Florida takes all reports of gang-related activity seriously, especially when that involves the commission of crimes and the terrorizing of local people. Law enforcement understands that the crimes that gangs commit like robbery, burglary, and theft help fund other criminal operations like drug sales and trafficking. Their goal is to “nip it in the bud” by responding swiftly and aggressively to gang-related activity. Minors are often lured into these organizations and get caught up in the gang culture which can result in them being targeted by police and charged with serious crimes.
The Orlando gang activity defense lawyers are seasoned juvenile attorneys who can help protect your juvenile from falling victim to Florida’s unforgiving criminal system. Our team consists of former state and local prosecutors who can implement their knowledge of how the state approaches these type of cases. Reach out to us today to discuss your criminal defense options.
Crimes perpetrated by gang members usually start with initiation rites. Prospective gang members are often forced to commit criminal acts to be accepted into the gang. In Orlando, gang-related criminal activity ranges from simple misdemeanors to more serious felony acts such as violent acts of assault and the use of firearms.
Minors usually don’t consider the financial and emotional impact of their crimes until it is too late. In order to understand the negative consequences of gang-related criminal activity, it’s necessary to examine the psychological implications of being involved with gang violence.
Juveniles who are drawn into the gang lifestyle seldom realize that they’re being victimized. Gang violence exacts a toll on friends, family members, and the community. Besides the destructive impact on society, there’s the possibility of serving hard time for gang-related criminal activity.
When a juvenile is arrested for gang activities, there’s a possibility of being charged with other gang offenses, which can result in a prolonged detention period at the Juvenile Justice Center. Being charged as a juvenile with gang-related crimes could affect one’s future. Youthful offenders may be denied entry into the military or college or be denied a job.
There are few laws that show how serious Florida takes gang-related activity than the state’s gang enhancement laws. Per Florida Statute § 874.04:
“Upon a finding by the factfinder that the defendant committed the charged offense for the purpose of benefiting, promoting, or furthering the interests of a criminal gang, the penalty for any felony or misdemeanor, or any delinquent act or violation of law which would be a felony or misdemeanor if committed by an adult, may be enhanced.”
I lamens terms, the charges for a crime become more severe if it is found that it is gang-related activity. For example, if you were charged with a crime that was a third-degree felony and it is found that the crime was gang-related, the crime can be enhanced to a second-degree felony. The difference between the two is a possible maximum sentence of 5 years for the third-degree felony to 15 years for the second-degree felony.
With the consequences so grave for taking part in gang-related activity, it is essential that secure legal representation from an attorney who can help have charges and the associated penalties lessened.
The Orlando gang activity lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are skilled attorneys with over 100 years of combined experience. We can provide evidence to the judge to show that the actions you’re accused of taking part in were independent and not a part of gang activity. Proving that you acted alone can dramatically lessen criminal penalties and clear your record of any gang affiliation. Reach out to us to discuss the full catalog of criminal defense strategies available to you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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