Law Offices of Brian M. Carroll, P.A.: Your Gang Crimes Attorney
Today, there are over 33,000 violent criminal street gangs active in the United States. Most of them are well organized, using threats of violence and intimidation to control people and make profits.
Due to the serious negative effects criminal gangs have on society, prosecutors and law enforcement pursue gang members vigorously and seek out maximum penalties. If you or a loved one is charged with committing a gang-related crime in West Palm Beach, seek the help of our experienced gang crimes defense attorney at the Law Offices of Brian M. Carroll, P.A., as soon as possible.
Brian M. Carroll, our founding attorney, has been representing the people of West Palm Beach for years and successfully obtained not-guilty verdicts for the most serious crimes. He has also succeeded in getting hundreds of cases dropped thanks to our thorough investigations and extensive experience.
With our proven track record and years of experience, you can rely on us to handle your gang crime case and obtain the most favorable outcome. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation!
What Are Gang Crimes?
A gang crime refers to any criminal activity committed by members of a gang or organized group for the interest of the gang. These crimes can encompass a wide range of illegal actions and often involve violence, intimidation, or other illicit activities.
Gang crimes may include offenses such as drug trafficking, violent crimes, robbery, extortion, firearm offenses, and other illegal conduct that aims to further the gang’s interests or maintain control over a territory. Other gang-related crimes include recruiting gang members and promoting or aiding a gang activity.
What Does a Gang Crimes Lawyer Do?
Being arrested as a criminal street gang member means you are facing serious charges. To mount an effective defense, hiring a gang criminal defense attorney is essential.
A criminal defense attorney focusing on gang crimes understands the ins and outs of the law and can help you make sense of the situation. They can explain your charges, the evidence against you, your options, and possible outcomes.
In the early stages of your case, your attorney will protect you from police violations and coercion during questioning, ensure your rights are upheld, and keep you informed of such rights to avoid implicating yourself.
Your gang crime lawyer will investigate your case thoroughly to find favorable evidence and identify any inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. All favorable evidence that undermines the prosecution’s case can be used to negotiate lesser charges or get your case dropped completely.
If your case proceeds to court, your gang crime attorney will build a solid defense using their extensive knowledge, the outcomes of their investigations, and the testimony of witnesses.
You can not fight gang crime charges without the help of an experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable gang crime attorney.
The Criminal Legal Process for a Gang Crime Case
The process for charging someone with a gang crime develops in stages. Starting from the arrest process and ending in a trial.
- Arrest: a police officer will arrest you, book you at the station, and place you in custody.
- Arraignment: Within 24 to 48 hours, depending on whether or not there was an arrest warrant, you will have your first court appearance in what’s called the arraignment. The court judge will read the charges filed against you, ask you whether you need an attorney to be appointed for you, and determine whether to set bail. You will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
- Pretrial hearings: The prosecution and defense will file motions to request certain actions or decisions from the court before the trial, such as suppressing evidence.
- Plea Bargaining: The prosecution and defense may negotiate a plea deal, where you agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence.
- Trial: If no plea agreement is reached, the case goes to trial. A judge or jury hears the evidence presented by both sides and makes a determination of guilt or innocence.
- Sentencing: If you are found guilty, a separate sentencing hearing is held. The judge imposes a sentence
- Appeal: You have the right to appeal the verdict or sentence if there are legal grounds to do so.
Consequences of a Gang Crime Conviction
A gang crime conviction can have serious consequences besides fines, imprisonment, and restitution. Having a criminal record for serious criminal charges can hinder employment, housing, education, and travel opportunities. It may result in social stigma, financial penalties, and limitations on rights and privileges.
Contact Law Offices of Brian M. Carroll, P.A. Today
If you are charged with a gang crime, don’t wait too long to hire legal help. Seek out an experienced gang crime attorney as soon as possible to avoid the complex and severe penalties associated with a gang-related offense.
Contact us to consult an experienced gang crimes lawyer for free. We have a track record of success and can help you make informed decisions regarding your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Difference Between a Felony or Misdemeanor Gang-Related Case?
Misdemeanor and felony gang-related cases are serious crimes. However, one has lesser punishment, and the other is severe. If a person is charged with a misdemeanor gang crime, they will serve a maximum of one year in a county jail and pay a fine of $1,000. A charge will be considered a felony if the offender commits serious gang crimes. They will be sentenced to a minimum of one year in prison, with maximum imprisonment going up to 30 years.
What Does a Gang Crime Lawyer Charge for Their Services?
When faced with legal issues, it’s necessary to hire a lawyer. Hiring an experienced gang crimes lawyer can make a significant difference in your case. Attorney fees vary depending on the severity of your case, their experience, and location. During your initial consultation, you should discuss the lawyer’s fees.