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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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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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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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