Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Often, clients will retain us to intervene early with law enforcement to reduce or prevent the filing of criminal charges before they are filed in court.

Experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers

Chudnovsky Law’s team has over 75 years of experience helping thousands of defendants fight their cases. We are a pre-eminent defense firm recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers and rated best criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles by Expertise.

When you hire us, we will first work to get your case dismissed using legal strategies or flaws in the prosecution’s case. If your case cannot be dismissed, we will negotiate with the Prosecutor to reduce the charge or penalties that apply.

We resolve over 95% of LA felony and misdemeanor cases without a trial. But if a jury trial is appropriate, our renowned trial attorneys are prepared to argue your case skillfully.

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Even if the facts are against you, we can help save your record from an avoidable conviction. Call (213) 212-5002 for a Free Consultation to review your case.

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California Assault & Battery Attorney Awards: Findlaw 5 Star Rating, Google 5 Star Rating
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Types of Criminal Charges in Los Angeles

Under California law, Los Angeles criminal offenses fall into the following four categories:

  • Infraction: These minor offenses are not punishable with any jail sentence or probation requirements. Infractions are generally punishable by fines and/or DMV driving record points. Common infractions include: speeding, illegal window tinting, disobeying traffic signals, and other traffic related violations.
  • Misdemeanor: These offenses are divided into: (1) standard misdemeanors, and (2) gross, or aggravated misdemeanors. Punishment can include up to a 364 day jail sentence and a fine that usually does not exceed $2,000. Example misdemeanor offenses include: disorderly conduct, domestic battery, drug possession, DUI without injury, indecent exposure, juvenile offenses, petty theft, public intoxication, shoplifting, and vandalism.
  • Felony: These serious offenses can trigger a prison sentence between 1 year and life in prison. Court ordered fines can range into the thousands of dollars. Example felony offenses include: assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug crime, DUI involving great bodily injury, grand theft, insider trading, manslaughter, murder, armed robbery, sex crimes, violent crimes, and white-collar offenses.
  • Wobbler: These offenses may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor at the prosecutor’s discretion. The DA will evaluate facts of  the case, defendant’s criminal record, and presence of any aggravating factors to make their filing determination. Example wobbler offenses include: assault with a deadly weapon, battery, burglary, child endangerment, child pornography, criminal threats, DUI with injury, elder abuse, forgery, grand theft, hit-and-run, lewd acts with a minor, sexual battery, stalking, statutory rape, vandalism, and vehicular manslaughter.

California’s defendants are subject to the “Three Strikes” sentencing law, which can significantly add to the length of prison sentence for multiple convictions. This law can require that third strike offenders convicted of a serious or violent felony receive an enhanced prison sentence of 25 years to life.

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Criminal Charges We Defend in Los Angeles

Former DA Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles CaliforniaAt Chudnovsky Law, we handle all stages of criminal matters including: Police investigation, arraignment, DA negotiation, permanent and temporary restraining orders, clearing bench warrants, protective orders, bail hearing, plea deal negotiation, parole violation, and post-conviction relief expungement of criminal records.

With over seven decades of experience, our experienced team has handled every type of criminal offense, including these common crimes:

Domestic Violence

If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic violence in Los Angeles, you must be very cautious about how you proceed. Besides the stress and embarrassment caused from the accusation, domestic violence crimes are treated very seriously by the state and can cause a disruptive domestic violence restraining order.

At Chudnovsky Law, we’ve worked compassionately to defend thousands of people accused of domestic violence in California. We understand people make mistakes, and misunderstandings and false accusations are common in domestic violence cases.

Also, sometimes people are accused of domestic violence after actions they took in self-defense. It’s our job to investigate the details of your case and provide the best legal counsel possible.

California domestic violence and battery laws and penal codes:

We handle all types of domestic violence cases at Chudnovsky Law. Call us today at (213) 212–5002 to discuss your case and how to move forward. Nobody should have to face a domestic violence crime accusation alone.

DUI Defense Lawyers

Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs in California is illegal and the charges for a conviction can be severe. If you are convicted of a DUI in Los Angeles, you can face lengthy jail sentences, expensive fines and the loss of you driver’s license. A simple DUI conviction can have devastating consequences on the rest of your life.

Our attorneys at Chudnovsky Law have handled thousands of DUI cases and have developed proven strategies over the years to beat LA DUI cases. We will investigate the legality of the police stop, all evidence in the case, and whether the field sobriety tests used against you were accurate. We handle the following types of DUI cases in California:

To fight hefty fines, a suspended license and possible jail time, contact Chudnovsky Law today to begin preparing your DUI defense in Los Angeles.

Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime in Los Angeles, it’s important to speak with an experienced sex crime attorney immediately. Not only do you risk jail time and heavy fines, but a conviction also means you’ll be registered as a sex offender.

There are a variety of different types of sex crimes in California, including indecent exposure, date rape, false sex crime charges, lewd conduct, prostitution, rape, sexual assault, Title IX, sexual battery and statutory rape.

Depending on the nature of the sex crime, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Our experienced sex crime lawyers in Los Angeles have developed successful sex crime defense strategies and know how to vigorously defend you for any type of accusation, including:

  • Date Rape | 261 pc
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender | 290 pc
  • Human Trafficking | 236.1 pc
  • Indecent Exposure | 314 pc
  • Lewd Conduct in Public | 647(a) pc
  • Pandering | 266i pc
  • Pimping | 266h pc
  • Possession of Child Pornography | 311.11 pc
  • Prostitution, Solicitation | 647(b) pc
  • Sexual Assault on a College Campus | Title IX
  • Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery | 243.4 pc
  • Spousal Rape | 262 pc
  • Statutory Rape | 261.5 pc

At Chudnovsky Law, we’ll investigate the details of your case and make sure all the facts are heard. We know false accusations are common in sex crime cases, and we’ve seen clients wrongly accused as a form of revenge. It is crucial to be represented by competent counsel to prevent an avoidable conviction.

Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers

Drug charges in California are serious and a conviction can have drastic consequences on your life. If you or a loved one in Los Angeles was accused of a drug crime, choosing the right drug crime attorney to defend your rights and fight for your acquittal or the reduction of your charges is critical to your future.

At Chudnovsky Law, we represent clients in all types of drug cases in California. Depending on the offense, there are many defenses to drug crimes that can apply to get the charge dismissed. There are also options to get drug charges dismissed after completing PC 1000 pre-trial diversion programs.

Some of the most common cases in Los Angeles include drug possession with intent to sell, transportation for sale, drug trafficking, manufacturing, money laundering, juvenile drug sale charges, and federal drug crime and drug distribution.

Three of the ways in which you can be charged with a drug crime in California include:

  • Drug possession. Under Proposition 47, which passed in 2014, California decriminalized simple possession of many controlled substances, changing the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. For a first-offense “simple possession” of an illicit controlled substance in California, you can face up to one year and jail, up to $1,000 in fines and community service.
  • Drug distribution. This refers to the illegal sale, transport or transfer of an illegal drug. When it is determined that the drugs found in your possession were not for personal use, you can be charged with drug distribution, a more serious charge than simple possession.
  • Drug Trafficking. Dealing or trading large quantities of drugs in California or across state lines can lead to a felony drug trafficking charge, which if convicted can carry lengthy incarceration times, expensive fines and a criminal record. Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug charges a person can be convicted of and is determined by the weight of the controlled substance. Some of the most common drugs found in drug trafficking cases include marijuana, cocaine, heroine and an ecstasy.

California drug crime laws involve the unlawful use, possession or sale of: amphetamines, ayahuasca, cocaine, crack, ecstacy, GBH, heroin, ketamine, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, molly, speed, PCP, peyote, psychedelic mushrooms, steroids or prescription drugs such as Dilaudid, Oxycontin and Vicodin.

The California Health and Safety Code defines all drug crimes for both adults and juveniles. Listed below are some of the most commonly charged drug crimes in Los Angeles:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance | HS 11350(a)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent to Sell | HS 11351
  • Sale or Transportation of Controlled Substance | HS 11352
  • Substitution of an Imitation Controlled Substance | HS 11355
  • Possession of Marijuana – Personal Use | HS 11357
  • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis | HS 11357(a)
  • Sale of Synthetic Marijuana/Cannabis | HS 11357.5
  • Cultivating Marijuana | HS 11358
  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell | HS 11359
  • Selling Marijuana | HS 11360
  • Selling Marijuana to a Minor | HS 11361
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia | HS 11364
  • Being Present During Controlled Substance Use | HS 11365
  • Concealing Drugs in a False Compartment | HS 11366.8
  • Altering or Forging a Prescription | HS 11368
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed | HS 11370.1
  • Money Laundering | HS 11370.9

No matter what type of drug crime you’re being charged with, the consequences of a conviction can change your entire life. Don’t hesitate to contact a Los Angeles drug crime defense attorney immediately after your arrest to start preparing your defense.

Theft Crimes Defense Lawyers

There are many different types of theft crimes in California, including: petty theft, shoplifting, grand theft, embezzlement, burglary, robbery, armed robbery, receiving stolen property, carjacking, identity theft, check fraud and credit card fraud. As you would expect, the charges and potential punishments for each crime vary and depend on several factors.

There are many ways to fight theft charges in criminal court. Below are some of the questions prosecutors will ask to determine how to charge your offense:

  • What was stolen and how much it was worth?
  • What penal code are you being charged under?
  • Were weapons involved?
  • Was anyone threatened or injured?
  • Where did the theft occur?
  • Do you have a prior criminal record?
  • Was the property stolen on a person?

The answers to these questions will determine whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime in Los Angeles.

While a misdemeanor theft crime conviction in Los Angeles can carry jail time and expensive fines, a felony conviction is far more serious and has huge repercussions for your entire life. In some instances, the DA has the choice of charging a theft case as a misdemeanor or felony. These are called “wobbler cases:

The most common California theft laws charged are petty theft and grand theft:

  • Petty theft 484 pc: taking property or money valued less than $950.
  • Grand theft 487(a) pc: taking property or money valued at $950 or more.

Our Los Angeles theft crimes attorney is highly experienced in handling all California theft law crimes in the California Penal Code, including:

  • Grand Theft | 487(a) pc
  • Grand Theft Auto | 487(d)(1) pc
  • Shoplifting or Petty Theft | 484 pc
  • Petty Theft with a Prior Offense | 666 pc
  • Burglary | 459 pc
  • Receiving Stolen Property | 496(a) pc
  • Robbery and Armed Robbery | 211 pc
  • Embezzlement | 503 pc
  • Carjacking | 215 pc
  • Vehicular Theft | 10851 vc
  • Credit Card Fraud | 484(e) pc

At Chudnovsky Law, we understand how important it is for you to have your criminal theft charges dropped or dismissed. Our talented trial attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases in California and will fight for you every step of the way.

“Attorney Nicole Enyart recently handled a complex case for me. She and her office did an excellent job. We were hoping for a plea reduction to dry reckless on a Santa Barbara DUI charge. Ms Enyart got the charges dismissed entirely with no fines. I can highly recommend her and her firm to anyone looking for an excellent criminal defense attorney.”


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Pre filing investigation defense in Los Angeles

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 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office or LA 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 in Los Angeles

If you’re arrested and charged with a crime in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand the criminal 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.:

  1. Criminal charges. An official police report is given to the prosecutor to decide if there is a probable cause to file criminal charges against you.
  2. 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 the Los 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Trial. If no pre-trial agreement is made, you will then proceed to trial before a judge or jury.
  6. Expungement. If certain conditions are met, after probation is successfully completed, California will automatically expunge your criminal record under California’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.

About our Los Angeles criminal lawyers

Chudnovsky Law is an award-winning team of top criminal defense lawyers with decades of experience successfully defending thousands of criminal cases throughout Los Angeles County courts. We have the expertise and legal skills to handle even the most challenging cases.

Recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, our team of Tsion Chudnovsky, Robert Weinberg, Suzanne Crouts, Nicole Enyart, and David Stein include some of the most experienced and top-rated lawyers in California.

Read client reviews and you will understand why Chudnovsky Law is rated the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles by Expertise and Avvo Rated 10 Superb.

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will effectively represent you in negotiations with prosecutors to secure the best outcome possible for your case.

If the District Attorney’s office is not willing to negotiate and give you the appropriate resolution, we have some of the best and most experienced trial attorneys in the California ready to vigorously argue your case in trial.

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Contact a Los Angeles criminal attorney today

At Chudnovsky Law, we know what it takes to win a criminal case and protect your rights at every step in the criminal justice process. No matter what criminal charge is being brought against you, we will help ensure you receive the best outcome possible.

For a free consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles, call us today at (213) 212–5002 or contact us here online.


When looking for the best criminal lawyer near me, note that we serve all of Los Angeles County including:

Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Torrance, Van Nuys, Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Canoga Park, Carson, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Compton, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Downtown Los Angeles, El Monte, El Segundo, Encino, Gardena, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hawaiian Gardens, Hermosa Beach, Hawthorne, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Inglewood, La Canada-Flintridge, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Pacoima, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, South Gate, South Pasadena, Sylmar, Tarzana, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Venice Beach, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier, Woodland Hills.