Helping Clients Avoid the Harsh Penalties and Lifelong Repercussions of Felony Convictions
A California law firm defending against felony charges for 25 years
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP was established in 1987 to defend people charged with crimes in Los Angeles as well as in Ventura, Orange, and surrounding counties. Our founding partners are former prosecutors who know how to achieve the most favorable possible outcomes for our clients. Drawing on extensive experience and tireless determination, our Los Angeles felony defense lawyers protect your rights and fight for your freedom in California’s criminal justice system.
After your arrest
At the time of your arrest, police are required to advise you of your rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to retain counsel. We strongly urge you to exercise these rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Especially during a felony investigation, law enforcement officers scrutinize your every word and action to develop their case against you. An innocent comment may be self-incriminating, used by the prosecution to convict you. Our attorneys remain your steadfast advocates from the time of your arrest — or pre-arrest if you suspect you are the subject of a criminal investigation — until your case is concluded.
Our lawyers diligently review the prosecution’s evidence against you before advising you on the best way to proceed. We may argue to reduce a Class A, B or C felony to a lesser crime that carries lighter penalties, or we may fight for a Class D or E felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor. Our attorneys may also negotiate with prosecutors to have your sentence reduced to one with little or no jail time. We’re bound by oath, however, to zealously represent you, so if a trial is your best option, we recommend taking your case to a jury.
Long-term consequences of a felony record
Beyond its sentence, a felony conviction can profoundly impact your financial security, career, relationships, and freedom. A felony record can:
- Bar you from voting in some elections
- Prohibit you from owning a firearm
- Subject you to deportation or removal proceedings in immigration court
- Jeopardize your application for naturalized citizenship
- Block you from holding certain types of jobs
- Result in the denial of a professional license or permit
- Lead to suspension or revocation of your driver’s license in the case of a felony DUI
- Force you to register with the state Department of Justice as a sex offender if you’re convicted of a sexual offense, where your name will appear in a database available to the public
A criminal record has serious consequences. In today’s competitive job market, an employer has the luxury of passing over a job candidate with just one minor felony arrest. And because it’s easy for almost anyone to do an online background check, family, friends, and neighbors can easily find out about your criminal history. Our Los Angeles Felony Defense Lawyers take every reasonable step to help you avoid the lifelong problems arising from a felony conviction.
Retain Los Angeles felony defense lawyers as zealous advocates to fight your charges
For candid advice and strong defense following a felony arrest, call Los Angeles Felony Defense Lawyers Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online. Our law firm offers you a free initial consultation and can visit you in custody.