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Domestic Violence Lawyer Los Angeles

5 Things To Know About Domestic Violence Before You Go To Court One of the most common cases that a criminal lawyer sees involves domestic violence. These can vary in severity from misdemeanor to felony, depending the nature of the alleged incident. In the field of criminal defense, people will unfortunately get bad advice from the wrong sources. This is extremely common when it comes to domestic violence cases. In this blog, I will discuss certain issues that arise in domestic violence case and try to touch upon mistakes that I have seen people make so hopefully you will avoid...

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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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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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Nearly 100 Los Angeles Misdemeanor Offenses Dropped to Infractions

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has revised its filing guidelines, and as part of the process, 91 violations that were classified as misdemeanors are now considered infractions. On July 25, commanding officers of the LAPD received an internal memo detailing the changes from the city attorney. The list of former criminal charges includes violations such as camping on the beach, driving without a license, and using fake identification to buy alcohol. As misdemeanors, the crimes were punishable by jail time and entered into criminal records. Now with the reclassification to infractions, violators will be ticketed and may be fined,...