California Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists and Former Van Nuys Court Prosecutors, Specializing In Criminal and DUI Defense
For almost 3 decades, Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Paul Takakjian and Mr. Stephen Sitkoff, have specialized in defending all misdemeanor and felony criminal and DUI charges out of Van Nuys Courthouse. With over 70 years of combined trial experience as former Van Nuys Court prosecutors and now criminal defense experts, Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff are among the most experienced defense attorneys in Southern California. We offer free noobligation consultations to provide you with a comprehensive review of the facts of your case, along with your potential case outcomes. Most importantly, when you retain Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP, you will be defended by a former senior LA prosecutor, either Mr. Takakjian or Mr. Sitkoff, not an associate or contract lawyer.
Our criminal defense expertise include, but are not limited to, the following:
DUI – Drunk driving is one of the most common misdemeanor crimes, however, a DUI in Van Nuys can be elevated to a felony charge if aggravating circumstances exist, such as multiple prior DUI convictions within 10 years of you first offense and/or your DUI arrest involved an accident resulting in injury or death to another. Both Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff utilize their experience as former drunk driving prosecutors and law enforcement academy instructors to vigorously defend both misdemeanor and felony DUIs charges, as well as DMV license suspension hearings.
Drug Crimes – We have successfully defended Van Nuys drug possession and drug sales charges for almost 3 decades with cases ranging from simple possession of controlled substances and/or prescription drugs, to the most serious narcotics offenses, such as possession with intent to sell or traffic, and cultivation or manufacturing with intent to sell. Our courtroom experience has also resulted in many close professional relationships with local drug/alcohol rehabilitation and alternative sentencing programs in Van Nuys and throughout the Valley.
Theft Crimes – The charge level of a theft-related offense can vary depending on the amount of the theft you are being accused of, as well as your prior criminal history of theft. For example, a theft offense such as petty theft can be charged as an infraction, or a misdemeanor depending on the theft amount. Whereas aggravated theft crimes, such as residential burglary and embezzlement can be prosecuted as felonies. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony theft crime, any theft-related conviction can result in consequences that extend beyond the immediate penalties, such as deportation, loss of professional license, loss of employment, or disqualification of employment eligibility. For each these reasons, our goal will always be to aggressively pursue case dispositions that involve either dismissal of charges by way of deferred entry of judgment or plea agreements involving reductions to non-theft offenses.
Sex Crimes – During their tenure with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Takakjian and Mr. Sitkoff were both special prosecutors within the agency’s elite sex crimes special prosecution unit. This insight and experience has produced an unmatched record of success in defending sex crimes in Van Nuys Court. Our sex crimes defense expertise covers a wide array of 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 can be life changing and potentially permanent if you are convicted of an offense which mandates lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Violent Crimes – Any act involving the use or threat of violence is considered a violent crime. Crimes of violence are prosecuted aggressively in Van Nuys, and the penalties are significant. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor violent crime, such as simple battery, assault, and domestic violence, or a strikeable felony, such as murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and stalking, an experienced criminal attorney can be the single most important factor in either mitigating the consequences or proving your innocence.
Why Hire Our Van Nuys Criminal Defense Firm?
There are thousands of lawyers in Los Angeles County, however, there are very few who can match our firm’s criminal and DUI defense expertise. We believe in an honest and transparent attorney-client relationship, and partner with our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. If you have been arrested in Encino, Reseda, Tarzana, Van Nuys, or anywhere in the Valley, please contact us at (818) 475-7090 or toll free at (888) 579-4844 for your free no-obligation consultation.