The set of the Showtime drama, House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell was rocked by gang related violence and gunfire last week. Apparently the show was on location at a housing project in South Central L.A. During filming a large crowd began to gather. Apparently gang members were intermixed in the crowd and soon a scuffle was noted, followed by gunshots. The violence was sudden and it is unclear if the actors were ever in any real danger.
According to TMZ bodyguards for the stars attempted to protect the cast and crew when the shots began to ring out. The gang violence does not appear to have resulted in any injuries and by the time the police arrived the gang members had dispersed. Apparently the show resumed production but at a different location.
Gang violence erupts in some of the most innocuous places. Gang-related offenses can include criminal charges for drugs, firearms, sex crimes, hate crimes, and other violent crimes. Many of these gang-related offenses can be charged at the state or federal level. Punishments can include deportation for non-citizens convicted of a gang-related crime as well as long prison terms and hefty fines.
Violent crimes that receive a gang enhancement can result in a punishment that is double that which would be imposed without the gang activity. A person found guilty of a gang-related offense may not be eligible for probation and, if they were a juvenile at the time of the commission of the crime, they may still be charged as an adult for their role in the gang activity.
Individuals with pending criminal charges face serious penalties if they are found guilty of a violent crime or drug related offense. These penalties are compounded, increased, and made more severe by alleged gang involvement. If you, or someone you know, is facing criminal charges with a gang enhancement call the skilled and experienced attorneys at Brown Law Offices. The former prosecutors are now on your side, helping you develop a defense strategy and face your charges. Our office can be reached 24/7 to schedule your free consultation. Simply call (702) 405-0505.