Criminal Street Gang Law and Legal Definition

Criminal street gang refers to any organization or association of persons whose purpose is to commit one ore more criminal offenses. In the U.S. there are state specific laws dealing with criminal street gang. Criminal Street gang follow some traits such as:

1. They share a common group name;

2. They share a common style of dress;

3. They associate together at a specific geographical place;

4. They hold meetings amongst themselves on a regular or continuous basis.

The following is an example of a state statute (Alaska) defining criminal street gang:

According to Alaska Stat.§ 11.81.900, criminal street gang means “a group of three or more persons who have in common a name or identifying sign, symbol, tattoo or other physical marking, style of dress, or use of hand signs; and who, individually, jointly, or in combination, have committed or attempted to commit criminal offenses.”