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Best Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles

When you or someone you love is charged with a crime, you will want an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle the case in criminal court. An internet search for best criminal defense attorney Los Angeles will yield thousands of results of attorneys claiming to be the best. Knowing which criminal attorney to hire can be confusing and intimidating to someone who has little or no experience working with criminal lawyers and the criminal court system. In this blog, I will list five things that you should ask from your criminal defense attorney before deciding if that attorney is the...

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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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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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LA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Services to Close

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, the Los Angeles Superior Court’s department that helps resolve cases before going to court will be closed by June 8. According to Mary Hearn, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Superior Court is closing courtrooms in 10 community courthouses as one of several steps to save between $55 million and $85 million in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This step will only add congestion to the already backed up court system, said Richard J. Burdge, president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. “ADR is a program that traditionally has relieved a lot of the...