San Fernando Valley Criminal & DUI Defense Lawyers

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California DUI laws are tougher than ever, find a lawyer who will fight for you

We know that DUI laws are tough in California.  DUI’s carry the potential for jail or prison, lengthy probation terms, DUI education programs up to 18 months long, stiff fines, multiple points on our driving records, increased insurance rates, ignition interlock devices, mandatory AA meetings, SCRAM devices and more.  To make things worse, they get tougher with each conviction. With Covid, I have seen cases get put off for many months before we see the inside of a courtroom.  By the time we get to court, the client’s license has long since been suspended due to the Administrative Per Se …

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Hire a Real Ventura County Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney

Will the Real Ventura Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney Please Step Forward We’ve all heard it by now:  Come on vacation, leave on probation.  Ventura has been tough on crime for the 25 years I have been practicing here.  But, knowing how to work within the system definitely helps resolve both criminal and DUI cases in Ventura.  The first thing anyone should know when they have been arrested in Ventura County, is that they need to hire a lawyer who knows Ventura County.  Many lawyers from Los Angeles (or further) will take money from a client on a Ventura case.  …

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New Los Angeles District Attorney with New Policies

There’s a new District Attorney in Los Angeles and with him comes New Policies Many of us know that there is a new District Attorney in Los Angeles County.  The District Attorney is the head prosecutor in the county where he was elected.  He makes all decisions about filing misdemeanors and felonies committed within his county.  Our new DA, George Gascon was elected on a campaign of liberal justice, striking prior convictions, striking enhancements for gangs, great bodily injury, guns, eliminating life sentences and never asking for the death penalty. I have already seen the effect of the new District …

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San Fernando DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney Jeffrey Vallens

San Fernando DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer The San Fernando Valley is a big place.  It’s so big that it actually has two criminal courthouses.  Some counties, like Ventura, only have one courthouse for the entire county.  The San Fernando Courthouse handles misdemeanors and felonies which occur in the San Fernando Valley, to the North of Roscoe Boulevard and South of the 210 Freeway.  This includes all of Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, Sylmar, Porter Ranch, and even the city of San Fernando.  The Los Angeles City Attorney handles the misdemeanors within the City of Los Angeles and the District Attorney …

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Van Nuys DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer

Van Nuys DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer Growing up in the San Fernando Valley really does give me better perspective on my job of defending people charged with DUI or other criminal cases.  I know where every police station in the Valley located.  I know many of the spots where cops hang out looking to write tickets or make arrests.  I know what bars are frequented by cops around closing time.  I have even gotten to know many of the Valley Traffic Unit and DUI task force cops in the Valley.  It’s actually kind of funny walking into court in …

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The Real Encino Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Real Encino Criminal Defense Attorney They say you are truly “from a place” when you have kids who are born there.  If that is the case, I am the true Encino Criminal Defense Lawyer.  Being born and raised in Encino, California does make me better equipped to handle criminal and DUI defense cases in Encino, Van Nuys and San Fernando.  Unlike many law firms who hire full time content writers and IT professionals, every blog on my site was written by me.  Every review about my work on the internet was written by a client, not someone I paid. …

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DUI Arrests over a hot Labor Day Weekend

DUI Arrests over a hot Labor Day Weekend We’ve been sheltering at home, working from home, and wearing masks. Well all of us except the president.  We’ve had vacations cancelled, campground closed, rental houses shut down and we are getting tired.  We’re tired of being stuck inside, tired of wearing masks, and we NEED to get out. Things are starting to open up.  Restaurants are serving meals on their patios.  Wineries are open for outdoor service.  Beer, wine and alcohol delivery service and “to-go” service is available as we have never seen it before. This weekend we have record breaking …

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Now is the Time to Reduce and Expunge Criminal History

Now is a Great Time to Reduce and Expunge Times are tough.  There is no end in sight to our current world situation.  The job market is terrible, unemployment is high, rent has never been more expensive, and our criminal records are holding us back. One of my clients just called me to tell me he was turned down for an apartment because of his felony conviction.  Another client told me his old boss offered him his job back if he could get his felony reduced to a misdemeanor.  Yet another was to be promoted at work if he could …

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Arrested for Child Porn in California

Arrested for Child Pornography in California I have been getting a lot of calls in the past few years from clients who were arrested for possession or distribution of child pornography.  This includes still photographs and videos.  These are very tough cases, and they can be brutal if picked up by the fed’s.  Recent advances in technology have made it much easier for law enforcement to find potential offenders.  Cooperation between internet companies and law enforcement has made locating computers even easier for the cops. Simply put, assume that your internet provider is “policing” every online move you make.  Assume …

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The Cost to Hire a Lawyer for Your DUI

The Cost to Hire a Lawyer for Your DUI If you are shopping for price, you can stop now.  I will not be the cheapest lawyer you can find to help you with your DUI.  For years I have been getting calls and people simply want to know how much it costs to hire a lawyer to defend them for a DUI. The answer has not changed.  After over 20 years of practicing law and hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases, the answer is the same, it depends.  It depends on the case, the location, criminal history, whether it goes …

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