California takes gang activity very seriously and actively seeks to punish those associated with a gang. In fact, if you are charged with a felony and you are found to have done so for the benefit of a gang, you could be facing California’s strict gang enhancement laws. This means you could receive additional prison time of up to life in prison depending on the severity of the offense. This is not a charge you can face alone. Call or visit the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett. Our San Diego lawyers will work to provide the best outcome possible.
Gang participation and gang-related crime is taken very seriously in San Diego. State law defines gang participation as “active and knowing participation in a criminal street gang.” The prosecution in a gang-related case will need to prove three key factors in order to get a conviction. These include:
- That you actively participated in a gang,
- That you knew its members engage in criminal gang activity,
- That you willfully promoted, furthered, or assisted in any felonious conduct by members of the gang.
If you are found guilty, you could face up to three years in prison not including any additional gang enhancement penalties. There are different types of felonies that carry different forms of gang enhancement penalties. For instance, if you are found guilty of a generic felony, you could face an additional 1-4 years in prison on top of the regular sentence. If you are found guilty of a specific felony, you could face a minimum of 15 years-to-life in state prison. Call or visit us today to learn how our San Diego criminal defense attorneys can help defend your gang enhancement case.