Former Federal And State Prosecutors, Specializing In Santa Clarita Criminal And DUI Defense
Our Los Angeles criminal and DUI defense experts have successfully defended clients in and around the Santa Clarita Valley since 1987. Criminal defense attorneys Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff have each practiced criminal law for over 30 years as former LA special prosecutors now specializing in defending all misdemeanor and felony crimes out of the Valencia and San Fernando courthouses. We offer free no-obligation legal consultations to provide you with a comprehensive review of the facts of your case, along with your potential case outcomes.
Our criminal defense expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:
DUI – Drunk driving is prosecuted aggressively in the Valencia Court and while mostly charged as a misdemeanor, a DUI in Santa Clarita can be elevated to a felony drunk driving charge if aggravating circumstances exist, such as multiple prior DUI convictions within 10 years of your first offense and/or your DUI arrest involved an accident resulting in injury or death to another. Since 1987, both Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff have utilized their 30 plus years of trial experience as former drunk driving prosecutors and law enforcement academy instructors to successfully defend all misdemeanor and felony DUI charges, as well as DMV license suspension hearings throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
Drug Crimes – We have successfully defended all forms of drug possession and drug sales charges from simple possession of controlled substances and/or prescription drugs, to the most serious narcotics offenses, such as possession with intent to sell, drug trafficking, and cultivation with intent to sell. Whether it be challenging the admissibility of evidence due to an illegal search and seizure, negotiating a dismissal of charges through drug diversion, or substituting drug rehabilitation for incarceration, we are committed to achieving the best possible results.
Theft Crimes – Theft related offenses can range in seriousness from a petty theft infraction to serious felonies, such as residential burglary and embezzlement. Whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony theft crime, the consequences extend beyond the potential fines and incarceration, for deportation, loss of professional license, loss of employment, or disqualification from future employment can result from theft-related conviction. It is for these reasons our goal in every theft case will always be to aggressively pursue outcomes that result in either dismissal of charges by way of deferred entry of judgment or plea agreements involving reductions to non-theft offenses, such as trespassing or disturbing the peace.
Sex Crimes – Among the most serious crimes one could be accused of, sex offenses include child annoyance, child molestation, statutory rape, forcible rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, lewd act in public, as well as high tech crimes such as contacting a minor for the purposes of committing a lewd act, and possession/distribution of child pornography. There many harsh consequences a sex crime conviction carries, including long state prison sentences and substantial fines. However, those consequences pale in comparison to the most life altering consequence of lifetime registration as a sex offender. As former prosecutors in the LA District Attorney Office’s elite sex crimes special prosecution unit, both Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Sitkoff brings with them unmatched legal experience and expertise in the area of sex crimes defense.
Violent Crimes – These offenses can involve either the use or threat of violence. Violent offenses in Santa Clarita can be prosecuted as either misdemeanor offense or felony level charges, depending on factors such as your prior criminal record and/or the seriousness of the injury caused to the victim. Whether you are charged with simple battery, assault, and domestic violence, or a strikeable felony, such as murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats or stalking, the single most important factor in either mitigating the consequences or proving your innocence can be the experience and quality of your criminal attorney.
Why Hire Our Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Firm?
Of the hundreds of law firms in Los Angeles County, there are very few who can match our firm’s criminal and DUI defense expertise. We are results oriented and are prepared to commit every resource available to us in order ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients in the Santa Clarita Courts. If you have been arrested in Valencia, Newhall, Canyon Country, Saugus, Castaic, Newhall Ranch, or anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley, please contact us at (661) 621-7252 toll free at (888) 579-4844 for your free no-obligation consultation.