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Downtown LA Criminal Defense

Downtown LA Criminal Defense

Criminal & DUI Defense Attorneys In Downtown LA Since 1987

LA County criminal lawyers, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff are top rated criminal and DUI defense experts with over 70 years of combined legal experience defending clients in Downtown Los Angeles Courtrooms

Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff are former senior prosecutors with over 70 years cumulative experience specializing in defending misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses in Downtown LA.

If you have been arrested for a DUI or any other criminal offense in the Downtown LA area, your next course of action must involve contacting a qualified criminal defense attorney with expertise exclusively defending felony and misdemeanor charges in both Metropolitan Court and the Clara Shortridge Foltz Justice Center. Facing prosecution for a DUI or other criminal charge can be a challenging experience. However, the legal representation from a skilled Downtown LA criminal lawyer can offer you the peace of mind of knowing your interests and rights will be protected. Since 1987, the criminal and DUI attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have been recognized amongst the best qualified criminal defense attorneys in Downtown Los Angeles. Top rated by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell, Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff are former LA County deputy DAs who previously worked in both Downtown LA criminal courts. If you have been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor crime in the Downtown Los Angeles area and you’re seeking the best legal defense possible, call our Los Angeles office today at (310) 312-8055 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Misdemeanor And Felony Defense In Downtown LA

We have successfully defended all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges in Downtown Los Angeles for over 3 decades. Our positive case results include the following criminal offenses:

DUI – Drunk driving arrests charged under VC 23152 make up the majority of misdemeanor crimes prosecuted in Downtown LA. In addition to the potential criminal punishments imposed by the criminal court, the California DMV can independently suspend your driving privilege. Although the majority of drunk driving cases in LA are charged as misdemeanors, if your DUI arrest involves an accident causing injury or you have 3 prior convictions within the last 10 years, you can be charged with a felony DUI under VC 23153.

Drug Crimes – Criminal offenses involving illegal drugs and prescription drugs include both felony and misdemeanor drug crimes. Unless you have prior serious felony convictions, possessing a controlled substance for personal use would result in misdemeanor drug charges. However, possessing illegal narcotics or prescription drugs with intent to sell would subject to felony drug crime prosecution. Fortunately, drug diversion programs are available for those who qualify, which can result in drug charges being dismissed after successful completion.

Theft Crimes – Property and theft crimes range in seriousness from misdemeanor shoplifting, petty theft, vandalism, to felony embezzlement, burglary, fraud, and grand theft auto. Theft related offenses are prosecuted aggressively in Downtown LA and the punishments include jail time, probation, monetary fines and penalty assessments, and community labor. However, the most disastrous consequence of even a minor theft crime conviction like shoplifting is the impact a petty theft or shoplifting record can have on your career and if applicable, citizenship.

Sex Crimes – Sex offenses are comprised of some of the most severely punished crimes in Downtown Los Angeles. Sex crimes include misdemeanor and felony offenses, and the range of punishments can vary. However, even misdemeanor sex crimes such as child annoyance, sexual battery, lewd act in public, and possession of child pornography can result in year long jail sentences and lifetime sex offender registration. For felony sex crimes such as child molestation, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and oral copulation, long state prison sentences and mandatory registration as a sex offender are penalties one faces if charged.

Violent Crimes – Criminal offenses involving violent acts can be prosecuted as misdemeanor or felony crimes depending on the injuries sustained by the victim or whether a firearm or weapon was used. A physical injury to the victim is not always an element of a violent crime in Downtown Los Angeles as crimes such as assault, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and stalking do not require prosecutors to prove the victim suffered any injury. However, violent crimes resulting in serious injuries to a victim such as assault likely to cause serious bodily injury, robbery, murder, and mayhem carry the most punitive punishments.

Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP | Criminal Lawyers In Downtown Los Angeles

Our experience and reputation in complex criminal defense is what sets our criminal attorneys from the rest. Whether your goal is a reduction to Wet Reckless on your DUI case or you are seeking a reduced, no jail sentence to your felony charges, Mr. Sitkoff and Mr. Takakjian have the expertise and dedication to guarantee your case will be fought on an even playing field. Call our Los Angeles office now at (310) 312-8055 for a FREE no-obligation case review with one of our expert criminal defense attorneys.