Bystander Injured in Gang Shooting

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Aggravated Assault, Los Angeles, Orange County

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Irvine California criminal defense lawyerPolice are investigating a gang shootout that wounded an employee of a local business. The shooting occurred on Durant Street around 6 p.m. on March 19. Police say a man was wheeling an appliance into a local business when he was shot in the lower extremities.

Witnesses say there was a group of people in the parking lot sitting in a car, and another group standing nearby when one individual from the car opened fire. Both groups fled the scene before police arrived. Witnesses described the suspects as gang members.

In California, proven involvement with gangs or gang activity means automatic sentence enhancements, or mandatory sentencing because of the California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act, also known as the STEP Act.

The two main parts of the STEP Act include Penal Code 186.22(a) PC, which makes it a crime to be in a gang and engage in felony conduct, with a penalty of one year in county jail up to three years in state prison. Penal Code 186.22(b) PC provides the mandatory minimum sentencing for felonies committed for the benefit of a gang. It includes 2 years to life in prison in addition to time received for the crime committed.

You don’t have to be a member of the gang to receive sentence enhancements. All that is required is active gang participation.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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