Orange County Gang Crime Attorney
Defending Your Rights and Your Future in CA
Gang crime cases are unique in the field of
criminal defense. The community, prosecutors, judges, and even many defense lawyers view
gang membership as a crime, but this is not true. Gang membership is a
constitutionally protected activity under the First Amendment. "Ethnic
street gangs" are generally not "criminal street gangs."
Understanding the difference between a group whose members commit
theft crimes, and
juvenile crimes in order to further the group's criminal purpose and a group whose
members may separately commit crimes is critical.
This distinction is often lost on the judiciary and the bar due to the
hysteria brought about by the "War on Gangs." The punishment
for these charges can mean life sentences for gang members who were only
acting out of poverty, lack of education, and/or disenfranchisement. Our
office aggressively advocates in favor of removing the stigma of the gang
charges and, in turn, the criminal liability of such charges.
Your Orange County Gang Case
Our lead Orange County gang crime defense attorney,
Jacqueline Goodman, has knowledge of the law in the area of gang enhancements and street
terrorism. Together, members of our legal team have an in-depth understanding
of Constitutional Law, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and their
relationship with gang crime charges.
Our firm's express goals when defending against gang crime charges include:
- Holding the prosecutor to constitutional requirements of proof
- Educating the judge and limiting the admission of unreliable and damning
evidence such as "expert" testimony
- Neutralizing the gang
- Humanizing the client
Contact our OC criminal defense firm today to discuss your rights and options!