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Los Angeles Federal Crimes

Posted on: April 22, 2010 at 6:25 p.m.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our Los Angeles Federal Crimes Attorneys possess a unique understanding of federal law and an ability to provide top notch defense to federal criminal charges. Federal crimes can lead to more serious consequences, as well as a more difficult path to freedom. The federal government has more resources at their disposal, meaning that when the federal government charges you with a crime, you better get the best Los Angeles Federal Crime Attorney you can afford.

Federal crimes are no laughing matter, and a regular lawyer may not possess the background and experience to properly defend someone charged with a federal offense. Different judges, different prosecutors and different procedures are all in place in federal court, and only an experienced law firm has the skill necessary to devise a successful defense.

For example, roughly 50 people with ties to a street gang that sold heroin and meth to support the Mexican Mafia are behind bars on federal charges. A gang, known as the Black Angels (a 450 member Latino street gang) was formed in Ontario and has a powerful influence in San Bernardino and even Los Angeles. The group is charged with the distribution of narcotics, tax evasion, extortion and gang related violations.

A skilled Federal Crime Attorney can help you avoid the serious penalties for any federal conviction, including:
  • Imprisonment
  • Restitution
  • Large Fines
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Court Ordered Counseling
The federal government often hands down incredibly hefty penalties, often more severe than state or city officials. These alleged gang members could spend years of their lives behind bars because they are facing the resources and skill of federal prosecutors, some of the best lawyers in the country. This highlights the specific need of a lawyer in your case.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a federal violation, contact the attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Our team of defense lawyers has over 50 years of collective experience with federal crimes, federal prosecutors and federal judges. Our clients experience the highest level of legal representation, as we devote our time, resources and attention to everyone we represent.

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High Profile Los Angeles Drug Offense

Posted on: April 22, 2010 at 12:35 a.m.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we have over fifty years of combined experience with all manner of drug crimes, large and small. Our drug lawyers have seen people from all walks of life charged with drug offenses, from high profile celebrities, to politicians, house moms and students. We possess the knowledge, experience and skill necessary to successfully represent anyone charged with possession, distribution, manufacturing or any other Los Angeles drug offense.

Recently, a popular singer with the girl band Girlicious was charged with a serious drug offense, and is strongly in need of a Los Angeles Drug Crime Attorney. Natalie Nicole Mejia, a member of the all girl pop group, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. The charge arose on March 9 during a traffic stop when Glendale police said they found more than a dozen bags of Cocaine in her Guccie purse. Mejia told police that the drugs were not hers and they she did not know how they got into her purse, but she was arrested anyway.

The 21 year old Diamond Bar native, Mejia pleaded not guilty to the felony drug charge of possession with intent to sell and was freed on $30,000 bail. As a felony charge, Mejia could be facing 5 years in prison, fines in the thousands and potentially even millions of dollars and much more.

This young woman could be facing years in prison and crippling fines if she has a poor Defense Lawyer, even with her fame and money. Her driver was also arrested, and she is alleging that the driver placed the drugs in her purse without her knowledge. However, her Attorney will have to prove this to a judge or jury.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a drug offense, contact Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin today by calling 877-781-1570. If convicted of a drug offense, you could be facing years in prison, heavy fines, mandatory meetings, probation and more. Trusting a random attorney or a public defender could be the biggest mistake of your life. Our criminal defense firm has over fifty years of combined experience, and our successful track record speaks for itself. Call us today.

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Major Los Angeles Sex Crimes

Posted on: April 21, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.

In order to become an effective Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney, a lawyer must understand the law, the courts and public opinion. Having a savvy lawyer working for you can keep you out of prison, free from fines and off of the California Sex Offender Registry. Two extremely high profile Los Angeles Sex Crime cases demonstrate the extreme need to higher a skilled lawyer to protect yourself due to the extreme consequences and punishments.

In Long Beach, the former head of the state’s largest mental hospital is being charged with molesting his adopted son for over a decade. The man is now 62 years old and is facing 35 counts of sexually abusing one of his four foster sons from 1992 to 2004. He was the head of the Napa State Hospital but was fired after revelations of his arrest. The prosecution is stating that at least 12 other men, including another of his foster sons, are claiming to be victims of sexual abuse.

In a national sexual assault case, an amazing example of how vital a lawyer truly is, a 31 year old registered sex offender pleaded guilty to the slaying of two teenage girls in northern San Diego. The man previously served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13 year old girl. He pleaded guilty to murdering Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, both teenagers, during an attempt to rape them. He is being sentenced to life in prison instead of potentially the death penalty in exchange for his plea.

To further demonstrate the extreme need of a attorney for anyone charged with such a violation, the penalties include:
  • Imprisonment
  • Large Fines
  • Restitution
  • Court Ordered Counseling
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Mandatory Sex Offender Registration (for life)
The list of illegal sex acts is extensive, but much of the focus on sex crimes include acts with a minor (e.g. anyone under 18 years old). Commonly committed sex crimes include: sexual abuse, sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation, rape, statutory rape, lewd conduct, indecent expose and distribution of illegal pornography.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact the team at Kestenbaum Eisnger & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Our lawyers have decades of experience with Los Angeles sex crimes and can provide a top notch criminal defense.

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Los Angeles Drug Crimes - Not Just For Illegal Drugs

Posted on: April 7, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.

Whenever someone reads in a newspaper or website that someone was arrested for a Los Angeles Drug Crime, they usually think of such illegal drugs as crack, marijuana, heroine or some other illegal narcotic. However, a growing area of drug law in the city is pharmaceuticals, and lawyers are spending more and more time defending people charged with possession and distribution of such "drugs."

A recent, high profile example of someone involve in a Drug Crime that involved prescription medications is recently deceased actor Corey Haim, who allegedly died due to an overdose of pharmaceutical drugs. Haim obtained at least 553 pills of powerful prescription drugs from seven different doctors, and as many pharmacies, according to a recent investigation. Few would think that a doctor could be arrested, but obviously this story may mean that doctors will have to pay close attention to the drugs their patents are ingesting.

In this alleged Crime, investigators stated that Haim obtained almost 200 tablets of Valium, almost 200 tablets of Soma and almost 150 tablets of Vicodin, as well as some Xanax. Each of these pills is powerful enough on its own, let alone taken in great quantities, and/or taken in conjunction with other pills. The state of California is examining as many as 5,000 illegal prescriptions throughout California, bringing legal drugs charges.

For Defense Attorneys, this may mean representing doctors in Drug Crime trials. Perfectly respectable professionals with strong track records of treating patients could be charged if it is thought they contributed to the death of a patient due to negligence or poor follow up. A doctor could be held liable for treating someone's illness if they prescribe a prescription drug.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a Drug Crime, contact Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin. We have years of experience defending individuals charged with drug crimes in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Van Nuys and throughout Southern California.

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Summary of New Laws Impacting Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: March 30, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.

The last few years have seen a major shake up in a number of laws, and this year will be no different. There are a number of new laws that Defense Attorneys want their clients, and the general public, to be well aware of. Some of these laws involved DUI, some involve Theft Crimes, others involve sentencing. However, each of these laws could have a major impact on anyone convicted of a crime.

Here is a quick breakdown of new laws handed down by the California State Legislature for 2010:

AB 14 – This law states that a car, truck or motorcycle can be declared a “public nuisance" and be impounded for up to 30 days when the vehicle is used for specific crimes such as soliciting a prostitute.

AB 58 – It is now an infraction to be involved in a betting pool with less than $2,500 at stake. This is an important law for small poker games, NCAA betting pools and other friendly matches to be aware of.

AB 91 – This is a new test program for Los Angeles and other counties which requires an “Ignition Interlock Device" to be installed on the vehicle of first time DUI offenders.

AB 532 – This will allow law enforcement to get a search warrant to seize guns from any domestic violence or mental health scare.

SB 748 – This forbids anyone from posting the contact information of anyone involved in the Witness Relocation and Assistance Program with the intent to commit a crime.

AB 750 – This gives courts the choice to sentence a deferred entry of judgment instead of jail time for minor offenses.

AB 962 – This law requires gun sellers to record sales of ammunition and also requires the taking and cataloguing of fingers prints of every gun purchaser. This means that someone convicted of a Los Angeles Drug Crime could be sentenced to rehab instead of going to prison.

As you can see, some of these laws can be helpful for a defendant, others can be dangerous, but only with a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer can someone take advantage of every opportunity to stay out of prison. Some of these laws can radically change the nature of how law enforcement approaches criminals, the accused and ex-convicts. Many of these laws change the way judges can sentence someone convicted of a crime, which is why it is that much more important to haw a lawyer who understands the law and who understands how to best defend someone accused of a crime.

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Los Angeles Drug Crimes Will Change Radically

Posted on: March 19, 2010 at 12:14 a.m.

Any Los Angeles Drug Crime Defense Attorney will tell you that the sentencing standards in drug offense cases are the cause of more pain and heartache than almost any other area of criminal law. Between the Three Strikes Law in California and the general disdain for drugs in the city, Attorney teams work double time to prevent their clients from going to jail for even minor infractions.

The United States Senate passed a bill years ago that created a huge disparity between the sentencing standards of cocaine infractions and crack infractions. As drug crimes go, in the past, the ratio of sentencing was 100-1, cocaine to crack. This means that 100 ounces of cocaine was equal to 1 ounce of crack in terms of sentencing. The Senate changed all of that, reducing the ratio to 18-1.

While this may not seem like a big deal, any Defense Attorney will admit that this will partially lift a huge burden carried by the black community. African Americans were punished in a far more severe way for possessing crack than a white person would be for possessing cocaine. The law was racist, punishing minorities, simply because they could not afford the more affluent drug of cocaine.

African American and other minority communities are often unduly punished by state and federal drug laws, facing excessive fines, jail time and probation for Los Angeles Drug Crimes. The state of California has zero tolerance when it comes to drug related offenses. All drug crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Commonly committed drug crimes include: drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, drug distribution, drug cultivation, and money laundering.

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Los Angeles Marijuana Facility Found in Woodland Hills

Posted on: March 17, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

When a Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer defends someone accused of a drug offense, they are fighting more than just the law. Anyone accused of, or charged with, a drug offense leads to being viewed as a pariah, as if only truly devious people can be caught up in a drug charge. Every Attorney understands that countless respected professionals, high profile celebrities, prominent politicians and professional athletes have been arrested for, or spent time in jail for, drug crimes.

In this particular drug offense situation, a man was arrested for having 50 marijuana plants in his Woodland Hills home. To make matters more interesting, these marijuana plants were found because the man was attacked and called the police over the break in. He was beaten and robbed by two men in their 20's, and while police were investigating the incident, they found the marijuana plants.

One possible area a Defense Attorney could focus on in such a case is the way in which the police investigated the crime and searched the premises. For example, there are specific guidelines the LAPD must follow when looking over a crime scene. If they overstep their bounds, a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney could prove that the search was illegal.

Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Southern California contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years. Our skilled drug crimes attorneys have over 50 years of collective court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases. When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve.

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Los Angeles Sex Crime in North Hollywood

Posted on: March 17, 2010 at 5:50 p.m.

Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys represent people charged with all manner of sex crimes, from rape, to sexual assault and molestation. Other sex crimes, such as child pornography, also require a skilled knowledge of the law and a unique level of experience.

A recent case in North Hollywood involved an alleged sexual assault that could potentially lead to years of jail time for the accused if he is convicted. A man is accused of grabbing a woman off of the street, pulling her into a parking lot, forcing her to undress and then raping her before running off. The alleged perpetrator is in his mid-20's, Latino and average height. For such a sex crime, years in prison, heavy fines, years of probation and possible being placed on the sex offender list are all realistic punishments he could face.

For this particular individual, if he is caught and arrested (he has not been found yet), he could face a slew of crimes including resisting arrest. When it comes to sex crimes, police may attach additional violations to help increase jail time or to make sure the sex crime is charged as a felony. This is one of the reasons a lawyer is so important. Without a skilled attorney watching out for your best interests, you could be caught off guard by a slew of charges that are allegedly related to the crime.

Typical Los Angeles Sex Crimes include:
  • Sexual assault
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Statutory rape (consensual sex where one party is under 18)
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lewd conduct in a public place
  • Possession of obscene materials
  • Failing to register as a sex offender

Los Angeles Sex Crime Penalties

A Sex Crime can lead to years in prison, years of probation, mandatory meetings, heavy fines, limited job prospects, inclusion on the sex offender registry, limited housing options and much more. Having a skilled attorney can help you avoid these issues and stay clear of a lifetime of penalties.

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Los Angeles White Collar Crime Case

Posted on: March 15, 2010 at 10:49 p.m.

An attorney, two chiropractors and a paralegal administrator pleaded not guilty to charges that they took part in a large-scale auto insurance fraud ring.

The group is accused of defrauding 19 insurance companies by filing false claims for staged accidents, with the loss estimated at nearly $550,000. The case stems from an investigation dubbed "Operation Big Fish," in which 63 people have been charged and 27 have already pleaded guilty or no contest, according to prosecutors.

Los Angeles White Collar Crime Attorney teams are seeing a rise in white collar charges since the state and federal government are taking a closer look at the financials of different companies. Accounting fraud, embezzlement, insurance fraud and other white collar crimes are coming to the forefront as the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office audits the financial records of professionals throughout the city. The crime is not reserved for bankers or CEO's, in fact, this recent White Collar criminal ring was not on a major financial scale. However, the penalties for a Los Angeles White Collar crime is significant.

If convicted of a white collar crime, you could face years in prison, heavy fines, elimination from certain associations, loss of professional license and much more. However, with a skilled lawyer working for you, any owner, executive or professional can avoid a majority of the penalties associated with these crimes.

At Kestenbuam, Eisner & Gorin, our skilled team is highly skilled in all major areas of white collar crime. As former criminal prosecutors with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, we know how the prosecution will use their tactics to put you behind bars. Our knowledge of the law, experience with accounting laws and overall legal skill will help us to craft the best defense possible for your particular case. We will fight on your behalf to help you stay out of prison, free from fines and off probation.

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Domestic Violence On The Rise

Posted on: February 20, 2010 at 2:29 a.m.

A Los Angeles crime defense attorney team understands that a person accused of domestic violence could have an array of mitigating factors surrounding their alleged crime and will work on your behalf to protect your rights in court.

Advocate groups for women and authorities are alarmed at the rapidly increasing instances of domestic violence in Massachusetts and across the country. The latest incident in Westford, Massachusetts involved a man that critically wounded his wife before fatally shooting his daughter and himself.

Since Jan. 9, at least five women have been killed in domestic violence incidents in Massachusetts. Two others were severely wounded in the total of six different incidents.

There seems to be a common connection between the domestic violence incidents in Massachusetts and across the county. In another Massachusetts city, a man took his own life after shooting his sick wife and their horse, setting fire to their home and his pickup truck. The man in this incident was facing a foreclosure auction before the incident occurred.

Women’s advocates believe that one underlying cause is an unforgiving economy that has intensified family disputes, inflamed some men’s abusive tendencies, and left some women more reluctant to leave violent relationships.

In many of these cases, women reported that financial pressures had made their husbands or boyfriends more angry and prone to violence.

A grim economy is just one of the problems and stresses that a person accused of domestic violence might be faced with. The dwindling economic situation has left many primary providers stressed out and worried about not being able to provide for their families. The layoffs and cut hours across the country have left many wondering how they will make ends meet and survive with a family to take care of.

If you have been accused of a Los Angeles domestic violence offense, you need a professional and knowledgeable team on your side to protect your rights and offer proof of the many circumstances revolving the alleged crime. The professional team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP has more than 50 years of courtroom experience and will be able to protect your rights in court at all times. We have a proven track record and are amongst the highest rated criminal defense teams in the country. If you have been accused of a Los Angeles domestic violence crime, call us immediately at 1-877-781-1570 or visit our website at www.keglawyers.com for more information.

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