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If i was in a car and my friend shot someone in the leg. I Been charged with attempted murder to am i looking at a very long ti

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I was in the back there was 4 people in the car and im registered as a gang member am i really looking at a Long time?

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Not as long as the person who did the shooting. Use of a gun where someone is injured will result in a 25 t o life sentence for use of the gun alone, plus additional time on any gang enhancements and the attempted murder. Since you weren't the shooter, you aren't looking at life sentence for use of a gun, but an attempted murder conviction may carry a life sentence depending on the degree of murder charged. Hope you have a good lawyer.

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Joseph Briscoe Dane

Joseph Briscoe Dane


If they charge the gun use with the vicarious arming allegation because of the gang aspect of the case, he could face the 25-life enhancement.


Hire the best criminal defense attorney you can afford in your area. The attempted murder charge may carry a life sentence. Plus, since you are a registered gang member, you will also likely be charged with a gang enhancement.

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Your attorney's task is a difficult one. It is critical to differentiate you from the others involved. Developing multiple theories of defense is necessary. Developing reduced culpability is also critical is mitigation. There are negative aspects to your situation that must be confronted and positive aspects that must be accented.

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If they have charged this as a willful, premeditated attempted murder and have added gang enhancements, you could also be facing a life sentence. If they have alleged vicarious arming because of the gang enhancement, then the "regular" rules of only the shooter gets the gun enhancement don't apply.

Time for absolutely the best criminal defense attorney you can get.

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You're looking at a life top exposure. Surely the government will allege this was a gang incident where you were actively helping the shooter. There are too many relevant details to discuss, have a long talk with your lawyer.

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