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Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense

Posted on: July 21, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.

Los Angeles Police treat violent crimes incredibly seriously. Anyone facing a charge that involves violence or weapons absolutely needs a Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense Attorney.

A recent violent crime in Hollywood has taken police and residents by surprise, which will assuradely lead to a serious criminal investigation. Two people were killed during a shooting at a t-shirt store in Hollywood on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Serrano Avenue. The shooting took place some time between noon and 1:00 PM on Monday, July 19. According to police, the shooting was a murder-suicide, however the victim's name and the shooter's name were not released. In this particular area of Hollywood, 30 homicides have taken place within a one mile radius since January 2007. When police see such a cluster of violent activity, they will be paying special attention to anyone charged with a crime. Those accused of, or arrested for, a violent crime will need a Defense Attorney because the added attention will bring added penalties and consequences from the courts. Police always want resident to feel safe, and having such violent activity taking place in that area will damage the overall sense of the community.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we know how the police and District Attorney's office operate. We utilize our knowledge, skill and background in every criminal case, giving people the legal representation they need in their criminal case. We work with experts and utilize the best practices possible in order to give our clients the best chance at freedom.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a violent crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin by calling 877-781-1570 today. Our successful track record includes representing people accused of murder, attempted murder, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, gang activity and more.

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San Fernando Sex Crime Defense

Posted on: July 21, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.

Los Angeles County, and specifically the San Fernando Valley, is a hot spot for sex crime accusations, making a San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney incredibly important. There are a number of factors which impact how often a person is accused of a sex crime, such as: working with the opposite gender, working with minors, having physical contact with numerous individuals, etc. In fact, certain jobs and professions can create multiple opportunities for a law abiding citizen to be accused of a San Fernando Sex Crime.

Teachers throughout the San Fernando Valley are often under heavy criticism and scrutiny due to a number of factors. Teachers are often held to difficult standards by parents, teachers, politicians and even education administrators. Making matters worse, students can often accuse teachers of certain activities or crimes out of spite, and not out of their actual conduct. Sometimes these accusations are legitimate, other times these accusations spring forth from a student who wants to get a teacher in trouble for giving them a poor grade. Regardless, being on constant proximity to minors puts any teacher at a greater risk of being accused of a sex crime than many other professions. Being a teacher can also make the penalties for a sex crime more intense, making a quality San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney a necessity.

A recent case involves a middle school teacher in the Hollywood area. The teacher resides in the San Fernando Valley and was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography. He's been teaching since 2001 and turned himself in to authorities without incident. Police are also concerned he may have communicated with minors online via Yahoo Messenger. Anyone in such a difficult situation is going to face a difficult legal battle, making a quality San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney incredibly important. Beyond jail time, this individual could be facing a lifetime on the Los Angeles Sex Offender Registry, years of probation, limited career options and more.



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Healthcare Fraud Defense

Posted on: July 8, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.

When it comes to white collar crime, the number of Healthcare Fraud cases is increasing. With Obama's new healthcare package, it seems individuals are taking advantage of programs on all sides, hospitals, healthcare practitioners, patients, drug companies and more. When a Los Angeles White Collar Defense Lawyer represents someone charged with Healthcare Fraud, he has to realize that it is an incredibly complex issue.

Recently, in Ohio, a federal court saw a woman and three of her former employees charged with Healthcare Fraud. They worked for a pharmaceutical company as sales people, insurance verifiers and more. The charges they are facing include: concealment of records from a federal investigation; conspiracy to conceal records from a federal investigation; two counts of conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation of a health care offense; and two counts of obstruction of a criminal investigation of a health care offense. These are not just criminal charges, they are felonies on the federal level, which means that serious prison time will be handed down for any of these individuals who are convicted of a crime. These crimes allegedly took place between 1987 and 2008 and revolve around over billing medical insurance companies for drugs and services.

In order for any Defense Attorney to provide top notch legal services, he must review countless pages of information from both sides. Insurance companies surely will have countless boxes of files, the FBI has tons of more pages of paper, and even the individuals themselves have as many pages of notes, evidence and so forth. Only a skilled lawyer who understands the complexities of white collar crime, and the challenges of any Healthcare Fraud Defense case, can provide the type of legal services needed.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we have a successful track record necessary to provide a high level of legal defense. If you or someone you love is charged with Healthcare Fraud, contact our lawyers today at 877-781-1570.

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Mortgage Fraud Defense

Posted on: July 8, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.

Since late 2007, the economy has hit such difficult moments that people are still thinking that we are in the midst of, or the beginning of, another Great Depression. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers spend more and more of their time defending people who are accused of trying to take advantage of such a situation. In fact, some legitimate industries, such as loan modifications and debt settlement, are being targeted by the California state government. People who are obeying the law, or who have to adjust to new laws, are facing an increasingly difficult time of late.

For example, some bad apples are making life difficult for so many others. Recently, two men in the San Francisco area were sentenced to 20 years in prison after being caught in a Mortgage Fraud scam. They claimed they could eliminate their clients' mortgage debts for a fee of $1,000 to $3,000. These individuals also insisted on acting as their own lawyers. According to the prosecution, from 2003 to 2005 these two men recruited distressed homeowners from around the country through Internet ads and got them to sign letters to their lenders claiming that their home mortgage loans were actually illegal. When the lenders did not respond, they declared these loans paid in full and told the homeowners to arrange new financing. This Mortgage Fraud case left each man with more than 20 years of prison time and a $500,000+ restitution bill.

Clearly, this case demonstrates how vital it is for a defendant in any criminal trial to have a Defense Lawyer representing them. The courts questioned the intelligence and the competence of these men, and yet still threw them in prison for over two decades each. While some homeowners may have felt taken advantage of, these men did not do themselves any favors by refusing hire adequate legal representation.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we can provide the kind of legal defense you need to avoid serious jail time in state and federal courts. If you or someone you do business with has been accused of Mortgage Fraud, contact our skilled, knowledgeable and successful lawyers today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Domestic Violence

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.

Domestic violence is a serious matter and poses threats to individuals, families and communities. Judges, juries and prosecutors have very little tolerance for such crimes, and often hand down severe penalties for people accused of verbally, sexually or physically abusing a close relation. However, not everyone accused of such a crime is guilty, or worthy of the kinds of severe punishments handed down by courts. In instances where people are falsely accused, or where the prosecution is treating a crime as far more severe than they ought to, a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney is absolutely necessary to provide adequate legal representation.

Domestic Violence in L.A.

A woman was accused recently of beating, starving and tying up her two small children so she could sleep better at night. This Orange County case involves two counts of child abuse. The woman is being held in a Santa Ana jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, and was ordered booked on charges of willful cruelty to a child and possible injury or death and inflicting injury upon a child. Police were called in by the woman's landlord and found her two emaciated young boys (ages 2 and 5) with bruises all over their bodies, swollen limbs and bumps on their heads. The woman admitted to striking the children (a form of domestic violence), but she allegedly did not think she was hitting them that hard.

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Crimes such as these sound brutal, and the press will portray mothers and fathers who commit domestic violence as animals, or unloving monsters. However, as any Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney knows, these stories are often far more complex than any reporter, judge or prosecuting lawyer is willing to admit. When someone is charged with domestic violence, it could be for quite a few reasons:
  • They are guilty of the crime
  • Their spouse is making false accusations due to an argument
  • A neighbor is mistakenly calling the cops on them
  • Somehow drugs are making a person act in ways they would not normally act
These are just some of the reasons these types of crimes happen, and without a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to plead your case before a judge or jury, you might simply face jail with no hope of seeing your children again.

If you or someone you love is facing domestic violence charges, contact the Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Violent Crimes and Weapons

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.

Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense Attorneys have a difficult job when they have to try and convince a jury and/or judge that their client was either not breaking the law or acting in self defense during an alleged incident. However, when a weapon (or multiple weapons) is introduced into a criminal investigation, it means that the job of the Defense Lawyer is that much more difficult. A recent incident highlighted how grim the prospects can be for anyone involved in a violent crime.

A man wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform attempted to rob a security guard of his wallet at the downtown Los Angeles World Trade Center, only to have things to out of control. The security guard hit the man with a flashlight, causing him to lose his assault pistol. The robber was not identified, but police believe they have the important and necessary clues to both identify and arrest the suspect. There was blood that came from a cut to his head, prescription glasses and the assault weapon which fell out of his hands during the scuffle. Allegedly, the crime took place after midnight with the man pulling out a Tech 9 semi-automatic assault weapon and ordering the guard to the ground after asking for directions. The guard courageously fought back and grabbed the gun with one hand while using the other hand to hit the robber on the head with a flashlight.

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Trying to stay clear of serious charges when facing a violent crime accusation that included weapons is extremely difficult. For a Attorney, not only will he have to defend his client against the robbery charge, but a weapons charge as well. Judges, juries and prosecutors come down hard on any crime involving an assault weapon such as the Tech-9.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a violent crime or a weapons charge, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. Our experienced team will be able to defend you, provide you experienced legal counsel, help you decide what your best options are and guide you along the way.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Fourth of July

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

For Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Fourth of July can be an extremely busy holiday. People get arrested every year for selling, buying and manufacturing illegal fireworks, and many are in desperate need of a qualified lawyer to represent them in court. Some of these are small matters, mostly misdemeanors; however, many of these crimes can involves hundreds of thousands of dollars and years in prison as felony charges.

For example, in El Monte recently, Los Angeles Police claim to have seized almost two tons of illegal fireworks. A detective said the seizure was made in downtown Los Angeles as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal fireworks sales and distribution. The fireworks were allegedly worth $125,000. So far, no arrests have been made, but police are ever on the lookout for illegal fireworks in Los Angeles as the holiday approaches. In fact, just last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies say they seized around half a million dollars worth of fireworks in La Puente and arrested two men for the crime.

Why You Need a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

You may be wondering why it is so important to have a lawyer representing you if arrested for selling, buying, manufacturing or distributing illegal fireworks. The reality is that the charge could incorporate more than just a simple illegal fireworks charge. Crossing state lines with illegal substances, white collar charges such as tax evasion, being charged with a violent crime if a child is hurt by the products and more could all be thrown at anyone who is selling illegal fireworks. The jail time could be serious, not to mention the fines and other repercussions of being convicted of such crimes.

This is why having a skilled, experienced and successful Defense Lawyer is so important. As someone out side the law, you may have no clue how or why the charges you are facing are so serious. However, if you have a knowledgeable lawyer by your side, he could help guide you through the legal process with a much more informed perspective.

If you or someone you love has been charged with an illegal fireworks crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP for a free case review.

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San Fernando White Collar Crime

Posted on: June 28, 2010 at 10:55 p.m.

For any White Collar Defense Attorney, defending people in San Fernando can be a tricky ordeal. White collar crimes have taken off in recent years, with the Internet making it easier for shady characters to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. However, the law has come down in a harsh manner, even on people who were obeying the law in making a profit. A recent case in Santa Clarita showed just how vital it is to get a quality White Collar Defense Attorney in your corner if you are charged with a white collar crime in San Fernando.

A woman who was dubbed a "financial predator" from Santa Clarita after she allegedly conned almost $4 million from people to whom she allegedly promised low interest, multimillion dollar loans from the Federal Reserve Bank. That woman was sentenced to eight years in prison for her alleged actions. The case was handled in a United States District Courtroom in downtown Los Angeles. The woman was also ordered by the judge to pay more than $3.8 million in restitution! So far, the government has already taken more than a million dollars from the woman to repay her alleged victims. In January, the woman pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of impersonating an employee of the Federal Reserve.

Some of the woman's crimes included offering loans as high as $20 million at fixed rates as low as 2. percent according to prosecutors. She asked for upfront payments, generally about 15 percent of the total loan amount. The woman allegedly defraud 14 victims, none of whom received a loan.

People in such situations need a quality Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorney to provide them with top notch legal representation. With government coming down so hard on alleged white collar crimes, you could spend years in prison because of an accounting error, or because investors are upset their investment did not go as planned. However, with an experienced White Collar Lawyer, you could avoid serious jail time and/or not have to pay the humungous levels of restitution required by the courts.

If you are facing charges of fraud, bribery, larceny, money laundering or a similar type of crime, contact the Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today at 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers know the law, the courts and how to get you the best result possible in your particular case.

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Los Angeles Medical Marijuana and the NAACP

Posted on: June 28, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.

One of the hottest topics in the law today regards the legalization of marijuana. As states, such as California, struggle to make their budgets work, they are looking for new areas of revenue. In the past, states have legalized things such as gambling in order to raise new money for programs. In many ways however, these areas have been tapped out. Los Angeles Criminal Attorneys, however, will tell you that there is an area of the law where countless "low level" offenders are sent to jail for crimes which really do not have a victim. In many cases, these drug crimes cause a non-white citizen to be thrown in jail, making prisons disproportionally filled with minorities.

As a result, the state is considering legalizing marijuana. Currently, Medical Marijuana is legalized in the state of California due to laws that were passed and enacted in the 1990's. Now, organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are promoting the repeal of certain laws because they take a heavy toll on minorities. According to the NAACP, the "war on drugs" has failed and has targeted many young African American males and females. The group pointed to a study done by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice that showed that in 2009, 62 percent of the state's marijuana arrests were of nonwhite suspects, and 42 percent were under 20 years of age. Throughout the state's 25 largest counties, those statistics held up.

If the person is found with a large quantity of drugs, they could be charged with a felony; or, if they are charged with trying to sell drugs, they will be charged with a felony. A felony drug charge in L.A. could lead to years in prison, even if it was for nothing more than a few joints.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, represent people everyday who are fighting for their lives due to failed California drug policies. People with children, jobs and more on the line face years in prison because they are accused of using even small amounts of pot. Even Medical Marijuana has come under intense scrutiny from the City of Los Angeles, with medical marijuana dispensaries being shut down due to new city rules.

If you or someone you love needs a Criminal Defense Lawyer in order to fight a drug charge, contact our lawyers for the high level of legal experience necessary to get the best result from your particular case.

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Homicide, Drugs and Other Los Angeles Crimes

Posted on: June 25, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.

Los Angeles can be a difficult city to defend clients, in part because of how complex crime can be. For example, when a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer represents an individual accused of a violent crime, he must examine every aspect of the case. Recently, in two Los Angeles Medical Marijuana shops, two killings occurred which started police; one took place in Hollywood, the other in Echo Park.

A man in his 30's was shot and killed after 9:00 PM in Hollywood Holistic, a medicinal marijuana shop and on the same day at Higher Path Holistic in Echo Park (near Dodger Stadium) two people were shot, one fatally. The man who was not killed is in critical condition. So far no arrests have been made regarding these crimes.

One Echo Park resident said "We have a lot of children in our neighborhood. We're a very tight community. We have babies all over the place and I was against the first (dispensary), and now there's two...within the same block. I mean, come on." Information such as this will surely impact a jury in a criminal case.

A violent crime can be a sticky situation, because there are a number of factors involved in how the prosecution will pursue the charges. If the person accused of the crime allegedly had a weapon during the course of the alleged incident. If a weapon is present, it could turn a misdemeanor into a felony, or turn a minor felony into a major one. If your lawyer is aware of these factors before hand, he can work with you to help keep the consequences minor.

A violent crime is any act that involves the use or threat of violence, meaning physical harm to another individual. Violent crimes most often involve other types of crimes, such as drug offenses, robbery, domestic violence, manslaughter or gang crimes.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a violent crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, and you will be in the hands of an experienced, skilled and effective team of lawyers.

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