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Los Angeles White Collar Internet Crime

Posted on: December 7, 2010 at 7:47 p.m.

White collar and Internet crimes take all sorts of forms, from sex offenses to wire fraud. A recent case in Los Angeles highlighted just how complicated it can be for a Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorney to represent someone charged with white collar crimes and Internet crimes at the same time. Federal prosecutors are bringing serious jail time requests against a man who was investigated for tricking people into investing in a fake "start-up" Internet company and evading federal income taxes. They are currently seeking a five year federal prison sentence for Chase Norwood, also known as Thomas Gray. He was convicted in December, 2009 on 15 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors allege that the man solicited peopel to invest in his online companies, including one called Cal Broadband. Norwood also lied to investors, telling them he had licensing agreements as well as business affiliations with large companies in the computer and telecommunications industries. He used investors' funds to support a lavish lifestyle, according to prosecutors, which include part-time residences in top hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He also used the funds to rent a condo for his mother and to hire several unlicensed brokers and telemarketers. Additionally, a jury found that Norwood evaded his federal income taxes in 2000 and 2001.

As you can see, defending someone from a white collar crime, especially white collar crimes prosecuted by the federal government, can be one of the most difficult tasks for any Attorney. White collar crimes often involve charges of wire fraud, tax evasion and other hard to prove and hard to defend allegations. Bank records, mountains of paperwork, emotional testimony by people who feel they were taken advantage of and other highly volatile evidence can be used against anyone accused of such a crime. A Lawyer must investigate the issues, the evidence and the witnesses of such a crime and craft a highly technical defense against the prosecution. An in depth knowledge of the law and an advanced knowledge of federal prosecution tactics are absolutely necessary in order to effectively defend the accused.

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USC vs. UCLA = Brawl?

Posted on: December 6, 2010 at 8:44 p.m.

Every year, millions of people in Los Angeles either attend or watch the classic USC/UCLA football game that divides the city, literally, in half. While the game was not incredibly interesting, the real story is what happened before the game even began. Countless Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys will have to work with people who have been arrested for violent crimes.

Dozens of fans were involved in a brawl in the Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena before the game, leaving two men stabbed, two police officers with minor injuries and three men under arrest. According to police, an estimated 50 to 75 fans of both schools fought roughly three hours before the game. One person was stabbed in the cheek and another was stabbed in the back during the melee. Both individuals were taken by ambulance to Huntington Memorial Hospital, and their conditions were described as stable. Of the officers who were injured, one was treated for a sprained hand, the other for a sprained ankle.

Two men are in need of a lawyer, because police are charging them with violent crimes. The two men are accused by police of stabbing the victims and are being charged on suspicion of attempted murder. They are being held in Pasadena City Jail on $1 million bail, and a third man was arrested for investigation of assault on a police officer. No names were released for the victims or the alleged criminals. The police did not know who or what sparked the brawl, but drinking was involved. It is the first time since 2008 that there were arrests for the rivalry game, but there were no arrests for assault.

When a Attorney represents someone charged with a violent crime, he must analyze the issues surrounding the alleged events. People charged with violent crimes often find themselves in circumstances that are quite dangerous. There is a fine line between a violent assault and self defense, and only a skilled Defense Attorney can help you present that difference.

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Sex Crimes in Granada Hills

Posted on: November 30, 2010 at 6:58 p.m.

The San Fernando Valley is no stranger to sex crimes and sex crime accusations, and the San Fernando Criminal Defense Attorney who has to represent someone charged with a sex crime is facing an uphill battle. When the sex crime involves violence or children, then the penalties and life time consequences become even more serious. Recently, a teacher at a Christian school in Granada Hills went to court, facing 20 sex related charges involving the alleged molestation of an underage student. The man, who is on leave from Hillcrest Christian School in Granada Hills is scheduled to be arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court in December. There was no comment from his San Fernando Criminal Defense Attorney, and no word on whether he had hired a private attorney to defend him.

The man is a 51 year old teacher who is charged with 16 counts of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 years old, three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of sodomy of a person under the age of 18 years of age according to the District Attorney's office. He was arrested in November by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit and released on bail. However, he was re-arrested later in November in connection with the charges and is currently in jail in lieu of $1 million bail. The alleged crimes occurred between April and November of this year, and police declined to offer the age or gender of the alleged victim. If this man is convicted, he faces a maximum state prison term of 15 years and eight months, as well as a lifetime on the California Sex Offender Registry. He has been employed at the school for eight years where he served as a health teacher, athletic director and assistant coach for the boys basketball and baseball teams.

As you can see, the consequences of being convicted for a sex crime against a minor are more than serious. The only real defense would be to hire a highly skilled, highly experienced San Fernando Criminal Defense Attorney to represent you in and out of court. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our attorneys possess over 50 years of combined experience, including many years in local District Attorneys' Offices. Their unique level of knowledge about the courts, prosecution tactics and police investigations allows us to provide our clients with top notch legal representation. If you have been charged with a sex crime, call us today at 877-781-1570.

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Robbing a Bank...For Coins?

Posted on: November 20, 2010 at 12:55 a.m.

Theft crimes are no laughing matter. If you have been arrested for a theft crime of any kind, you could be facing a variety of punishments, including jail, probation and restitution. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer who represent people charged with theft understand that the consequences can change a person's life, even a life sentence in prison. However, on occasion, there are theft crimes that truly make no sense. In Manhattan Beach, someone broke in and pried open quite a few teller drawers hoping to find cash. However, he came away with "a lot of change and coins" according to police. The break in was reported in the early morning hours on Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

Police said the burglars took "change, apparently no paper money, according to the security company." Unfortunately, the thieves may have risked prison for just a few bucks.

There are many different types of theft crimes, each of which carries its own set of penalties:
  • shoplifting - this crime is often a misdemeanor treated as petty theft
  • carjacking - this crime was grown increasingly serious and carries with it serious jail time, especially if a weapon is used in the course of the crime
  • burglary - this crime involves breaking and entering
  • credit card fraud - this crime, because it involves identity theft, could lead to serious consequences, including prison time, probation and more
  • white collar theft crime - crimes such as larceny, embezzlement and money laundering involve potential federal laws, which could increase your prison time and make a criminal defense much more difficult.
If you have been charged with a theft offense, contact the Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today The penalties involved in your crime could change your life forever, meaning you need a skilled, experienced lawyer.

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Celebrities and Drug Busts

Posted on: November 17, 2010 at 7:45 p.m.

Drug offenses are serious, for famous, infamous and the regular joe's of the world. Many people seem to think that California is somehow relaxing its drug laws, as Prop 19 was recently on the national ballot. However, state and federal authorities are prosecuting drug laws as serious as ever, and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers are working harder than ever to keep their clients out of jail from drug prosecutions. A recent example of a celebrity being arrested for drugs involves disc jockey Darrin Ebron who runs Goodlife American Clothing and was the DJ at Eddie Murphy's wedding in 2008. Ricky Brascom and Charles Ransom, both of whom are executive officers of Behind da Scenes Entertainment, were arrested as well. Behind da Scenes Entertainment's main artist is rapper Paypa. The arrest was over an alleged drug ring, where authorities say nearly 300 kilograms of cocaine and $1.1 million were shuttle in private jets from Los Angeles to Baltimore, MD. The charges involve drug trafficking and money laundering, which will provide any Attorney enough work to fill the next six months to a year.

If these men are convicted, they could be facing up to life in prison for these drug offenses. Investigators used wiretaps to track the shipments. The U.S. Attorneys office said that even though 50 kilograms of cocaine were discovered in September, the drugs were still shipped across the country. Authorities allege that Brascom is the drug ring's leader while Ransom shipped cocaine to his own distributors in Baltimore. Famous entertainers such as Usher, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West have all been implicated in this situation as well, with one defendant claiming they are his clientele.

For the average person, being arrested for even a misdemeanor drug offense could lead to a lifetime or difficulties. Limited career options, difficulties in living areas and a mark on your legal record are all part of any conviction. Having a knowledgeable and skilled Defense Attorney working on your behalf could be the difference between spending six months in prison and having a clean record. The damage that can be done to your life, your family and your future from one drug conviction is irreparable.

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Los Angeles Sex Offenders and KTLA

Posted on: October 28, 2010 at 11:40 p.m.

Audiences and Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys paid special attention to a recent news cast on KTLA after a paroled sex offender surrendered to authorities on television after finding a reporter on an East Los Angeles street. Valentino Rodriguez Jr. was interviewed by KTLA's Eric Spillman. Rodriguez was wanted after cutting off his GPS tracking device and was interviewed live by Spillman. Station authorities notified authorities and a short time later Rodriguez was arrested by the Los Angeles County sheriff's department. The man told Spillman that he wanted to surrender after the Lord told him to. He says he cut off his GPS ankle device because he was paranoid and suicidal.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys deal with ankle devices all the time, because they are often used to track habitual offenders for sex crimes, drunk driving and more. The GPS monitors people under house arrest by sending a radio frequency containing location and other information to a receiver. If the device is taken outside a certain range, the wearer could be facing a probation violation and without a skilled lawyer he or she could spend years in jail.

Los Angeles sex offenders face a challenging legal situation. They have to navigate courts that want to either put them in jail or limit their overall freedoms, they have to face juries that are often not on their side and they have to face a general public that wants to completely eliminate them from society. Whether or not the alleged sex offender has committed any crime, the general public is always against you. This is just another reason you need a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on your side who will stick by you and be your advocate throughout the trial and pretrial processes.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a sex crime, contact the Los Angeles Lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570 today. Our legal professional are top rated by prominant legal ranking systems and our over 50 years of combined experience will help provide you with the best defense possible. Call us today for your initial consultation.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and Celebrities

Posted on: October 26, 2010 at 8:02 p.m.

Los Angeles is the home of many of the world's most famous celebrities. It is also the home of some of the nation's most prominent crimes and criminals. This week, more than a few celebrities have found themselves in need of a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer including some repeat offenders.

  • Charlie Sheen, movie star and current star of the hit TV show "Two and a Half Men", allegedly woke up in a hotel room in New York next to a call girl and with a destroyed hotel room. Supposedly he went on either a drinking binge or a drug binge and destroyed the entire hotel room while on vacation with his ex-wife and children. Sheen has been in and out of rehab and has been on a drinking binge since his guilty plea in an Aspen domestic violence case in August. He has been in a constant state of needing a Attorney and it does not look like that is going to change any time soon.
  • Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz copped a plea in a plot to have three homeless men kill his wife. He pleaded no contest to solicitation of murder. Sentencing is set for December 13. Cruz agreed to accept a nine year prison sentence, but the judge will ultimately have the final say. His wife wants to address the court before sentencing, and they both smiled at each other as Cruz left the court. Hopefully, Cruz consulted with a skilled Defense Lawyer before making any plea bargains.
  • Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Jessica White is accused of beating up another woman outside of a night club in New York this weekend. The woman, who allegedly dated Sean Penn and Terrell Owens was arrested Saturday after allegedly smacking another woman in the face quite a few times.
  • "America's Got Talent" contestant Joe Finley is in serious need of a Criminal Defense Attorney after he was arrested for drugs and his wife was found dead all within a matter of hours. According to Finely, he and his wife allegedly popped some ecstasy pills around 3:00 in the morning and his wife Laura was pronounced dead at 8:25 in the morning. The police have named Finley a "person of interest" in the death, although the man claims that he is innocent of the death
As you can see, even high profile celebrities need a Attorney to help them get through their legal troubles. If you or someone you love is facing serious legal issues, contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin.

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Porn Stars, Big Brother and Los Angeles Violent Crime

Posted on: October 20, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.

Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers represent people from all walks of life when it comes to violent crime arrests, from house wives to athletes and from athletes to porn stars. This week, a former CBS reality show star was charged with a violent crime after an incident which took place in West Hollywood.

Big Brother star Steven Daigle (who appeared on "Big Brother 10" was arrested Monday night after he allegedly assaulted his ex-boyfriend. The story becomes more complex and sordid when it is revealed that Steven Daigle and his ex are now a gay porn stars. The alleged incident took place in West Hollywood, where Daigle and Trent Locke apparently got into some sort of fight. Locke actually blogged about the brawl from his hospital room, saying he was embarrassed and that he would "never take a swing at [Steven]. And I did not" as reported by TMZ. In spite of this comment, Daigle's mug shot shows he clearly suffered some sort of harm, which will obviously be pointed out by his Defense Attorney. Daigle was thrown in jail and booked for misdemeanor battery, which could bring with it jail time, heavy fines, a restraining order and more.

While you may not be a porn star, a gay porn star, a reality show star or any other type of celebrity, facing violent crime charges in Los Angeles could ruin your life. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, being arrested for assault, battery or some other violent crime could land you in prison, place heavy fines on you, get you stuck with years of probation or some other severe punishment. The best defense involves hiring a skilled, experienced Attorney who understands how best to defend you, how to interpret the law and how to get top results from any criminal trial. Throughout Los Angeles, countless people will go to jail this year because they did not hire the best lawyer they could find.

If you or someone you know has been charged with, arrested for or accused of a violent crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today. We will provide top notch legal representation and fight hard to keep you out of jail and free from fines. We fight for your future!

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San Fernando Theft Crimes and Celebrities

Posted on: October 14, 2010 at 11:07 p.m.

Lisa Rinna, former host of Merge, star of Melrose Place, former star of Days of Our Lives and currently on a reality show on TV Land co-owns a clothing boutique wither her husband Harry Hamlin (formerly of the hit 80's show LA Law). Unfortunately, while the two have experienced success on the camera, their boutique has become a target for thieves off the camera. The shop, located in Sherman Oaks, CA, was burglarized for the second time in less than a week! Police are investigating the two burglaries to see if there was any connection. The Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer who represents the alleged criminal will have his work cut out for him as the burglar allegedly made off with $4,000 worth of handbags, jewelry and accessories in a white pickup truck. The thief broke in through the back door, the breaking and entering adds serious consequences to the crime. In fact, Mr. Hamlin and Ms. Rinna were doing an interview for their new reality show when they were alerted to the crime. The two break ins were quite similar, happening at the same time of day (early morning) and in the same manner. What this means for any Defense Attorney is that whoever is arrested for one crime will most likely be charged with both burglaries.

Throughout Los Angeles, high end boutiques, department stores, and other retail shops get robbed on a daily basis. In order to thwart such crimes, authorities often crack down hard on anyone accused of, charged with or arrested for theft, burglary, robbery or any other such crime. having a skilled, knowledgeable Attorney representing you can mean teh difference between freedom and years in prison. Whether your crime is a misdemeanor or a felony, you can be facing serious consequences.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a felony grand theft crime or a misdemeanor petty theft crime, you need a skilled lawyer representing you. Contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin today. We can help you get the results you need to stay out of jail and free from fines.

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Sex Crime Problems

Posted on: October 7, 2010 at 8:13 p.m.

In Los Angeles, when a man is arrested for a sex crime, he's usually in for a serious set of consequences such as jail time, heavy fines, probation, mandatory counseling and being placed on the sex offender registry. However, it seems across the country there are double standards for how courts treat men and women accused of sex crimes. Either way, it's vital to have a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney representing you, no matter your gender or age.

In Ohio, a 31 year old woman posed as a teenage boy in order to have sex with underage girls. Patricia Dye was convicted of using the alias "Matt Abrams" in order to date 16 year old girls, one of whom ran away from her mother in order to live with Dye. Dye admitted, after her arrest, that she attempted to make her boyish looks more believable by cutting her hair into a short, androgynous style. A judge sentenced Dye to jail and put her on a two-year probation. The jail term is only six months, however she must register with authorities as a sex offender every six months for the next 15 years. Some critics are complaining that if the situation involved a man, there would have been a great deal more jail time involved in the sentencing, which may be true. However, Dye was still sentenced to 15 years of registering as a sex offender, which will affect her job, where she can live, and pretty much the rest of her life.

A skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney can provide the best defense possible, anyone accused of a sex crime must contact their lawyer immediately and offer a one hundred percent true story to the attorney, leaving out no details. Only when a lawyer knows all the facts about the case can he offer the best defense possible. While you may feel nervous about being honest about potentially life changing situations, an experienced lawyer will offer complete trust to any client.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys can provide the kind of defense necessary to stay out of jail and free from fines. With the stakes being so high for any sex crime charge, you need a highly skilled lawyer with a track record of success. Our criminal defense firm offers just that level of experience. If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact our defense lawyers today at 877-781-1570.

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