Gang crimes are offenses that can result in stiff penalties for juveniles. There are many gang related offenses that may be charged. If convicted, a juvenile may be incarcerated in the Division of Juvenile Justice, a state-run institution. There are many different crimes that may be considered gang offenses in California.
- Drug Possession or Sale
- Gun Offenses
- Vandalism / Graffiti / Defacing Property
Gang offense charges are very serious and carry strong penalties. A minor child under the age of 18 may be charged as a juvenile. In some cases, a child may be prosecuted as an adult. If prosecuted as a juvenile, the case will go to the juvenile court system.
Gang offenses will be prosecuted and if convicted, the juvenile will be subject to penalties including incarceration, restitution, probation, and community service. An attorney is key to reducing the charges and penalties involved in the crime. A good attorney will work to ensure that the juvenile’s rights are protected. Your attorney will try for a penalty that features rehabilitation instead of incarceration. The penalty that is received will depend on how serious the crime is.