Los Angeles Gang Crimes Attorney
Federal law defines a criminal street gang as any ongoing group, club, organization, or association of five or more people which has a primary purpose of committing one or more criminal offenses, the members have engaged within the last five years in a continuing series of criminal offenses, and the activities affect interstate or foreign commerce. 18 U.S.C. Section 521 details the offenses that fall within gang crime. The offenses that qualify under federal gang crime are: “(1) a Federal felony involving a controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)) for which the maximum penalty is not less than 5 years; (2) a Federal felony violent crime that has as an element the use or attempted use of physical force against the person of another; and (3) a conspiracy to commit an offense described in paragraph (1) or (2).”
A person who is convicted under Section 521 of gang crimes will receive the punishment associated with that crime committed and may receive enhanced criminal punishment if the circumstances are met. If the crime was committed by a person who participates in a criminal street gang knowingly, intends to promote the felonious activities of that street gang, and has been convicted in the last five years for one of the above offenses or any state offense involving the above crimes then the sentence of that individual will be increased by up to ten years.
Retaining an federal lawyer who is experienced in defending clients against alleged gang activity is critical to the outcome of your case. We will aggressively defend you against these charges by fighting to have the criminal charges disconnected with gang activity, challenging all evidence in court, seeking an acceptable plea agreement, or building a strong legal defense for trial.
The Law Offices of Eisner Gorin LLP offers superior legal representation to juveniles and adults facing criminal charges in connection with gang activity in Los Angeles County or any U.S. District Court in California. We handle cases prosecuted at the state or federal level. A criminal record as a gang member will have a long lasting impact on your life. If you or a member in your family are facing gang-related charges, just call one of our lawyers at (877) 781-1570 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.
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