Our office is often asked what defines a criminal street gang for purposes of someone being sentenced to a higher amount (Penal Code § 186.22)? How much is the enhancement? Does it vary by the type of crime? If the conduct is quite serious, does such a gang connotation affect when one is eligible for parole as well? How does the prosecution prove that someone is affiliated with a gang and acted for the benefit of a street gang? To read answers to these questions, click on the following link.