Torrance Criminal And DUI Defense Law Firm
California board certified criminal law specialists and former South Bay prosecutors, specializing in Criminal and DUI defense
We have committed our criminal and DUI defense practice to defending criminal charges in the South Bay for almost 3 decades. With over 60 years of combined criminal trial experience as former Torrance Court prosecutors and law enforcement instructors, we have earned our reputation as the preeminent criminal defense law firm in the South Bay. Our areas of defense practice range from minor infractions to more serious misdemeanor and felony offenses, such as drunk driving charges, sex crimes, theft crimes, drug crimes, domestic violence charges, as well as juvenile crimes. We offer free no-obligation consultations and will patiently answer each of your questions, as well as review every available case detail to insure you are as well informed as possible.
Our expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:
DUI – Also referred to as “drunk driving,” this offense is considered the most common criminal offense and is typically charged as a misdemeanor unless aggravating circumstances are present in the case, such as your prior record of DUI convictions and/or if your DUI arrest involved an accident resulting in injury or death to another. For example, if the arrest (even without an accident causing injury) is your 4th DUI arrest within the last 10 years, you could be deemed a habitual offender, resulting in the drunk driving charge being elevated from misdemeanor to felony. Conversely, if your arrest is your 1st DUI offense or even your 1st time ever being arrested, you could still be charged with a felony if the DUI involved a traffic collision, which resulted in injury or death. Both Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony DUIs during their tenure as deputy disrict attorneys at the Torrance Court. In addition to their experience as former prosecutors, they previously educated law enforcement personnel on breath testing compliance and rules of evidence collection.
Drug Crimes – We have defended drug-related offenses for almost 3 decades. Our cases have ranged from minor simple possession of controlled substances and/or prescription drugs, to the most serious narcotics offenses, such as possession with intent to sell, and cultivation or manufacturing with intent to sell. Our extensive experience in defending drug crimes has also resulted in many close professional relationships with local drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs throughouth the South Bay. Our committment to our clients extends beyond preserving their freedoms and liberties. Therefore, our clients can expect our firm’s support in locating reputable rehabilitation programs, so that they can get the rehabilitative treatment they need. Our experience as former senior prosecutors gives us a unique advantage and insight into law enforcement investigative tactics and procedures as well. This, combined with our expert knowledge of the rules of evidence and criminal procedure, ensures flaws and factual weaknesses in the prosecution’s case will be identified and used to our clients’ advantage in trial or plea negotiations.
Theft Crimes – The crime of theft is very broad and encompasses many different specific criminal acts. A Theft crime can be shoplifting, petty theft, grand theft, commercial and residential burglary, receiving stolen property, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and grand theft auto. Furthermore, the charge level can range from infraction, misdemeanor, or felony, depending on your prior record, facts of the case, and the amount of the theft. For example, shoplifting a $10 DVD from a retail store as a 1st offense would result in a misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. However, the charge would carry the potential for reduction to an infraction since the theft took place place in a nonresidential structure and the amount of the theft was below $50. Alternatively, if the same $10 DVD was illegally taken from another person’s home after you illegally entered the residence, you would be charged with a straight felony of residential burglary, which would carry the potential for a strike under California’s 3 Strikes law. Whether you were wrongfully accused or simply exercised poor judgment, you can rest assured that our firm will have a dynamic defense strategy specifically prepared for your unique case facts to insure you receive the best possible outcome, which could involve reductions to lesser non-theft related offenseas or complete dismissals through diversionary sentences.
Sex Crimes – Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff, during their tenure with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, held postions within a number of the agency’s special prosecution units. These units were staffed with the most seasoned prosecutors who would be specifically assigned to only the most serious cases. One of the units Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff were assigned to was the elite sex crimes special prosecution unit. Our experience and expertise provides us with rare insight and unique advantage in defending sex offenses such as child annoyance, child molestation, statutory rape, forcible rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, lewd act in public, as well as high tech sex crimes such as contacting a minor for the purposes of committing a lewd act and possession/distribution of child pornography. The consequences of a sex crime conviction goes beyond long state prison sentences and fines. Conviction could mean registering as a sex offender under California Penal Code 290 for the rest of your life.
Violent Crimes – A violent crime is a criminal act involving the use or threat of force upon another. Offenses such as murder, battery, assault with a deadly weapon, or domestic violence are violent offenses where the primary objective is the violent act. Whereas, you can be charged with a violent crime even if the act does not involve actual physical contact or even injury. For example, criminal threats, stalking and assault are a few violent offenses that do not require physical contact nor injury between you and the victim. Furthermore, violent crimes are often punished more harshly due to the impact upon the victims. In addition, a criminal record with a violent conviction can jeopardize gun ownership rights, citizenship, professional licensing, and future employment.
Why Hire Our South Bay Criminal Defense Firm?
We recognize there are thousands of criminal defense lawyers for you to choose from, however, there are very few who can match the experience and expertise we bring to every single one of our Torrance Court cases. Whether it is a serious felony or a DMV license suspension hearing, our approach and preparation remains unchanged. We believe in an honest and transparent attorney-client relationship, and partner with our clients to achieve the common goals we set together from the moment the decision is made to retain our services. Therefore, unlike many other criminal defense firms, you will not have a different attorney appearing at each of your court dates, you will know who your attorney is and you will have direct communication with him. Most importantly, when you retain Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP, you will be represented by either Paul Takakjian or Stephen Sitkoff, not a less experienced associate or inexperienced contract lawyer.
If you have been arrested in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Palos Verdes, Lomita, Gardena, Rolling Hills Estates, or any of the surrounding areas within the South Bay, please contact us at (424) 757-0865 for your free no-obligation consulation. We are available 24/7 with an office conveniently located at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., in the city of Torrance.
Criminal offenses committed anywhere in the South Bay are prosecuted out of the Southwest District Courthouse located at 825 Maple Avenue in the city of Torrance. The Torrance Court, as it is more commonly referred to as, services the following cities within the South Bay:
- Manhattan Beach
- Redondo Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Rolling Hills Estates
- Rolling Hills
- Palos Verdes Estates
- Palos Verdes
The criminal offense level and/or the city you were arrested in determines which prosecutorial agency would be tasked with prosecuting you. For example, a charge of misdemeanor petty theft committed in Redondo Beach would be prosecuted by the Redondo Beach City Attorneys Office, whereas a charge of felony domestic violence would be prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office. Not every city within the South Bay has its own prosecuting agency. For example, all crimes committed in Manhattan Beach are prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office, regardless of whether the charge is filed as a misdemeanor or felony.
Location and Phone Directory
825 Maple Avenue
Torrance, CA 90503
- Criminal Clerks Office – (310) 222-6500
- Torrance City Attorneys Office – (310) 618-2740
- Redondo Beach City Attorneys Office – (310) 318-0633
- Hermosa Beach City Attorneys Office – (310) 318-0345
- Los Angeles District Attorneys Office (Southwest) – (310) 222-3552
- Los Angeles Public Defenders Office (Southwest) – (310) 543-4300
Each of our criminal defense attorneys are former senior prosecutors with the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office and previously served as prosecutors at the Torrance Court. If you have been ordered to appear in the Torrance Court due to a criminal charge, please contact us at (888) 579-4844 for a free no-obligation case evaluation. We will explain each of your options, as well as how the prosecuting agency involved influences your case.