Frequently asked gang injunction questions
1) Are all gang members served with the injunction?
Answer: No, only those determined to be the most active gang members within the gang are served with the injunction. This is based on the number of gang contacts, gang involved arrests and those that are deemed to be the biggest nuisance towards the community.
2) Can a gang member that is served with the injunction be arrested anywhere in the City of Oxnard or in Ventura County?
Answer: The injunction is only applicable within the court ordered safety zones that are designated geographical areas which are outlined within each injunction. These areas are not countywide and are only within the City of Oxnard, except for a small portion of the safety zone in the Southside injunction that includes a few streets in the City of Port Hueneme.
3) If your family member is a gang member are you prohibited from seeing or hanging out with them?
Answer: In most cases family members are allowed to associate with each other unless they are involved in criminal activity or a gang related crime together.
4) What is the penalty for violating the gang injunction?
Answer: The crime of violating the gang injunction is a misdemeanor crime and is punishable by up to a year in county jail. Sentencing considerations can also be determined by the age of the offender and the criminal history of the offender including prior injunction related arrests.
5) How does someone get off the gang injunction?
Answer: The gang injunction packet contains an “opt-out” provision. The served member must go five (5) years with no gang related contacts or gang involved arrests. The served member must also meet with the gang injunction manager to ensure no new gang tattoos have been obtained and the served member must renounce the gang and the gang lifestyle.
If you have questions regarding the injunction, please contact the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) sergeant at (805) 486-6211.