The high stakes in criminal cases
Being convicted of a criminal offense can affect many aspects of your life including your ability to work, to vote, to have a driver’s license or own a firearm. California defendants are subject to the “Three Strikes” sentencing law which can dramatically increase the prison term for multiple convictions. Originally enacted in 1994, the law was amended in 2012 to require that any third strike offender convicted of a serious or violent felony receive a state prison sentence of 25 years to life.
Chudnovsky Law is dedicated to securing the best possible outcome for you in every type of criminal offense, including:
Misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to a 364 day jail sentences and fines typically not exceeding $2,000. Misdemeanor offense examples include: battery, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, drug possession, drunk in public, DUI, indecent exposure, juvenile crimes, petty theft, shoplifting and vandalism.
Felony offenses are the most serious, with potential prison sentences of 1 year to life in prison or even the death penalty. Fines can vary widely into the thousands of dollars. Felony offenses can include: burglary, domestic violence, drug crimes, DUI with great bodily injury, embezzlement, federal crimes, grand theft, homicide, insider trading, manslaughter, robbery, sex crimes, violent crimes and white collar crimes.
Wobbler crimes can be punished as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. Prosecutors make the filing determination based on the facts of the case, prior convictions and presence of aggravating factors. Common wobbler offenses include: assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, child endangerment, child pornography, criminal threats, DUI with injury, forgery, grand theft, hit and run, lewd acts with a minor, sexual battery, spousal battery, stalking, statutory rape and vehicular manslaughter.
Our criminal defense attorneys vigorously represent clients throughout Los Angeles County and Southern California for every type of criminal matter, including:
- Domestic violence, including corporal injury to spouse or cohabitant, domestic battery, criminal threats, child endangerment, and stalking.
- Drug crimes, drug possession, possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, forged prescription, drug trafficking, manufacturing, and methamphetamine charges.
- DUI drunk driving defense, including misdemeanor first DUI, 2nd, 3rd, Felony DUI with injury, commercial driver DUI, DUI drugs.
- Driving offenses, including Hit and run, vehicular manslaughter.
- Federal crimes, including bank fraud, conspiracy, corporate fraud, drug trafficking, healthcare fraud, insider trading, money laundering, Medicare fraud, tax fraud, FBI investigation, and DEA investigation.
- Investigation defense with all city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Sex crimes, including false sex crime charges, human trafficking, indecent exposure, lewd conduct in public, prostitution defense, possession of child pornography, rape, sexual assault, solicitation, sex offender registration, sexual battery, Title IX, and statutory rape.
- Theft crimes, including grand theft auto, burglary, grand theft, carjacking, petty theft, robbery, armed robbery and shoplifting.
- Violent crimes, including homicide, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, arson, kidnapping, hit and run, manslaughter, false imprisonment and assault.
- White collar crimes, including money laundering, identity theft, extortion, forgery, bribery, mail fraud, credit card fraud, computer access and fraud, commercial burglary, conspiracy, embezzlement, false financial statement, insurance fraud and other financial crimes.
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Professional license criminal defense
Medical doctor, nursing, dental, chiropractic and all professional license holders face significant risks from criminal investigations and charges. Convictions and even mere allegations can triggerlicensing board investigations that can ruin your career.
Attorneys Robert K. Weinberg, Suzanne Crouts, and Melissa DuChene areLos Angeles professional license defense attorneys and criminal defense attorneys with extensive experience representing licensed healthcare professionals in criminal matters and licensing board investigation defense. They are adept at managing the complex intersection of state and federal criminal and licensing laws – all with the goal of protecting your life and career from accusations.
Chudnovsky Law provides effective representation for all types of professional licenses, businesses, and these healthcare specialties:
Chudnovsky Law handles all state and federal professional license criminal defense matters including: Los Angeles nurse DUI defense, medical doctor DUI defense, pharmacist criminal defense, nurse criminal defense, doctor criminal defense, federal DEA physician registrant investigation, chiropractic license defense, pharmacist DUI, dental license defense, dentist DUI defense, chiropractor criminal defense, and medical license criminal defense.
Contact us to schedule an attorney consultation to learn more.
Noncitizen immigrant criminal defense
Permanent residents, green card holders, visa holders and all non-U.S. citizens can be subject to serious immigration consequences for DUI and criminal charges. Under U.S. immigration law, manycrimes can cause deportation for noncitizens no matter how long they have been in the United States.
Tsion Chudnovsky is aLos Angeles criminal immigration lawyer with extensive experience representing non-U.S. citizens charged with crimes. She is a recognized authority in the intersection of criminal and immigration laws and knows how to protect your future from the immigration effects of arrests, DUI and criminal convictions.
In 2016 California enacted PC § 1016.2 and PC § 1016.3 which require that prosecutors consider immigration consequences when resolving criminal cases. To learn about how how we use these laws to protect noncitizens,contact us for a free consultation.
USC, UCLA student criminal defense
Chudnovsky Law represents students for DUI and criminal defense at all universities in LA county including: USC, UCLA, East Los Angeles College, Santa Monica College, California State University Northridge, and Los Angeles City College. USC students that are arrested for any criminal or DUI offense should contact Chudnovsky Law’s USC criminal defense lawyer.
The University of Southern California (USC) reported 11,729 international students in Fall 2022, making USC one of the largest international student universities in the United States. International F1 student visa DUI causes a variety of complications because an F1 visa is revoked due to DUI or criminal arrests.
International students facing DUI or criminal charges should consult with the experienced criminal defense attorney and immigration lawyers of Chudnovsky Law in order to minimize the effects on their ability to continue to study in the US. UCLA students arrested for any criminal or DUI offense should contact Chudnovsky Law’s UCLA criminal defense attorney lawyer to skillfully fight their case.
Pre-filing investigation defense
After being accused of any crime in California, it is essential to get working on your defense as soon as possible. While some criminal defense attorneys wait for the prosecutor to make the first move, we take a proactive approach at Chudnovsky Law.
From the moment you hire us, our attorneys will work diligently to acquire evidence and witnesses to prepare for your defense. In some cases, we can work with law enforcement to have criminal charges stopped before they are even filed by theLos Angeles District Attorney’s Office orLA City Attorney.
This can occur if we can meet with the Prosecutor to present evidence and witness testimony while they are evaluating their case and deciding what charges to file against you. In a best-case scenario, we can have the charges filed against you substantially reduced or even convince the DA not to file criminal charges at all.
How much we can affect a case before charges are filed depends largely on you and whether you act quickly to contact our Los Angeles criminal attorneys after your arrest. At Chudnovsky Law, we’re available around the clock for free consultations. Contact us today at (213) 212–5002 to discuss your case.
Criminal court process
If you’re arrested and charged with a crime in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand thecriminal court process and how to proceed. Listed below are the six steps you can expect when you enter the criminal court system in L.A.:
- Criminal charges. An officialpolice report is given to the prosecutor to decide if there is a probable cause to file criminal charges against you.
- Arraignment. If you have been arrested and are in jail, the DA has 48 hours to file criminal charges against you. At the arraignment hearing in theLos Angeles County court location set for your case, you’ll hear the crime you’re being charged with and read your legal rights about how you can plead.
- Bail. Depending on the charges against you, you may be released on paying bail, on your own recognizance, or in some cases you’ll be held in jail until your case is heard. Bail is set according to court bail schedules:Felony |Misdemeanor.
- After arraignment. At this time your attorney and the prosecutor will share “discovery information,” file pre-trial motions and in most instances negotiate a plea bargain to resolve the case without a trial.
- Trial. If no pre-trial agreement is made, you will then proceed to trial before a judge or jury.
- Expungement. If certain conditions are met, after probation is successfully completed, California will automatically expunge your criminal record underCalifornia’s new criminal laws.
Knowing what to do after your arrest can go a long way. Police will often interrogate you and try to get you to incriminate yourself. It’s best to invoke your right to counsel and use the 5th Amendment, the right to remain silent.
Here are a few other things to consider if arrested for a crime in Los Angeles:
- Do not discuss your case with anyone in jail or while using jail telephones.
- Do not consent to the search of your vehicle or property unless the police have a search warrant.
- Only appear in court with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
- Don’t investigate your case on your own.
- Don’t be intimidated by prosecutors into pleading guilty.
- Call a reputable criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible.
Recent criminal defense results
Chudnovsky Law handles criminal cases in all Los Angeles County criminal courts. The following are some examples of victories our lawyers have achieved:
- Felony transportation and sale of one kilogram of cocaine HS 11352, L.A. Court. Client facing ten years in prison if convicted. Result: Not guilty verdict in a jury trial.
- Felony murder with gang enhancement 187 PC, Ventura Court. Client facing life without the possibility of parole. Result: Not guilty verdict in a jury trial.
- Felony rape and aggravated assault 261 PC and 245(a) PC, Torrance Court. Client facing 20 years in prison if convicted. Result: Reduced to 236 PC false imprisonment, two years with credit for time served.
- Felony corporal injury to spouse with an enhancement for great bodily injury 273.5 PC, West Covina Court. Client facing seven years in prison if convicted. Result: Reduced to 242 PC misdemeanor simple battery with no jail time.
- Felony battery on a police officer by non-U.S. citizen 243(c)(2) PC, LAX Airport Court. Client facing up to 16 months in jail and deportation. Result: Reduced to a misdemeanor, no jail time, no immigration consequence.
- Felony corporal injury to a spouse by non-U.S. citizen 273.5 PC, Metro Court. International executive faced two years in prison and aggravated felony conviction causing deportation and inadmissibility to U.S. Result: Case dismissed, no immigration consequence.
- Felony grand theft by an international student 459.5 PC, LAX Airport Court. The student faced jail and deportation. Result: Charges dismissed, formal diversion program, and the student continued their education in the U.S.
Past results are no guarantee of how cases will resolve, as each case depends on its unique circumstances and legal questions. However, these results demonstrate how hard our criminal defense attorneys fight to ensure that every client receives the best possible outcome in serious criminal matters.