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Paul Takakjian, Criminal Defense Attorney

Paul Takakjian, Criminal Defense Attorney

LA criminal and drunk driving defense lawyer Paul Takakjian is the founding partner at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP. Mr. Takakjian started his legal career over 35 years ago as a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Over the course of his career as an award-winning special prosecutor in the Sex Crimes and Hardcore Gang Crimes special prosecution units, Mr. Takakjian worked out of the virtually all of the criminal courts in the Los Angeles Superior Court system (West LA, Los Padrinos, Compton, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Pomona). In addition, Mr. Takakjian also formerly served as an academy instructor for the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department teaching laws of evidence, breath testing, and Title 17 compliance. As an instructor for the New Prosecutor’s College, Mr. Takakjian taught DUI prosecution and drafted the “DUI Prosecution Manual” which the DA’s Office continued to use for several years following his departure to start his Los Angeles criminal defense practice in 1987.

Certified as a specialist in criminal law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Takakjian possesses a title reserved for only a select few California criminal defense attorneys who submit to a rigorous application, examination, and review process. Top rated by his peers and former clients, Mr. Takakjian personally represents each of his clients with a genuine commitment to ensuring their interests are protected.

If You Have Been Arrested In Los Angeles, Call Now For A Free Consultation

Since 1987, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have dedicated their legal practice to defending and preserving the rights of the criminally accused. With over 70 years of combined criminal and DUI trial experience, we are true experts in the area of California criminal law and as federal defense attorneys. Call our West Los Angeles office today at (888) 579-4844 for a free case review to learn what your next steps should be and how we can help you. We proudly serve the following Southern California areas:

Torrance, Encino, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, West Covina, Burbank, Cerritos, Whittier, Norwalk, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Westlake Village, Orange, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal defense
  • DUI and DWI hearings
  • Drug crimes
  • Felonies
  • Violent Crimes
  • Parole and probation violations
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft crimes
  • Juvenile law

Litigation percentage

  • 100 percent of practice devoted to Criminal and DUI defense litigation

Bar admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1980


  • Criminal law specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1979
    • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 1978–1979
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
    • Cum laude

Representative cases

  • People v. Tamborrino, 215 Cal. App. 3d 575 263 Cal. Rptr. 731
  • People v. Collins
  • People v. Ericksson
  • People v. Murray

Classes and seminars taught

  • California New Prosecutor’s College, 1985
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy
  • California Highway Patrol

Professional associations and memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 10.0 AVVO Rated

Past employment

  • Los Angeles County, Deputy District Attorney, 1981–1987


  • English
  • French