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Drug Crimes, Violent Crimes and More in San Fernando

Posted on: September 24, 2010 at 7:27 p.m.

Who says marijuana is not a violent drug?

Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer represents someone charged with a drug crime, he usually has a specific type of situation on his hands. He is either defending a client who is facing a possession charge, a trafficking charge or some other type of felony or misdemeanor. However, when a violent crime is involved in a drug crime, that makes the job of the Defense Attorney that much more difficult. For example, there was a recent shooting at a medical marijuana clinic in Echo Park that has led to a difficult investigation.

This week, a second man pleaded not guilty to murder charges stemming from a fatal shooting at this marijuana clinic. Raymond Lemone Easter, who has actually been featured on the Fox Broadcasting series "America's Most Wanted" was arrested in Van Nuys and charged with the shooting murder of Matthew Butcher. He is also charged with the attempted murder of the security guard at the medicial marijuana clinic who was wounded during the shooting. Another defendant was also arrested and pleaded not guilty.

Easter remains jailed without bail and there has been no comment yet from a Attorney. Two other suspects are still being sought in the case and a hearing is set for November 18 to determine whether there is enough evidence to require the two men in custody to stand trial.

Drug crimes and violent crimes require a skilled Criminal Attorney who understands the law and who knows exactly how to handle complex legal situations. While a public defender may have far too much on his or her plate, you can hire a private lawyer to defend you more effectively. Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP can help you get the best defense possible for your felony or misdemeanor. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor drug possession charge or a felony violent crime, you need a skilled lawyer today.

As this case progresses, there will be criminal investigations, expert witnesses and some of the best lawyers the government of Los Angeles has to offer. If the defendants are not prepared, they could be behind bars for the rest of their lives.

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Southern California Child Pornography Charges

Posted on: September 15, 2010 at 8:07 p.m.

In Orange County, a man has been convicted of possessing child pornography and annoying a 12 year old girl at a public library. Such sex crimes as these lead to severe consequences which include prison, fines, years of counseling and a life time inclusion on the California Sex Offenders list. People facing serious crimes like these need a skilled Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney fighting on their behalf in and out of court. This particular man was from Stanton and pleaded guilty to a court offer of one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance.

The man allegedly followed three girsl into the Stanton library on July 13, causing them to feel uncomfortable. He then allegedly followed the three girls back outside and asked the 12 year old if she would take a photo of herself and send it to his cell phone. He was arrested after the girl told the authorities what was happening. Upon investigating, police found a pornographic photo of another child on his cell phone. He will be sentenced to one year in jail, three years of formal probation and mandatory sex offender registration.

Sex crimes in Southern California can lead to life long consequences if you are convicted. With a skilled Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney representing you, you stand a much better chance of avoiding many or all of these penalties. Sex crime investigations involve looking into your past, talking to your neighbors, psychological evaluations and much more. Without an experienced lawyer guiding you through this difficult and stressful process, you may not stand a chance against the best lawyers employed by the government.

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College Athletes and Sexual Assault

Posted on: August 30, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.

Every time a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney represents someone charged with sexual assault, he knows it is going to be a long hard journey towards an acquitlal. The consequences of just being charged with sexual assault is brutal, let alone if you are convicted. To make matters worse, the consequences are not just going to be legal; if you are charged with sexual assault you will face punishment from the law, punishment from friends, peers and community leaders, punishment from your work place and potentially more.

A recent example that Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys know happens all too often is that of suspended running back Derrick Washington of Missouri. Washington is a star running back who was charged with sexually assaulting a former tutor over the summer. He is facing a singly felony deviate sexual assault charge. As a result of this charge (not a conviction mind you, but a charge) Washington was suspended and served with a protection order. He has been the leading running back for his college team the last two seasons. As any lawyer knows, this charge, in addition to the arrest of a teammate the day before, will lead to serious legal repercussions, punishment from this school and potentially more. Because Washington is being charged with a felony sex crime, he is not allowed back onto the field until the case is resolved.

For any person in Los Angeles, being charged with a sex crime is a serious offense. And, while there are some more acceptable forms of sex crimes, sexual assault is severely punished. If someone picks up a prostitute, or is arrested for indecent behavior, the charge can often be explained away. However, sexual assault is rape, and there is a zero tolerance policy for rape in any form.

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Los Angeles Racketeering and Gang Activity

Posted on: August 26, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

When a Los Angeles federal criminal lawyer represents someone charged with a gang related crime, there are some serious dangers in place for his client. Once a crime is alleged to have involved gangs or gang activity, the penalties become stiffer and the ability to contact people outside of jail can become limited.

A recent racketeering case in South Los Angeles has law enforcement officials doling out accusations of gang activity. A housing complex was swarmed by police and dozens of alleged gang members were indicted for murder, drug dealing, and attacks on police officers involving the racketeering case. The gang, known as the Pueblo Bishops Bloods, have allegedly terrorized the community for years, living mostly in the Pueblo del Rio housing complex. Roughly 30 suspects were taken into custoday, and at the moment there has been no comment by their Defense Attorney.

All told, 41 defendants were named in a federal indictment, many of whom were investigated over a two year period which uncovered evidence of at least two alleged murders and countless other crimes. Eight of those who were arrested were parolees and wiretaps were used to collect much of the evidence. The racketeering charges could add years onto the prison sentences of those convicted, making any defense built by their Attorneys quite difficult. According to law enforcement officials, the Pueblo Bishops gang was formed in the 1970's and currently has about 300 members and associates.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we possess the knowledge, background and skill to provide clients with the legal representation they need to stay free from prison. Our knowledge of the legal system and of prosecutors can help anyone accused of being in a gang, and our successful track record of criminal defense is highly sought after.

With over fifty combined years of experience, our lawyers can help you get the results you need for your future. If you need a qualified Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, contact us immediately. To learn more.

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Glendale Healthcare Fraud Defense

Posted on: August 6, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.

All of the cities in Los Angeles, and especially the city of Glendale, have seen their fair share of health care fraud. A recent case was finalized when a Glendale man was sentenced to five years in state prison for running a healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme that took advantage of more than 800 Medicare patients in the Los Angeles area. For anyone facing such a situation, having a Glendale Criminal Defense Attorney representing you can often mean the difference between prison and freedom.

In this particular instance, the man was convicted specifically for using the identities of different doctors to submit around six thousand insurance claims for those 800 patients. He also billed Medicare for over $3 million a month, even though most of the patients were canceled. He deposited $50,000 in different bank accounts, transferring money to himself as well as associates in Armenia. In addition to the jail time, he has to pay over $50,000 in restitution and will be placed on supervised probation after he gets out of jail. In such a difficult situation, having a skilled and knowledgeable Defense Lawyer could have prevented such a severe punishment.

With President Obama's healthcare plan moving forward, healthcare fraud is becoming an increasing area of concern for the government. In fact, many people who go bankrupt do so because of healthcare issues, such as intense medical bills. The issue of overbilling, Medicare fraud and related crimes is punishable by federal law, which is often far more severe than state or local law. As a result, anyone charged with healthcare fraud needs a Attorney who understands and has experience with federal healthcare laws.

People convicted of healthcare fraud will face jail time, fines, restitution, loss of any medical licenses, probation and more. Such penalties can ruin the career of anyone who is employed as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, medical biller or other healthcare professional. This is why it is so vitally important to have a Defense Attorney working for you in any criminal trial involving healthcare fraud. As opposed to trusting a public defender, having a skilled private attorney can mean the difference between freedom and prison (not to mention severe financial penalties). If you have been accused of, charged with or arrested for healthcare fraud, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today.

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Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense and Kindergarten

Posted on: August 4, 2010 at 6:54 p.m.

Defending violent crimes in Los Angeles requires skill, knowledge and experience. It can also require a creative mind, because sometimes a violent crime will occur at either an odd location or a sacred one. Churches, schools, cemeteries and other sacred locations can be the site of criminal charges, even though everyone in attendance understands the importance of the location. This is when a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer is so important, to protect your rights in even the most embarrassing situations.

In San Bernardino County, police and investigators are examining a violent brawl that took place in a kindergarten graduation ceremony. Women were allegedly arguing and got physical in a field near a ceremony at Puesta del Sol Elementary in Victorville, CA. Several men were also involved, forcing school officials to place the school on lockdown until deputies could sort the matter out. Several misdemeanor charges were filed, including against the two women who allegedly started the incident. Prosecutors say the women could face up to six months in jail if convicted for interference with peaceful conduct at a school as well as 90 more days for unlawful acts committed on school grounds.

Attorneys have a difficult job, as you can see, protecting the rights and freedoms of people facing severe punishments. The potential for 9 months in jail is more than many people can bare, and could cause an individual to lose their job, face public shame and much more. Violent Crimes in Los Angeles are seriously prosecuted, even those crimes that are misdemeanors. If you are facing such serious penalties, you need a skilled lawyer who understands the law and who has years of experience with criminal trials in L.A. Defending violent crimes in Los Angeles requires skill, knowledge and experience. It can also require a creative mind, because sometimes a violent crime will occur at either an odd location or a sacred one. Churches, shcools, cemetaries and other sacred locations can be the site of criminal charges, even though everyone in attendance understands the importance of the location. This is why a Defense Attorney is so important, to protect your rights in even the most embarassing situations. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we have spent years working in various District Attorneys' Offices throughout Los Angeles, giving them a unique understanding of prosecution tactics.

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San Fernando Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

Posted on: July 30, 2010 at 6:28 p.m.

As any San Fernando Drug Crime Defense Attorney will tell you, not every drug crime in L.A. has to do with illegal drugs. Quite often, people or healthcare professionals will abuse prescription drugs, either buying them, selling them or using them in an illegal manner. Doctors and patients can face serious consequences if they are convicted of illegally using or distributing prescription drugs, making the need for a Defense Attorney all the more important.

A former doctor in San Fernando is in desperate need of a Attorney not for selling pot, coke, crack or acid, rather for selling painkiller prescriptions in his San Fernando clinic. The doctor was convicted in May 2009 of 13 felony counts of unlawful distribution of oxycodone without a medical purpose and illegally writing prescriptions to people under the age of 21. There is also one count of causing the death of a young man in April 2008 after he overdosed on pills prescribed by the doctor. If convicted, the man is facing a maximum life sentence.

The prosecution has painted the doctor as a corrupt, greedy physician who pocketed more than $1 million per year by selling prescriptions for oxycodone, a federally controlled synthetic opiate in OxyContin. A jury was deadlocked on convicting the doctor on the death of the young man who overdosed at a rehab facility. The doctor's Attorney defended his client because he "believed his patient" when claiming pain or illness. Many of the addicts who got drugs from the man and testified told stories of how they claimed to have back or shoulder pain in order to get the drugs.

If you or someone you love is facing drug charges based upon prescription drugs, or if you are a healthcare professional facing serious consequences based upon patient testimony, you need a skilled lawyer fighting on your behalf. Call the attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570.

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Comic Books and Violent Crime

Posted on: July 27, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

When people think about Violent Crimes, they might imagine the alleged attacker to be big, muscular, often a gang member or some other stereotype. However, at San Diego's Comic-Con there was an attack that involved strangely peculiar individuals. As most Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers know, Violent Crime in Southern California comes in all shapes and sizes.

A man wearing a "Harry Potter" t-shirt allegedly stabbed another man int he eye with a pen when they got into an argument over whether one of them was sitting too close to the other. The injured man was in his 20's and taken to the hospital with a minor cut. The attacker was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. The two men were sitting in a 6,000 person room where they were going to hear Seth Rogan discuss his role in the science fiction comedy "Paul." Comic-Con took place from Thursday until Sunday, and this is the only known case of violence in the comic book convention's history.

For any Defense Attorney it is important to know every detail of how and why an alleged violent attack took place. Some supposed crimes can better be described as self defense, making the legal defense fairly simple. In this case, there were tens of thousands of people fighting for just a few thousand chairs, meaning that the convention center in San Diego was almost asking for a fight to occur. When a judge or jury hears the details of such a case, a skilled Attorney may be able to convince them that the circumstances involved were causing people to act irrationally.

Violent crimes in Los Angeles can result in serious penalties if you are convicted. Years in prison, heavy fines, probation and other court actions can all result in a severely penalized individual. Such a conviction can even follow you around from work place to work place, meaning you will have a hard time getting the job you want if you have been convicted of a felony, or even a misdemeanor.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a Violent Crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to provide top notch legal representation.

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Child Pornography Crimes

Posted on: July 26, 2010 at 11:30 p.m.

With sex crimes having such dire consequences, one would think that an attorney would be the last person guilty of owning, viewing or distributing Child Pornography. However, one case is Kansas shows just how dumb some people can be, as well as how important it is to have a skilled, experienced Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney if you find yourself accused.

A partner of the largest law firm in Kansas is accused of sending Child Pornography to a child while in his office. He is even the son of a very important legal figure in Kansas, a former judge and former partner of the same law firm. The man allegedly used his webcam multiple times to send pictures of himself in a sex act to an FBI agent posing as a 14 year old. He also allegedly encouraged the person posing as a 14 year old girl to send photos back to him. The photos of the lawyer were actually taken in his law office! Child Pornography charges are severe enough, now he has involved his work place in the alleged events.

Public outrage over Child Pornography charges can ruin a person's life, whether or not the individual is guilty. This is why it is absolutely necessary to have a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney if you have been accused of possessing, distributing or manufacturing Child Pornography. If you are convicted of this particular sex crime, you are in danger of:
  • Imprisonment
  • Listing on the California Sex Offender Registry
  • Limited job and housing options
  • and much more
Anyone charged with, accused of or arrested for Child Pornography crimes should contact the Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers will work hard to provide you top notch legal representation.

Unless you want to be severely punished in court and in public for having pornographic images of minors (under 18 years of age), you need a qualified lawyer. The courts and prosecution may force you to plea bargain without giving you proper information, meaning you need a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney to provide you with proper legal representation.

Tagged as: sex crime accusations

Los Angeles Domestic Assault

Posted on: July 22, 2010 at 4:48 p.m.

Los Angeles has been the site of some pretty high level celebrity legal news lately, most of it involving domestic abuse and domestic assault. In three very different case, three different celebrities have had to face law enforcement for their alleged actions involving their spouses or significant others. Each of these individuals has required the skill and knowledge of a highly qualified Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney.

The first case of Domestic Violence involves Michael Lohan, father of recently jailed Lindsay Lohan. Michael Lohan had to appear in a New York court recently for allegedly attacking his fiancee Kate Major who claimed that Lohan kicked her in the face and threatened to kill her. A judge recently issued a Temporary Order of Protection against Lohan in connection with the claims. Michael Lohan claims that his fiancee was drunk at the time and he never struck her. When a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney represents someone in such a situation, he may instruct the defendant to make as few comments as possible to the press because of potential legal issues.

In a more publicized case, Mel Gibson is utilizing the skill of a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in his efforts to stay out of jail. His former significant other Oksana Grigorieva is claiming he hit her and made threats against her. Tapes of Gibson threatening the woman are on the Internet, and she is alleging he punched her in the face. X-rays, dental visits and doctor's records are all being taken into consideration in this case.

In the most recent domestic violence case, former Color Me Badd singer Bryan Adams was arrested after a fight with his wife occurred in Honolulu. He allegedly threw the woman across the room and was arrested on suspicion of harassment and later released. Adams has had previous run-ins with the law, having been arrested in 2008 on domestic abuse charges after allegedly threatening to kills his then girlfriend.

As you can see, the details in each of these cases often involve "he said, she said" issues where each spouse is claiming different versions of the events in question. When a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney sits down with his client, he has to weight how damaging the testimony of the other side will be toward his client. In some cases it might be best to settle or make a plea agreement, in other cases it might be right to fight the charges hard.

If you or someone you love has been charged with domestic abuse, contact the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570. We can help you protect your rights and fight for your freedoms.

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