Frequently Asked Questions

Our criminal defense attorneys begin building the defense early, finding witnesses and physical evidence supporting the defense and protecting an individual’s rights from aggressive police tactics. Our firm’s private investigator, with years of experience in field work, is able to immediately conduct witness interviews before the witnesses move out of the area or simply do not want to cooperate.

The first and most important step is to have a defense specialist immediately contact law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office on your behalf. Our firm will do this immediately before charges are filed, to possibly cause the entire case to be dropped despite an arrest. We have done achieved this result in over 100 cases.

The law firm defends all accusations of sex crimes in state and federal courts throughout the fifty states: sex crime conviction appeals, internet chat room crimes, child molestation, child pornography, child porn videos, child prostitution, child trafficking, date rape, failure to register as a sex offender, federal sex crimes, indecent exposure, internet pornography, internet sex crimes, lewd conduct with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, possession of obscene material, prostitution, production of child pornography, rape, sale of child porn, sex with a minor, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, solicitation, spousal rape, statutory rape, child enticement, distribution of child pornography, lewd and lascivious conduct. exploitation, moving children across state lines (Mann Act), pimping and pandering.

Not necessarily. There are many reasons why the alleged victim or reporting party may have a change of heart. It may be that the report of crime may have been false or inaccurate. It may also be that the person is scared to proceed with a prosecution because of threats. The police and the prosecutor’s office are aware of all the reasons, and do not just “drop charges.” They attempt to re-interview the reporting party to understand the reason behind the change of heart.

A minor is prosecuted for criminal conduct in a separate juvenile court system. The philosophy of the juvenile justice system is that children should not be punished or stigmatized for criminal conduct because of their immature abilities to make proper choices and recognize right from wrong. Instead the role of the juvenile justice system is seen as rehabilitative and guiding. For particularly violent crimes, adolescents may be tried in the adult system.

What is an arraignment? Arraignment is the initial court proceeding where a defendant is advised of his charges, and usually enters a “Not Guilty” plea. This proceeding is not a trial, and witnesses do not come forward to testify. It provides defense counsel an opportunity to obtain the police reports, the criminal complaint, and set a preliminary hearing date.

A prosecutor makes an independent decision on what charges to file, irrespective of what the arrest was for. After many such arrests, prosecutors file misdemeanor offenses, rather than felonies, especially after an immediate pre-filing intervention by a criminal defense specialist.

We will seek to exclude evidence obtained as a result of police misconduct. At times, police misconduct occurs in searches that take place during ordinary vehicle stops or in a suspect’s home. Additionally, if law enforcement is too aggressive in trying to obtain an incriminating statement from a suspect, it may violate the suspect’s Miranda rights. Litigation in the criminal court allows a defense lawyer to protect his client’s rights by submitting motions to the judge seeking to exclude the recovered evidence or received statements from trial. Often a successful motion to suppress evidence cripples the prosecutor’s case, causing the case to either be dismissed or substantially reduced in plea negotiations.

The criminal court system in Los Angeles, California deals with thousands of cases. How do we humanize a client to busy criminal courts? While this is not the easiest task to accomplish in the Southern California justice system, we work to humanize all of our clients to mitigate a possible sentence. Persuading Los Angeles prosecutors, probation officers and judges to recognize that a client’s life cannot be defined based solely on the conduct that brought him/her into court takes patience and tenacity. Our lawyers work to explain that few persons are accurately defined by the worst thing they ever did. Unfortunately, unless we intervene to demonstrate the contrary, the default of the justice system is to assume that this crime resonates to our client’s behavior in daily life.

Criminal convictions may cause direct and grave consequences to someone’s immigration status, often leading to deportation proceedings. The INS guidelines are often very complex and our criminal defense attorneys frequently confer with immigration law specialists to properly advise clients. Before going to court, we review with clients their immigration status. Often our Los Angeles attorneys, in settlement discussions with the prosecutors, seek charges that are not considered by the INS as moral turpitude offenses which are subject to deportation, and work to convert any possible custody time to community service work. Alternatively, our defense team proceeds to trial to cause all charges to be dismissed.