Your story, not a gang’s reputation, should take center stage.
California – and Los Angeles in particular – has a long history of gang-related issues that define how people see criminal accusations in this area. The notion that gang membership is an automatic indication of guilt is widespread and the assumptions that certain clothing, body language or other characteristics immediately signal gang affiliation run rampant. Prosecutors, judges and juries are no exception – they hear “gang” and they immediately jump to certain conclusions. Only a skilled and truly experienced attorney can combat these assumptions effectively and give a defendant a chance at a fair process.
Stephen R. Kahn has spent over 40 years representing defendants charged with gang-related – or gang-assumed – charges. He has represented defendants from a broad cross-section of ethnic backgrounds and across multiple gang affiliations. He has seen first hand that whenever gangs are implicated or assumed, the penalties and sentences sought by prosecutors are more severe – a process known as gang enhancements.
No matter who his client is, or what they have been charged with, Stephen Kahn provides the best and most aggressive defense, working tirelessly to insure that his clients are treated as individual human beings, not stereotypes, statistics or lost causes. He knows that the key to success is for him to tell his client’s individual story from the moment he begins his representation, not just at the plea bargaining stage and certainly not by waiting for an already biased trial process to begin. He works his relationships, contacts and proven successful strategies to the benefit of every single client, while treating every defendant with dignity and respect. He has handled gang-related matters in cases including:
- Assault & Battery
- Drug Possession & Sales
- Gun charges
- Racketeering (or RICO violations)
- Money Laundering
- Theft & Robbery
- Gang Enhancements
- Gang-related offenses & Three Strikes Law
Your actual or assumed relationship with a gang – whether it be the Crips, Bloods, Pirus, MS13, 18th Street, Florencia, Avenues or some other group – does not define your case or its outcome. An effective, respected and experienced attorney can.
Trust Stephen Kahn to be that attorney.
If you have been charged with a gang-related offense, contact the Law Offices of Stephen R. Kahn for a consultation.