Gang Crime Lawyer in Fairfield & Solano Counties
About Gang Enhancement Laws in California
Due to California's gang enhancement laws, judges are given the ability
to impose longer and stricter sentences for crimes that are committed
by gang members. Unfortunately, the ability to severely punish suspected
gang members who are committing a crime on behalf of their group is often
misused by law enforcement officials, and those who are acting alone or
even completely innocent may end up suffering unfair consequences. If
you have been charged with a gang enhancement, it is essential to consult
with an experienced Fairfield gang crime defense attorney who can help
you explore your potential defenses.
We defend gang crime cases in Fairfield, Vallejo, Benicia, Dixon, Vacaville,
Rio Vista, and Suisun.
Under California law, a judge may add additional penalties for a gang-related
- An additional 2 - 4 years at the judge's discretion upon conviction
of a felony
- An additional 5 years for a conviction of a serious felony
- An additional 10 years for conviction of a violent felony
- An additional 15 years for conviction of a felony involving a home invasion
robbery, carjacking, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, or shooting
from a motor vehicle
- A life sentence if the felony conviction carries the potential for such a crime
- Additional time, at the judge's discretion, for conviction of a felony
that occurred within 1,000 feet of an open school
Proven Defense from Our Fairfield Gang Crime Lawyer
There are several strong defenses to a gang enhancement. These include
challenging the underlying felony, asserting that you are not an active
participant of a gang, showing that you were acting alone rather than
for the benefit of a gang, and more.
At The Maher Law Group, APC, a Fairfield criminal lawyer can meticulously
analyze all the details related to your crime and explore all your possible
defenses. We always come prepared for either negotiations or for trial.
You can count on us to fight using either strategy until we deliver the
best possible result. We realize not everyone wants to go to trial, some
cases need to be settled.