Glendale has its own courthouse and that city has a police department known as the Glendale Police Department who is mainly responsible for arresting and investigating crimes that occur in the city of Glendale.
I’ve been practicing there now for 26 years and have handled hundreds of cases in the Glendale courthouse. I am very familiar with the prosecutors, the judges and kind of how things work there. It is a small town and a very conservative town.
I remember in 1997, I had a big murder case that ultimately ended up getting dismissed and it started in the Glendale court. There were multiple defendants.
Ultimately, after the preliminary hearing, the case got sent to Pasadena because Glendale is not big enough to have the capacity to do felony trials. In the Pasadena courthouse, that judge ended up dismissing the case and basically saying there wasn’t enough evidence. The murder was such big news. The paper was there. The case was in the paper.
Tough Prosecutors and Judges in Glendale, CA
So, if you really want to know about Glendale and the courthouse in that city, realize it’s a small city and it’s a conservative police force and they’re looking to catch people who are involved with criminal activity. The judges are tough on sentencing there. The prosecutors are tough.
Even though it’s in the city of Glendale, the prosecutors are staffed by the District Attorney’s office out of Los Angeles county. They also have a number of judges there.
But it’s not a very big courthouse. There are probably only about ten courtrooms and not all of them are used for criminal cases. So that gives you an idea that it’s not a very big area to be able to handle cases.
What ends up happening in a felony case — and again, they don’t do many felony cases — most felony cases are handled out of Pasadena court — but, if they do have a felony case, it ends up feeding into the Pasadena courthouse after the preliminary hearing is done.
Retain a Lawyer Familiar with Glendale Court
So, most of the cases there are misdemeanor cases, so you obviously want to get an attorney who is local to that courthouse, who has practiced there. Like I indicated, I’ve been dealing with cases in the city of Glendale now for 26 years.
There’s probably about a 7-mile radius of cases that if anybody is arrested and charged with a crime they’re going to be sent to the Glendale Superior Court or you have other jurisdictions like Burbank, Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles — all kind of in the vicinity of Glendale. So, they don’t usually have a huge pool of cases.
So, if you have a criminal case pending there, you want to hire an attorney that has experience dealing with the authorities in Glendale, knows how to try a case if you’re going to do a jury trial, ad usually as I indicated, most felony trials will end up in Pasadena, but misdemeanor cases can end up in trial there.
You would pick a jury and then obviously, if you were found not guilty you would be done. If you were found guilty, then a judge would have the opportunity to sentence you.
Criminal Trials in Glendale Courthouse
Obviously, if you go to trial and lose, you’re in a much worse position than if you work something out prior to the trial because the prosecutors in Glendale have only so many courtrooms to be able to handle cases, so they obviously try to give the best resolutions prior to trial so their courts don’t get clogged up.
As I write this post on my website, the Glendale courthouse isn’t trying many cases at all. In fact, most misdemeanor cases are being continued for approximately 60 to 90 days to deal with the coronavirus.
There probably isn’t going to be many trials in the year 2020. I don’t think they’re going to have the ability to get as many jurors in as they need and most of the Glendale population is going to want to stay home to be safe.
So, if you have a case out of the Glendale courthouse and you need some help, pick up the phone. Make the call. We’ll talk and I’ll be able to put my experience to work for you to get you the best possible resolution on your case.
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