The Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act (also known as the STEP Act) has been used to combat gang and gang activity all across California. In place for over three decades, the STEP act has provided law enforcement with sweeping powers in order to push back against the countless violent gangs that have organized in the state. Unfortunately, the STEP act can be used to indiscriminately target gang members and unaffiliated people alike. For this post, we’re exploring how gang crimes are targeted and prosecuted in California.
Driving after a few beers might feel innocent to many, especially those with a high alcohol tolerance. However, the effects of alcohol on the body are indisputable, and even those who “feel fine” could cause an accident and, depending on the severity of circumstances, get charged with a serious criminal offense.
With the advent of new technologies and increasingly more precise tools, law enforcement rely less and less on eyewitness testimony. However, the testimony of bystanders or other eyewitnesses continues to play an important role in our judicial system, and plenty of cases are still decided upon the claims or statements made by other parties.