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What are Gangs Like in Palm Beach County?

robbery_180x120-150x120Gang activity in Palm Beach County has always been a serious issue. A significant percentage of homicides, thefts, and assaults are correlated with gang activity, much to the concern of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who recently met with County Commissioners to discuss $25 million in budget cuts.

By consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you will be able to understand all of the ramifications of being involved in gang related crime. This includes homicide, theft, battery, assault, weapons possession, drug possession, drunk driving, you name it.

What is a gang – really

The technical definition of a gang according to Reference Encyclopedia, is “a group of people organized for a common purpose, often criminal…largely urban and highly organized…Most fighting gangs are organized intricately, with caste systems and with officers who arrange battles and prepare strategy; the gang may range in size from several members to over 100.”

Reference Encyclopedia describes factors that may contribute to the development of delinquent gangs as:

  • Blighted communities
  • Dropping out of school
  • Unemployment
  • Family disorganization
  • Neighborhood traditions of gang delinquency
  • Psychopathology
  • Ethnic status
  • A drive for acceptance and protection

Gangs on the rise

West Palm Beach County’s gang problem has been on the rise for the past few years. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw had created a federal task force to combat the escalating issue. According to West Palm Beach News:

In 2006, the county saw the highest number of murders in more than a decade…101 slayings.”

The Palm Beach Post reported that “48 of the 101 slayings were gang related.”

Sheriff Bradshaw’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, however, as only 9 of this year’s homicides have been gang-related. Now, authorities are focusing their efforts on robbery related homicides. There were two robberies in the month of April of this year, that resulted in the death of all three convenience store clerks involved.

West Palm Beach Detective Adam Myers said to the Palm Beach Post:

It’s just the blatant disregard for human life (that’s troubling).”

Being involved in gang activity is the beginning of a seriously complicated path. If you are involved in a gang, or have committed gang related crimes involving drugs, weapons, assault, drunk driving, theft, or anything else, contact a criminal de

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