24 Nov Felony Gang Participation
Taking part in any aspect of gang-related activity is punishable by law. There is specific legislation created to address gang participation. Crime that is organized is considered a direct attack on the government, which is taken very seriously. Coolidge Law, located in Gilbert Arizona, is experienced in defense against felony charges, knowledgeable in Arizona laws, and understands charges such as gang participation.
Details of Gang Crimes
Essentially, gang activity is defined as a group of individuals involved in unlawful actions. Recruiting other individuals to be involved, participating in the crimes, assisting crimes, or promoting gang activity is illegal. In Arizona, the legislation covers actions that could be charged with the felony of gang activity when the crime is committed with a combination of people or in the name of a gang. These actions include:
- Breaking city curfew
- Damaging property with graffiti
- Drive-by shooting
- Aggravated assault
- Armed robbery
- Sexual Assault
While these crimes in themselves have their own punishment, the consequences can increase based on whether gang activity is involved.
Punishable By Law
Arizona takes gang activity and participation seriously. The crimes are punishable by law, whether you are an active member of a gang or just assisting a gang. The punishment varies as to whether it is a Class 2 felony or Class 3 felony based on mitigating and aggravating circumstances. The consequences in Arizona for charges of gang participation are imprisonment for ten years or up to 12.5 years.
If you find yourself charged with the felony of gang participation, whether a Class 2 or Class 3, you will need a confident, knowledgeable attorney who can navigate the court process. Contact Coolidge Law today to assist you with building a strong defense.
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