Under California Penal Code 186.22 it is a crime to participate in a criminal street gang. This code is also used as a sentencing enhancement to other crimes committed which further the activity of a criminal gang. To be found guilty of such charges, the prosecution will have to prove that you actively participated in gang activity, that you knew the gang’s members engage in criminal gang activity, and that you willfully assisted, furthered, or promoted felony criminal conduct by gang members.
Legal defenses that are often applied, among others, include showing that you were not an active participant in a gang, that you weren’t acting for the benefit of the gang, or that you did not commit the underlying felony.
If you have been charged with crimes involving gang enhancement charges, do not hesitate to contact the law office of H. Charles Gorian. We have years of experience fighting such charges and we know the California laws that affect your situation. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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