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New York has strict laws regarding criminal street gangs. A gang is defined as a group of three or more people that engages in criminal activity or plans to engage in criminal acts. To prosecute someone under New York’s anti-gang laws, prosecutors must prove the group meets certain criteria.
There are a few key elements that define a street gang under New York law:
Prosecutors look at the full pattern of activity to determine if a group qualifies as a criminal street gang. Isolated incidents of crime are not enough. There must be an ongoing pattern or conspiracy to commit crimes.
There are several New York laws that target gang-related criminal activity:
Simply being a member of a gang is not enough to face charges. Prosecutors must prove the individual actively participated in the gang’s crimes or conspired to commit crimes. Recruiting minors into a gang carries additional penalties.
New York imposes harsher sentences on crimes committed for the benefit of a gang. If prosecutors can prove the offense was gang-related, sentencing enhancements apply:
These enhanced sentences apply to crimes like robbery, assault, drug trafficking, weapons charges, and more. The added years can significantly increase the prison time faced by convicted gang members.
Over the past decade, New York authorities have ramped up efforts to curb gang violence and crime:
Despite these efforts, some critics argue the tough anti-gang laws disproportionately target minorities and over-incarcerate youth. Others say the enhanced sentences do little to deter crime long-term. But prosecutors maintain gang crackdowns make the public safer.
Facing gang-related charges can be scary, but a criminal defense lawyer can help protect your rights. An experienced attorney understands New York gang laws and sentencing rules. They can challenge flaws in the prosecution’s argument or raise constitutional issues over privacy rights. In some cases, they may even negotiate with prosecutors to reduce charges.
If you or someone you know faces accusations of participating in a criminal street gang, don’t go it alone. Consult with a qualified legal advisor to discuss defense strategies. A good lawyer can analyze the specifics of your case and craft an effective defense to avoid harsh penalties.
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