Criminal Attorney in Ventura
Gang injunctions are powerful law enforcement tools that are used, and
sometimes abused, to prevent gang members from engaging in otherwise lawful
activities. This could be as simple as associating with other known gang
members in certain neighborhoods. The original gang injunctions were used
in Los Angeles in the 1980’s, although now the practice is more
widespread, including over 150 current injunctions throughout California.
Oxnard has one of the most restrictive gang injunctions. Although there
have been constitutional challenges to gang injunctions, the challenges
have not been successful at this time.
Mr. Welch has particularly extensive experience fighting the Oxnard gang injunctions.
The two largest injunctions in Oxnard apply to the Colonia Chiques gang
and the Southside Chiques. The Colonia Chiques injunction applies to more
than 250 people. Unlike the four-block injunction that was reviewed by
the California Supreme Court in People ex rel Gallo v Carlos Acuna, the
Colonia Chiques injunction spans 6.6 miles. The Southside Chiques injunction
is smaller, applying to only 66 people and covering just over 4 miles.
These injunctions criminalize wearing certain attire, associating with
others on the list, and staying out past 10 p.m.
However, the good news is if you or someone you love is the subject of
a gang injunction, there is still hope. It is possible for those on the
list to petition the court for removal. Those who are charged with violating
a gang injunction also have strong defenses available.
Law Office of Christopher P. Welch can help you. Schedule a
free consultation today with our Ventura
criminal defense lawyer.