Why An Employee Who Embezzles Is Treated Harshly

January 4, 2019 2:04 pm Published by
Embezzlement really has to do with somebody who sits in a position of trust in a business or a company or even a little mom-and-pop store and they use that position of trust to be able to take some merchandise, cash or whatever is of value related to that business, store or mom-and-pop shop.  The reason that embezzlement is treated more harshly than a theft-related offense that would be carried… Continure reading

Defenses To Murder Charges Filed In The San Fernando Valley

January 2, 2019 1:43 pm Published by
When it comes to a murder charge, obviously this is a serious offense and people are looking at a significant amount in custody, and therefore, it’s important that if there is a defense available, we obviously utilize it.  There are various defenses that are not available in every case and they spin on the facts that are associated with the particular case. Self Defense For example, one defense would be… Continure reading

What Intent Is Necessary To Convict Somebody Of A Murder Charge?

December 31, 2018 1:40 pm Published by
This is an interesting question when it comes to murder cases in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley.  I’ve tried a lot of them over the last twenty-five years and I find this issue coming up more and more when it comes to a murder charge, and that is, the person either claims they did not have the intent to kill anybody or they claim sort of a… Continure reading

Can Prosecutors Prove A Domestic Violence Case If Victim Won’t Testify?

December 26, 2018 2:03 pm Published by
This is a big problem that comes up a lot in domestic violence cases throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, at least the ones that I’ve handled.  I have clients calling me saying that their significant other is not going to cooperate.  They’re not going to testify, and therefore, they think they’re just going to automatically win the case. Unfortunately, this is not true.  There’s a lot of… Continure reading

Difference Between A Burglary When Someone Is Present and No One Is Home

December 24, 2018 1:56 pm Published by
When somebody breaks into another person’s house, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges put this type of a crime among the highest priority crimes for punishing, deterring and making sure that the offender who gets convicted of this burglary-type charge does not do it again.  So, this is one of their primary focuses when they deal with these burglary-related offenses, is to make sure the offender never does it again. Violent… Continure reading

Risks And Realities Of Defending A Criminal Case

December 21, 2018 2:27 pm Published by
There are many risks when it comes to criminal defense, some of which most people know about which relate to having a criminal record and having to move on with your life with a criminal record is obviously difficult, because when you apply for a job your criminal record will be read and people will be evaluating whether you get the job.  Also, for other things such as getting a… Continure reading

Losing Your Gun Rights Related to a Domestic Violence Charge

December 20, 2018 2:16 pm Published by
Domestic violence charges are more and more politically charged as it relates to certain rights that we all have.  We certainly have the right to bear arms, but if you are convicted of a domestic violence related charge, you will lose your right to bear arms for at least ten years. This seems unfair to a lot of people, but it is the legislature’s way of trying to protect victims… Continure reading

How Do You Get No Jail Time in the Van Nuys Criminal Court?

December 18, 2018 2:15 pm Published by
This is a question that I’ve talked about and fought for over the past twenty-five years of defending cases in the Van Nuys courthouse. Van Nuys pretty much controls most of the San Fernando Valley as far as jurisdiction for criminal cases that are arrested and filed in the Valley.  As far as trying to get no jail time, you have to realize that the prosecutors are usually giving jail… Continure reading

How Fast Does A Person Get Into Court After A Criminal Arrest In Los Angeles County?

October 17, 2018 10:13 am Published by
This is a good question because there’s not a real perfect exact answer. Typically, what you should do if you’re a family member or even the person who is in custody and you’re trying to figure out when you’re going to get into court, you have to get an attorney and give them all the information – where you’re being held, what the charges are, what the bail is, when… Continure reading

How Many Criminal Courthouses Are There In The San Fernando Valley?

October 17, 2018 10:08 am Published by
It’s an interesting question because I probably count about seven courthouses, although some of the courthouses are outlying the Valley but cover some of the ground in the Valley. For example, Malibu used to be one of the courthouses that covered some of the ground in the Valley, but then they closed that courthouse down. What they’ve done – the powers that be in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles… Continure reading