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Crimes in Los Angeles

Posted on: October 25, 2013 at midnight

Some recent crimes in Los Angeles have shown how important it is to have a lawyer who understands the courts, the prosecutors and jury trials. People from all walks of life can be arrested for, charged with or investigated for serious crimes, and without top notch legal representation it can create lifelong problems. In El Monte, the El Monte Police Department is looking for a man who is accused of raping a college student in the back of a convenience store. Authorities said a female student was working as a cashier at the store when a man blocked the exit as she prepared to close. He dragged the woman to the back of the store and raped her according to police news reports. Police believe the perpetrator is an 18-year-old who is a gang member with a tattoo on his right arm of his gang. They are seeking assistance from the community in looking for the alleged guilty party. In another sex crime involving a college student, a 26-yea- old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and rape at Grossmont College in El Cajon, near San Diego. The San Diego Sheriff's Department arrested Anthony Washington for attempting to attack a female student at 11 AM, he was booked in county jail. The attacker held a knife to the victim's throat according to reports as she got into her car. Another student saw the attacked and honked his horn causing the attacker to flee the scene. The suspect was arrested after a thorough search of the campus. He confessed he was going to rape the student during interrogation. In a surprising case of a judge committing a crime, Hon. Craig Richman allegedly committed battery for pushing and injuring a woman who was walking her dogs. The event allegedly occurred on July 18 when the judge saw a woman place a plastic bag of animal waste on the curb next to the street by his house. He is accused of pushing the woman from behind and knocking her to the ground causing the woman to strike her face on the sidewalk. She suffered cuts and scrapes to her face and shoulder. The judge then allegedly left the scene. Richman, who is also a former prosecutor, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery. The judge at first accused the woman of fabricating the entire story, but also claims that she was both the aggressor and stalked him when he tried to leave, which would at least ad some validity to her story.

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Los Angeles Sex Crimes and DNA

Posted on: May 21, 2010 at 5:42 p.m.

When a Los Angeles Sex Crimes Defense Attorney represents someone charged with a sex crime, he usually has to be concerned with witness testimony, circumstantial evidence and physical evidence. On occasion, the physical evidence includes DNA taken from either the scene of the crime or from the victim’s body.

In a recent case, police say a convicted felon who was deported to Mexico three years ago was allegedly molesting an 11 year old girl in Southern California. He was arrested Monday and investigators used DNA evidence from an alleged February 11 attack against him. He supposedly entered the girl’s bedroom by removing a screen in an unlocked window. He also allegedly admitted that he had assaulted at least for other females ranging in age from 11 to 22. The man was booked on suspicion of felony assault to commit rape as well as burglary.

For a Los Angeles Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, DNA can be a double edged sword. It can either exonerate a client, or convict them. However, DNA evidence can be incredibly faulty. For example, all it implies is that the alleged victim and the defendant made some sort of contact. For two adults, it may simply imply that they had intercourse. For an adult and an individual that is underage, it could be fare more complicated than that. Prosecutors attempt to convince juries that DNA evidence is a smoking gun, but it is not all that clear. However, only a skilled Los Angeles Sex Crimes Defense Attorney can effectively combat a jury’s response to such evidence.

Frequently committed Los Angeles Sex Crimes include rape, statutory rape, date rape, lewd conduct, pandering, prostitution, child pornography, child molestation and more. Any lawyer who defends someone charged with such a crime must invest heavily into investigating the claims of the alleged victim, any witnesses, DNA evidence and even medical records.

The penalties for Los Angeles Sex Crimes include imprisonment, being placed on the sex offender registry, probation, parole, large fines, restitution, court ordered counseling and more. For a normal person, it could lead to the end of their life as they know it. Sex offenders are seen as pariah within any community, forced to live far from schools, parks, and anywhere else children are present. You could even be limited in your job opportunities.

If you or someone you love has been charged with Los Angeles Sex Crimes, contact the defense attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience with criminal matters, sex crimes and government prosecutors, we can craft an effective legal defense on your behalf.

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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 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 Sex Offender Stigma And Its Implications

Posted on: February 14, 2010 at 2:10 a.m.

Being convicted of a Los Angeles sex crime can change a person’s entire life in more ways than one. Not only can it affect what one is allowed to do and not do, but it can also change a person emotionally and physically as well.

Take for example, Ricky Blackman of Oklahoma, a Tier 3 offender on Oklahoma’s sex offender registry. Blackman was a sociable, outgoing teenager, but that all changed when he was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he believed was 15. Blackman was 16 at the time and the sex offender followed him for years after the incident. This affected Blackman severely as he was unable to attend high school, go to his younger brother’s football games or visit the town library.

His mother, Mary Duval, says that Blackman is not the same person he was before the incident, “He was so fun-loving and just full of life. I mean there’s no other word. Ricky was full of life and now he’s definitely more cautious, more reserved."

Blackman lived with the "sex offender" label for nearly four years, until a law that took effect in Oklahoma in November removed his name from the registry.

After his conviction, Blackman's family moved to Oklahoma where he finished his probation and sex offender treatment. His record was expunged in Iowa, but the same was not the case in Oklahoma; Blackman continued to be on the sex offender registry there.

Blackman had to comply with state residency restrictions that prevent registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care center and his attempts to enroll in high school were unsuccessful because he considered a danger to the rest of the students.

Another aspect of Blackman’s life that became difficult was finding a job. He was continually turned town by employers such as Wal-Mart, McDonald's and another fast food restaurants.

"I know what I did was wrong and I deserved to be punished for it. But this destroyed my life. Took it away from me," said Blackman.

Like Blackman, many sex offenders face the same hurdles in California. The stigma that follows sex offenders can take a heavy toll on their lives, but there is something you can do about it. If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact the Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP immediately. Our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney team has more than 50 years of courtroom experience and will fight on your behalf to protect your rights.

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Los Angeles Sex Crimes And Housing Issues

Posted on: February 3, 2010 at 6:36 p.m.

Any Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney understands there is much more at stake for a defendant in a sex crime case than just jail time. There is a new "Scarlet Letter" that is painted on the record of anyone convicted of a sex crime in California, and it takes the most skilled lawyer to be able to clear a person's name.

On Monday, the California Supreme Court upheld residency restrictions for sex offenders, ruling that thousands may be barred from living near schools and parks.

The 5-2 decision permits California to continue enforcing residency restrictions on thousands of sex offenders who were paroled after Proposition 83 took effect in November 2006. The decision will also allow California to enforce the residency restrictions on those who were convicted years before the law took effect.

Proposition 83, also known as “Jessica’s Law", bans sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or parks where there are children present.

Four sex offenders on parole challenged the law, saying that there was no place in which to live and be in compliance of the law in the cities to which they had been paroled. Although the four parolees were convicted before Proposition 83 passed, the decision will require them to adhere to the residency rules that were put in place after Proposition 83 was passed.

In densely populated cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, it is difficult for sex offenders to comply with the rules because of the proximity of schools and parks to housing. Offenders do have the right to challenge the residency rules before a judge if they have a legitimate claim of not having a place to live due to the residency restrictions. The main defense that an accused sex offender can have, however, is staying off of sex offender registry lists in the first place. A sex offense charge can have serious consequences, including the housing issues mentioned above, so avoiding a sex offender registry list altogether is the best defense against these consequences.

If you have been charged of a Los Angeles sex crime, you need a Los Angeles sex crime attorney team on your side to protect your rights at all times. The proximity of schools and parks to housing in Los Angeles makes it difficult for sex offenders to comply with the residency rules placed upon them. Having a knowledgeable and professional team on your side will prove to be beneficial to you as housing becomes increasingly scarce for registered sex offenders. The team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP can help protect your rights as a parolee and will fight to keep you off of sex offender registry lists so that you can live your life as normally as possible. Contact us immediately at 1-877-781-1570 for more information on Los Angeles sex crimes and how our team can help you in your time of need.

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Los Angeles Sex Crime Shocks Community

Posted on: October 31, 2009 at 9:24 p.m.

A recent rape has shocked the city, surrounding areas and school administrators. Three teens in Richmond California were arrested on charges of gang raping a 15-year-old girl outside a high school dance while as many as two dozen people stood around watching and not calling the police. The defendants are all under 18 and did not enter pleas in their case. The case is so serious that the defendants wore bullet proof vests in court for fear that they could be shot.

A sex crime such as this could lead to decades in prison for any defendants, including those under the age of 18. These individuals were reportedly recorded on cell phones, with people standing around laughing during the incident. These individuals are charged with an assort of crimes, including rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object, robbery and assault causing great bodily harm. Los angeles sex crime attorneys in such cases would have to work incredibly hard to prove innocence, since the jury, public and even the courts would be biased in such a salacious case.

While this incident happened in Northern California, sex crime cases can be no less publicized by the press. Having a skilled los angeles sex crime defense attorney working for you can help protect against a biased court, biased jury and intense public scrutiny. For example, even though this case is being made very public, the evidence has yet to be examined and the trial has yet to happen. These individuals are worthy of a fair trial under the U.S. Constitution, which people often forget in such a case.

If you've been charged with, or accused of, a sex crime, contact the Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin at 877-781-1570.

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