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What To Do If Police Lie Regarding Your Criminal Case

I’ve been doing this over twenty-five years and I’ve had a lot of clients come to me and tell me that the police are lying about some aspect of their criminal case — either as part of the investigation or most of the time clients are claiming that the lies are related to a statement that the client allegedly gave to the police. Of  course, the prosecutors are using that particular statement in order to prosecute the person.  I’ve noticed that most of the time when defendants give statements in criminal cases that usually ends up being the evidence that… Read More

How Long Does a Criminal Case Take in Los Angeles?

This is a good question.  It’s asked a lot when I sit down and meet with clients and you can’t really give a specific answer to because it depends on a number of different factors.  First, is it a felony or a misdemeanor? Felonies, in my experience usually take longer to resolve than a misdemeanor case.  In fact, many of the misdemeanor courts in Los Angeles county have a 90-day rule meaning the courts themselves have said, this case is not going to last any longer than ninety days from the date that is filed. Entitled to a Speedy Trial… Read More

Should You Go To Trial In Your Criminal Case?

This is something that a lot of people who are charged with crimes throughout Los Angeles county and even the United States, grapple with every day.  Trying to figure out whether they should go to a jury trial, whether they should let a jury decide their fate in a criminal case because that’s really what you’re doing when you go to trial. The jury is going to listen to the prosecutor’s evidence.  They’ll listen to your criminal defense attorney cross-examine each of the witnesses that the prosecutors put on.  They’ll be an opening statement, a closing argument. The defense will… Read More

How to Terminate Probation Early in California Criminal Cases

This is a big question on a lot of people’s minds who are on probation in Los Angeles county and they don’t want to be on probation anymore.  They want to move on with their life and try to get a job and try to get that probation terminated early, and even a lot of times people are looking to get their case expunged or dismissed so they can do everything possible to put their criminal matter behind them. Early termination of probation is covered under California Penal Code 1203.3. Complete Terms and Conditions of Probation There are ways to… Read More

Why Hire an Attorney Pre-Filing in a Criminal Case

This is a good question. I get asked it all the time if people are calling in, they’re under investigation, the police are looking at them and trying to figure out if they’re involved in a crime.  Hiring an attorney right from the beginning when you find out that there’s a potential criminal case is crucial in my opinion because the police are trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together in the beginning. So, when they do that they’re using going to come and try to talk to you at some point.  You’re going to want your… Read More

Characteristics of the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

When you’re searching for the best criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, I’m think that you want to find somebody who is best for you.  In other words, somebody who you feel comfortable with feel like they have your best interests at heart. That’s why I think it’s so important when you’re trying to choose an attorney to sit down and meet with them face to face.  Go in with a list of questions that are on your mind, listen to the attorney, see how they interact with you because that same attorney is going to be interacting with the… Read More

Top Concerns in a Los Angeles Juvenile Criminal Case

Some of the biggest things that I hear parents talking about when they come in for a consultation related to a juvenile case that one of their children has is they are concerned that the juvenile offense and the consequences that flow from it will ruin their child’s future. In other words, when the child tries to get into a good high school or college, or goes to try to get a job in the future, that that juvenile criminal conviction or that contact with the police is going to end up putting them in a bad position so that… Read More

Ways to Dismiss a California Criminal Case

There’s a whole host of ways that a criminal case can be dismissed.  First and foremost, sometimes people will get confused.  They might be being investigated for a crime.  Nobody has filed a crime against them and they’re talking about trying to get the whole thing dismissed when the prosecutor haven’t even gotten their hands on it yet. Pre-Filing Intervention Before Charges Are Filed So, that’s the first distinction to understand, which is that until the prosecutors have actually filed a criminal case, there’s no case to dismiss.  You’re just looking for a non-filing and a lot of times people… Read More

Victim Restitution in California Criminal Cases

In Los Angeles, a big hot bed issue is when somebody pleads guilty to a crime, what their restitution is going to be.  How much is it going to be?  What if they don’t have the means to pay the restitution in a criminal case. This is a big issue that comes up all the time and a lot of times people don’t want to plead guilty because they’re claiming that the restitution that the prosecutors or the alleged victim are trying to make them pay I not the right amount or that they shouldn’t have to pay any restitution… Read More

The Crime of Escape in California

Escape is a very interesting term, because when we think about escape we think about somebody who is either in jail or prison and somehow they figure out a way to tunnel out or escape like you saw in Alcatraz in the famous movies.  The crime of escape is covered under California Penal Code 4532. But it’s interesting in LA county. Some of the escape cases I see relate to people who get jail time and then they’re let out on some program and then they don’t follow through and do what they’re supposed to on the program or maybe… Read More