencing
The first part of the code makes it a crime to participate in a gang or
participate in any criminal activities conducted by the gang’s members.
If you are arrested for gang participation, it is punishable by a one-year
sentence in county jail or up to three years in a state prison.
The second subdivision describes a “special allegation” which
enhances the penalty for a gang-related crime by 2-10 years, only if the
felony constitutes as a serious or violent crime. However, the prosecution
must first establish a conviction for the underlying penalty. If the crime
committed is both serious and violent, such as carjacking, home invasion
robbery, and drive-by shootings which result in serious bodily injury
or death, an individual could be facing a life prison sentence.
I Can Fight For You
In my 15 years of legal services, I have successfully handled thousands
of criminal cases in Santa Rosa. I possess the comprehensive knowledge
of the state’s legal system and I am capable of conducting my own
extensive investigation in order to reduce the charges against you, or
even have your case entirely thrown out.
Contact my firm a call today if you are in need of proven legal defense.