Felony Gang Participation
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Taking part in any aspect of gang-related activity is punishable by law. Crime that is organized is considered a direct attack on the government, and in particular, Arizona legislation has been created to address gang participation. Coolidge Law in Gilbert Arizona is experienced in defending against felony charges, and we’re well acquainted with Arizona laws, including charges of gang participation.
Details of Gang Crimes
Essentially, gang activity is defined as a group of individuals involved in unlawful actions. Recruiting other individuals to take part in a crime, participating in a crime, assisting in a crime, or promoting gang activity—are all illegal. When committed with a combination of people or in the name of a gang, Arizona counts a crime as eligible for felony charges. Gang activity may include any of the following:
- Breaking city curfew
- Damaging property with graffiti
- Drive-by shooting
- Aggravated assault
- Armed robbery
- Sexual Assault
While these crimes in themselves have their own sentencing classifications, the consequences and sentencing for each one can increase if gang activity is involved.
Punishable By Law
Arizona takes gang activity and participation seriously. An active member of a gang, or even a person assisting another gang member in a crime, can be charged. Based on mitigating or aggravating circumstances, gang activity may be classified as a Class 2 felony or a Class 3 felony . The consequences in Arizona for charges of gang participation are imprisonment from 10 years, up to 12.5 years.
If you find yourself charged with the felony of gang participation or any other felony, you need a confident, knowledgeable attorney who can help you navigate court processes. Contact Coolidge Law today. We’re experienced, we’re capable, and we’re tough.
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