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Question: If you are in a gang what happens if you tell a police officer?


If you admit to an officer that you are in a gang, your name will be entered into a database for known gang members. The issue may not affect you right away. However, if you are later convicted of a felony offense related to the gang membership, your punishment for that offense would be much more harsh than the sentence imposed on a non-gang defendant.

Most first-offense convictions are eligible for probation unless the offense is particularly dangerous. If you are a gang member, even first offenses are not eligible for probation, 3 years is added to the normal term of imprisonment, and you must serve the entire sentence. There is no possibility of early release for good behavior. (ARS 13-604(T)).

A person who is convicted of committing any felony offense with the intent to promote, further or assist any criminal conduct by a criminal street gang is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis (except as authorized by section ARS 31-233) until the sentence imposed by the court has been served, the person is eligible for release (ARS 41-1604.07) or the sentence is commuted. The presumptive, minimum and maximum sentence for the offense shall be increased by three years. The additional sentence imposed is in addition to any enhanced sentence that may be applicable.

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On 07/31/05
Miz from NC said:
If i were to paintball someone's house and get caught, what kind of time and money would i be looking at? Or charges other than vandalism?
On 05/18/05
Andy from SC said:
Dont be a bad kid I am and now i havt to take counsuling and see a psycyatrist and pyscologist. Dont be in a gang. Gang are ussaly bad (but not mine!) now i might be in prison. Well, pray for me! See ya!
On 05/03/05
breean from AL said:
if your in a gang and you want to get ou of it but your scared that your gang will kill you, then it might be ok to tell a police officer, i really doubt you'll be arreseted
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