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Violent Crimes in Los Angeles 2

Posted on: May 6, 2009 at 6:41 a.m.

Los Angeles violent crime defense attorneys have to battle difficult laws, difficult judges and possibly juries who usually favor locking up violent offenders. The media is rarely kind to anyone accused of a violent crime in Los Angeles, and so it's up to Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys to stand for the accused. When police investigate violent crimes, they take many precautions, but act aggressively. Only a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney understands police investigations well enough to be able to provide qualified legal defense services for those charged with a violent crime offense.

Recently, members of the Los Angeles Police Department have arrested three people in connection with a seemingly random shooting at a taco truck near Los Angeles International Airport last Wednesday. While the suspects names have not yet been released, witnesses say that a man with a rifle opened fire on people eating near the truck, killing 59 year-old Amador Cendejas-Cortes of Los Angeles and wounding five others. Among those wounded during the violent crime are two unidentified men, a woman and two young boys one just 12 years old. The violent crime occurred in Lennox, an unincorporated area not far from LAX. The possible causes or motives for the shooting, however, are currently unknown and being investigated by Los Angeles police.


Since the exact nature of the violent crime is still under investigation, no formal charges have been filed as of yet. It is likely that the shooter will be charged with either first- or second-degree murder, as well as several charges of assault with a firearm, all of which should be classified as felony offenses. A conviction on a first-degree murder charge in California would likely reap 25 years to life in a state prison, while a conviction of second-degree murder would be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.


Each count of assault with a firearm would also likely add to the defendants total sentence, making it highly possible that the defendant, whoever it is, may never leave the state prison system once he enters it-if he is convicted. It is not clear what roles, if any, the two people police arrested in addition to the shooter played in the shooting and what their charges are likely to be. Murder and assault are gravely serious crimes that could land you in prison without hope of ever getting out.



If you have been charged with a violent crime, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today to talk to someone about every legal option available to you.

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