Gang Charges Attorney


As gang membership has increased throughout , so has the number of arrests of people suspected of belonging to criminal gangs. Many alleged gang members are juveniles or young adults who are facing serious charges that can have life-long consequences. The Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein represents individuals accused of gang crimes throughout.

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Gangs and Drug Dealing

Drug charges are among the most commonly prosecuted gang-related charges. You may be facing a number of charges, including possession of a controlled substance or drug trafficking, which is possession of a large amount of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. A conviction for drug trafficking can carry a penalty of one year to more than 20 years in prison as an indictable crime. While the potential penalty depends on the type of drug and the circumstances of the case, penalties almost always include mandatory jail time.

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Gangs and Weapons

has very strict weapons laws and harsh penalties if you are convicted. In many cases, being in possession of a weapon is considered a secondary crime that will increase the penalty for a primary crime. An example is being found in possession of a firearm during a robbery. There are many weapons charges that can be filed, including:

  • Possession of a firearm without a permit to carry
  • Possession of illegal weapons
  • Possession of a weapon by someone who is not permitted to have them, including someone on probation or a convicted felon
  • Juvenile possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a firearm for an illegal purpose
  • Possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime

It is very important to seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney as weapons charges can mean a long prison sentence and life-long consequences.

Criminal Gangs

Theft Charges

law defines many types of theft, some of which are more commonly associated with gangs than others. Many people accused of a gang affiliation face charges of:

  • Robbery,
  • Burglary,
  • Receiving stolen property, or
  • Extortion.

Most theft charges are indictable offenses (felonies), which means mandatory prison or jail time if convicted. An established gang affiliation can enhance the penalties for a theft charge as well.

Gangs and Drug Dealing

Gang Affiliation

prosecutors have been known to go to great lengths to connect crimes with criminal gang activity. If gang affiliation is established, it can be used to secure enhanced penalties at conviction.

Criminal cases that involve gang activity can easily become very complicated, often with several defendants and cases that involve a wide range of charges. If you are facing a gang-related charge, it is very important to seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and craft the best possible defense. Contact the Law Office of Mark A. Bernstein at (609) 665-3338 to schedule a free consultation to review your case.

Gangs and Weapons

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