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Being convicted of a criminal offense in Los Angeles can have a significant impact on the rest of your life, possibly affecting your future job opportunities and child custody rights or causing you to lose your driving privileges. If you or a loved one is under investigation for or has been charged with a crime, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side who has experience defending clients against criminal charges. At Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles, our skilled legal team will defend your legal rights and maintain your innocence every step of the way, from the moment you are arrested to the conclusion of your case. We offer experienced, compassionate and aggressive representation, defending clients against charges for both state and federal crimes ranging from DUI and driving on a suspended license, to rape, robbery and embezzlement in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Call us today at (213) 205-3100 to discuss the best defense strategy for your criminal case.

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Facing criminal charges in Los Angeles is no small thing. The penalties associated with a criminal offense, even one as seemingly minor as shoplifting or resisting arrest, can be far-reaching and long-lasting, and a misdemeanor or felony conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. If you hire our criminal defense attorneys to represent you in your criminal case, we will use every resource at our disposal to challenge the prosecution’s case against you. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest, examine the charges against you, interview potential witnesses, obtain any surveillance videos pertaining to the alleged crime, and call on experts when appropriate to cast doubt the prosecution’s so-called evidence. In some cases, we may be able to help you get your criminal charges reduced to a lesser offense or possibly even dismissed altogether. In short, we will put our comprehensive knowledge of the California criminal justice system to work for you, so you can avoid a criminal conviction and get back to living your life.

Criminal Law

The term “criminal law” refers to a system of law concerned with the punishment of those who commit crimes, but the criminal justice system in California is flawed, and as a result of these flaws, there are people in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California who are arrested for, charged with and even convicted of crimes they did not commit. This is particularly distressing, considering the fact that a criminal conviction can lead to devastating penalties, possibly including significant fines, time in county jail or state prison, and a loss of certain constitutional and civil rights. In order to protect yourself against a wrongful criminal conviction, you must have a knowledgeable attorney on your side who can guide you through the process of building a solid defense. Our attorneys at Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles have extensive experience defending clients in all types of criminal cases.

No matter what criminal offense you are facing, having a skilled attorney on your side is vital to the strength of your defense. Contact our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm today to find out how best to defend yourself against your criminal charges.

Criminal Convictions in Los Angeles

The California Penal Code forms the basis for the application of criminal law in California, which means it identifies a range of illegal conduct made punishable by imprisonment, fines and other penalties, and the rules and regulations established by the Penal Code are strict. That being said, just because you have been charged with a crime in California does not mean you will be convicted. In most criminal cases in Los Angeles, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, which means, in order to get a conviction, the prosecutor assigned to your case will be required to establish beyond a reasonable doubt each “element” of the crime as established by the California Penal Code. Each crime in California has its own set of elements – or components that the prosecution must prove in order to establish the defendant’s guilt – and if the prosecution fails to prove any element of the crime, the jury must acquit. For example, a rape charge in Los Angeles requires that:

  • The defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with the alleged victim;
  • The defendant and victim were not married at the time of the encounter;
  • The intercourse was against the will of the alleged victim; and
  • The intercourse was carried out using force, fear, fraud, duress or menace.

If the prosecution can establish that the defendant and the alleged victim engaged in sexual intercourse, but can’t prove that the act was carried out against the alleged victim’s will, the defendant cannot be found guilty of rape under California Penal Code § 261 PC.

It is an intimate knowledge of the California criminal justice system and the rights a defendant has under California law that an experienced defense attorney brings to the table in a criminal case. If you have been arrested for or charged with a criminal offense in California, hiring a knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in defending yourself against these charges. Regardless of the nature of the crime, a good defense lawyer with a proven track record in Los Angeles criminal cases will aggressively defend your legal rights and can significantly improve your chances of reaching a favorable conclusion to your case.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions

Being charged with a crime in California is never a good thing, and whether the charges you face are for a misdemeanor or felony offense, the consequences associated with a criminal conviction can adversely affect the rest of your life. Any criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges against you, outline the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and explain the risks of conviction and punishment, but our lawyers at Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles believe in going to the extra mile to give you a range of options for resolving the criminal charges you face. Utilizing creative sentencing alternatives to serving time in jail, like community service, counseling, diversion programs or deferred entry of judgment, we may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction and the jail time that may come with it.

Having a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor offense on your criminal record can have an adverse impact on nearly every aspect of your life, possibly preventing you from getting a good job, living where you want, owning or possessing a firearm, being accepted into the school of your choice, or being able to see your children as often as you would like, which is why keeping your criminal record clean is the top priority of our defense attorneys.

Defenses to Criminal Charges

When you are facing criminal charges in Los Angeles, it can feel like the deck is stacked against you. After all ,the prosecutor arguing your case has the strength of the state behind him or her and what seems like unlimited resources to prove that you are guilty of the charges you are facing. But being charged with a criminal offense is not the end of the world. Any time you are accused of a crime, it is your right to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend yourself against the charges. For example, in that same California rape case discussed above, a good criminal defense attorney would know which defense strategies tend to be most effective in defending against rape charges in Los Angeles, and could present the following defenses to explain, excuse or justify your alleged criminal behavior:

  • You were falsely accused of the crime
  • You are the victim of mistaken identity
  • The alleged victim consented to the intercourse and then later changed his or her mind
  • You had good reason to believe the alleged victim had consented to the intercourse
  • There is no evidence to corroborate the rape accusation

Hiring an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

Facing criminal charges in Los Angeles can be traumatizing for you and your loved ones, and nothing exacerbates the stress of being arrested for a criminal offense than not having a reliable attorney to defend you. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Los Angeles, remember that the government has unlimited resources to come after you and make sure you face the consequences of your alleged criminal behavior. At Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles, our defense attorneys are committed to aggressively representing our clients and helping them achieve the best possible outcome in their criminal cases. Choosing the right criminal defense attorney can be a difficult process, which is why we offer potential clients a free initial consultation. Call Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles today at (213) 205-3100 to find out how our defense team can help you avoid a California criminal conviction.

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Assault

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California Penal Code

  • § 240 PC

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Assault is a legal term used to describe one person’s attempt to inflict a violent injury on another person, and this term encompasses a great number of actions. Even a verbal altercation in a public place or in your own home could be misconstrued as assault, regardless of whether or not the “victim” of the alleged assault suffered any injuries.

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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California Penal Code

  • § 245(a)(1) PC

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Assault with a deadly weapon is a form of aggravated assault and is a serious criminal offense that is aggressively prosecuted and punished harshly under California law, even in cases where the alleged victim doesn’t suffer any pain or injury.

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Battery

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California Penal Codes

  • § 243(e)(1) PC
  • § 243.4 PC
  • § 243(b) PC
  • § 243(c)(2) PC
  • § 273(d) PC

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Battery is a rather common criminal offense in California, involving any intentional and unlawful physical contact or use of force or violence on another person, including hitting, grabbing or simply touching the other person in a harmful or offensive manner.

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Brandishing a Weapon

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California Penal Code

  • § 417 PC

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California has strict gun laws in place regarding the use of firearms and other weapons, including California Penal Code § 417 PC, which prohibits drawing, using or exhibiting a firearm or another type of deadly weapon in a manner that is rude, threatening or angry, also known as “brandishing” a weapon.

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Burglary

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California Penal Code

  • § 459 PC

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In the state of California, any person who enters a residential or commercial building with the intention of committing a felony or theft once inside may be found guilty of burglary, even if the intended felony or theft is never completed.

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Child Endangerment

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California Penal Code

  • § 273(a) PC

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Children are the most vulnerable members of our society and they deserve our utmost care and protection. As such, the state of California is tough on crimes involving children and offenses like child endangerment are consequently prosecuted aggressively in the California criminal justice system.

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Child Pornography

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California Penal Code

  • § 311 PC

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The state of California is tough on sex crimes involving children, and child pornography in particular is punished harshly, with devastating social consequences and severe, life-changing legal penalties. A child pornography conviction in Los Angeles can result in a county jail or state prison sentence, significant fines and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

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Conspiracy

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California Penal Code

  • § 182 PC

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Conspiracy and racketeering charges are typically filed on the federal level, but more and more often, prosecutors in California are using the conspiracy statute under Penal Code § 182 PC to convict multiple people for involvement in a crime, even if the crime was never actually carried out.

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DMV Hearing

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Los Angeles DMV Hearing Attorney

Driving in California is considered a legal privilege and responsibility, and without a valid driver’s license, it is against the law to drive on California roadways. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for registering motor vehicles and distributing driver’s licenses, but the agency also has the power to suspend or revoke your license.

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Domestic Violence

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California Penal Code

  • § 311 PC

Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic violence victims seeking divorce may request a restraining order against their abusive spouse to keep them out of their home or away from their children. A restraining order can also have an impact on the outcome of the couple’s divorce proceedings, especially if child custody or spousal support are at issue in Los Angeles, CA.

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Driving on a Suspended License

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 14601

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It is considered a criminal offense in California to drive when you know that your license has been suspended or revoked, and this charge carries significant penalties, possibly including incarceration, a substantial fine, and a loss of certain rights, such as the right to drive a motor vehicle or the right to possess a firearm.

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Driving Without a License

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 12500 VC

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All California drivers, and out-of-state drivers who move to California permanently, are required to have a valid driver’s license, and any person caught driving without a license in Los Angeles could face criminal charges under California Vehicle Code § 12500 VC.

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DUI Attorney

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 23152 VC
  • § 23152(a) VC
  • § 23152(e) VC
  • § 23152(f) VC

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Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges in California, and it’s one that can have a significant adverse impact on the future of the defendant and his loved ones. However, with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, it is possible to beat a California misdemeanor or felony DUI charge.

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Elder Abuse

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California Penal Code

  • § 368 PC

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Elder abuse laws in California have evolved over the years to provide the same special legal protections for elderly individuals and dependent adults as for children, and the penalties associated with an elder abuse conviction are steep.

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Embezzlement

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California Penal Code

  • § 503 PC

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Under California law, embezzlement is the act of breaching a duty, trust or confidence by fraudulently taking something of value that belongs to another person and that has been entrusted to you, such as money, bank accounts, credit card numbers or some other property.

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Estes Robbery

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California Penal Code

  • § 211 PC

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Anytime a person uses force or violence against a pursuing officer or store employee after committing an attempted shoplifting crime, there is the risk that the offense could be elevated from simple petty theft to Estes Robbery, a felony offense that can result in a significant prison sentence, substantial fines.

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Expungement

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Los Angeles Expungement Attorney

Having a criminal conviction on your record can affect more aspects of your life than you might think. Not only can it interfere with your ability to obtain employment, it can also get you turned down from the school you want to go to or get your housing rental application denied.

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Federal Crimes

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Los Angeles Federal Crimes Attorney

If you are under investigation for a federal crime, or if you have been arrested for violating a U.S. federal law, contact our federal crimes defense attorneys today for qualified legal help. Our defense team at Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles provides aggressive representation for defendants facing federal criminal charges.

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Felony DUI

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 23153 VC
  • § 20001 VC
  • § 23152(b) VC
  • § 273(a) PC

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Felony driving under the influence (DUI) offenses are prosecuted aggressively in the state of California, and there are many different ways your Los Angeles DUI charge can be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony.

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Hit and Run

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 20001(a) VC

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Every day, good people are involved in motor vehicle collisions and, due to panic or confusion, leave the scene of the accident, thereby exposing themselves to hit and run charges and the serious consequences that may accompany a hit and run conviction.

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Home Invasion

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California Penal Code

  • § 459 PC

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When it comes to California burglaries, home invasion burglaries are seen as some of the most egregious, largely because this type of burglary occurs in a private home while the occupants of the home are present, which makes the crime that much more personal and terrifying for the victims.

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Identity Theft

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California Penal Code

  • § 311 PC

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California law enforcement officials and federal government agencies have begun to aggressively investigate identity theft crimes and California prosecutors are making it a priority to pursue convictions against individuals accused of identity theft.

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Indecent Exposure

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California Penal Code

  • § 314 PC
  • § 20001 VC
  • § 23152(b) VC
  • § 273(a) PC

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Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime under California law and it carries criminal penalties similar to many other much more serious sex crime offenses, including rape and sexual battery.

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Kidnapping

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California Penal Code

  • § 207 PC
  • Penal Code § 207(c) PC

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Kidnapping is a felony offense under California law, and a conviction for kidnapping in Los Angeles can have a significant impact on every aspect of your life, possibly affecting your ability to find a job or place to live.

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Marijuana DUI

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California Vehicle Code

  • § 23152(f) VC

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The state of California legalized recreational use of marijuana in January 2018, but driving under the influence of marijuana (DUI) is still a criminal offense and the penalties associated with this seemingly minor crime can be life-changing.

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Meth-Amphetamine

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California Health & Saftey Code

  • § 11377 HSC

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Whether you are facing charges for methamphetamine possession, meth possession for sale, distribution of meth or meth manufacturing, you need to speak to a criminal defense attorney with experience defending clients against drug-related crimes.

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California Penal Code

  • § 314 PC
  • § 20001 PC
  • § 23152(b) PC
  • § 273(a) PC

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California veterans and active duty military personnel suffering from severe mental health issues or trauma may qualify for entry into a state “military diversion” program, which offers treatment and education in lieu of spending time in jail for a criminal offense.

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California Penal Code

  • § 118 PC

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If you or a loved one has been arrested for perjury in Los Angeles, do not wait until you have been formally charged. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and begin building a strong defense in your case.

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Petty Theft

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California Penal Code

  • § 484(a) PC

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The majority of petty theft crimes in Los Angeles are charged as misdemeanor offenses and rarely involve jail time for first offenders. However, some petty theft crimes can be elevated to felony level offenses.

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Pimping & Pandering

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California Penal Code

  • § 266 PC

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Sex crimes and human trafficking are serious concerns in the United States, and both California law enforcement and federal agencies are increasing efforts to reduce the incidence of pimping and pandering crimes in Los Angeles.

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Property Vandalism

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California Penal Code

  • § 594 PC

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Property vandalism in Los Angeles has become a serious concern in recent years, and a desire to put a stop to graffiti and other types of vandalism in and around the city means prosecutors often seek maximum penalties in such cases.

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California Penal Code

  • § 118 PC

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Prostitution is a crime of sexual misconduct and while the criminal penalties associated with a California prostitution conviction are not as severe as other sex crimes, the consequences of having any sex crimes conviction on your criminal record can make your life extremely difficult.

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Rape Crimes

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California Penal Code

  • § 220 PC
  • § 261 PC
  • § 261.5 PC
  • § 262 PC
  • § 264.1
  • 266(c) PC
  • § 289 PC

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A sex crime is any illegal act that is sexual in nature, and rape is one of the most grievous sex crimes in California, taken very seriously by prosecutors and judges alike. More than any other criminal offense, rape crimes carry a social stigma that can follow you for the rest of your life

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Receiving Stolen Property

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California Penal Code

  • § 496 PC

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If you buy, receive or possess property that was stolen, knowing that it was stolen, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony theft crime, and a conviction of this crime is punishable by significant fines and time in jail.

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Resisting Arrest

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California Penal Code

  • § 148(a)(1) PC

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The term “resisting arrest” sounds like a crime with a very specific definition, but the California criminal offense actually covers a much broader range of behaviors beyond just resisting an officer who is trying to arrest you.

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Restraining Order

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California Penal Code

  • § 273.6 PC

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If you have been served with a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles, it is important that you act as quickly as possible to prevent it from turning into a permanent restraining order, which could affect where you can live, how much time you can spend with your children and your ability to own a gun.

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Robbery

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California Penal Code

  • § 484 PC
  • § 488 PC
  • § 487 PC

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Robbery is always a felony offense in California, and if you unlawfully take property from another person directly or in his or her immediate presence in Los Angeles, you could be charged with robbery or the more serious crime of armed robbery, if you used a firearm to commit the crime.

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Sex Crimes

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California Penal Code

  • § 496 PC

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Sex crimes are some of the most aggressively prosecuted – and severely punished – crimes in Los Angeles, and these types of offenses are taken very seriously by California judges and prosecutors alike.

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Shoplifting

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California Penal Code

  • § 495.5 PC

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Compared to some of the other crimes we hear about in the news every day, namely sex crimes and violent felonies, shoplifting merchandise from a store, or attempting to do so, may not seem like a very serious criminal offense.

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Statutory Rape

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California Penal Code

  • § 261.5 PC

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The crime of unlawful sex with a minor or unlawful sexual intercourse is better known as statutory rape in California, and this crime constitutes any sexual encounter between any person and a minor under the age of 18, even in cases where the sex is consensual, or it was initiated by the minor, and even in cases where the other person is also a minor.

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Welfare Fraud

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California Penal Code

  • § 10980 PC

Los Angeles Welfare Fraud Attorney

Welfare fraud is a financially motivated, nonviolent crime, also known as a white-collar crime, involving the act of illegally obtaining welfare benefits from the government by knowingly withholding relevant information or submitting false information.

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Witness Intimidation Attorney

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California Penal Code

  • § 136.1 PC

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If you have been accused of preventing a witness from testifying in Los Angeles, you need a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and defend you against these charges.

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