Gang involvement and gang-related offenses are often serious crimes that may result in a felony charge for a juvenile. This means that he or she may face incarceration in the California Youth Authority (now called the Division of Juvenile Justice) which is the equivalent of state prison for an adult.
Your child’s future and opportunities as an adult are at risk when he/she is facing allegations of gang involvement, but you can do something about it by consulting a Los Angeles juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible.
By early intervention, a skilled juvenile lawyer can help work to have your child’s charges dropped before the case goes to juvenile court. If this is not an option, your lawyer can fight to protect your child’s rights at every step of the way in order to work toward rehabilitation or treatment as a solution rather than incarceration and a criminal record.
California law enforcement and legislation are harsh on those individuals accused of gang-related activity, even minors. Some common types of gang involvement offenses include the following:
A Los Angeles juvenile crimes lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter can offer you a free consultation regarding your child’s case. We handle gang offenses throughout all of Los Angeles, California, including: Torrance, Long Beach, Lomita, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes and Hermosa Beach.
Even if your child is a suspect in an investigation regarding gang involvement, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can. Not only will you need an attorney who is experienced in dealing with gang activity and crimes, but you will need an attorney who understands the California juvenile justice system and who can fight aggressively to defend your child’s rights.
Without an experienced Los Angeles juvenile gang involvement defense lawyer, your child may face incarceration in a facility which is the equivalent to state prison for adults. Your child may also receive a “strike” on his or her criminal record and may thus suffer from a lack of employment and educational opportunities as a young adult. By working with a skilled defense lawyer, you can give your child a chance at a bright future.
Contact a Los Angeles juvenile crimes attorney at our firm to see how we can defend your child’s rights even in the face of serious gang offense charges.