Defending Your Rights and Future in Fullerton & OC
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 violent crimes, 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 gang charges and, in turn, the criminal liability of such charges.
Facing Gang Charges? Consult an Attorney During a Free Case Review
Our 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
If you have been accused of a gang crime, do not wait to contact The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman. With decades of experience and a history of successful case results, you can trust in our firm to provide you with the experienced, non-judgmental, fearless, and results-driven representation you need to potentially have your charges reduced or dismissed.
Contact our Orange County criminal defense lawyer today to discuss your rights and options!