Norwalk Criminal Defense Lawyers | Former LA Prosecutors
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony crime in or around Norwalk, it would be wise to consult with a criminal defense lawyer with experience defending criminal charges in Norwalk Court. The consequences of a criminal conviction can include jail time, fines, community labor, and probation. However, these consequences can be minimized or completely avoided with the defense representation of an experienced and qualified Norwalk criminal lawyer. The impact of a criminal conviction can extend beyond your punishment and sentencing as a criminal record can negatively impact your current or future professional ambitions.
Norwalk criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Sitkoff, and Mr. Hanrahan are among the most experienced criminal lawyers in Southern California. As former senior prosecutors with over 70 years of combined criminal law experience to draw from, Mr. Sitkoff and Mr. Hanrahan both personally handle their cases and offer an unmatched depth of legal acumen and expertise to the cases they are entrusted to defend. Contact Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP today for a free no-obligation case analysis to review each of the specific facts of your case and how we can defend you.
We have successfully defended the following offenses since 1987:
DUI – Although drunk driving is typically prosecuted as a misdemeanor under California Vehicle Code 23152, it can be charged as a felony under California Vehicle Code 23153 if aggravating circumstances are alleged in your drunk driving case, such as causing a traffic accident resulting in serious injury or death to another. Furthermore, if you have a priorable DUI or Wet Reckless conviction, a subsequent drunk driving offense resulting in death would not only result in the DA filing felony DUI, you would additionally be charged with 2nd Degree Murder, otherwise known as a “Watson Murder.” The penalties for a Norwalk DUI can include jail time, fines, probation, driver’s license suspension, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
Drug Crimes – The passage of Prop.47 resulted in sweeping changes to the way drug possession cases were handled in Norwalk Court. Controlled substances, such as Cocaine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine were traditionally charged as felonies in years past. While Prop. 47 decriminalized drug possession charges under HS 11350 and HS 11377 to misdemeanor crimes across the board, individuals who have prior serious felony convictions or registered sex offenders could be charged with felony drug possession. Furthermore, possession of drugs with intent to sell or traffic was not impacted by Prop. 47 and remained straight felony drug crimes.
Theft Crimes – There are a number of specific theft crimes that range in seriousness from Petty Theft, Shoplifting, and Grand Theft, to more sophisticated forms of theft, such as Residential Burglary, Fraud, and Embezzlement. Even a seemingly minor misdemeanor theft crime that does not result in jail time could have a negative impact on your life as you would face potential consequences, such as deportation, loss of professional license, loss of employment, or disqualification from future employment.
Sex Crimes – Among the most serious criminal offenses in Southern California, sex crimes are punished harshly in Norwalk. Sex offenses, such as Child Annoyance and Molestation, Lewd Act With a Minor, Statutory Rape, Forcible Rape, Indecent Exposure, and Possession of Child Pornography are severely punished and not only carry long state prison sentences but mandatory lifetime sex offender registration under California Penal Code 290.
Violent Crimes – The use or threat of force upon another is considered a violent crime and most of these criminal offenses are considered “wobbler” offenses, meaning they can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies. Violent crimes can range from misdemeanor simple battery and assault to serious felonies, such as murder, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. Violent crimes can also include acts where no actual physical contact or even injury occurred, such as criminal threats and stalking. Criminal charges involving acts of violence, as well as Domestic Violence crimes, are severely punished Los Angeles County, and the penalties can often result in jail or even state prison time without the skilled representation of a criminal defense lawyer with experience defending violent crimes in Norwalk Court.
Call Our Norwalk Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
For over 3 decades, we have established a reputation amongst the prosecutors and judges in Norwalk Court as experienced and ethical criminal defense lawyers. Our defense expertise encompasses all areas of criminal defense practice from 1st offense misdemeanor DUIs to felony sex crimes. If you have been arrested in Norwalk, please contact us now at (562) 606-5117 for a free no-obligation case review to learn more about your defense options or to schedule an appointment at our satellite office in Cerritos located at:
Cerritos CA 90703