If you have been accused of a crime and the police and prosecutors determine that you are affiliated to a gang, they may then seek gang enhancements to be applied to the charges you are facing. If you have committed a misdemeanor, it will become a felony. If the crime was a felony, you may receive a strike on your record and have an additional four years of prison time added to your sentence. In cases involving very serious crimes, you could even have up to ten years added to your sentence. It is important to know that even if you are not a member of a gang, you can still be convicted of a gang crime if you committed a crime in order to help a gang.
Even if you are granted probation for your actions, your probation will be subject to gang conditions, which means you cannot associate with gang members or wear gang-affiliated clothing. In some cases, you may even be restricted from entering certain parts of the city.
If you are convicted of a gang crime, you will be added to a gang registry that may be accessed by any police officer at any time in the future.
When you have been accused of a gang crime, it is critical that you speak with a Vista gang crimes attorney as soon as possible and refuse to speak to the police or prosecutors until you do so. Remember, anything you say may be used against you later on.
If you have been accused of any crime that could be tied in with gang activities, please call San Diego juvenile crimes attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule your free initial consultation.