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Van Nuys Court Misdemeanor Procedure

The Van Nuys Court in the San Fernando Valley handles felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases. In this blog, I will discuss the misdemeanor procedures from criminal cases in Van Nuys court. Misdemeanor criminal cases are handled differently than felonies. For felony procedures in Van Nuys court, please see my previous blog here. The Misdemeanor Arraignment In Van Nuys court, misdemeanor arraignments not involving traffic and DUI matters are held in Department 101 on the fourth floor. If the misdemeanor case deals with either a vehicle code violation or the person is charged with driving under the influence, then the arraignment...

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Van Nuys Court Felony Procedure

The Van Nuys criminal court located at 14400 Erwin Street Mall Van Nuys, CA 91401 it is the biggest and main criminal court for the San Fernando Valley. With several judicial departments that handle felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases, the Van Nuys court manages thousands of cases per year. One of the many benefits of hiring an experienced criminal attorney is having someone on your side that not only knows and understands the law of criminal defense but also knows his way around the different procedures in a particular court. In this blog I will discuss one of the courts...

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White Collar Crimes

White collar crime is a term that is used to define a crime that is non-violent and involves an act intended for the financial gain of the person accused of committing the crime. I have handled numerous such cases in my role as a criminal defense attorney and have taken such cases to trial in both federal and state courts both in Los Angeles and around the country. What Types of Crime are Considered White Collar Crimes Although the list below is far from being a complete list of all white-collar crimes, they are a list of the more common...

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New Law May Lead to Early Release for Thousands of CA Prisoners

In November, Californians voted overwhelmingly to approve California Proposition 57, which was proposed by Governor Jerry Brown as part of an effort to reduce prison populations in our state. Now, there is a hotly debated public review underway to discuss policy changes that could lead to the early release of roughly 9,500 inmates over the next four years. A Los Angeles CBS affiliate reported last week that it may soon be possible for state prisoners to participate in self-help programs in order to receive credits that can be used for early release. This new endeavor may help to lower prison populations in...

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Theft Charges in California

While it is true that “stealing is stealing,” it is also true that there are different types of theft as defined by California criminal laws and that each theft charge may carry a different sentence depending on the severity of the crime. As a criminal defense attorney serving clients from Los Angeles and surrounding areas for more than a decade, I realize that the average citizen does not share my intimate knowledge of California theft laws. To help my current and prospective clients better understand these charges, I have created this basic guide to the different types of theft recognized...

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How Bail Works In A Criminal Case

When a person is arrested for a crime, one of the first things that their family or friends look for is a way to get him or her out of jail. That is why often their first call is to a bail agent rather than a criminal defense lawyer. This almost always a mistake and later in this article, I will discuss why. Before I get to that, I will first explain the concept of bail. What is Bail? Bail is a deposit of money that secures a Defendant’s appearance in court. The money is deposited in an escrow account...

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Domestic Violence Charges: 15 Things Everyone Should Know

As a criminal defense attorney, I have handled countless cases involving domestic violence. These cases can often be complex and require the skill and the knowhow and that only an experienced criminal defense attorney has. Below are some of the more common issues that arise in these type of cases. Please note that this is far from an exhaustive list and there is no substitute to having a criminal lawyer review your specific case.   If The Police Are Called Someone Will Probably Be Arrested   If the police come to the scene of a domestic violence call, they will probably...

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The Facts on Parole and Probation

When working with clients new to the criminal justice system or when speaking with family members of incarcerated clients or clients facing conviction, I am frequently asked about parole and probation. It is also common for current or prospective clients to seek my support after violating parole or probation. If you or someone you love is in a situation where learning about parole and probation in California may be beneficial, I hope the answers to the following frequently asked questions are helpful. Of course, I will be happy to discuss this and other topics as they relate specifically to your...

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When the Feds Come Knocking: What Happens When Someone is Arrested on Federal Criminal Charges

As a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer, I am often called upon to represent clients in a federal criminal court case. These type of cases differ greatly from criminal cases in State Court and that is why it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney who has experience in representing clients before the criminal courts. What Happens When a Person is Arrested on Federal Charges First Appearance A federal criminal case starts out much like any other with the first appearance. This takes place before a Magistrate judge and is usually done on the day of the arrest. At...

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Self-Defense in California

If you have been charged with assault or another violent crime in California, there is a possibility that you may be acquitted of this charge if you are able to prove that you were acting in defense of yourself, your home, or another person. However, it is important to realize that there are specific circumstances under which self-defense is considered to be a reasonable response to a threat. Here are the basics of self-defense in California criminal courts. First, California is not one of the states that has a standard “stand your ground” law, which is a statute that removes...