Some recent crimes in Los Angeles have shown how important it is to have a lawyer who understands the courts, the prosecutors and jury trials. People from all walks of life can be arrested for, charged with or investigated for serious crimes, and without top notch legal representation it can create lifelong problems. In El Monte, the El Monte Police Department is looking for a man who is accused of raping a college student in the back of a convenience store. Authorities said a female student was working as a cashier at the store when a man blocked the exit as she prepared to close. He dragged the woman to the back of the store and raped her according to police news reports. Police believe the perpetrator is an 18-year-old who is a gang member with a tattoo on his right arm of his gang. They are seeking assistance from the community in looking for the alleged guilty party. In another sex crime involving a college student, a 26-yea- old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and rape at Grossmont College in El Cajon, near San Diego. The San Diego Sheriff's Department arrested Anthony Washington for attempting to attack a female student at 11 AM, he was booked in county jail. The attacker held a knife to the victim's throat according to reports as she got into her car. Another student saw the attacked and honked his horn causing the attacker to flee the scene. The suspect was arrested after a thorough search of the campus. He confessed he was going to rape the student during interrogation. In a surprising case of a judge committing a crime, Hon. Craig Richman allegedly committed battery for pushing and injuring a woman who was walking her dogs. The event allegedly occurred on July 18 when the judge saw a woman place a plastic bag of animal waste on the curb next to the street by his house. He is accused of pushing the woman from behind and knocking her to the ground causing the woman to strike her face on the sidewalk. She suffered cuts and scrapes to her face and shoulder. The judge then allegedly left the scene. Richman, who is also a former prosecutor, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery. The judge at first accused the woman of fabricating the entire story, but also claims that she was both the aggressor and stalked him when he tried to leave, which would at least ad some validity to her story.
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Two men have been arrested after local authorities discovered a marijuana growing operation in Palmdale. Edgar Damian and Luis Ascencion were taken into custody after a team of law enforcement agents discovered over 600 marijuana plants growing in a home on East Avenue P-2 shortly before 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Monday. Sheriff’s Deputies first became suspicious when a check into the vehicle license plate of a car parked in front of the home revealed that its owner, 24-year-old Damian, was named in a felony warrant for a narcotics possession case earlier this month. Officers at the scene called for backup and when help arrived, the group went into the home, whose front door is said to have been open at the time. Officers said the home smelled strongly of marijuana and noted that every room of the home, including the garage, had been converted for use as a hydroponic growing operation. Officers eventually found that the operation had been illegally diverting electricity. Damian and Ascension were found in the rear of the home and had not heard the deputies entering the front door because of how loud the ventilation system throughout the home was. Sheriff’s Deputies said the suspects, who are from Mexico, admitted to starting their cultivation operation three months ago when they arrived in the United States. They claimed, however, that they had not yet sold any marijuana. Law enforcement officials estimated that the street value of the marijuana confiscated in the bust would be roughly $1 million. The two men were booked into a local jail on charges of cultivation of marijuana as well as electricity theft. Both men are currently being held in lieu of $30,000 bail and are scheduled to appear in the Antelope Valley Superior courthouse at some point today. Damian had been arrested for an unknown felony narcotics crime on June 1st, but was released after posting $10,000 bail on June 4th. Facing charges of this magnitude is likely to be an uphill battle for both Damian and Ascencion. It is legal, within certain limits, to grow marijuana in the state of California, but to have grown that many plants is likely illegal and may subject both men to some serious legal consequences. Many drug crimes in the state of California are “Strike” offenses under California’s “Three Strikes” laws. Under this “tough on crime” legislation, a person convicted of three eligible felony criminal offenses is sentenced to life in a state prison.
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Two teenage girls in Northern California were arrested this week after allegedly drugging one of the girls’ parents in order to use the internet past curfew. According to reports, two unnamed girls in Rocklin, which is 20 miles southwest of Sacramento, purchased milkshakes from a nearby fast food restaurant on December 28th, then crushed several prescription sleeping pills into each drink. Of the two girls, one is 16 years old while the other is just 15. The girls gave the drug-laced milkshakes to the 16-year-olds parents, who fell asleep about an hour later. Both the mother and father woke up in the middle of the night and reportedly felt extremely groggy and had hangover-like symptoms, though neither had consumed any alcoholic beverages that evening. The following morning both parents were still said to have been feeling “really odd,” so they went to a nearby police station and purchased $5 drug screening kits. The tests, which are usually used by parents to test their children for drug use, showed traces of drugs. It was at that point that the parents contacted local police and eventually brought their daughter into the police station. Investigators later that the girls had schemed to put the 16-year-old’s parents to sleep in order to have access to the internet after the 10 p.m. curfew. Both girls were booked into the Placer County Juvenile Hall on December 31st on suspicion of conspiracy and willfully mingling a pharmaceutical into food. It is still unclear whether or not prosecutors will formally charge the girls with a crime. Investigators involved in the case also did not know what websites the two girls had accessed on the night in question. As a spokesman for the Rocklin police said, “Kids are crazy these days.” While not all kids may be certifiably crazy, many kids find themselves in real legal trouble all the time. Minors committing crimes are very often dealt with in very different ways from their adult counterparts. Many crimes committed by juveniles are handled through the juvenile court system, which differs in several important ways from the criminal justice system that adults may be familiar with. First, the juvenile court system aims more to correct criminal behavior in children instead of simply punishing it. Several laws in the state of California, however, make juvenile punishments for criminal activity just as harsh as those for adults. Depending on the severity of the crime and the age of the child, their case may be handed over to the adult criminal justice system anyway. Whatever the age of your child, if they have committed a crime, they need an experienced attorney to handle their case right away.
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Local law enforcement agents have released statements to the public that they will be actively seeking to arrest people who are driving under the influence of alcohol this New Year’s. While people all around the world like to ring in the New Year with parties that include a fair amount of alcohol consumption, drinking and driving is still very much a danger to other people on the road as well as a real crime that can land you in jail. According to statistical information released by the Los Angeles Police Department, nearly 15,000 people were arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Nearly 2,500 crashes last year were alcohol-related and 17 people died as a result of drinking and driving. Those numbers do not even include arrests or incidents handled by the California Highway Patrol, which also does a fair amount of work in handling drivers impaired by alcohol. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department have stated that they will have several sobriety checkpoints running on New Year’s Eve and in the early hours of New Year’s Day as well as extra officers on patrol in an effort to catch anyone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol that night. Additionally, officers will also be combing local bars and restaurants on watch for bartenders who are over-serving alcoholic beverages as well as people leaving public places who are in no condition to be driving home. Outside of efforts by local law enforcement agencies, local buses and train services will be free from 9 o’clock on December 31st through 2 o’clock the next morning. Popular towing service AAA will also be offering free car towing between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. that same night. The tow must be to your own home and is free within a seven-mile radius. While it is undoubtedly safer to have extra law enforcement agents patrolling the streets in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road, some of the tactics mentioned above can appear to conflict with the spirit of “innocent until proven guilty” that is said to be the foundation of our legal system. Local police are working on the assumption that people will be breaking the law on New Year’s Eve, and perhaps rightly so. That said they still have very strict rules that they have to follow in terms of how they set up sobriety checkpoints and how and when they can stop a person who they suspect may be breaking the law. If you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you need an experienced attorney to help you with your case right away. An experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you whether or not you were unlawfully stopped by police, which can make a huge difference in winning your criminal case.
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A number of newspapers in Los Angeles, including the L.A. Daily News, reported a scary crime which occurred in East Los Angeles on the morning of September 5. According to local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) two bank robbers kidnapped a manager of a Bank of America, held her overnight and sent her into a branch with what they claimed was a bomb attached to her. They told her to toss cash out the door. The alleged suspects fled in a Kia. A sheriff’s deputy took the alleged bomb off of the woman after the suspects fled and a bomb squad robot then detonated the bomb. The woman was kidnapped at her home in Huntington Park, held against her will overnight and was driven to the bank. She told the other employees about the alleged bomb and told detectives that at least one of the suspects had a gun. When and if the two suspects are caught, they face dangerous consequences. Violent crimes, especially those pursued by federal authorities, carry heavy jail time, mandatory minimum sentences, fines and more. The theft crimes are quite serious, but adding violence, weapons, kidnapping and the bomb threat is incredibly damaging. These crimes would lead to life sentences when all is said and done, and odds are the total amount of money stolen was not enough to make them rich. As this was a very public crime, the nature of any trial will be public and difficult for any Criminal Defense Attorney to win. Los Angeles crimes can be difficult to defend in the first place because crimes and trials often gain a level of celebrity status. People who commit crimes can find themselves on television before millions of people. The police and FBI agents investigating this crime will need to find the individuals, find out how they trailed the bank manager to her home and whether the device was actually a bomb. These individuals must have stalked the woman if her claims are true, which could bring additional charges. All told, these individuals face life sentences and the outlook of being held in a federal prison. In addition to hiring an incredibly skilled Los Angeles lawyer to defend them, they will need a great deal of luck and leniency just to get off with a 20 year prison term. In crimes like this, one has to wonder what drove the men to commit it.
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Two Pennsylvania men are being tried this week for shooting a police officer in an incident last year. Emilio Rivera, 27, and Marcus Andrejco, are being charged with attempted homicide and as many as 12 other criminal offenses stemming from a home invasion in April of 2011. According to reports, Rivera and Andrejco broke into a home in Clairton, Pennsylvania and held the family who lived in the home captive while they ransacked the house. It is thought that Rivera and Andrejco were looking for drugs and money. A local police officer, James Kuzak, was at the back door of the home and is said to have gotten shot by the suspects as they fled the scene of the crime. Kuzak was left paralyzed and now requires the use of a wheelchair. Both suspects claim they are innocent. Andrejco’s mother even testified that he was at home on the night of the shooting watching the popular television series “Dancing with the Stars.” Both Rivera and Andrejco were caught on tape discussing the case with an informant in a jail and implicated themselves in the crimes. Defense attorneys in the case have strongly questioned the motives of the informant, and defendants claim that their statements to the police were coerced. This case highlights some very interesting aspects of criminal law. One of the rights protected by our laws is the right to not incriminate or implicate ourselves in a crime. Laws also strictly regulate how law enforcement officials can question you about a crime they believe you may have been involved with. Before police can question you about a crime, they must advise you of your right to not say anything at all to them as well as the right to speak to an attorney before you make a statement to the police. Law enforcement agents are typically very good at getting a person to discuss things and are trained in various tactics to get information from you. They may seem as though they are trying to help you, or they may tell you that not talking may get you in more trouble. But always remember that you do not have to say anything at all to a law enforcement agent without first consulting with a lawyer. If you have been arrested for a crime, or even simply brought in by the police for questioning, call the offices of Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP right away. Our attorneys will go over the details of your case with you and devise the best course of action. As attorneys with decades of experience in criminal law, we can guide you through a difficult and precarious legal situation.
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For the most part, the news lately has been about how serious crimes are getting swept under the rug or not punished as harshly as some people would like. A recent case highlights just how over the top some judges and juries are when prosecuting people. With Three Strikes penalties in California, it is vital to keep track of how courts are punishing people for seemingly small crimes. In fact, with the ultimate penalty being decades in prison, having a Los Angeles Three Strikes Crime Attorney working for you is absolutely necessary. A case in Syracuse, NY saw a young man go to juvenile detention for the next two to six years for stealing 7 cents. You read that correctly, he stole a total of 7 cents, not enough to buy anything, and a judge sentenced him to years in correctional facilities. He will also spend the rest of his life with a felony on his record. A judge rejected the defense lawyer's request to treat the young man as a minor, meaning his felony conviction will follow him permanently according to the local Syracuse newspaper. In fact, the judge went so far as to say the boy would have been treated as a minor if the defense attorney had told him to plead guilty (which his accomplice did). This highlights why it is so important to have a qualified Three Strikes Crime Attorney defending you whenever you are facing serious felony charges.
According to witnesses, the two young men were found guilty of robbery in July after attacking a 73 year old man, running up behind the victim, knocking him to the ground and kicking him until his glasses broke. The victim handed the two youths 7 cents. While the actions of the two young men are terrible, one has to ask if they truly warrant years in prison and a lifetime of being considered a felon. The judge seems to have overstepped his bounds, leaving the young man permanently marked by his crime. With a skilled Los Angeles Three Strikes Crime Attorney the young man may have been able to avoid the penalty.
If you or someone you know needs a Three Strikes Crime Lawyer then contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. With over 50 years of combined experience, and a long track record of success, our attorneys can provide the kind of defense necessary to the great results. Call us today at 877-781-1570.
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Violent crimes often lead to serious consequences, but serious violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter and the like involve life altering, even life ending, consequences. A recent situation involving former Los Angeles Laker Javaris Crittenton highlights just how important it is to hire a Los Angeles Violent Crime Attorney as soon as you are accused of or arrested for a violent crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking for Javaris Crittenton who is wanted for the murder of a 22 year old woman. The FBI is working with police in Atlanta according to TMZ where the woman was shot and killed on August 19. The police reports have stated that they do not believe the former L.A. Laker was aiming at the woman, but she was still shot and killed. Crittenton was a member of the Washington Wizards in 2009 when he and Gilbert Arenas were involved in a gun incident involving a fellow teammate. Officials do not know where he is hiding out, or what his current whereabouts are. He was a first round draft pick by the Lakers in 2007 and in addition to playing with the Wizards, he spent time with Memphis and Charlotte in his career.
Not only was this crime a violent crime, it now involves federal authorities. Federal crimes are dangerous because the federal law enforcement officials rarely lose their cases. For Crittenton, he is probably running because he is scared. IF he had a qualified lawyer working for him, he would be advised to turn himself in and cooperate as much as possible. This is a highly serious case, and if the former NBA player is arrested while running, it could lead to some scary punishments. Georgia may throw the book at him and he could be up for the death penalty depending upon where he is tried. With the Atlanta police and the FBI looking for him, he does not really stand a chance of escaping.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for, charged with or accused of a violent crime, contact the defense lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP who can provide the kind of legal representation you need.
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It is unfortunately not uncommon for professional athletes to need a Los Angeles Violent Crime Lawyer, but it is odd when a member of the WNBA needs one. The Women's National Basketball Association team the L.A. Sparks drafted Jantel Lavender as the number five overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. She allegedly kneed her ex boyfriend in the crotch so hard that his groin was throbbing in pain according to legal documents held by TMZ.com. Lavender's ex-boyfriend Adam Ashley filed papers in L.A. County Superior Court to obtain a temporary restraining order against the athlete two weeks ago. He claims he has been in hiding since thejuly 5th situation where the athlete grabbed a knife and threatened to kill him. Lavender stands six feet, four inches tall. The man also claimed that she grabbed his head and slammed it into a wall, grabbed his neck and choked him. The man also claims Lavender has demonstrated a history of violence, stating that she also choked him in June. The woman has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from him until the next court hearing.
In cases such as this, the criminal penalty could be severe. While a man might face immediate action, it remains to be seen how the court will treat a woman in this scenario. This woman might have acted violently in self defense, or after a period of abuse where the man was attacking her. However, without a skilled defense lawyer, it will be difficult to prove that she was not at fault.
If you or someone you know is facing violent crime charges, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, who possess a long track record of success. Instead of trusting a public defender with a huge case load, contact our attorneys and get teh one on one legal representation you need to stay free from prison, fines and other penalties. If you are convicted, you could lose your job, have to move to a different home and have your parental rights taken away from you. Let our lawyers protect you from any such actions.
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Whenever a Los Angeles White Collar Crime Lawyer represents someone charged by the state or federal government, he has to do battle in court with some of the best attorneys in California. While drug crimes, sex crimes and violent crimes can involve people in the middle class or the poor, white collar crime always involves a high-level executive, government official or entrepreneur. In a recent article in the LA Weekly, a man known as the "Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills" was highlighted as a high profile white collar criminal in need of some serious legal representation. He was reportedly forced into bankruptcy three years ago and left a trail of more than $1 billion in potential claims. Like many white collar criminals, he built a relationship with a tight knit community, in this case the Persian Jewish community in Los Angeles.
Currently, Ezri Namvar is living under house arrest in Brentwood in an $8 million mansion. He is awaiting his sentence for wire fraud, which is the typical type of charge that goes along with any white collar crime. In May of 2011, Namvar was convicted of four federal wire fraud charges for taking $21 million from people into his financial corporation, none of which has been paid back. According to the media and police, 400 people have lost their retirement savings, college funds, bar mitzvah money and more. This crime has torn apart the community which trusted this man, businesses, creditors and much more. What his Defense Attorney and his business allies are trying to argue, is whether or not he was committing fraud or just doing business poorly at a risky time. People accused of white collar crimes often claim that the poor economy was the culprit, not their business practices.
In this instance, the man was convicted of the crime and will have to spend years in federal prison. If you are accused of, charged with or arrested for a white collar crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. We can provide the kind of legal representation necessary to stay out of prison and free from fines. Their track record over the years has been superb, and they are ranked "Top Notch" by one of the most prominent lawyer ranking sites in the country.
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