Increasing gang membership in the northeastern New Jersey and New York area has led to more arrests of those suspected of belonging to a gang. Many of these alleged gang members are teenagers, who now are threatened with legal discipline for gang activity or affiliation.
At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, we represent juveniles and adults accused of gang crimes in Hackensack, Teaneck, Union City, Newark, New York City and the surrounding areas. With offices in the Bronx, Wayne and Hackensack, our lawyers are well-positioned to defend our clients in state and federal courts in the region. Whether you have been charged with a gang crime or are the parent of a young person who is accused, we can help.
Gang Affiliation Can Lead To Harsher Convictions
Prosecutors are known for going to great lengths to connect crimes with gang-related activity. This is usually referred to as gang affiliation, and if proved, it can be used to enhance the penalties for a conviction. Some of the types of adult and juvenile crimes that often have a gang crime component are:
- Drug charges
- Property theft crimes, including petty theft and grand theft
- Gun/weapons charges
Unraveling Complexities In Gang Crime Cases
Criminal cases involving gangs quickly become complex, with multiple defendants and a range of misdemeanor and felony accusations. Our attorneys are adept in sorting through the facts of a case and presenting strong defenses for our clients in their situations. We know how to challenge the prosecution’s gang expert witnesses, and we force the government to prove every aspect of its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Unfortunately, some juveniles and even adults are accused of gang membership because of where they live or what they wear, not because of anything they did. We fight to prevent stereotypes about race and socioeconomic class from being used against our clients.
Work With An Experienced Gang Defense Lawyer
Seek legal advice as soon as possible if you or your son or daughter has been charged with a gang crime in New Jersey or New York. Schedule a free consultation with an attorney from Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law by calling 201-212-4532. You can also email us, and we will respond promptly. Se habla Español.