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Comic Books and Violent Crime

Posted on: July 27, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

When people think about Violent Crimes, they might imagine the alleged attacker to be big, muscular, often a gang member or some other stereotype. However, at San Diego's Comic-Con there was an attack that involved strangely peculiar individuals. As most Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers know, Violent Crime in Southern California comes in all shapes and sizes.

A man wearing a "Harry Potter" t-shirt allegedly stabbed another man int he eye with a pen when they got into an argument over whether one of them was sitting too close to the other. The injured man was in his 20's and taken to the hospital with a minor cut. The attacker was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. The two men were sitting in a 6,000 person room where they were going to hear Seth Rogan discuss his role in the science fiction comedy "Paul." Comic-Con took place from Thursday until Sunday, and this is the only known case of violence in the comic book convention's history.

For any Defense Attorney it is important to know every detail of how and why an alleged violent attack took place. Some supposed crimes can better be described as self defense, making the legal defense fairly simple. In this case, there were tens of thousands of people fighting for just a few thousand chairs, meaning that the convention center in San Diego was almost asking for a fight to occur. When a judge or jury hears the details of such a case, a skilled Attorney may be able to convince them that the circumstances involved were causing people to act irrationally.

Violent crimes in Los Angeles can result in serious penalties if you are convicted. Years in prison, heavy fines, probation and other court actions can all result in a severely penalized individual. Such a conviction can even follow you around from work place to work place, meaning you will have a hard time getting the job you want if you have been convicted of a felony, or even a misdemeanor.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a Violent Crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to provide top notch legal representation.

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Child Pornography Crimes

Posted on: July 26, 2010 at 11:30 p.m.

With sex crimes having such dire consequences, one would think that an attorney would be the last person guilty of owning, viewing or distributing Child Pornography. However, one case is Kansas shows just how dumb some people can be, as well as how important it is to have a skilled, experienced Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney if you find yourself accused.

A partner of the largest law firm in Kansas is accused of sending Child Pornography to a child while in his office. He is even the son of a very important legal figure in Kansas, a former judge and former partner of the same law firm. The man allegedly used his webcam multiple times to send pictures of himself in a sex act to an FBI agent posing as a 14 year old. He also allegedly encouraged the person posing as a 14 year old girl to send photos back to him. The photos of the lawyer were actually taken in his law office! Child Pornography charges are severe enough, now he has involved his work place in the alleged events.

Public outrage over Child Pornography charges can ruin a person's life, whether or not the individual is guilty. This is why it is absolutely necessary to have a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney if you have been accused of possessing, distributing or manufacturing Child Pornography. If you are convicted of this particular sex crime, you are in danger of:
  • Imprisonment
  • Listing on the California Sex Offender Registry
  • Limited job and housing options
  • and much more
Anyone charged with, accused of or arrested for Child Pornography crimes should contact the Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP by calling 877-781-1570. With over 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers will work hard to provide you top notch legal representation.

Unless you want to be severely punished in court and in public for having pornographic images of minors (under 18 years of age), you need a qualified lawyer. The courts and prosecution may force you to plea bargain without giving you proper information, meaning you need a Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Attorney to provide you with proper legal representation.

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Los Angeles Domestic Assault

Posted on: July 22, 2010 at 4:48 p.m.

Los Angeles has been the site of some pretty high level celebrity legal news lately, most of it involving domestic abuse and domestic assault. In three very different case, three different celebrities have had to face law enforcement for their alleged actions involving their spouses or significant others. Each of these individuals has required the skill and knowledge of a highly qualified Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney.

The first case of Domestic Violence involves Michael Lohan, father of recently jailed Lindsay Lohan. Michael Lohan had to appear in a New York court recently for allegedly attacking his fiancee Kate Major who claimed that Lohan kicked her in the face and threatened to kill her. A judge recently issued a Temporary Order of Protection against Lohan in connection with the claims. Michael Lohan claims that his fiancee was drunk at the time and he never struck her. When a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney represents someone in such a situation, he may instruct the defendant to make as few comments as possible to the press because of potential legal issues.

In a more publicized case, Mel Gibson is utilizing the skill of a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in his efforts to stay out of jail. His former significant other Oksana Grigorieva is claiming he hit her and made threats against her. Tapes of Gibson threatening the woman are on the Internet, and she is alleging he punched her in the face. X-rays, dental visits and doctor's records are all being taken into consideration in this case.

In the most recent domestic violence case, former Color Me Badd singer Bryan Adams was arrested after a fight with his wife occurred in Honolulu. He allegedly threw the woman across the room and was arrested on suspicion of harassment and later released. Adams has had previous run-ins with the law, having been arrested in 2008 on domestic abuse charges after allegedly threatening to kills his then girlfriend.

As you can see, the details in each of these cases often involve "he said, she said" issues where each spouse is claiming different versions of the events in question. When a Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorney sits down with his client, he has to weight how damaging the testimony of the other side will be toward his client. In some cases it might be best to settle or make a plea agreement, in other cases it might be right to fight the charges hard.

If you or someone you love has been charged with domestic abuse, contact the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP at 877-781-1570. We can help you protect your rights and fight for your freedoms.

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Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense

Posted on: July 21, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.

Los Angeles Police treat violent crimes incredibly seriously. Anyone facing a charge that involves violence or weapons absolutely needs a Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense Attorney.

A recent violent crime in Hollywood has taken police and residents by surprise, which will assuradely lead to a serious criminal investigation. Two people were killed during a shooting at a t-shirt store in Hollywood on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Serrano Avenue. The shooting took place some time between noon and 1:00 PM on Monday, July 19. According to police, the shooting was a murder-suicide, however the victim's name and the shooter's name were not released. In this particular area of Hollywood, 30 homicides have taken place within a one mile radius since January 2007. When police see such a cluster of violent activity, they will be paying special attention to anyone charged with a crime. Those accused of, or arrested for, a violent crime will need a Defense Attorney because the added attention will bring added penalties and consequences from the courts. Police always want resident to feel safe, and having such violent activity taking place in that area will damage the overall sense of the community.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we know how the police and District Attorney's office operate. We utilize our knowledge, skill and background in every criminal case, giving people the legal representation they need in their criminal case. We work with experts and utilize the best practices possible in order to give our clients the best chance at freedom.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a violent crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin by calling 877-781-1570 today. Our successful track record includes representing people accused of murder, attempted murder, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, gang activity and more.

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San Fernando Sex Crime Defense

Posted on: July 21, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.

Los Angeles County, and specifically the San Fernando Valley, is a hot spot for sex crime accusations, making a San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney incredibly important. There are a number of factors which impact how often a person is accused of a sex crime, such as: working with the opposite gender, working with minors, having physical contact with numerous individuals, etc. In fact, certain jobs and professions can create multiple opportunities for a law abiding citizen to be accused of a San Fernando Sex Crime.

Teachers throughout the San Fernando Valley are often under heavy criticism and scrutiny due to a number of factors. Teachers are often held to difficult standards by parents, teachers, politicians and even education administrators. Making matters worse, students can often accuse teachers of certain activities or crimes out of spite, and not out of their actual conduct. Sometimes these accusations are legitimate, other times these accusations spring forth from a student who wants to get a teacher in trouble for giving them a poor grade. Regardless, being on constant proximity to minors puts any teacher at a greater risk of being accused of a sex crime than many other professions. Being a teacher can also make the penalties for a sex crime more intense, making a quality San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney a necessity.

A recent case involves a middle school teacher in the Hollywood area. The teacher resides in the San Fernando Valley and was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography. He's been teaching since 2001 and turned himself in to authorities without incident. Police are also concerned he may have communicated with minors online via Yahoo Messenger. Anyone in such a difficult situation is going to face a difficult legal battle, making a quality San Fernando Sex Crime Defense Attorney incredibly important. Beyond jail time, this individual could be facing a lifetime on the Los Angeles Sex Offender Registry, years of probation, limited career options and more.



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Healthcare Fraud Defense

Posted on: July 8, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.

When it comes to white collar crime, the number of Healthcare Fraud cases is increasing. With Obama's new healthcare package, it seems individuals are taking advantage of programs on all sides, hospitals, healthcare practitioners, patients, drug companies and more. When a Los Angeles White Collar Defense Lawyer represents someone charged with Healthcare Fraud, he has to realize that it is an incredibly complex issue.

Recently, in Ohio, a federal court saw a woman and three of her former employees charged with Healthcare Fraud. They worked for a pharmaceutical company as sales people, insurance verifiers and more. The charges they are facing include: concealment of records from a federal investigation; conspiracy to conceal records from a federal investigation; two counts of conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation of a health care offense; and two counts of obstruction of a criminal investigation of a health care offense. These are not just criminal charges, they are felonies on the federal level, which means that serious prison time will be handed down for any of these individuals who are convicted of a crime. These crimes allegedly took place between 1987 and 2008 and revolve around over billing medical insurance companies for drugs and services.

In order for any Defense Attorney to provide top notch legal services, he must review countless pages of information from both sides. Insurance companies surely will have countless boxes of files, the FBI has tons of more pages of paper, and even the individuals themselves have as many pages of notes, evidence and so forth. Only a skilled lawyer who understands the complexities of white collar crime, and the challenges of any Healthcare Fraud Defense case, can provide the type of legal services needed.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we have a successful track record necessary to provide a high level of legal defense. If you or someone you love is charged with Healthcare Fraud, contact our lawyers today at 877-781-1570.

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Mortgage Fraud Defense

Posted on: July 8, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.

Since late 2007, the economy has hit such difficult moments that people are still thinking that we are in the midst of, or the beginning of, another Great Depression. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers spend more and more of their time defending people who are accused of trying to take advantage of such a situation. In fact, some legitimate industries, such as loan modifications and debt settlement, are being targeted by the California state government. People who are obeying the law, or who have to adjust to new laws, are facing an increasingly difficult time of late.

For example, some bad apples are making life difficult for so many others. Recently, two men in the San Francisco area were sentenced to 20 years in prison after being caught in a Mortgage Fraud scam. They claimed they could eliminate their clients' mortgage debts for a fee of $1,000 to $3,000. These individuals also insisted on acting as their own lawyers. According to the prosecution, from 2003 to 2005 these two men recruited distressed homeowners from around the country through Internet ads and got them to sign letters to their lenders claiming that their home mortgage loans were actually illegal. When the lenders did not respond, they declared these loans paid in full and told the homeowners to arrange new financing. This Mortgage Fraud case left each man with more than 20 years of prison time and a $500,000+ restitution bill.

Clearly, this case demonstrates how vital it is for a defendant in any criminal trial to have a Defense Lawyer representing them. The courts questioned the intelligence and the competence of these men, and yet still threw them in prison for over two decades each. While some homeowners may have felt taken advantage of, these men did not do themselves any favors by refusing hire adequate legal representation.

At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, we can provide the kind of legal defense you need to avoid serious jail time in state and federal courts. If you or someone you do business with has been accused of Mortgage Fraud, contact our skilled, knowledgeable and successful lawyers today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Domestic Violence

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.

Domestic violence is a serious matter and poses threats to individuals, families and communities. Judges, juries and prosecutors have very little tolerance for such crimes, and often hand down severe penalties for people accused of verbally, sexually or physically abusing a close relation. However, not everyone accused of such a crime is guilty, or worthy of the kinds of severe punishments handed down by courts. In instances where people are falsely accused, or where the prosecution is treating a crime as far more severe than they ought to, a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney is absolutely necessary to provide adequate legal representation.

Domestic Violence in L.A.

A woman was accused recently of beating, starving and tying up her two small children so she could sleep better at night. This Orange County case involves two counts of child abuse. The woman is being held in a Santa Ana jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, and was ordered booked on charges of willful cruelty to a child and possible injury or death and inflicting injury upon a child. Police were called in by the woman's landlord and found her two emaciated young boys (ages 2 and 5) with bruises all over their bodies, swollen limbs and bumps on their heads. The woman admitted to striking the children (a form of domestic violence), but she allegedly did not think she was hitting them that hard.

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Crimes such as these sound brutal, and the press will portray mothers and fathers who commit domestic violence as animals, or unloving monsters. However, as any Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney knows, these stories are often far more complex than any reporter, judge or prosecuting lawyer is willing to admit. When someone is charged with domestic violence, it could be for quite a few reasons:
  • They are guilty of the crime
  • Their spouse is making false accusations due to an argument
  • A neighbor is mistakenly calling the cops on them
  • Somehow drugs are making a person act in ways they would not normally act
These are just some of the reasons these types of crimes happen, and without a skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to plead your case before a judge or jury, you might simply face jail with no hope of seeing your children again.

If you or someone you love is facing domestic violence charges, contact the Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today by calling 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Violent Crimes and Weapons

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.

Los Angeles Violent Crime Defense Attorneys have a difficult job when they have to try and convince a jury and/or judge that their client was either not breaking the law or acting in self defense during an alleged incident. However, when a weapon (or multiple weapons) is introduced into a criminal investigation, it means that the job of the Defense Lawyer is that much more difficult. A recent incident highlighted how grim the prospects can be for anyone involved in a violent crime.

A man wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform attempted to rob a security guard of his wallet at the downtown Los Angeles World Trade Center, only to have things to out of control. The security guard hit the man with a flashlight, causing him to lose his assault pistol. The robber was not identified, but police believe they have the important and necessary clues to both identify and arrest the suspect. There was blood that came from a cut to his head, prescription glasses and the assault weapon which fell out of his hands during the scuffle. Allegedly, the crime took place after midnight with the man pulling out a Tech 9 semi-automatic assault weapon and ordering the guard to the ground after asking for directions. The guard courageously fought back and grabbed the gun with one hand while using the other hand to hit the robber on the head with a flashlight.

Los Anveles Violent Crime Defense Attorneys

Trying to stay clear of serious charges when facing a violent crime accusation that included weapons is extremely difficult. For a Attorney, not only will he have to defend his client against the robbery charge, but a weapons charge as well. Judges, juries and prosecutors come down hard on any crime involving an assault weapon such as the Tech-9.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a violent crime or a weapons charge, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. Our experienced team will be able to defend you, provide you experienced legal counsel, help you decide what your best options are and guide you along the way.

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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Fourth of July

Posted on: June 29, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

For Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Fourth of July can be an extremely busy holiday. People get arrested every year for selling, buying and manufacturing illegal fireworks, and many are in desperate need of a qualified lawyer to represent them in court. Some of these are small matters, mostly misdemeanors; however, many of these crimes can involves hundreds of thousands of dollars and years in prison as felony charges.

For example, in El Monte recently, Los Angeles Police claim to have seized almost two tons of illegal fireworks. A detective said the seizure was made in downtown Los Angeles as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal fireworks sales and distribution. The fireworks were allegedly worth $125,000. So far, no arrests have been made, but police are ever on the lookout for illegal fireworks in Los Angeles as the holiday approaches. In fact, just last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies say they seized around half a million dollars worth of fireworks in La Puente and arrested two men for the crime.

Why You Need a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

You may be wondering why it is so important to have a lawyer representing you if arrested for selling, buying, manufacturing or distributing illegal fireworks. The reality is that the charge could incorporate more than just a simple illegal fireworks charge. Crossing state lines with illegal substances, white collar charges such as tax evasion, being charged with a violent crime if a child is hurt by the products and more could all be thrown at anyone who is selling illegal fireworks. The jail time could be serious, not to mention the fines and other repercussions of being convicted of such crimes.

This is why having a skilled, experienced and successful Defense Lawyer is so important. As someone out side the law, you may have no clue how or why the charges you are facing are so serious. However, if you have a knowledgeable lawyer by your side, he could help guide you through the legal process with a much more informed perspective.

If you or someone you love has been charged with an illegal fireworks crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP for a free case review.

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