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Oakland Gang Crime Attorney

Award-Winning Criminal Defense from Attorney Castillo

Oakland has proven to be one of the most dangerous cities in the country, largely thanks to gang violence and crimes. With 47 active gangs currently in Oakland, police, FBI and other authorities have cracked down on gang-related crimes. If you have been charged with a gang crime, seek aggressive legal representation immediately to begin building your defense.

At Castillo Law Office, our Oakland criminal defense attorney represents individuals charged with various gang crimes and works to defend their legal rights. Attorney Castillo has over 15 years of legal experience and has a proven record of success with a variety of violent crimes, drug crimes, and weapons crimes, including numerous high-profile cases.

Request a free consultation for your case at (510) 894-6626.

Understanding Gang Crimes in Oakland

It is illegal in the state of California for anyone to participate in a motorcycle gang, criminal street gang, neighborhood gang, or any other group involved in criminal activity. In addition to facing crimes for gang involvement, alleged gang members may also face additional charges.

Common gang crimes include:

Can You Go to Jail for Gang Affiliation?

In California you can go to jail for gang affiliation, a gang enhancement can even have an impact on a misdemeanor conviction. While a normal misdemeanor conviction may carry a jail term of a couple weeks sometimes, that same conviction with a gang enhancement would require a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 days.

Penalties for Gang Crimes

The recent rise in gang crimes in California has led law enforcement to take extreme measures to stop gang violence, doling out criminal charges generously. Penalties for criminal activity are typically more severe when the individual is also charged with gang activity, sometimes adding years or even decades to a prison sentence.

Seek Aggressive Legal Defense

One of the best ways to defend your case is to invest in legal help early, giving your lawyer time to build a solid defense. At Castillo Law Office, our defense attorney will work tirelessly to ensure that any opportunities to reduce or drop charges are found and utilized. Attorney Castillo will protect your legal rights and fight for the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact The Castillo Law Office for a consultation concerning your gang crime charges.

Hear it From A Few
Of Our Clients

  • I would recommend Mr. Castillo without any reservation.

    “Ernie Castillo was highly recommended to us. I researched and interviewed a few attorneys before making a decision of who we were going to select. It's so tough selecting when you're skeptical with the horror stories of attorney's not feeling the passion for their work but the money. After long conversations my husband and I decided to go with Ernie to represent our son in a serious case with multiple charges. We were not disappointed at all. Mr. Castillo expertise exceeded our expectations. His was thorough, he kept us up to date on the case, answered all our questions, returned our calls in a timely manner, he's truly a genuine and sincere person. Most of all his knowledge in handling the case was remarkable. I can't express thanks enough to Ernie for the spectacular job he did defending my son who was facing years in jail. He took a stressful situation and relieved it with a positive outcome. I would recommend Mr. Castillo without any reservation.”


  • I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.

    “A few years back, Ernie Castillo represented a family member of mine who was charged with a vehicular offense. Although minor compared to the high profile cases Ernie is accustomed to, Ernie took the case with the utmost professionalism and was able to reduce the charge so that my family member's record was not affected. I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.”


  • I would highly recommend Mr Castillo to anyone.

    “Mr Castillo represented me on a criminal case in which I was falsely accused in 2012. He took over the case from a previous lawyer who was less aggressive and not actively pursing my defense. Mr Castillo is a confident, aggressive and very persistent lawyer. He kept my family and I up to date on the case and also returned our calls on time. Mr Castillo persuaded me not to take any deal and wanted take the case to trial because he was confident that he would win. With the Lord's guidance and Ernie's aggressiveness my case was dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr Castillo to anyone.”