Frequently asked questions
Do you work with immigrants facing criminal defense charges?
Yes. Chudnovsky Law is uniquely positioned to provide criminal defense for immigrants. Our firm has attorneys that specialize in both criminal defense and immigration. We understand what it means for an immigrant to face criminal charges.
You’re at risk of losing your visa and potentially losing your right to stay in the country. We help immigrants fight legal cases against them, and protect their immigration options.
Have you handled cases similar to mine?
A key factor when choosing an attorney is the cases they’ve handled. Our firm has handled thousands of criminal cases. Almost all cases are for crimes similar to the ones our clients have faced in the past. If you want to hire an attorney in Van Nuys, make sure that the attorney that handles your case has handled similar cases in the past.
You can read through reviews and testimonials to learn more about the attorney who will be handling your case.
How can I get charges dismissed?
Most cases are resolved via dismissal or negotiating a reduction in charges or penalties. While the number one option is outright dismissal, a well negotiated plea deal can often be in your most favorable outcome.
Some reasons for case dismissal:
- Incident was accidental with no criminal intent
- Police misconduct or errors
- Insufficient evidence
- Incident was self defense
District Attorneys have the discretion to dismiss minor dismiss minor charges at their own discretion, and usually must consult management for serious cases. Our lawyers know every way to get your case dropped and argue for the DA to reject the case.
California enacted AB 1076 effective January 1, 2021 that will give automatic criminal record clearance once probation terms have been completed for many types of offenses.
Can an attorney help me with bail?
An attorney can attend your first court appearance and discuss your bail with a judge. The judge will set bail, and your attorney can argue to lower bail if it’s too high. Your attorney can also refer you to a bail bondsman. Referrals may come with a lower bond.
Our criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles can refer you for a discounted bail bond with a lower 7% bond fee instead of the 10% standard bail bond fee.
Where do I find information on Van Nuys crime?
The LA Police Department offers detailed mapping of crime locations in Van Nuys on the Crime Mapping and Compstat site. The Van Nuys police precinct reports crime statistics for the city in their monthly crime report.