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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Raiders

Posted on: March 7, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.

In this city, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys regularly defend celebrities, politicians and athletes for minor crimes, misdemeanors and even low level felonies. However, a former member of the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders is facing serious jail time after being accused of murder. This type of violent crime could change this man's life forever, and send him from a life of relative celebrity to wasting away in a prison cell for many years. Hopefully, he will be wise enough to hire a skilled lawyer to defend his case.

Anthony Smith, a member of the Raiders from 1990 until 1997, is among three men charged in the death of a 31 year old man named Maurilio Ponce according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Ponce was apparently beaten and shot several times before his body was dumped near the Antelope Valley poppy fields just 11 miles west of Lancaster in 2008. Smith, now 43, was charged with murder on February 16 and the men will be arraigned in March 17. Three other men were accused along with Smith, one of whom had a prior voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1996. Smith is being held on $1 million bail according to records, others were held at a lower amount.

A first round pick fo the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990, Smith went to college at the University of Arizona (he also played t the University of Alabama). He had 57.5 sacks in his career. He was previously married to former Playboy Playmate and current evangelist Vanity. He was in the top ten in sacks in the NFL once, went to the playoffs twice and made millions while in the NFL. Now, after a long football career, Smith is in dire need of a skilled Attorney who can help him avoid a felony conviction, decades in prison and potentially the death penalty. Smith was involved in a 2003 firebombing of a furniture store in Santa Monica over a dispute of a few hundred dollars. The store was left in ashes, but the case was dismissed by a judge.

If you or someone you know is in need of a skilled Defense Attorney contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570. Our lawyers possess over 50 years of combined experience as well as an in depth understanding of criminal trials in Los Angeles. Call us today.

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Pasadena Sex Crime Defense Attorney

Posted on: March 4, 2011 at 11:34 p.m.

Throughout Southern California, the reality of sex crimes and their consequences is changing the lives of men and women who are facing unbelievable prejudice. Just north of downtown, Pasadena Sex Crime Defense Attorneys are working overtime to keep their clients out of prison. However, for prior sex crimes, it can be difficult to keep repeat offenders on the street. In South Pasadena, a registered sex offender has to make a court appearance for allegedly exposing himself to a female motorist. He was spotted naked and masturbating on the steps of a South Pasadena apartment on Freemont Avenue. The 47 year old man was booked for indecent exposure and a parole violation after officers went to the apartment. The man was spotted around 1:00 PM by the woman who called police.

The man's lawyer will have a challenging time providing a top notch defense, as the woman positively identified the man she saw committing the act. At the time of his arrest, the man was on parole for a drug offense, and according the Sex Offender Registry, was registered as a sex offender for "assault with intent to commit a specified sex offense." He is currently being held without bail on a parole hold pending his arraignment at a court in Alhambra. With two prior convictions, one of which is a sex offense, the man will have to hire a highly skilled, highly knowledgeable Pasadena Sex Crime Defense Attorney in order to either avoid jail time or get the minimum. Being placed on a sex offense registry, which is a part of Megan's Law, means that the general public can view your past sex crimes. It also means that you are prohibited from living and working in certain areas, creating a long list of life long problems.

For anyone facing a sex crime charge, you need to call the Pasadena Sex Crime Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, we have a long track record of experience with sex crime trial throughout Los Angeles. While it is a scary and lonely thing to be facing jail time for a sex offense, our lawyers will help guide you through the legal process and keep your best interests at heart. Defending people charged with sex offenses in Pasadena requires expert investigators, a keen legal knowledge and a background in the courts, and we employ all three. Call us today.

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Disturbing Sex Crimes and Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys

Posted on: February 28, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.

To defend someone charged with a sex crime, a Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney must possess knowledge, skill and a unique understanding of the law. Every year, thousands and thousands of men and women are charged with sex crimes, and too many ignore the need for a great defense lawyer. What many people don't know is that being convicted of a sex crime can affect far more than jail time, it can change where you live, where you work and much more!

What people also do not know is that there are many types of sex crimes. While some people are aware of rape and child molestation, there are countless Los Angeles Sex Crimes, including indecent exposure, statutory rape, sexual assault, sex abuse of a minor and more. There are also sex crimes involving animals, an extreme case of which occurred in Phoenix Arizona. While cases can be rare, many attorneys have defended people charged with a sex act with an animal.

In Phoenix, a middle school music teacher is one of two men who is accused of allegedly trying to have sex with dogs. They are charged with conspiring to have bestial-sexual contact with an animal. The men allegedly used the Internet to contact dog owners who offered their canines for sexual intercourse. The two men were arrested after they allegedly agreed to meet a dog handler at a hotel. Both men must wear an electronic monitor and cannot have contact with any animals. The teacher was put on administrative leave and the other gentleman is currently unemployed.

As any Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney knows, any sex crime accusation is shameful, even if the alleged criminal is totally innocent. However, a sex crime that is more disturbing, such as sex with an animal, goes even further into public embarrassment. Many times, in cases such as these, the only real ally a defendant has is the lawyer who is defending them.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a sex crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570 today.

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Sex Abuse and Incest in the Entertainment Industry

Posted on: February 17, 2011 at 10:48 p.m.

Los Angeles sex crime criminal lawyers almost all have a horrible story to tell of a sexually abusive parent who goes too far with his children. While everyone deserves a strong criminal defense and while everyone in America is innocent until proven guilty, the details of a sex abuse case involving a child and its parent is disturbing. A recent case involving a musical family is no different, and has the general public in extreme disgust. It is cases like these where an experienced lawyer can truly earn his pay check. Providing a man accused of sexually abusing his own children a great defense is not just difficult, it is next to impossible. However, qualified lawyers are prepared to face even the most biased juries, the most difficult judges and prosecutors who are incredibly motivated to put their client behind bars.

A recent sex crime case involves five siblings known as "The 5 Browns." They are a classical piano group that has played throughout the world and each one was trained at Julliard's school of music. The allegations involved sexual abuse of his three daughters between 1990 and 1998 when they were minors. The father, Keith Scott Brown was charged with one count of first degree felony sodomy upon a child and two counts of second degree felony sexual abuse of a child. He was charged on February 10, 2011 and was involved in an accident, crashing his car and falling down a 300 foot cliff with his wife on Valentine's Day. While in critical condition, he pleaded guilty and could be facing 10 years to life in prison. While he may strike a deal for the sentences to run concurrently, it is possible that he could be in jail for the rest of his life.

A skilled Defense Attorney understands that charges such as these involve horrible family secrets. Yet, a lawyer must be on the side of his client no matter how severe the allegations are. In many cases, family members and others are not telling the full truth, or are lying about the events because it gets them attention. While that does not appear to be teh case in this instance, it has been the case in many other sex crime cases. A skilled lawyer can sift through the false allegations and provide their client with the necessary legal representation to keep them out of prison and free from fines.

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Las Angeles White Collar Lawyers and Embezzlement

Posted on: February 10, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.

Throughout the city lately, Los Angeles White Collar Defense Lawyers are working overtime, defending people from a variety of criminal charges ranging from embezzlement to money laundering. A recent case in Van Nuys highlights how white collar charges can even impact those who work in the criminal law industry. A Van Nuys woman who worked as a bail bonds agent was in court on a felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. The woman is 55 years old and was taken into custody earlier this month; she faces a maximum of three years in prison if she's convicted. She allegedly stole from clients in order to use these funds personally. According to authorities, from February through April 2009 she executed 13 American Surety Co. bail bonds worth almost $400,000. She is accused of collecting at least $34,000 in gross premiums from 12 of the 13 defendants that she bailed out, but failed to repay over $5,000 in net premiums due to the Bail Bond company. The investigation also uncovered other alleged crimes, including failing to return or account for 11 bail bonds with a face value of $250,000 and worth $3,250 in premiums.

Investigators learned of the alleged embezzlement scheme last may and forced the woman to give up her license. Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly appropriating (stealing) assets by one or more individuals to whom such assets have been entrusted. Any white collar crime charge involves mountains of paperwork, bank statements, electronic transfer notices and much more. The government is trying to prove that the alleged criminal used money illegally, didn't pay taxes and didn't pay the people they were supposed to pay. Unlike a crime such as stealing a car or breaking into someone's house to steal their television, there are no finger prints or witnesses to a white collar theft crime. The government must build its case through paperwork and investigation.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for or accused of a white collar crime in Los Angeles, contact a qualified lawyer today at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. We know how best to craft a defense. We use the best experts in the field of investigations, expert witnesses and accounting in order to build your case.

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Former Porn Star in Need of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

Posted on: January 31, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

No one is more aware of the need for a good LA criminal attorney than former porn star Janine Lindemulder. At one point, "Janine" was quite famous, gracing the cover of a 311 album, and considered one of the hottest porn stars in the late 90's and early 2000's. However, her life has fallen apart a bit recently, stemming from a former marriage to Jesse James. Yes, that Jesse James, the one who cheated on Sandra Bullock. Janine was arrested in Austin, TX on a warrant for harassing Mr. James in a series of allegedly abusive phone messages. Janine, who has had quite a bit of legal trouble stemming from her relationship with James and their children, had three warrants issued for her arrest after Jesse James turned over allegedly threatening voicemail messages he says Janine left for him. According to the legal documents, Janine places harassing telephone calls to him at all hours of the day and night. In fact, James claims to have received 300 calls since he moved to Texas. The calls apparently became so harassing and abusive that he felt the need to turn them over to the police.

Janine's long history with the law is impacting her ability to see her children, as well as her overall freedoms. She has called upon the assistance of a lawyer many times, after arrests for harassment, assault, drug use and much more. In this most recent case, she was charged with three counts of misdemeanor harassment and bail was set at $6,000. Further complications of this sort could lead to her missing time with her daughter, mandatory prison time and further loss of freedoms. For example, if Jesse James takes out a restraining order that involves phone calls, she could face severe punishment for harassing phone calls. The divorce from James complicates matters quite a bit.

If you or someone you love has been arrested, you need a qualified defense attorney. Contact the lawyers at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today to learn how we can help you. We understand the law, the courts, prosecuting attorneys and more. While this woman might lose her ability to see her children, a lawyer can help her get her life in order and get the best legal services possible.

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Los Angeles Sex Crime at an Adult Day Care Center

Posted on: January 28, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.

Three types of sex crimes seem to be prosecuted in a more severe way than all others: sex crimes against children; sex crimes against the elderly; and sex crimes against the disabled. Increased jail time, less sympathy from a jury or judge and years spent on the Sex Offender list are all very real punishments in such a case. A recent case in El Monte highlights just how terrible such a crime is, and just how harshly the general public will perceive anyone involved in a sex crime.

A former employee of an adult day care center pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting three severely disabled women with the mental capacity of children. The plea deal came in exchange for an agreement with prosecutors that he be sentenced to no more than eight years in prison. While eight years is better than fifteen, that is still almost a decade in prison. The 43 year old man actually faced up to 27 years if he had been convicted on all charges, which included multiple assaults and transmission of sexual disease. Each of the victims in this case had severe mental disabilities, including Down's Syndrome, and range in age from 24 to 54.

While there was no comment from the man's Los Angeles defense lawyer, it is obvious the lawyer was working hard behind the scenes. To get a sentence reduced by 19 years is pretty dramatic, and even though eight years is a long time, he will be relatively young when he emerges from prison. Under the terms of the deal, the man will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence and will have to register as a sex offender upon release. One of the worst consequences of being convicted with a sex crime is having to register as a sex offender. Anyone on that list will face limited career options, limited living options and public shame.

If you or someone you know is facing sex crime charges, contact the Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyers Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. We have the experience, skill and knowledge to any case they work on.

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Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys and San Gabriel Valley

Posted on: January 6, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.

A horrible tragedy occurred recently, highlighting why it is so important to have a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney working hard on your behalf to keep you out of prison. A registered sex offender was murdered by his cellmate while serving a 30 year sentence for sexually molesting a girl in 2008. It is widely known that sex offenders are easy prey in prison, as inmates and even guards go out of their way to continue any punishment they feel fits the crime. This means that more than just freedom is on the line for anyone charged with a sex offense. When a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney represents someone facing serious sex crime accusations, he understands the dangers that individual will face if he or she is thrown in jail.

In this case, Jaime Elizondo was found dead in his jail cell at High Desert State Prison in Susanville in December 2010. It appeared that there were "suspicious circumstances" according to Lt. Charles Hahn. An investigation is under way to find out exactly what happened. The prime suspect in the case is Steven Cisneros who has been placed in the prison's administrative segregation unit pending the investigation. Elizondo was put in jail in September after being convicted of "lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 with prior felony convictions." He had exposed himself to a girl inside an Arcadia bookstore before the most recent conviction. He arrived int he prison on November 30, the same day his alleged attacker arrived. Cisneros was serving a sentence of 56 years to life for murder with prior felony convictions. The District Attorney is investigating the crime as well and various other legal bodies are lending a hand.

As you can see, being a sex offender in prison can make you a target to other prisoners. The punishment never seems to end for anyone charged with a sex crime. The general public considers sex offenders as lower than dirt, the courts have increasingly harsh sentences, and even fellow convicts and criminals judge them guilty. Without a skilled Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney working for you, you could be all alone and facing a lifetime of cruel and unusual punishment. If you have been charged with, arrested for or accused of a sex crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. We can help analyze your case and be on your side, even when the world seems to be against you.

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Sex Crimes and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: December 21, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.

When a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney represents someone, he knows that the charges are probably fairly embarrassing and graphic. However, a highly skilled lawyer will defend his client no matter how complex, difficult or shocking the case may be. Sex crimes require a lawyer who understands the law and who can defend someone facing decades in jail if convicted.

In South Los Angeles a day care center operator has been accused of lewd acts with a 13 year old. The woman is accused of having sex with her teenage godson in a van. Chelsea Nichole McClelland was arrested near the Santa Monica Freeway and La Brea Avenue and is charged with suspicion of multiple instances of lewd acts with a child. She is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail in Van Nuys. She operated a day care center out of her home according to the Los Angeles Police Department. When resident reported seeing a van parked in the Mid-City area, a boy was found inside and he told them he was 18. However, after the LAPD sex crime detectives interviewed him, he acknowledged he was only 13. Some of the lewd acts took place allegedly when the boy was only 12 years old. The woman has three biological children of her own and is the legal guardian of a fourth.

In another case that required a Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney, a man who taught school in Cambodia was sentenced to nearly nine years in Los Angeles to a federal prison for traveling abroad to have sex with a 14 year old girl. The 61 year old man was sentenced to 104 months in jail and was ordered to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution to the victim. The man pleaded guilty in September as part of a plea agreement to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in Cambodia. He had a sexual relationship with the girl for five months in 2008 while he was teaching there at a private school. He actually had a "financial arrangement" with the girl's family and gave them food and about $200 a month .

If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime in Los Angeles, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570.

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Tremendous News in Southern California Crimes

Posted on: December 20, 2010 at 8:11 p.m.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers witnessed two amazing pieces of news this month, one involving a major criminal trial, another involving the death of a man who was pursued by police.

In Fullerton, a city just south of Los Angeles, saw a man get sentenced to 110 years to life in state prison for murdering his neighbor when he found her in bed with his adult son. Guillermo Rodriguez was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of murder, of criminal threats and of dissuading a witness from testifying. Previously, the man had four convictions, including two for robbery and two for assault with a deadly weapon. On the night in question, he had a dinner party at his apartment. Around one in the morning, Rodriguez went out to purchase more alcohol and when he returned, he walked into the bedroom to find his 18 year old son in bed with a 42 year old neighbor. After sending his son and his girlfriend out of the room, Rodriguez allegedly strangled the 42 year old woman, wrapped her in a blanket and buried her in Victorville with his son. The body was later found by hunters who contacted police. The man's son pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation.

In Long Beach, a man was shot and killed Sunday by Long Beach police. The man was suspected of sexually assaulting a family member. Officers allege that their car was flagged down early in the morning by a woman who claimed the sexual assault of a female minor had just happened. After taking to the alleged victim, officers went to the suspect's residence. Police then say the man produced a handgun at which point the officers fired on him. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

These are the two worst case scenarios for anyone charged with a crime. This man may have been innocent and quite possibly had no clue why police were approaching his home. Many individuals distrust police, especially if they have a prior criminal record. However, firing on police is quite possibly the stupidest and most dangerous thing a defendant can do. Beyond the fact that you could kill an officer of the law, the officer's will fire back and the best case scenario is that you'll have another charge to deal with. The worst case scenario is that you will be killed.

If you are facing any serious criminal charges, contact the Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570. Our team can help you defend yourself, stay free from prison and from fines. Call us today.

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