Allegations that a person is a member of a “criminal street gang” and committed a crime to promote or benefit the gang can have very serious consequences under Penal Code § 186.22.
Due to the relatively large number of gangs and gang-related crimes in Los Angeles County, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors often bring gang charges and enhancements under Penal Code section 186.22, whether warranted or not. As a result, a Defendant may face criminal charges and punishments for promoting a gang’s unlawful activities and may also face a separate increase in punishment (gang “enhancements”) for any crimes committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the gang.
If you or someone you care about is facing a gang charge or gang enhancement to a charge for some other crime, the criminal defense attorneys at the Weinrieb Law Firm can help explain the charges and properly defend against them. We can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at (818) 933-6555.