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What Are the Best Defenses for Drug Trafficking Cases?

Drug trafficking crimes refer to helping others to move drugs. For example, if you’re selling meth, you’ve got to transport it to others to sell, known as trafficking and often called drug distribution. Trafficking is an illegal act of making, manufacturing, transporting, or selling a controlled substance, including prescription drugs. It’s one of the most severe drug-related charges you could face, and state and federal law enforcement authorities aggressively pursue drug trafficking offenses. Most drug trafficking cases are prosecuted in state courts, but they could be charged as a federal crime if any of the following occurred: Drug trafficking activities… Read More

What Are the Best Defenses for Embezzlement Charges?

California Penal Code 503 PC describes embezzlement as unlawfully taking money or property that was entrusted to you with the intent to deprive the owner of using it. Embezzlement is a form of theft but unique because it usually involves an employee of a company who is trusted and has access to the money or property, which is why it is commonly known as “employee theft.” If the value of the stolen property or money exceeds $950, then embezzlement can be filed as a felony, but any amount under $950 will be filed as a misdemeanor. Embezzlement is a non-violent… Read More

What Are the Best Defenses for Attempted Murder Charges?

California Penal Code 664/187 defines the crime of attempted murder in either the first or second degree.  As the name suggests, nobody has to be killed for the defendant to be charged and convicted of attempted murder. This article will discuss some unique aspects of attempted murder under California law, including the defendant’s mental state, which the prosecutor must prove to secure a conviction. I’ve been defending people charged with Penal Code 664/187 PC attempted murder for about 30 years, so I have several different strategies and angles that I’ve used.  The first thing you have to decide is whether or… Read More

What Are the Best Defenses for Kidnapping Charges?

Suppose you or a loved one is charged with the crime of kidnapping? In that case, you will want to find the best attorney because kidnapping cases are treated very seriously in Los Angeles County and surrounding counties. I’ve handled many of these cases over the past 30 years of defending people charged with crimes, and I’ve noticed that the prosecutors will use this kidnapping charge as a weapon. California Penal Code Section 207 PC defines the felony crime of kidnapping as moving another person a substantial distance against their will using force or fear. Kidnapping is distinct from its lesser… Read More

What Are the Best Defenses for Robbery Charges?

California Penal Code 211 PC defines the serious felony crime of robbery as the felonious taking of personal property in possession of someone, from their person or immediate presence, against their will, using force or fear. Robbery charges are filed as either first-degree or second-degree, and the penalties for a conviction will depend on the case’s specific circumstances.   Readers should note that robbery is always a felony crime and not the usual theft crime “wobbler” that can be filed as a misdemeanor. A PC 211 robbery conviction could be a “strike” on your record under California’s three-strikes law. Sentencing enhancements… Read More

What is a Minor Role Adjustment in a Federal Criminal Case?

A minor role comes into play when a defendant in a federal criminal case is not a significant player in that crime.  It’s challenging to get a minor role if you’re the only participant in the crime. But if you are involved with other individuals, and it can be argued that you’re one of the least guilty or least culpable people in the crime, you can try to get a minor role in a federal criminal case. The significance of getting it is that you get two levels off your offense.  Also, if you’re considered a minor player, other downward… Read More

What is a Mandatory Minimum Sentence in a Federal Case?

People arrested for federal crimes have never been arrested before the vast majority of the time.  Even those who have been arrested before don’t understand the significance of a mandatory minimum sentence. It means that there are certain crimes that, if you get convicted of, you face a mandatory minimum.  In other words, if you get convicted of a crime that has one, you must obtain that mandatory minimum as your sentence.  That’s the lowest sentence you could get.  You could get a higher sentence, but there’s a minimum sentence the judge must give you. A perfect example is you see… Read More

How Are Sex Crimes Handled in the San Fernando Courthouse?

If you’re being charged with a sex crime in the San Fernando courthouse and you have an appearance date – if it’s a felony, you’ll start in Dept. S, which is on the first floor, first courtroom on the left as you go through the metal detectors. You will typically enter a not-guilty plea at your first court appearance and put the case in one of the preliminary hearing courts.  As far as how they’re handled in that courthouse, they have a special unit of prosecutors that all they do is take sex crimes and domestic violence-related offenses.  They call it… Read More

Can You Avoid an Arrest If Under a Sex Crime Investigation?

I have a lot of clients that come to me prefiling before they’ve been arrested.  They know the police are investigating them for various reasons.  Maybe the accuser told them. Perhaps the police came and told them. Perhaps they got a letter. Whatever the case may be, it is possible to convince the police not to arrest you and pursue a sex crime case against you.  But of course, when it comes to criminal defense, and particularly sex crimes, it is complicated because, technically, prosecutors are the ones who file criminal charges.  The police can arrest somebody. They can either make… Read More

What Are the Penalties for a DUI Conviction?

Anybody who gets a DUI in Los Angeles County realizes they have a problem because the police will send them to court. Depending on their case circumstances, they’re potentially facing losing their driver’s license and even jail time. So, I thought it might be good to talk about some of the potential punishments related to DUIs in LA county. First, you have to talk about the DMV.  A possible punishment with the DMV for a first-time DUI is the loss of your driver’s license for six months. Often, a defense attorney can get just a 30-day loss of the license… Read More

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