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Defending A High-Profile Criminal Case In Los Angeles

I have both defended and seen many high-profile criminal cases across Los Angeles in my 25-year career. It’s going to take a certain attorney with the right experience to be able to most effectively defend a criminal case in Los Angeles where the media is involved and it’s a high-profile case. Not only will the media be involved, but the prosecutors are going to put their best prosecutors on the case and they have unlimited resources in order to prosecute, investigate and convict a defendant of whatever it is they charged them with. The bottom line in these high-publicity and… Read More

Television Cameras Inside The Courthouse In Los Angeles

Over the course of the last 25 years, I’ve seen a lot of TV cameras be permitted to go inside the courtrooms and film what’s going on, in my own cases and also in other cases – whether they be high-publicity actors or actresses, or whether it just involves a serious case like a murder or some sort of a sex crime. Cameras are not automatically allowed in the court, especially TV cameras that are filming, because then what happens is reporters start putting spins on things. They don’t have all the information. So, there’s a certain standard in order… Read More

Violent Crimes In Los Angeles, California

When people talk about violent crimes they are usually talking about it with a negative connotation. Prosecutors and judges alike do not like violent felonies or misdemeanors and they will punish people in kind who commit these types of offenses. So, then you start to ask yourself, okay, so what is considered a violent crime? For purposes of the Three Strikes Law in California, there is a whole list of violent crimes. Examples would obviously be anything involving a person getting injured or some sort of force – whether it be physical or threats of force. For example, a robbery… Read More

Evidence In A Criminal Case In Los Angeles, California

I have a lot of clients and those people who are considering retaining my services as a criminal defense attorney tell me well, the prosecutors don’t have any evidence against me, so I don’t really understand why I’m arrested and I don’t understand how they’re going to prove their case. And this is where it’s just a matter that people don’t have the experience of dealing with a criminal case in the Los Angeles County court system and they don’t really understand what evidence is available to the prosecutors. Of course, if the prosecutors have a video tape of you… Read More

Jail Versus Prison In Los Angeles County

More and more, whether someone goes to jail or to prison is a big issue in the criminal defense system in Los Angeles and across California. The Governor of California has really tried to clean out the prisons because of the overcrowding in the past and has really tried to set it up so only the worse offenders in the criminal justice system actually do prison time. Therefore, there’s a list of crimes that determine whether someone goes to prison or whether they serve their time in county jail. What I mean by that is a lot of people are… Read More

Posting Bail In Los Angeles County

I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve dealt with a lot of bail situations. The first thing you want to do is obviously get a good bail bondsman that knows the LA county court system and knows exactly what it takes in order to get the person out as quick as possible. As I pen this post here, the bail in LA county, the percentage for the bail bondsman seems to vacillate between about 6% and 10%. Most bail agents will usually do it for 7% of 8%. That’s something I like to coordinate with my clients and… Read More

Booking Process In Los Angeles

When it comes to getting booked in LA as far as a crime goes, this is a crucial distinction in the law, because once somebody is booked – and that means that the police are going to attempt to get the prosecutors – whether it be the City Attorney or District Attorney – to charge the person with a crime. Really the way that it works is, the police get their hands on somebody. They bring them into the police station. If they decide that they’re going to book them, then their fingerprints are taken; their palm prints are typically… Read More

Being Arrested In Los Angeles

An arrest basically has to do with the police taking you into custody and putting you through the booking process. You’ll then either be released with a citation or they are going to try to send you into court. If they attempt to send you into court, then you are going to have to either post a bail or you will stay in custody, and then in 72 hours the police will be responsible for getting you in front of a judge or they are going to have to let you go. Depending on the holidays, that can create some… Read More

Interpreters In Los Angeles County Courthouses

There are many different languages spoken in LA county. So, when somebody is arrested and charged with a crime and sent into a criminal court, if they do not speak the language or do not understand what’s going on inside the courthouse, then they will be appointed an interpreter who speaks their particular language. There’s a number of interpreters that are just stationed inside every single courthouse. For example, Spanish speakers are in every single courtroom in all the courthouses in LA county. So, if you’re charged with a crime and you need an interpreter, you just need to tell… Read More

Closing Argument In A Los Angeles Criminal Jury Trial

At last count, I did over two hundred jury trials in the course of the past twenty-five years of dealing with criminal defense cases in Los Angeles, throughout California and even some federal cases across the nation. A closing argument is probably the most important aspect of a trial because it’s where the lawyers argue for their positions. I usually like to get a theory of my case at the beginning and then I carry that theory all the way through the criminal trial and then the theory comes to fruition in the closing argument because the closing argument is… Read More

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