Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Committed to Protecting Riverside Clients Facing Gang Crimes Charges
California’s Gang Sentencing Enhancement Law allows a judge to add additional penalties to an underlying felony conviction, provided it has been shown that the defendant committed the crime in affiliation with a gang. While the California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act makes active participation in a gang a criminal act, a gang enhancement is only activated once an underlying felony conviction has occurred. No matter the circumstances of your arrest or charges, Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law can help you understand your options and give you a realistic idea of what to expect. Whether you are facing such charges or you are the parent or loved one of someone facing gang crime charges, we will build a strong case that will seek to dismiss or reduce the charges so that you and those you love can move forward with your lives.
Gang Affiliation and Gang Enhancement Charges
Most prosecutors will attempt to connect a crime with gang affiliation or activity. Since the penalties for a gang affiliation are significant, it is critical to have a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney by your side to protect your best interests. Common crimes that prosecutors attempt to connect with gang activity include robbery, burglary, drug crimes, vandalism, weapons offenses, and homicide, among others. If a defendant is convicted of an underlying serious felony, such as arson, attempted murder, or residential burglary, a judge may add an additional five-year prison sentence to the sentence for the underlying offense. In violent felony convictions, such as murder, extortion, or carjacking, a defendant could face an additional ten-year prison term on top of the original sentence.
Strategic Defense for Los Angeles and Riverside Clients
Sadly, many defendants face gang crimes charges simply because of their race, ethnicity, or area of residence. Eric D. Davis works tirelessly to fight these stereotypes and get such charges dismissed. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges involving gang crimes, call our office to learn more about how we can provide you with the assistance you need during this challenging time. Don’t let misunderstandings or stereotypes add more pain to your life. Call us today to get started.