As gang membership has increased throughout , so has the number of arrests of people suspected of belonging to criminal gangs. Many alleged gang members are juveniles or young adults who are facing serious charges that can have life-long consequences. The Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein represents individuals accused of gang crimes throughout .
Drug charges are among the most commonly prosecuted gang-related charges. You may be facing a number of charges, including possession of a controlled substance or drug trafficking, which is possession of a large amount of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. A conviction for drug trafficking can carry a penalty of one year to more than 20 years in prison as an indictable crime. While the potential penalty depends on the type of drug and the circumstances of the case, penalties almost always include mandatory jail time.
has very strict weapons laws and harsh penalties if you are convicted. In many cases, being in possession of a weapon is considered a secondary crime that will increase the penalty for a primary crime. An example is being found in possession of a firearm during a robbery. There are many weapons charges that can be filed, including:
It is very important to seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney as weapons charges can mean a long prison sentence and life-long consequences.
law defines many types of theft, some of which are more commonly associated with gangs than others. Many people accused of a gang affiliation face charges of:
prosecutors have been known to go to great lengths to connect crimes with criminal gang activity. If gang affiliation is established, it can be used to secure enhanced penalties at conviction.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal cases that involve gang activity can easily become very complicated, often with several defendants and cases that involve a wide range of charges. If you are facing a gang-related charge, it is very important to seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and craft the best possible defense. Contact the Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein at (609) 665-3338 to schedule a free consultation to review your case.