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July 25, 2014

Torrance DUI Lawyers | Former South Bay Prosecutors If you have been recently arrested for a DUI in Torrance or anywhere in the South Bay, it is imperative that you consult with qualified Torrance DUI attorneys with experience defending drunk driving charges out of Torrance Court. Even as a first offense, a DUI in Torrance carries a number of mandatory penalties that can carry consequences that extend beyond your immediate punishment.

July 25, 2014

Pasadena DUI Lawyers | Former Pasadena Prosecutors Our Pasadena DUI Defense DUI is one of the most common criminal offenses in Northeast Los Angeles, and Pasadena police and prosecutors pursue DUI charges aggressively. DUI penalties can potentially result in jail time, fines, DUI education classes, probation, ignition interlock device (IID), and driver’s license suspension. Although the punishment for drunk driving in Pasadena can be harsh, the consequences can be mitigated by a skilled DUI lawyer with experience successfully defending drunk driving charges in Pasadena Court.

July 25, 2014

Long Beach DUI Attorneys | Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers Since 1987 The Long Beach DUI lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have successfully defended both misdemeanor VC 23152 DUI and VC 23153 felony DUI charges in Long Beach Court for 3 decades. Long Beach lawyers, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff, have each practiced criminal law in Southern California for over 35 years. As former prosecutors in the Long Beach Court, Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff utilize both their decades of DUI defense experience and relationships with Long Beach prosecutors and judges ensure our clients receive the best case outcomes.

July 25, 2014

Glendale DUI Defense Attorneys Drunk driving arrests account for large percentage of the crime in Los Angeles County, and Glendale is no different. Although DUI is one of the most commonly charged as a misdemeanor offense, it is still prosecuted aggressively in Glendale Court, and can be elevated to a felony DUI if you caused a traffic accident resulting in death or injury to another.

May 30, 2014

Have You Been Arrested For Drunk Driving In Los Angeles? California state laws have made drunk driving punishable by severe penalties and consequences. A DUI conviction can have a serious impact on your life — with sentences that include large fines, jail time, probation and the loss of driving privileges. Therefore, if you have been arrested for DUI, contact Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP immediately to ensure your future is protected. Founded in 1987, our firm advocates for your rights in criminal court and Department of Motor Vehicles proceedings. Usually, a DUI arrest can lead to two charges.

May 30, 2014

Why do people steal? In our 60 years of combined experience, we have met many people who feel compelled to steal not because of financial need, but because of a psychological need, kleptomania or obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you have been arrested for shoplifting, petty theft, or any other theft, you need to deal with the criminal charges no matter what the reason behind the crime might have been.

May 9, 2014

How Proposition 36 Revises California’s Three-Strikes Law California’s three-strikes law was passed in 1994. From the beginning, the unjust statute stirred tremendous controversy. While its intent was to incarcerate violent criminals, it resulted in putting nonviolent offenders behind bars for life, often for minor crimes. Voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36 in November 2012 to correct the injustice inherent in the original three-strikes law. Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP has vigorously defended many clients who faced the harsh consequences stemming from the habitual offender sentencing guidelines.

May 9, 2014

Juvenile Three-Strikes Felony Crimes Defense | Former LA Juvenile Court Prosecutors Minors, those under 18 in California, are typically considered too immature to understand the consequences of their actions. For this reason, special courts typically handle juvenile proceedings, which are geared more toward rehabilitation than punishment. Nonetheless, courts may consider juvenile crimes when sentencing an adult under the three-strikes law. A lawyer versed in a juvenile three-strikes defense can help your child get the best representation possible. Founded by former prosecutors in 1987, Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP has helped end the unfair sentencing guidelines that apply to habitual offenders.

May 9, 2014

Enacted nearly 20 years ago, California’s three-strikes law governs the sentencing of habitual offenders in the state. This law’s draconian guidelines resulted in thousands of excessive sentences for nonviolent offenders. Fortunately, in November 2012, with the passage of Proposition 36, Californians voted to change the laws to promote fairer sentencing of nonviolent offenders. In the 25 years since Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP was founded, our lawyers have witnessed many unjust rulings that resulted from the three-strikes law.

May 9, 2014

Los Angeles Warrants Lawyers. Responding to a Bench, Arrest, or Search Warrant. A warrant is an order issued by a judge authorizing law enforcement to take specific action — such as searching or seizing property or making an arrest. The warrant process provides important checks and balances between the police and the courts. However, as former prosecutors, we at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP know that courts can make mistakes or rely on inaccurate or incomplete information when issuing a warrant.
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Stephen Sitkoff

Stephen Sitkoff

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen Sitkoff is a partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan who started his legal career as a deputy district attorney more than 30 years ago prosecuting cases throughout the LA criminal court system in Southern California.
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Eugene Hanrahan

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Eugene Hanrahan is both a former federal and county prosecutor and partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP with two decades of criminal law experience. Mr. Hanrahan’s criminal defense expertise ranges from misdemeanors to serious, complex felony cases.
James Kim

James Kim

Senior Case Analyst

James possesses over a decade of legal experience and serves as the firm’s senior case analyst handling the initial calls from prospective clients.