Over the last 26 years I've represented many actors in criminal cases throughout Los Angeles county. I think I have a pretty good feel for how to handle these cases. Our California criminal defense lawyers are providing a review below.
Specially Assigned Prosecutor
There are a couple of things you need to realize if you're a defendant in a case and you're an actor, and that is that (1) usually what the prosecutors do if the person is a celebrity, they're going to assign a specially assigned prosecutor to handle the case.
This is because of potential publicity and also that nothing gets messed up but also so that specially assigned prosecutor is probably going to have to report to a superior who is going to give that person marching order as far as what the prosecutors are going to expect and how they're going to handle the criminal case.
Of course, it depends on what type of criminal case you're talking about when you're thinking about what the ramifications of that case will be.
So I, as a defense attorney, am obviously very careful about how I handle these cases and I have to realize that usually what I'm going to do. If it's a case where we're going to fight the case, we have to be aware that the press could potentially be involved.
So, we have to make sure that that is dealt with in a professional manner so the press does not hurt us in any way. If the press is going to play any role, we obviously want the press to help us. So, that's one issue I'm looking at.
Plea Negotiation with Prosecutor
I obviously realize that what's eventually going to happen in the case is, I'm going to have to meet with the boss if it's a case that's going to be resolved by way of a plea agreement and I'm obviously going to need to have a good mitigation package related to the client's best interest.
This is all the good things about the defendant, and obviously if it's a case where there may be some restrictions placed on the actor/defendant, we want to make sure that there are no restrictions placed on them that prevents them from doing their job, prevents them from making money, prevents them from being successful.
A lot of times prosecutors in criminal cases in Los Angeles will take these things into consideration. However, of course it's going to depend on the type of case, who the alleged victim is in the case, what the person did, what their criminal record looks like.
More importantly, how you and I relate and make our decision as far as moving forward with the case to have a good strategy and good plan for what we're realistically going to be able to achieve.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
Whether it's by way of a jury trial if the person is innocent and the prosecutors can't prove the case against them, or whether it's a situation where we're going to need to negotiate and plea bargain.
This is where we do damage control, and put together a package for the prosecutors that shows all the good things about you, your family, your life and your work and the good things that you're doing in the community so we can really try to get the best possible result for you.
So, pick up the phone. Make the call. You can talk to me directly. We can start by talking over the phone and then I think it's a good idea to meet face to face and really get down to the nitty gritty of what needs to be done in order to properly defend you in your criminal case and achieve the best possible result.
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