California Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists and Former Senior Prosecutors, Specializing In Criminal and DUI Defense
Since 1987, our Orange County criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended both felony and misdemeanor crimes throughout the OC criminal courts system. With almost 70 years of combined criminal and DUI trial experience as former senior prosecutors and now Southern California criminal defense experts, Mr. Paul Takakjian and Mr. Stephen Sitkoff are among the most experienced criminal lawyers in Southern California. During your free no-obligation consultation, we will review each of the available facts of your case, as well as your potential outcomes with an emphasis on addressing each and every one of your questions and concerns. Most importantly, when you retain Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP, you will be represented by either Mr. Takakjian or Mr. Sitkoff, not an associate or contract lawyer.
Our criminal defense expertise includes, but are not limited to, the following:
DUI – Typically charged as a misdemeanor, drunk driving in Southern California can also be prosecuted as a felony offense if aggravating circumstances exist, such as prior DUI convictions and/or your DUI arrest involved an accident, which resulted in injury or death to another. Both Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff previously prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony DUIs during their time as deputy district attorneys and served as instructors for law enforcement continuing legal education seminars in the areas of breath testing and Title 17 compliance.
Drug Crimes – For almost 3 decades, we have successfully defended drug possession and drug sales cases in OC, as well as cultivation or manufacturing with intent to sell. We have also forged many close working relationships with local drug/alcohol rehabilitation and alternative sentencing programs throughout the Orange County area. We recognize in order to truly help our clients facing drug charges, we must not only vigorously defend them in court, but also assist them with finding the path to sobriety.
Theft Crimes – Theft crimes can range in seriousness from a minor infraction or misdemeanor, such as petty theft and grand theft, to more serious felony theft offenses, such as residential burglary and embezzlement. Even a minor theft-related conviction can have a detrimental effect on your future and the consequences can extend beyond fines, probation, and jail time. Collateral consequences, such as deportation, loss of professional license, loss of employment, or disqualification of employment eligibility are some examples. For the each these reasons, our goal will always be to reach resolutions with prosecutors that involve either dismissal of charges by way of deferred entry of judgment, or as Orange County refers to it as, “Spit and Acquit.” In other circumstances, plea agreements involving reductions to non-theft offenses can be reached through negotiations with prosecutors.
Sex Crimes – Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff were both formerly special prosecutors within the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office’s elite sex crimes special prosecution unit. This rare insight into Orange County law enforcement’s investigative tactics and prosecutorial procedure serves as an advantage in each of the sex crimes cases we defend. If you have been placed under investigation or arrested for a sex offenses, such as child annoyance, child molestation, statutory rape, forcible rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, lewd act in public, an experienced sex crimes attorney can be the single most important factor in avoiding lifetime registration as a sex offender under California Penal Code 290.
Violent Crimes – An act involving the use or threat of force upon another where the primary objective is the violent act is considered a violent crime. These offenses can range from misdemeanor crimes, such as simple battery and assault, to strikeable felonies, such as murder, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, violent crimes can include acts which do not involve actual physical contact or even injury, such as criminal threats and stalking. Many violent crimes are considered “wobbler” offenses, meaning they can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or felonies. The most common is domestic violence, and like all violent crimes, it is prosecuted aggressively and carries harsh penalties.
Why Hire Our Orange County Criminal Defense Firm?
There are many criminal defense lawyers in Orange County for you to choose from, however, there are very few who can match our firm’s background and experience in criminal and DUI defense. Whether you are facing a 1st offense misdemeanor, serious felony or a DMV license suspension hearing, you can rest assured we will raise a dynamic legal defense to ensure you receive the best possible resolution. We pride ourselves on maintaining honest and transparent attorney-client relationships, and partner with our clients to achieve the common goals we set together from the moment we are engaged. If you have been arrested in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Irvine, or anywhere else in Orange County, please contact us at (714) 456-9955 or toll free at (888) 579-4844 for your free no-obligation consultation.