The Baltimore Sun reports that a recent investigation led to the arrest of 35 alleged gang members for crimes committed in Baltimore and other Maryland locations. The suspects stand accused of a Baltimore murder and other crimes, including witness intimidation, home invasion, kidnapping, and attempted murder. These alleged crimes took place in Frederick, Howard County, Wicomico County, and Allegany County. Kim C. Dine, Frederick police chief, says the arrests represent a significant move for law enforcement. Sixteen of those accused are from Frederick, which means the arrests will have a strong impact on that city.
Anyone accused of a gang-related crime should seek legal representation from an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney immediately, as the penalties for a conviction can be much greater if the crime is determined to be gang-related. In some cases, prosecutors charge people with gang offenses even if the accused are not members of criminal gangs. Overzealous law enforcement officials may assume you are a gang member simply because you are in the vicinity of a known gang. If you don’t have an attorney to help you fight the charges, you may be labeled a gang member and may be scrutinized by law enforcement officials for the rest of your life.
The Maryland criminal defense lawyers of Alpert Schreyer have extensive experience defending clients charged with attempted murder, murder, robbery, prostitution, assault, drug crimes and other crimes. If you are accused of one of these crimes and the prosecutor alleges you are a member of a gang, contact us for help. Call us at (301) 262-7005 or (866) 444-6363 to discuss your case in confidence.