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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and Panorama City Crimes

Posted on: April 29, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.

Violent crimes happen throughout the city of Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills and Malibu to North Hollywood and Panorama City. However, As any Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney will tell you, some areas are more serious than others. A man was recently shot by Los Angeles police officers after pointing a handgun at officers at an apartment building in Panorama City. In violent crimes where weapons are involved, police are often forced to fire upon people who may be confused or angry...or both. Any Defense Attorney will tell you that bringing a weapon into any situation is an absolute nightmare. The man was shot in his abdomen and was hospitalized. That day, it was the third police shooting that took place in Los Angeles, the other two happened in Watts.

Los Angeles has a long history of violent crimes, and Panorama City is known as a place where these crimes take place regularly. When you live in such an area, it is that much more important to avoid any weapons, because police will be on high alert when they know they are entering a situation in that city. For example, if the police are called into a domestic dispute in Beverly Hills, they are likely to approach the situation differently than if they were called into a domestic dispute in Watts or North Hollywood. This may not be fair, but when police are entering into any situation where a violent crime may occur, they have to prepare themselves for all possible scenarios.

Whether you live in Panorama City, North Hollywood, Van Nuys or Santa Monica, a Attorney might be your best friend if you are facing serious legal consequences. If you are facing serious legal consequences, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Call us today!

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Child Porn and the LAPD

Posted on: April 27, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.

Whenever you talk to a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer about child pornography charges, you get the sense that even an accusation of child porn can ruin a person's life forever. If you hold a position of authority, a child porn accusation is even more severe. A Los Angeles Police Department officer whose son is serving time for possessing child pornography was sentenced to eight months behind bars recently for the same crime. In addition to the jail time, the officer must serve four months in home detention, pay thousands of dollars in fines and spend seven years in supervised release. One year ago, the officer's 29 year old son was standing in a Los Angeles federal court and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The father apparently had fewer images on his computer, but the judge in the case still wanted to send the man to prison because "the child is victimized again."

The officer was distinguished for a lifetime of exceptional service to the community in a very tough neighborhood, but the judge still sentenced the man to prison. The son was charged with receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography and the father was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography. The FBI executed the investigation, finding 600 images of child pornography on the son's computer after suspecting him of beign involved in criminal activity.

For people charged with any sort of child pornography crime, there are complex laws involved. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our lawyers possess experience in some of the most complex and lengthy criminal trials in the city. Our experience defending crimes includes successful defenses of child pornography charges.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and Celebrity Drug Charges

Posted on: April 26, 2011 at 1:47 a.m.

You may remember Antoine Dodson from his "hide ya kids, hide ya wife" screams when someone attempted to rape a tenant in his apartment complex. Now, however, Mr. Dodson is known for being arrested for marijuana possession and is in need of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to represent him. Dodson was arrested in Alabama by Huntsville police at roughly 2:30 in the morning. He was booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and released shortly there after. According to the jail's website, Dodson was hit with other misdemeanor charges, two of which were for failing to appear on a traffic charge and one was for failing to have insurance. He also has a speeding charge.

Dodson was made famous when he loudly called out an alleged attempted rapist in his community. He has since made numerous appearances on talk shows, including Tosh.0, and had many parody songs dedicated to himself and his outlandish "hide ya kids" rant. The celebrity may have contributed to his new found drug habit.

Marijuana possession may not seem like a serious thing, but as any Defense Attorney will tell you, any criminal case is a severe threat. This case may just have been a misdemeanor, but it could create problems if there are any future drug charges. In fact, even a misdemeanor could lead to jail time if the judge decides such action is warranted. Dodson is not the first celebrity in trouble this week. Nic Cage was arrested for potential domestic violence charges and ex-Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested for disturbing the peace in Los Angeles. The lawyer in these cases will work tirelessly to defend them, but people of all walks of life can find themselves facing severe legal troubles in criminal court.

If you or someone you love has been charged with, arrested for or accused of a drug crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. Our skilled lawyers can provide a top notch criminal defense, and our ability to defend you in court is backed by our successful track record. Call us today for your initial consultation and let us help keep you out of prison and free from fines.

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Los Angeles Federal Criminal Attorneys and Point Shaving

Posted on: April 12, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.

In the 1950's, there were so many point shaving scandals in college basketball that countless careers were ruined by organized crime. Alleged mobsters would pay money to college players to either throw the game (meaning to lose it intentionally) or to "underperform" which would impact the odds. If a team is favored to win by 7 points, but they only win by 4, then anyone who took the odds would lose. When federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) got involved, young players had their dreams destroyed as they were either thrown out of college basketball, thrown in jail or both. An incident in San Diego demonstrates just how important it is to have a Los Angeles Federal Criminal Attorney today as it was 60 years ago.

At the University of San Diego, a point shaving investigation is shocking not only the community, but the sports scene in and around the city as well. Former USD basketball players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy are in desperate need of a Los Angeles Federal Criminal Attorney after they were indicted on charges of fixing college basketball games. The agents who were investigating the crime were originally looking into a marijuana drug ring for over a year. Investigators learned the dealers were also running sports books and allegedly bribing college players to fix games. Agents executed four search warrants at various residences and one business (a convenience store) in San Diego. By agents, this means FBI SWAT teams swarming into people's home and businesses, taking documents and people into custody. Without a skilled Federal Criminal Attorney working for you, there is no telling how law enforcement officials could take advantage of such a situation.

The investigation showed that the people allegedly involved in the bribing and point shaving operation bet on USD to lose against teams they were favored to beat. In a 7 game stretch, the team went 1-6, including 1-5-1 against the spread. These losses included three losses to teams they were favored against. The coach of the USD basketball is also allegedly involved in this operation. Each of these individuals will need a skilled, experienced Los Angeles Federal Criminal Attorney in order to get the best defense possible. If you or someone you know has been charged with a federal crime, contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570 today!

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Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorneys and Ponzi Schemes

Posted on: April 10, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.

in LA, it is not uncommon for a Los Angeles White Collar Attorney to defend people charged with extremely shocking crimes, such as bilking seniors out of their money or stealing money from pension funds. However, what a lawyer knows is that a charge is not a conviction. To be charged with a crime is simply to be thought guilty, not to be actually convicted by a court. A white collar crime can make a person look shameful to the general public, and without a skilled lawyer working for you, the shame could follow you all the way to prison. A recent case in Topanga highlights just how publicly embarrassing it can be for anyone charged with a serious white collar crime in Los Angeles.

In Topanga, a man is accused of running a 15 year long Ponzi scheme that conned retired Los Angeles County train and bus operators out of roughly $7 million. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The man operated or used several companies to perpetrate the scheme, which targeted retirees, many of whom were employed as transit operators by the MTA. This crime was prosecuted by federal authorities, which means the penalties and prison time are far more severe. A Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorney with a track record of success can be a great asset in such a case. The investigation process in a Ponzi scheme charge or any other white collar crime is in-depth, and only a knowledgeable lawyer can help defend against the accusations. The man is accused of portraying himself as a successful investment adviser, falsely promising high investment returns through stocks, bonds or real estate. He also insisted his investments were safe, lying to at least one victim that her investment money was insured by the federal government.

If you or someone you know has been accused of, charged with or arrested for a while collar crime in Los Angeles, you need a skilled lawyer working on your behalf. With over 50 years of combined experienced, including quite a few years working in the Los Angeles District Attorneys' office, the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP can help create a great defense for your case.

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Lebron James, His Mom and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: April 7, 2011 at 5:56 p.m.

When most people consider the idea of having to bail out a family member from jail, they think about a child, possibly a sibling or maybe even a spouse. However, NBA superstar Lebron James had to bail his mother out of a legal jam when she allegedly committed a battery crime involving a valet. Any such case requires a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney especially because Lebron James' mother did not cooperate with police and actually struck the valet with her hand.

Lebron James' mother allegedly slapped a Miami Beach valet so hard in the face she lost her balance and fell to the ground. She was then approached by a police officer and told him "I don't trust your kind." Gloria James, 43 years old, allegedly struck the valet after retrieving James' car and putting in on the valet ramp in front of the hotel while Gloria and a female driver stood around talking to people for 30 minutes. The woman approached the valet after he turned off the car and shouted obscenities at him. She then struck the valet and fell down herself. She was transported to a nearby police station and when police attempted to question her, she responded by saying she didn't "trust" their "kind" and was allegedly drunk throughout the incident.

Having to pick up a loved one in jail is a major challenge, especially if the crime involved a violent altercation. When a lawyer works to represent someone charged with any sort of violent crime, he must assess the entire situation. In this case, the woman was allegedly drunk and there were quite a few witnesses on hand to see the incident, making the crime more difficult to defend. For a Defense Attorney, certain experts would have to be hired to interview the various people who were potential witnesses.

If you or anyone you know has been accused of a crime, contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With out 50 years of combined experience, we can craft a unique defense tailored to your specific needs. You should also never feel guilty for need a Attorney. If the mother of the NBA's biggest star needs one, there may come a time in your life where you will need one as well. Call us today.

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Los Angeles Murder Investigation

Posted on: March 29, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.

Of all the violent crimes a person can be charged with in Southern California, murder carries the most severe penalties. Life in prison, life in prison without parole and the death penalty are all potential outcomes of any violent murder trial. In California, where the death penalty is still in play, someone can be given the death penalty if their crime is savage and brutal enough, or if there are multiple victims. However, even life in prison is a terrible consequence, as it effectively ends the life of anyone convicted of a murder crime. For these reasons alone, hiring a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney is absolutely vital if you or someone you love is facing a murder charge. Murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter are all felonies and could lead to decades in prison or even a more severe penalty. In addition, being charged with such a crime means that people will probably never look at you the same, even if you are found innocent of the crimes you have been charged with by a jury of your peers. Once again, having a skilled, knowledgeable attorney by your side could literally be the difference between life and death.

In the south bay, a man is charged with murdering his wife in a case that involves some truly mysterious circumstances. The man in question, David Viens was a suspect in his wife's disappearance. He then jumped off of a cliff in Palos Verdes after learning this information, only to survive his wounds. While being treated for injuries sustained during the jump, he was charged with murder and pleaded not guilty to this murder. Los Angeles County Sheriff's say Viens acknowledged foul play from his hospital bed last month when authorities excavated his restaurant to find his wife's body. The search was called off after authorities determined her body was not in the restaurant. The man is being held on $1 million bail and faces life in prison if a judge or jury of his peers finds him guilty. The consequences and circumstances surrounding this case are intense, which is why an experienced lawyer with a track record of success is necessary to bring about a positive outcome for the accused man.

If you or someone you love has been charged with murder, you need a lawyer you can trust and someone who will stand by you no matter how difficult the trial becomes. At Kestenbum Eisner & Gorin, LLP our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience, and can defend you in court and out of it. Having worked on countless criminal trials, our lawyers possess a unique level of experience with actual criminal trials, and their track record of success speaks for itself. Call us today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorneys

Posted on: March 28, 2011 at 9:24 p.m.

A recent case in a Los Angeles Court highlights just how vital a Los Angeles White Collar Attorney is for anyone charged with a white collar crime. A woman from Canada is being sentenced for stealing thousands of millions of dollars from American citizens, all of them elderly, by using telemarketers to peddle fake credit card protection plans. The woman pleaded guilty in July, 2010 in Los Angeles Federal Court of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud according to a US Attorney. Both the woman and her husband were arrested back in 2007 by Canadian officials as part of an investigation in that nation. The couple ran the scheme from 1998 until 2001, hiring telemarketers to sell fraudulent credit card protection programs to seniors in Los Angeles and throughout the United States. These telemarketers were hired to falsely tell victims that they were calling from a security division of Visa, MasterCard or the consumer's credit card issuing bank. They were sold fake credit card protection for roughly $300. These victims were coerced to divulge their card numbers for verification purposes, which enabled the two to immediately charged the fee to the victim's credit cards. The woman was charged and will be sentenced in Los Angeles, however her husband remains in Canada, facing charges in his home nation.

As you can see, even crimes that are a decade old can lead to years in prison. These people are facing federal charges, which are often more of a threat than state charges. These people are facing years in prison for their crimes, because federal authorities only go after criminals they know they can prosecute, and do so with tenacity. Without a qualified, skilled Los Angeles White Collar Defense Attorney who understands federal crimes, no one has a prayer of defeating these charges. Their is great sympathy for the victims, who are elderly, many of whom might face financial ruin due to this crime. However, in even the most dire cases, having a knowledgeable lawyer working for you can mean the difference between years in prison and complete freedom.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a white collar crime, contact the Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. Our phone number is 877-781-1570, and we have people on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Santa Clarita Sex Crime

Posted on: March 25, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.

A Canyon Country man is in desperate need of a Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Attorney after being accused of a serious sex crime. Sheriff's deputies in Santa Clarita were seeking addition victims of a man who was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct in a public restroom and possession of child pornography. The alleged crime happened at College of the Canyons.

The man is a resident of Santa Clarita and a student at the college. He was allegedly trying to videotape a 12 year old boy sometime in the evening in a college restroom according to a Sergeant in the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. The boy immediately reported the incident to campus security who then detained the suspect. According to Santa Clarita Valley Station deputies, child pornography was found in the man's on campus vehicle. He was held on $45,000 bail and investigators are urging others to come forward if they have experienced the same treatment by the man.

A sex offense such as sexual assault carries severe consequences, such as years in jail, years on probation, fines and being placed on the California Sex Offender Registry. However, when a sex crime involves a child, the consequences are even more dire. Santa Clarita Sex Crime Defense Attorneys who represent people charged with sex crimes know that once a minor enters the picture, the outlook is dim. Juries, judges and prosecutors almost make it their business to put any potential threat to young people behind bars for as long as possible. In this instance, the 12 year old boy made allegations that could lead to the discovery of other potential crimes. A lawyer will have to work incredibly hard in order to protect this particular man from spending decades in prison over these allegations. Another challenge is that this man has not been convicted, merely accused of these crimes.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a sex crime in Santa Clarita, you need a qualified lawyer. Contact the Santa Clarita Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, our skilled legal time will utilized experts in the field of investigations and some of the best professionals to craft you the best defense possible. With a long track record of success, our lawyers can provide you with the legal representation you will need to stay out of jail and off the Sex Offender Registry. Call us today.

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Violent Crime, Carnivals and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: March 25, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

Defending a violent crime in Los Angeles is one of the most difficult things a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney will ever do, especially when the crime involves potential gang related activities. The City of Los Angeles has a particular set of laws that add years of prison time, fines and probation to the sentence of anyone who is affiliated with a gang. If a violent crime involves a gun, innocent bystanders, gang affiliation and prior convictions, it could lead to a life sentence or worse for anyone convicted of such a crime. This is why having a skilled Defense Attorney working for you is vital; he could mean the difference between spending twenty or more years in prison and being able to walk away with probation or less.

A recent case in the San Fernando Valley highlights just how important it is for a person to have a qualified lawyer. An ex-convict opened fire at a Granada Hills church carnival in May 2008 and wounded the mother of his son and two volunteers. He was convicted of two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, as well as one count of being a felon with a firearm. The man is a former member of the North Hollywood Boyz gang and was on parole at the time for assault with a deadly weapon. He walked into his son's school fundraiser at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church with a .22 caliber semiautomic rifle tucked into a tennis bag. He fired several rounds at his ex-girlfriend as she was setting up a carnival booth because he and the woman were involved in a custody dispute. The woman was hit in the elbow and a man was shot in the chest. Another person was hit in the leg. During the shooting, five parents, including an off-duty police officers, tackled and disarmed the man.

The man most likely did not hire a private Attorney, meaning he had a public defender representing him. The man had a history of domestic disputes with the ex-girlfriend and with officials at the church. The girl had gone so far as to get a restraining order against him from church property.

If you or someone you know needs legal representation, contact the Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570.

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