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Los Angeles Drug Crimes Attorney and Playboy Bunnies

Posted on: June 8, 2011 at 10:09 p.m.

Whenever the general public thinks about a Playboy Playmate, they usually think of elegance, class and the opportunities such a distinction provides. However, many of these women have serious challenges in life, and even need the assistance of a skilled Los Angeles Drug Crimes Attorney to keep them out of prison or free from fines. In a recent case, Playboy Playmate Suzanne Stokes was put in prison after police said the actress was carrying meth in her car. Stokes, Miss February 2000, was originally pulled over for blowing through a stop sign. However, during the stop of the 31 year old, police learned that there was an active warrant for her arrest stemming from a previous traffic violation. Cops then performed a search of her car and found methamphetamines. Stokes was taken to a nearby jail after her arrest and was booked on a felony drug possession charge. She was released after posting $11,000 bail. All of this took place in Hollywood in the early morning hours, a time when many people are partying and police tend to troll for drunk drivers and other potentially dangerous behavior.

As you can see, Ms. Stokes will absolutely need a skilled Attorney to protect her freedoms as she is not only dealing with a drug crime, but a warrant for her arrest. As a felony, she could be facing years in prison, heavy fines and probation that will complicate the rest of her life. Probation can prohibit the types of travel that are necessary for any actress, and can make simple actions that regular people can do very difficult. Stokes will have a difficult time with prosecutors because of her warrant, so she'll need a lawyer who can plea bargain, make deals and convince the judge or lawyer to side with their client.

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug crime, contact the Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today. Our lawyers can sit down with you, examine your case and help you build the best defense possible. Getting arrested in Los Angeles or Hollywood can be scary, but with an experienced lawyer working with you, it does not have to be the end of the road for your freedom. Call today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Tax Fraud Attorneys

Posted on: May 27, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.

When a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer represents someone charged with a white collar crime, he usually invests a great deal of time into make sure that individual's background is completely investigated. Many times, when prosecuting these types of charges, the government shows a pattern of behavior. For any lawyer trying to get their client the best defense possible, using experts in finance, accounting, administration and other types of investigation can help create a great defense. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our Defense Attorneys have a great deal of experience with all manner of white collar crime, including tax fraud, wire fraud, payroll fraud and more. A recent case in Palos Verdes demonstrates just how important it is for anyone charged with a white collar crime such as tax fraud to hire a skilled, knowledgeable defense attorney who understands government prosecution techniques and who can craft a unique, effective defense.

A South Bay woman who owned and operated a boarding care facility for the mentally disabled pleaded guilty to tax fraud according to the IRS. The 51 year old woman living in Palos Verdes entered the plea in Los Angeles federal court in response to filing a false federal income tax return in 2003. The woman acknowledged failing to report about $1 million in income from her business on the returns she filed from 2003 through 2005, resulting in a loss of income of over $380,000 for the IRS. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 when she returns to court for sentencing on September 19. According to her plea agreement, she maintained several bank accounts, including accounts in the name of her business, and deposited income into these accounts.

Fighting the IRS is more than an uphill battle, it's like trying to play football against the Green Bay Packers with a bunch of 12 year olds. If you are in this situation, you need a highly skilled, highly accomplished Attorney who can apply top notch minds to a case like this. Defending your freedom, being an ally and creating a great defense is something only a skilled lawyer can supply.

If you are facing serious challenges, contact the Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Call us today.

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California Jails and the United States Supreme Court

Posted on: May 25, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.

You may not be aware of this, but the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States may have a say in whether or not your friends or family have their jail sentences cut short. The highest court in the country ordered the release of ovr 30,000 prisoners due to overcrowding and terrible prison conditions. This has many Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys looking for opportunities to get their clients out of jail. Of those likely to be released early, low level and non-violent offenders are probably at the top of the list, including people arrested for possession of marijuana and medical marijuana. The Drug Policy Forum of California stated that California maintains almost 25,000 prisoners for inherently non-violent drug offenses according to recent information from the Department of Corrections. For any Defense Attorney who is currently representing someone charged with a low level drug offense, or who previously represented someone who got an unfair deal, this news could lead to their clients' freedom!

The drug policy organization blames the inhumane overcrowding that led to the Supreme Court order on drug laws that "did not exist prior to the 20th century." A third of the 25,000 prisoners are being held, allegedly, for simply possession while the rest had more serious convictions. Drug convicts in prison have gone down from 28 percent in 1999 to 15 percent today thanks to Prop 36 which requires treatment instead of prison for minor drug offenses. Skilled Attorneys have been able to use that law to help their clients avoid jail time and ruining their lives. Another bill put forth by San Francisco state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano would make cultivation of marijuana a misdemeanor instead of a felony. If you have a family member who was sentenced to prison for seemingly low level crimes, you should contact a skilled lawyer who could help take advantage of this Supreme Court decision.

If you or someone you know has been arrested, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, our team can provide a top notch criminal defense for any legal challenge. Call us today!

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Van Nuys Sex Crime Defense Attorney

Posted on: May 23, 2011 at 11 p.m.

Trying to find a Van Nuys Sex Crime Attorney to defend you in a sex crime case can be difficult, but going to jail and having your name placed on the sex offender list could be the end of your life as you know it. A teacher in Van Nuys will soon find out just how complicated a sex crime charge is. A 29 year old teacher at Van Nuys's Montclair College Preparatory School was arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. Gazi Kabir is facing years in prison and worse for his actions after being investigated for conducting a sexual relationship by periodically going to the girl's home for sexual activity when she was alone. The school was not giving out any further information. The man was a history teacher at the school, but no further facts are known. There could be other alleged victims in this situation. Past cases of teachers in Los Angeles getting arrested for sex crimes often turn up more than one victim, meaning some teachers are considered "predators."

While any sex crime can lead to jail time, being in a position of authority, such as a teacher or coach, can lead to increased jail time, fines and other penalties. As a teacher, this man allegedly abused a position of trust and power, and the girl is quite young. Different ages will lead to different penalties, meaning that sexual abuse of a 7 year old will lead to a longer jail sentence than a sexual relationship with a 17 year old. Obviously, while a 17 year old is still underage, she is more likely to be able to make an informed decision. Any 7 year old in a sexual situation is being taken advantage of completely. Courts, prosecutors and juries will look at extenuating circumstances of any sex crime in order to see if increased penalties are necessary. Only a knowledgeable lawyer will know how to persuade a jury to observe the facts in the case, and not the accusations.

At Kestenbum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our Van Nuys Sex Crime Attorney team has over 50 years of experience and can provide top notch legal representation. If you or someone you know has been arrested for or charged with a sex crime in Van Nuys or anywhere in the San Fernando Valley, contact our offices by calling 877-781-1570 today.

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International Bankers and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: May 21, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

There are plenty of people protesting large global financial institutions, but normally those protests are over government bailouts, corporate greed or some other major financial problem. However, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York for attempted rape. Strauss-Kahn was actually taken off of a plane where he was supposed to be flying back to Europe. He was freed from jail after a judge agreed on a $1 million bail on the condition that he be confined to a New York City apartment under armed guard while awaiting trial. The 62 year old banker and international political figure is married and was placed in Rikers Island jail prior to his release. He will not only have to post the full $1 million bail, but will also have to take out a $5 million insurance bond. A trial date was not set, but as any Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney will tell you, just being out of prison is a relief. Strauss-Kahn is accused of attacking a 32 year old housekeeper at his $3,000 a night hotel suite. The West African immigrant told police that he had chased her down a hallway, forced her to perform oral sex and tried to remove her stockings. The man spent nearly a week behind bars, primarily at Rikers, after a judge denied him bail when originally arrested. The prosecutors in the case claimed he might be a flight risk who would attempt to flee to France and escape justice like U.S. film director Roman Polanski.

The surrounding issues in this case are immense, because the banker is not a U.S. citizen, he is an extremely public figure, he knows some of the most powerful figures in the world and he even predicted someone would falsely accuse him of rape. In a situation like this, having an extremely experienced and successful lawyer defending you could be the difference between decades in prison and freedom. The man has already had his name soiled by this situation, all he can be concerned with is his freedom. This man also needs a lawyer who is not concerned with politics, the media or the general public, only keeping him out of jail. A skilled attorney can help by being an ally when everyone else has fled.

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Hate Crime and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: May 1, 2011 at 7:27 a.m.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys represent people charged with all manner of misdemeanors and felonies, but when it involves students, things tend to get ugly fast. With students, parents are involved, juvenile penalties and lots of emotion. This all usually adds up to a complicated situation where people are hurt and answers rarely get sorted out. In Calabasas, anti-semitic and racist insults were tagged all over school property at Calabasas High School. Police detectives are going to seek hate crime enhancements to felony vandalism charges against the three students who allegedly defaced the school. The teens were booked on allegations of felony vandalism after they allegedly admitted to tagging school property with drawings of Hitler, swastikas and phrases that could only be considered racist. The phrases were "whites only" and "gas chamber" which any Attorney will tell you can only be seen as racist.

A hate crime distinction can add to the penalties in any felony case. Whether jail time or fines, hate crimes will make an already complex legal situation close to impossible. Hiring a qualified and experienced lawyer can help deal with those complexities. Initially, the police did not accuse the boys of a hate crime, claiming that they had aimed the specific insults at students and teachers who they felt had mistreated them. They claimed this was the case and not a race or religion motivation.

For any teen facing a felony charge, life can become incredibly complicated. Jail time, a criminal record, problems with job opportunities and more await anyone convicted of a felony. A hate crime to further complicate education opportunities and even where you live. However, with a skilled lawyer working for you, you have a better chance at avoiding these consequences.

Call Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today for qualified lawyers who will stand by your side - 877-781-1570. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience, and can help provide the kind of legal representation you need. Contact us today and let us help you with your legal situation.

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Medical Marijuana and Los Angeles Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys

Posted on: April 30, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, the state of California and City of Los Angeles passed a series of medical marijuana laws which legalized marijuana for specific purposes. This opened up a firestorm of controversy and various legal problems for people who thought buying marijuana was now free game. Unfortunately, countless Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys have had to sit with people who have been arrested for not properly understanding the law, the difference between federal and state police and what their rights were. For people living in Los Angeles, San Fernando and San Bernardino, medical marijuana is both legal, and not legal at the same time. It is legal in certain conditions as far as the state is concerned, but it is illegal as far as teh federal government is concerned. This is why having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer is so important. Without a proper understanding of the law, you are destined to face serious legal consequences with not help whatsoever.

Recently, federal agents raided several medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane, WA, which followed a warning from the top federal prosecutor that such operations were illegal. The raid actually took place while several activists were in a class that was teaching what to do if there was a raid by law enforcement officials. Several dispensaries were raided, which followed other raids earlier in the month of 40 dispensaries in the area. All of them were considered illegal and were shut down. Federal prosecutors warned officials in California, Montana and Colorado not to pass pills which appear to legal medical marijuana. These warnings and back and forth fights between federal and state officials is quite common. While the governor of Washington claims she will veto any medical marijuana bills, states are in a position to pass laws because of the need for new tax revenue. California passed Proposition 215 and SB 420 which legalize medical marijuana, but which also created a nightmare for attorneys everywhere.

If your or someone you know needs an attorney due to medical marijuana charges, contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, our team of experienced attorneys can help you find the best defense possible for your specific situation. Call us today!

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and Panorama City Crimes

Posted on: April 29, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.

Violent crimes happen throughout the city of Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills and Malibu to North Hollywood and Panorama City. However, As any Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney will tell you, some areas are more serious than others. A man was recently shot by Los Angeles police officers after pointing a handgun at officers at an apartment building in Panorama City. In violent crimes where weapons are involved, police are often forced to fire upon people who may be confused or angry...or both. Any Defense Attorney will tell you that bringing a weapon into any situation is an absolute nightmare. The man was shot in his abdomen and was hospitalized. That day, it was the third police shooting that took place in Los Angeles, the other two happened in Watts.

Los Angeles has a long history of violent crimes, and Panorama City is known as a place where these crimes take place regularly. When you live in such an area, it is that much more important to avoid any weapons, because police will be on high alert when they know they are entering a situation in that city. For example, if the police are called into a domestic dispute in Beverly Hills, they are likely to approach the situation differently than if they were called into a domestic dispute in Watts or North Hollywood. This may not be fair, but when police are entering into any situation where a violent crime may occur, they have to prepare themselves for all possible scenarios.

Whether you live in Panorama City, North Hollywood, Van Nuys or Santa Monica, a Attorney might be your best friend if you are facing serious legal consequences. If you are facing serious legal consequences, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Call us today!

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Child Porn and the LAPD

Posted on: April 27, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.

Whenever you talk to a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer about child pornography charges, you get the sense that even an accusation of child porn can ruin a person's life forever. If you hold a position of authority, a child porn accusation is even more severe. A Los Angeles Police Department officer whose son is serving time for possessing child pornography was sentenced to eight months behind bars recently for the same crime. In addition to the jail time, the officer must serve four months in home detention, pay thousands of dollars in fines and spend seven years in supervised release. One year ago, the officer's 29 year old son was standing in a Los Angeles federal court and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The father apparently had fewer images on his computer, but the judge in the case still wanted to send the man to prison because "the child is victimized again."

The officer was distinguished for a lifetime of exceptional service to the community in a very tough neighborhood, but the judge still sentenced the man to prison. The son was charged with receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography and the father was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography. The FBI executed the investigation, finding 600 images of child pornography on the son's computer after suspecting him of beign involved in criminal activity.

For people charged with any sort of child pornography crime, there are complex laws involved. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our lawyers possess experience in some of the most complex and lengthy criminal trials in the city. Our experience defending crimes includes successful defenses of child pornography charges.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and Celebrity Drug Charges

Posted on: April 26, 2011 at 1:47 a.m.

You may remember Antoine Dodson from his "hide ya kids, hide ya wife" screams when someone attempted to rape a tenant in his apartment complex. Now, however, Mr. Dodson is known for being arrested for marijuana possession and is in need of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to represent him. Dodson was arrested in Alabama by Huntsville police at roughly 2:30 in the morning. He was booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and released shortly there after. According to the jail's website, Dodson was hit with other misdemeanor charges, two of which were for failing to appear on a traffic charge and one was for failing to have insurance. He also has a speeding charge.

Dodson was made famous when he loudly called out an alleged attempted rapist in his community. He has since made numerous appearances on talk shows, including Tosh.0, and had many parody songs dedicated to himself and his outlandish "hide ya kids" rant. The celebrity may have contributed to his new found drug habit.

Marijuana possession may not seem like a serious thing, but as any Defense Attorney will tell you, any criminal case is a severe threat. This case may just have been a misdemeanor, but it could create problems if there are any future drug charges. In fact, even a misdemeanor could lead to jail time if the judge decides such action is warranted. Dodson is not the first celebrity in trouble this week. Nic Cage was arrested for potential domestic violence charges and ex-Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested for disturbing the peace in Los Angeles. The lawyer in these cases will work tirelessly to defend them, but people of all walks of life can find themselves facing severe legal troubles in criminal court.

If you or someone you love has been charged with, arrested for or accused of a drug crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Our skilled lawyers can provide a top notch criminal defense, and our ability to defend you in court is backed by our successful track record. Call us today for your initial consultation and let us help keep you out of prison and free from fines.

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