Huntington Beach Criminal Defense

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Criminal & DUI Defense Attorneys In Huntington Beach Since 1987

Huntington Beach criminal defense lawyers, Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff, are former senior prosecutors with over 70 years combined experience achieving positive case results for clients in West Justice Center.

If you have been arrested in the Huntington Beach area for a DUI or any other criminal offense, your next action should be to reach out to a seasoned criminal attorney with extensive experience defending felony and misdemeanor charges in Huntington Beach. Being charged with a crime is a stressful experience, and the consequences of a criminal record can be life-changing. Therefore, it is critical that you seek legal guidance from an established Huntington Beach criminal defense attorney with a track record of successful case outcomes defending cases comparable to yours. Both managing partners at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP are top rated criminal defense lawyers in Orange County who are recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and AVVO. If you have been arrested for a crime or a DUI charge in Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, or Fountain Valley, call our OC criminal defense firm today at (714) 200-1446 for a FREE CONSULTATION to learn how we can best defend you.

Over 3 Decades Of Experience Protecting Clients Against Misdemeanor And Felony Charges

Since 1987, we have achieved great success defending virtually every possible felony and misdemeanor criminal charge. A staunch legal defense must be established early on in your case. Therefore, an experienced criminal attorney with the knowledge base to anticipate police and prosecutors’ tactics before they are even acted upon can serve as a crucial factor into improving your chances of receiving reduced sentencing or avoiding a criminal conviction entirely. HB criminal lawyers Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff have prevailed on numerous occasions in Westminster Court on the criminal cases involving the following California criminal charges:

DUI – Also referred to as “drunk driving,” any driver who operates a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 can be arrested for a misdemeanor DUI under CA Vehicle Code 23152(b). Also, to mandatory court-imposed punishments, a DUI conviction can also result in a driver’s license suspension levied by the DMV.

Drug Crimes – To reduce overcrowded prison and jail populations, the decriminalization measure, Prop. 47 was passed into law in 2014. The biggest effect was the modification of drug possession crimes involving certain controlled substances such as Cocaine, Heroin, or Concentrated Cannabis being reclassified from felony drug charges to misdemeanor drug charges. Possession of a controlled substance, otherwise known as “simple possession,” are misdemeanor drug crimes which can be dismissed through drug diversion programs if you qualify.

Theft Crimes – Property crimes involving theft can range in degree seriousness depending on the amount of the theft, your prior criminal history, and the sophistication of the theft act. Although a first offense misdemeanor petty theft or shoplifting charge in Huntington Beach will rarely result in jail time, more serious felony theft crimes in HB such as embezzlement, burglary, and grand theft auto can result in jail or prison even as a 1st offense if prosecutors allege aggravating circumstances. Theft related offenses are prosecuted aggressively in Orange County, and the West Justice Center is no different. Punishments can include jail time, probation, substantial fines and penalty assessments, and community labor. However, the most devastating consequence is the impact a theft or shoplifting criminal record can have on your career and if applicable, citizenship.

Sex Crimes – Among the most harshly punished crimes in Huntington Beach, felony sex offenses carry the permanent penalty of lifetime sex offender registration. Sex crime defense is one of the most complex areas of legal practice, and the consequence of ineffective legal representation can permanently ruin your life. If you find yourself accused of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, indecent exposure, or possession of child porn, it is imperative that you are represented by an Orange County sex crime defense expert.

Violent Crimes – Criminal charges involving allegations of battery, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence are a few examples of crimes of violence. In addition, a violent crime does not require an injury or even physical contact, as assault, criminal threats, and stalking is categorized as crimes involving violence. Violent crime penalties can include jail, anger management counseling, probation, restraining orders, and fines.

Take The First Step Toward A Positive Case Outcome And Call Our Huntington Beach Criminal Defense Lawyers Today

Our experience and reputation in complex criminal defense litigation in Huntington Beach are unparalleled. Whether you are seeking a reduction of your misdemeanor DUI charge to a Wet Reckless or an acquittal on meritless felony charges, our battle-tested criminal & DUI lawyers have the expertise to make sure you are positioned to achieve your goals. Call today at (714) 200-1446 for a FREE hassle-free case analysis or to schedule a meeting at our Huntington Beach office or one of other Orange County office locations in Santa Ana, Orange, Newport Beach, Irvine, and San Clemente.

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.