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Van Nuys Gang Attorney

It is critical when facing criminal charges in any case involving gang allegations that you obtain expert legal representation from an experienced Van Nuys criminal defense attorney. Schwartz & Weinrieb has over 80 years of combined criminal defense experience defending against gang allegations. Attorney Robert Schwartz is a lecturer on criminal defense in gang cases.

When a criminal offense is determined to be gang-related, California lawmakers have increased the severity of the penalties if an individual is convicted of the offense. Not only must a defendant face a serious charge in court, but any ìgang affiliationsî will be used against the individual to increase the penalty in the event of a conviction.

While some cases have a clear gang component, the gang allegation in many cases is based on very weak evidence that must be vigorously challenged. A crime committed by a gang member does not mean it is a “gang crime.” Many alleged gang members are not members of gangs or no longer associate with a gang — “gang dropouts”. Unfortunately, prosecutors typically treat any crime involving an alleged gang member as a “gang crime,” and jurors are quick to judge alleged gang members.

The legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb is highly skilled at challenging gang allegations, and will challenge prosecutors and law enforcement who falsely characterize a crime as “gang related”. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, including any case involving gang crime allegations, contact a Van Nuys Criminal Lawyer from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.