Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP is a criminal law boutique in Southern California with more than 50 years criminal defense experience. We have attained the highest A.V.-Preeminent U.S. Lawyers rating from the most recognized North American attorney-screening services, Martindale-Hubbell and Lexis-Nexis.
WE HAVE A HISTORY OF COURTROOM VICTORIES THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - WE ACHIEVE RESULTS BY AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION!
We continue to achieve tremendous results for our clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in state, federal, and juvenile courts. As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, having established professional relationships with other defense attorneys, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and judges throughout Southern California. W e work tenaciously for our clients until a courtroom victory is achieved realizing that every case is resolved based on its own unique facts and circumstances. We strive to focus the courts, law enforcement, and prosecutors on the mitigation and exculpatory evidence which we present regarding our clients.
Please review the following examples of our courtroom successes:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - VAN NUYS COURT
Previously convicted of domestic violence in another jurisdiction, our client was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. Prosecutors filed Criminal Threats charges against our client. After we announced ready for trial, and reviewed problems of proof with the prosecution, the case was dismissed.
CHILD ABUSE AND ABDUCTION CHARGES DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client was charged with abducting own children overseas causing an arrest warrant to be issued in 1993. Warrant was recently recalled and case dropped after we conducted an investigation and presented exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor's office.
PROBATION FOR CLIENT FACING OVER 15 YEARS IN PRISON IN DRUG CASES - LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN COURT
While on probation for a drug case in Riverside, Client arrested on a new case in Los Angeles facing multiple felony counts including possession for sale of drugs, transportation, possession of sawed-off shotgun. Client received probation in the L.A. Case, and was reinstated on her Riverside case, doing only four months in custody.
CLIENT RECEIVES DRUG PROGRAM IN THREE STRIKES CASE- VAN NUYS COURT
We were able to get client released on his own recognizance after drug arrest, and convinced the judge and prosecutor to dismiss the prior strike convictions. Client was allowed to complete a Deferred Entry of Judgement program. Upon successful completion, the case will be dismissed.
THEFT & ELDER ABUSE CHARGES: PROBATION WITH NO JAIL TIME - PASADENA COURT
Our client was accused of violating a position of trust with an elderly victim, and faced over 5 years in prison. Obtained community service for our client after successful plea negotiations.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - GLENDALE COURT
Despite the detective being adamant about the prosecution moving ahead to trial, case dismissed after we presented exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor by conducting an extensive defense investigation. Prosecutor felt the case had reasonable doubt after reading our investigative reports.
BATTERY ON A MINOR: CASE DISMISSED - NEWHALL COURT
Client charged with battery carrying up to 1 year in the county jail. After plea negotiations and attendance to counseling classes, all charges were dismissed. Client left court with a clean record.
CARJACKING-ROBBERY CHARGES DISMISSED, D.A. WITHDRAWS PETITION TO PROSECUTE CLIENT AS ADULT -SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT
Due to a serious prior juvenile record, including several commitments to camp placement, DA sought to prosecute 17-year old client in adult court where he would be facing over 10 years in prison. We convinced DA this was a case of mistaken identity, causing these strike offenses to all be dismissed.
CLIENT FACING LIFE SENTENCE FOR CHILD MOLESTATION RECEIVES 3 YEARS IN PRISON - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client had confessed to molesting his girlfriend's daughter. We presented psychiatric evaluations to the prosecutor, and other exculpatory evidence. After extensive settlement negotiations, Client pled out to lowest state prison term possible. All charges that would have sent to prison for life were dismissed by the prosecution.
ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM, AND FELONY THREATS CHARGES WILL BE DISMISSED AFTER CLIENT COMPLETES THERAPY PROGRAM - VAN NUYS COURT
A licensed pharmacist was charged with threatening to kill a friend at gunpoint. After we conducted a preliminary hearing, and cross-examined the prosecution's witnesses, all felony charges were dismissed. Client will have misdemeanor weapons charge dismissed, without suffering a conviction, upon completion of therapy sessions.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client was arrested and charged for assaulting a neighbor. After the case was set for trial, we located a new witness who provided exculpatory evidence to the prosecutor. The case was continued, set for an informal city attorney hearing, and all charged were dismissed.
ASSAULT WITH FIREARM CHARGES DROPPED FOLLOWING OUR FIRM'S PREFILING INTERVENTION WITH LAPD AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY: HOLLYWOOD COURT
We presented exculpatory and mitigating evidence to law enforcement and the prosecution immediately after our client's arrest. No criminal charges were filed.
CLIENT ON PROBATION, FACES NEW THEFT CHARGES: NO JAIL - GLENDALE COURT
After numerous incidents of theft, we found a treatment program for our client related to cleptomania. Showing successful treatment results to the prosecutors, we obtained community service for our client on the new case and no jail for the probation violation.
JURY ACQUITTAL: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Client faced four charges of assault and domestic violence, including up to three years in jail. After a two week trial, the jury reached a Not Guilty verdict within 10 minutes of beginning deliberations. The Judge ordered the police to seal and destroy all its police reports of the incident pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.8.
PREFILING INTERVENTION LAPD SEX CRIME INVESTIGATION: DA REJECTS CASE, AND CRIMINAL CHARGES NOT FILED
Client accused by female relative of sexual abuse, after she files a police report. After extensive dialogue with the LAPD and the prosecutor's office, including a discussion of all the evidence, and our client's clean record, we convinced the government to not arrest our client on serious felony charges. No charges were ever filed.
DUI AND DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER PRESENTION OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA EVIDENCE - VAN NUYS COURT
After client was arrested and criminal charged, we determined that he was a patient with proper medicinal recommendations pursuant to Proposition 215 and AB 240. LAPD had followed client from a medicinal marijuana dispendary prior to arresting him. Both criminal charges dismissed on the eve of trial. Client only pled to a speeding infraction, as part of the disposition.
CHILD ABUSE CHARGED DISMISSED - BURBANK COURT
Client arrested for inflicting injury to his child. All charges dismissed before trial after we presented defense evidence to the prosecutor.
DUI CHARGES DISMISSED - L.A. DOWNTOWN COURTS
Client charged with DUI and hit and run. After extensive negotiations with city attorney's office, both charges were dismissed, and client admitted to the low grade misdemeanor charge of drunk in public and probation was imposed.
FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT AND CONSPIRACY CHARGES: PROBATION WITH NO JAIL- VAN NUYS COURT
Our Client was a business manager for local company, and was accused of conspiring with his employees to steal over $50,000 in multiple-count felony complaint. We negotiated a plea where a ll the conspiracy charged were dismissed, and the client received probation with community service.
DUI CHARGES DISMISSED - TORRANCE COURT
Client was arrested for DUI after a breath-alcohol test revealed a .14/.14 results. After plea negoations, and success at the DMV hearing allowing the client to keep his driver's license without a suspension, the prosecution dismissed DUI charges. Client pled to a non-alchohol driving charge, and paid a fine.
EXTORTION CHARGE DISMISSED - DOWNEY JUVENILE
Client charged and detained in custody for attempted extortion felony. Felony was dismissed, after we negotiated plea to a misdemeanor. Client received informal probation, with the understanding that she will not have any conviction on her record once successfully completes the term of probation. The entire record of the case will then be sealed.
NO JAIL IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE - LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
Client charged with numerous counts of possession of child pornography carrying jail time and sex offender registration. Through successful negotiation, and courtroom advocacy, we reached a settlement requiring no jail time, counseling, and no 290 registration.
CLIENT CAN APPLY FOR TEACHING CREDENTIAL PETITION FOR FACTUAL INNOCENCE IS GRANTED - LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
Petition for factual innocence was granted over the prosecutor's objection on behalf of a client who was attempting to clear her arrest record and apply for a teaching credential. Court granted our motion to seal and destroy record of arrest pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.8.
MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICERS DISMISSED - SAN FERNANDO COURT
Clients charged with assault and battery on two police officers and resisting arrest. After extensive negotiations with the Prosecutors office, and developing evidentiary problems in the case through an extensive defense investigation, all assault charges were dismissed. One client received a conviction for public disturbance infraction. The other client obtained a reduced misdemeanor. No jail time for clients, despite two year maxiumum when case started.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES DISMISSED - BURBANK COURT
All charges dismissed before trial, after extensive discussions with the prosecution about problems of proof in the case. Client had been facing up to a year in jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
RAPE CHARGES DISMISSED - MALIBU COURT
Client charged with statutory rape after having a sexual relationship with an underage victim. After negotiation, including the review of all evidence and our client's background, sex crime allegations dismissed by the prosecution. Per plea dea, Client received community service with no jail time.
WEAPON POSSESSION ON CAMPUS CHARGES DISMISSED: SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT
Client was a high school student, arrested for possession of a dirk/dagger at school because a retractable knife was found in his vehicle by school official. After we negotiated with district attorney's office, no charges were filed.
MISDEMEANOR HIT AND RUN CHARGES DISMISSED: VAN NUYS COURT
We obtained a civil compromise causing all criminal charges stemming from the hit and run to be dismissed. Client left the courtroom with a clean record.
FELONY BURGLARY, WHILE ON PROBATION – NO JAIL TIME, GLENDALE COURT
In Van Nuys, client was arrested for felony commercial burglary and Grand Theft. The client had been put on probation for the same offense in Glendale 8 months prior with the same co-defendant. On the new case, after early disposition conferences, an offer of 16 months in State Prison was changed to 2 years special sentencing with 3 years formal probation and 300 hours of community service. The probation violation was revoked and reinstated.
FELONY POSSESSION OF FIREARM ARREST – REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE, VAN NUYS COURT
Client was arrested for trying to buy a gun when prohibited to do so due to a prior conviction. The “conviction” was in juvenile court, however, and we demonstrated that the prior did not qualify as a conviction, but rather a “juvenile sustained petition.” Prosecution agreed and reduced the charge to disturbing the peace.
DMV HEARING VICTORY – .22/.23 DUI - NO LICENSE SUSPENSION
Client had reading of .22/.23 with a traffic accident. Through objections we were able to keep the reckless element out! Furthermore, the Administrative Per Se Hearing was set aside!
DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE WITH PRIORS FOR DUI – 180 DAYS COUNTY JAIL CASE, REDUCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE, VAN NUYS
Client was arrested for driving on a suspended license due to a DUI charge. The original offer was 180 days in County Jail, and the final disposition was driving without a valid driver’s license in California with community service as the punishment.
Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin LLP has been recognized as one of the best U.S. law firms, based on the experience, professionalism, and ethics of its criminal defense lawyers and attorneys. We aggressively defend clients in all Southern California courtrooms on state and federal charges, including DUI, DMV, misdemeanor, felony, juvenile cases, in the following communities and courthouses.