Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Vallens
Instantly connect with our office
San Fernando Valley Criminal Defense Lawyer Attorney Profiles Firm Blog Case Results En EspaƱol Contact Us

Contact Us
818.783.5700

We Offer a Free Case Evaluation

Hard Hitting, Experienced, Criminal Defense
Receive a free consultation of your case Find out about the criminal process Read through some of our case results
Blog Center
Contact Us
Name:
Email:
Phone:
Please Select:
Message:
Assault & Battery
Bail
Bench Warrants
Domestic Violence
Drug Charges
DUI Defense
Expungements
Fraud / Forgery
Hit & Run
Juvenile Crimes
Murder
Probation Violations
Sex Offenses
Theft Crimes
Traffic Offenses
Weapons Charges
Local Resources
Criminal Immigration Matters

Latest Blog Posts By Category

Alternative Sentencing - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Alternative Sentencing are listed below.
  • Military Diversion Avoids any Criminal Conviction
    Getting Clients into Military Diversion Have you ever heard of Veteran’s Court ? Some people have, but even fewer people have heard of the Military Diversion Program. Diversion is a concept that ...
  • Mental Health Issues in DUI and Criminal Defense
    Mental Health Issues in Criminal and DUI Defense I have often said that the majority of my cases involve substance abuse, financial pressures or relationship troubles. Many involve more than one of ...
  • Recent Changes in Criminal Defense in Ventura County
    Recent Changes in Criminal Defense in Ventura County By now a lot of people have heard or dealt with the changes that have occurred in Ventura County’s criminal justice system. The biggest ...
Appeal - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Appeal are listed below.
  • "When Darkness Reigns", By Philip R. Dunn
    When Darkness Reigns, by Philip R. Dunn A couple months ago I rented a new office in the Conejo Valley in order to better serve my Ventura County clients. The office is located near the Thousand Oaks ...
  • An Interview With a Criminal Appellate Lawyer
    An Interview with a Criminal Appellate Lawyer Sometimes things may not go as planned in the trial court. Maybe the jury didn't see things the way you had hoped, or maybe there is a change in the ...
  • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
    How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your computer and you do a search -- most of the time ...
Arson - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Arson are listed below.
  • Deputy Fire Chief Arrested for Arson and Theft
    A former Compton Deputy fire chief was arrested wednesday for arson and grand theft. Marcel Melanson, 37, of Torrance, California was arrested for allegedly steeling thousands of dollars worth of ...
Assault Crimes - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Assault Crimes are listed below.
Bail - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Bail are listed below.
  • How to Avoid Posting Bail in California Criminal/DUI Cases
    How to Avoid Posting Bail Not everyone has to post bail in order to secure their pre-trial release from custody. Just yesterday I walked a woman into court after a warrant was issued for her arrest. ...
  • Now is the Right Time to Post Bail
    Now is the Right Time to Post Bail One of the common questions in my business is: Should I bail him/her out? My answer is always the same – It depends. There are some basic rules of thumb I ...
  • Posting Cash Bail in California Criminal Cases
    Posting Cash Bail in California Criminal Cases If I Google the word "bail" or "jail" or "arrested", I get thousands of returns for bail bondsmen throughout the state of ...
Boating Under the Influence - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Boating Under the Influence are listed below.
  • Drunken Boater Not Charged in Connection with Friend's Death
    A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 36 months of probation in Sonoma County Superior Court on October 12 th, 2016 in connection with the death of his lifelong friend while wakeboarding out on Lake ...
  • Boating Under the Influence
    I had lunch today with a few colleagues who do criminal defense. We started out talking about the election and the possibilities of simply sailing away to some sort of paradise. At some point a ...
Burglary - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Burglary are listed below.
Child Pornography - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Child Pornography are listed below.
  • Deputy LA City Attorney Arrested for Child Porn
    A Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney was arrested Thursday for possession and distribution of child pornography. He was taken into custody at his home in San Pedro, California by Los Angeles Police ...
Constitutional Law - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Constitutional Law are listed below.
  • Your Right to a Speedy Trial and Serna Motions
    Your Right to a Speedy Trial and Serna Motions When we are in court we often hear things like the “right to a speedy trial”. Usually we hear about it when we about to give it up. For many ...
  • Are You Really Innocent Until Proven Guilty?
    Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt www.4criminaldefense.com Being arrested can be a terrible experience. You can deprived of your liberty, you could be embarrassed, it ...
  • Your Rights When the Cops Show Up
    Understanding Your Rights When the Cops Show Up "I was completely cooperative with the cops…Won't that help me?" "Don't I have to answer their [cops] questions?" ...
Cost to Hire a Lawyer - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Cost to Hire a Lawyer are listed below.
Criminal Defense - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
Death Penalty - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Death Penalty are listed below.
  • Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
    How do you find the right criminal defense lawyer in your community? You do what everyone else does when you want something: You sit in front of your computer and you do a search -- most of the time ...
  • Help Stop the Execution of Troy Davis
    As a criminal defense attorney I am constantly trying to stay up to date on new criminal case law and legislation as well as the state of the justice system in California and the United States. One of ...
Defense of Immigrants - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Defense of Immigrants are listed below.
Deferred entry of judgment - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Deferred entry of judgment are listed below.
  • Meet Your Lawyer Before You Hire Him
    Meet Your Lawyer Before you Hire Him I got a call Friday from a potential client. I was walking out the door to meet a colleague for lunch when the phone rang. I asked the caller if I could call her ...
  • Prostitution: Beware of a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude
    Take Caution: Prostitution is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude Many people, myself included, feel that prostitution should be legalized, regulated, licensed and taxed. Maybe one day that will happen ...
  • Don't Take Deferred Entry of Judgment at Arraignment
    Don't Take Deferred Entry of Judgment (Drug Divesion) at Arraignment Here is the hypothetical: You get arrested for possession of narcotics or being under the influence of narcotics. You are ...
Domestic Violence - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
  • Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases
    Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases A new client came in a few months ago. He was charged with felony domestic battery and violating a criminal protective order from a prior misdemeanor DV ...
  • How to Deal with Criminal Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases
    How to Deal with an Emergency Protective Order or Criminal Protective Order in Domestic Violence Cases If you have been arrested for domestic violence there is a good chance there will be an emergency ...
  • Avoiding the Stress of the Trifecta
    It's hard to believe that summer is over, the kids are back in school and fall is upon us. Actually it's my favorite time of year because Halloween is approaching and shortly after that we ...
Driving Offenses - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Driving Offenses are listed below.
  • What to do if you were Arrested for DUI Over the Holidays?
    Arrested for DUI Over the Holidays? If you or someone close to you was one of the unlucky people who were arrested for DUI this holiday season, then you are in good company. The task forces were out ...
  • Before you go out Drinking, Have a Plan
    Before you go out Drinking, Have a Plan If you start the night off with a plan, you are more likely to end the night sleeping in your own bed instead of sleeping at the grey bar motel. Throughout the ...
  • Mental Health Issues in DUI and Criminal Defense
    Mental Health Issues in Criminal and DUI Defense I have often said that the majority of my cases involve substance abuse, financial pressures or relationship troubles. Many involve more than one of ...
Driving on a Suspended License - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Driving on a Suspended License are listed below.
  • Beware of the Habitual Deuce Offender (H2O) Unit
    Beware of the Habitual Deuce Offender Unit (H2O) You likely didn’t notice several plain clothed cops hanging around outside of court in Van Nuys or San Fernando. They may have a cop radio hidden ...
Drug Crimes - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
DUI - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for DUI are listed below.
  • My Boyfriend Told me to Refuse the Test
    /Criminal-Defense/Traffic-Offenses.aspx My Boyfriend told me to Refuse the Test I repeat client called me yesterday to tell me she was arrested for her third DUI last weekend. She was driving home ...
  • Don't Plead Guilty at Arrignment
    Don’t Plead Guilty at Arraignment I recently wrote a blog entitled: “Don’t Take Deferred Entry of Judgment at Arraignment”. It has received more views in the last year than any ...
  • Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases
    Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases Winning in criminal defense takes a variety of different forms. First, a dismissal of all of the charges is the best example of a “win”. I have had a ...
Expungements - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Expungements are listed below.
Federal Crimes - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Federal Crimes are listed below.
Felony - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Felony are listed below.
Finding a Good Lawyer - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Finding a Good Lawyer are listed below.
Fish and Game Law - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Fish and Game Law are listed below.
  • Fisherman Get Fed, Poachers Get Busted
    I read the news every day. I search out articles about people being arrested almost as often. Sometimes what I find makes me sad, sometimes I find it interesting and sometimes I get downright mad. ...
Fraud - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Fraud are listed below.
  • Studio City Man Arrested for Identity Theft
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in Studio City for identity theft after allegedly took a new Porsche from a local auto leasing company and apparently used the Underhill's ...
  • Medicare Fraud Suspect Arrested at LAX
    One of Medicare's most wanted fugitives was arrested today after he voluntarily flew back to Los Angeles from South Korea. Won Suk Lee, a Huntington Park acupuncturist, was said to have ...
  • County Assessor John Noguez Bails Out...Finally
    County Assessor John Noguez Bails Out...Finally The Los Angeles County Tax Assessor who was arrested months ago on charges of corruption and fraud was finally able to post bail with the help of ...
Gangs - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Gangs are listed below.
Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer are listed below.
  • Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases
    Prior Bad Acts in Domestic Violence Cases A new client came in a few months ago. He was charged with felony domestic battery and violating a criminal protective order from a prior misdemeanor DV ...
  • Pitchess Motions and Getting Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases
    Leveraging Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases: Pitchess Motions Almost every time a new client comes in they want to know how their case will end up. Often times, clients want me to “lay ...
  • My Boyfriend Told me to Refuse the Test
    /Criminal-Defense/Traffic-Offenses.aspx My Boyfriend told me to Refuse the Test I repeat client called me yesterday to tell me she was arrested for her third DUI last weekend. She was driving home ...
Hit and Run - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Hit and Run are listed below.
  • Don't Run People Over With Your Car
    Don't Run People Over With Your Car It may seem like common sense, but we really shouldn't run people over with our cars. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of this going around lately and ...
  • What Can Be Done About Your Hit And Run?
    If you are driver involved in an automobile accident and there is any property damage, regardless of fault, you are required to stop and leave your name and address with the other party or leave a ...
  • Civil Compromise in Amanda Bynes Hit and Run
    Under California law when a victim of a misdemeanor crime has been fully compensated for their out of pocket expenses the judge may permanantly stay the criminal proceedings and discharge the ...
Juvenile Law - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Juvenile Law are listed below.
Manslaughter - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Manslaughter are listed below.
Medical Marijuana - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Medical Marijuana are listed below.
Misdemeanor - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Misdemeanor are listed below.
  • Pitchess Motions and Getting Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases
    Leveraging Better Results in Criminal Defense Cases: Pitchess Motions Almost every time a new client comes in they want to know how their case will end up. Often times, clients want me to “lay ...
  • My Boyfriend Told me to Refuse the Test
    /Criminal-Defense/Traffic-Offenses.aspx My Boyfriend told me to Refuse the Test I repeat client called me yesterday to tell me she was arrested for her third DUI last weekend. She was driving home ...
  • Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases
    Winning Criminal Defense and DUI Cases Winning in criminal defense takes a variety of different forms. First, a dismissal of all of the charges is the best example of a “win”. I have had a ...
Murder - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Murder are listed below.
Probation Violations - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Probation Violations are listed below.
Prostitution - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Prostitution are listed below.
Robbery - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Robbery are listed below.
Sex Offender Registration - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Sex Offender Registration are listed below.
Sex Offenses - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Sex Offenses are listed below.
Suspended License - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Suspended License are listed below.
Theft Crimes - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Theft Crimes are listed below.
Three Strikes - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Three Strikes are listed below.
Traffic Tickets - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Traffic Tickets are listed below.
Vandalism - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Vandalism are listed below.
  • Vandalism Charges Dismissed
    Vandalism Charges Dismissed It took over a year, but I finally civilly compromised another vandalism case. My client and his friends were out smashing mailboxes, light fixtures and even a couple car ...
  • Rapper Arrested After Search of Justin Bieber's House
    Xavier Domic Smith, a 20 year old rap artist was charged with multiple felonies in Los Angeles County on Friday. Smith, also known as "Lil Za" was recently arrested when sheriff's ...
Warrants - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Warrants are listed below.
Weapons - Click here to view all posts
The latest posts for Weapons are listed below.
Attorney Web Design The information on this Criminal and DUI Attorneys & Lawyers / Law Firm website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this or associated pages, documents, comments, answers, emails, or other communications should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
Law Office of Jeffrey S. Vallens - San Fernando Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at 16030 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 470, Encino, CA 91436.
Phone: (818) 783-5700.
Website: .