Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Tabibnia Law Firm retains years of experience in Criminal law, successfully representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes, driving under the influence (DUIs), domestic violence cases, drug possession cases, state and federal crimes, white collar crimes, driving on a suspended license offenses, violent crimes, sex crimes and all other criminal defense cases . Please contact our experienced criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles for a free consultation today.
The consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe, potentially resulting in the loss of voting rights, livelihood, and personal freedom. In California, the impact of criminal law cases is even more significant due to the implementation of the “California Three Strikes Law” .
Infractions refer to public offenses that do not carry a punishment of imprisonment. These offenses typically involve minor traffic violations and are often resolved with a monetary fine. Those cited for an infraction are typically not entitled to a jury trial or public defender representation.
Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by up to one year of imprisonment in a county jail, along with a monetary fine that generally does not exceed $1,000 to $2,000. Petty theft, trespassing, and public intoxication are common examples of misdemeanors.
Felonies, on the other hand, are reserved for the most serious crimes and carry much steeper penalties. The punishment for a felony offense can include life imprisonment in a state prison, or in some cases, the death penalty. Drug offenses, domestic violence, felony DUI, serious assault, manslaughter, and murder are all examples of crimes that can be charged as felonies.
Some offenses fall within a legal gray area between misdemeanor and felony, and are commonly referred to as “wobbler” offenses. Whether such crimes are charged as a misdemeanor or a felony can depend on a number of factors, including the offender’s prior convictions, the presence of aggravating circumstances such as use of a weapon, and the discretion of the prosecutor.
The criminal justice process is initiated with an arrest, after which the suspect is typically taken into custody at a local or community police station until arraignment and formal charges are filed. A bail amount is then set based on the severity of the offense the person has been booked on. Within 72 hours of the arrest, the accused is brought before a magistrate or judge.
California has a bail schedule that recommends an appropriate bail amount based on the nature of the crime. However, in rare cases such as capital murder, the judge may opt not to set bail. Additionally, if a defendant has committed a probation violation, the judge may refuse to set bail.
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Cyrus is well-versed in a variety of legal matters, including Proposition 36, probation violations, and criminal appeals. Proposition 36 allows for certain non-violent drug offenders to receive treatment rather than incarceration. However, probation violations can lead to serious consequences, including the revocation of probation and incarceration. Additionally, if you have been convicted of a crime and wish to appeal, he can assist with the criminal appeals process to help you pursue a favorable outcome.
Los Angeles DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
Experience in and knowledge of DUIs is important; DUI law is a highly specialized subsection of criminal law, and a background in that field is critical to successful representation of those charges.
At the Tabibnia Law Firm, we retain that expertise in DUI law. We understand that going through the court system can be overwhelming and that the results can be critical to your future; so we approach each case relentlessly, and with professionalism and compassion.
Los Angeles Domestic Violence
As you may imagine, an allegation of domestic violence can be devastating for a defendant, both emotionally and financially. Being charged with domestic violence may ruin a person’s reputation, destroy their family and lead to loss of employment. Depending on the nature of the allegations, a person charged with domestic violence may even face serious jail or prison time.
But there are also a number of strong defenses to allegations of domestic violence. A capable, experienced and aggressive attorney can be critical to a successful defense of your case and, potentially, to your freedom. In that light, the Tabibnia Law Firm has successfully defended numerous cases involving allegations of domestic violence.
We are here to help. Through our extensive experience handling domestic violence cases, we are able to confidently take on any case that involves such allegations.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, in Southern California area, please contact Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney today for a free consultation at 866-713-2159.
Los Angeles Drug Crime
Selling or transporting drugs is a serious crime that can result in severe consequences for those found guilty. There are a number of criminal charges which relate to drug possession. In general, drug possession charges can be grouped into two categories:
1) possession of drugs for personal use, and
2) possession or manufacturing of drugs for sale.
Charges stemming possession for use can result in significant punishment; however, the punishment for possession for sale tends to be much more severe.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime in Los Angeles or Southern California. The penalties for a misdemeanor or felony drug crime are severe, and the consequences of a conviction can last for decades.
We understand that facing drug charges can be stressful and overwhelming. But as your attorney, we will stand by you, and aggressively defend and fight for your rights. If you or a loved one have been charged with a drug crime, please contact theft crime attorney for a free consultation today.
Los Angeles Theft Crime
Some of the distinctions between theft crimes are more clear. For instance, under California law, petty theft (PC §484) is the wrongful taking or stealing of property valued at $950 or less. It is charged as a misdemeanor and carries a maximum term of 6 months in county jail. On the other hand, grand theft (PC§487) involves the unlawful taking of property or labor valued at over $950. Grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and carries a maximum term of 3 years incarceration.
While the statutory distinctions between crimes such as petty theft and grand theft are more clear, other statutes can be more complicated.
Crimes such as embezzlement, theft by false pretenses and others may be less clear. That’s why being charged with a theft crime can be confusing, overwhelming and frightening and why finding an attorney with expert knowledge of and experience in the law is so crucial; it can mean the difference between losing or gaining your freedom.If you or a loved one have been charged with a theft crime, please contact theft crime attorney for a free consultation today.
Los Angeles Sexual Crime
The consequences of being convicted of a sex crime can be extreme. You could face time in prison, hefty fines, probation or parole, mandatory counseling, restitution to the victim, and more. On top of that, sex offenders must register as such for life. That’s why it’s essential to hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer to defend you. At the Tabibnia Law Firm, our Los Angeles sex crime attorney has been fighting these cases for years. Types of Sex Crime Cases We Handle:
- Aggravated sexual assault and Battery─ Felony charged under California Penal Code 243.4
- Rape, including date rape, statutory rape, and spousal rape ─ Felony charged under California Penal Code 261
- Child molestation ─ Felony charged under California Penal Code 288
- Child pornography ─ Misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, charged under California Penal Code 311
- Human trafficking ─ Felony charged under California Penal 236.1
- Indecent exposure ─ Misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, charged under California Code 314
- Lewd act in public ─ Misdemeanor charged under California Penal Code 647(a)
- Sex for a fee, prostitution ─ Charged as a misdemeanor under California Penal Code 647(b)
- Pimping and pandering ─ Felony charged under California Penal Code 266
- Oral copulation by force ─ Felony charged under California Penal Code 288
- Soliciting a prostitute ─ Charged as a misdemeanor under California Penal Code 647(b)
- Failure to register as a sex offender ─ Misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, charged under California Penal Code 290
Los Angeles White Collar Crime
In the past several years, California’s state government has paid special attention to white collar crimes and has come down on such offenses with great force. If you are under criminal investigation, contact a white collar crime attorney at our law firm to discuss your case and review legal options. People arrested in California State courts can resolve the criminal case through a diversion program called deferred entry of judgment, which allows them to get their charges dismissed with no conviction on their record. We have a proven track record and know how to formulate an effective defense against all kinds of fraud. We can help you evaluate the risks and benefits of accepting a plea bargain. We know about the most common defenses used by criminal defendants in California.
White collar crimes in California can include: money laundering, ponzi schemes, counterfeiting, embezzlement, extortion, espionage, mail fraud, wire fraud, computer crimes, forgery, financial fraud, real estate fraud, false financial statement, tax evasion, RICO, insurance fraud, perjury, illegal gambling, among others.
Los Angeles Expungements
Los Angeles Embezzlement
Potential employers and other organizations that conduct criminal background checks will not see these convictions on your record. When seeking to have a conviction expunged from your record, it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with the laws governing expungement eligibility. Different charges may be eligible for expungement and the process may vary depending on the specifics of your case. At Tabibnia Law Firm, our Los Angeles expungement lawyers have experience in this field and prioritize our clients’ interests. We work to provide the best possible solutions and help our clients maintain a clean record in order to protect their future prospects. In California, it may be possible to have certain contacts with law enforcement expunged from your criminal record.
In the past, the process for expungement was simpler, but the law changed in 2008 and now requires a full hearing before the court. An expungement attorney can help you understand the process and your chances of success. Keep in mind that the prosecutor may object to giving you a clean record, and the final decision will be up to the judge. Even if you have completed probation and fulfilled the terms set by the court, you may still need to fight for an expungement. Proper representation can be crucial in these cases, and having a skilled attorney on your side can increase your chances of success.
Los Angeles Extortion / Blackmail
For example, the threat to inform the police about suspicious activity is legal on its own, but it becomes illegal if it is made in exchange for a personal belonging. If you have been accused of extortion, it is crucial to seek the help of a skilled attorney to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights. In California, the crime of extortion, also known as blackmail, involves using force or fear to obtain property.
The prosecutor must be able to prove all four elements of extortion in order to secure a conviction: the obtainment of another person’s property, obtainment of the property through consent, obtaining the consent through wrongful use of fear or threat, and intentionally using fear or force to obtain the consent. Even if extortion cases are aggressively prosecuted, it is still possible to build a defense and challenge the allegations with the help of a skilled Extortion Defense Attorney.
At the Tabibnia Law Firm, we specialize in helping our clients protect their rights and achieve the best possible outcome in their cases. We focus on the individual needs of our clients and create unique defense strategies for each defendant we represent. If you have been accused of extortion or any other white collar crime, we are here to help.
Los Angeles Robbery Or Burglary
In California, robbery involves taking personal property from another person against their will through the use of force or intimidation. In 2013, there were over 53,000 reported robberies in the state, with more than 15,000 resulting in arrests. Almost half of all robberies were committed with a weapon and are classified as armed robberies, while the remaining robberies are referred to as “strong-armed” or unarmed robberies. In armed robberies, guns were used in about two-thirds of cases, while knives were used in about half of unarmed robberies. Robbery can occur in various settings, including streets, businesses, residences, parks, schools, trains, and government buildings.
Prosecutors often seek severe punishment for felony robbery convictions. Robbery is a serious crime that is divided into two categories: first and second degree. The classification of a robbery is based on the specific circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. First degree robbery, the more severe offense, can only be charged under certain conditions. All other robberies are considered second degree. The consequences of a robbery charge can vary greatly, ranging from extended prison sentences and high fines to minimal jail time and fines.
It is important to work with a skilled lawyer who has experience with theft charges and can provide a strong defense to help you avoid a conviction. Do not take the risk of being found guilty of these serious charges; seek the help of an experienced attorney to fight the allegations and protect your rights.
Los Angeles Child Endangerment
According to California Penal Code §273(a), it is illegal to place a child in a situation where they may suffer harm or death or to intentionally cause harm to a child. To be charged with child endangerment, the prosecution must prove that you deliberately inflicted harm on the child or put them in a situation where they could be injured. You do not have to directly break a law or harm a child – any willful, deliberate action that endangers a child may be grounds for child endangerment. It is important to note that child endangerment differs from child abuse because abuse requires a child to actually suffer an injury, while endangerment does not.
One important factor in these cases is whether you acted with criminal negligence or with intent. If you intentionally caused harm to a child, you may be charged with acting willfully. However, even if you did not intend to harm the child, if you acted with criminal negligence, meaning you took actions that a reasonable person would not take in a similar situation and showed a disregard for human life or safety, you may also be charged with child endangerment. Examples of criminal negligence include reckless driving and illegal drug use.
Los Angeles Forgery
Cyrus Tabibnia is a skilled forgery lawyer in Los Angeles who has a thorough understanding of forgery laws and can provide effective representation for those facing forgery charges. It is important to note that in some cases, even if the prosecution can prove that a defendant falsely signed another person’s name to a document, the charge of forgery may be dismissed if the intent to defraud cannot be proven.
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Our Formula for Success
Our for the successful representation of our clients relies on three factors:
1) Our in-depth knowledge of the law and the legal system.
2) The close relationships we encourage and maintain with our clients.
3) The ties we sustain with judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement
4) The resources at our disposal.
First, the attorneys at our firm, including founding partner Cyrus S. Tabibnia, retain a great wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the law and our legal system. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, and later, Loyola Law School, founding partner Cyrus S. Tabibnia has focused his career on mastering the skills and fostering the connections necessary to serve the interests of his clients.
Second, at the Tabibnia Law Firm, we strongly believe that a key variable to effective representation of our clients is developing and maintaining a close relationship with them. In particular, facing criminal charges can be an emotionally and financially daunting experience, both for the client and their family. As such, beginning with the initial, free consultation, we sit down with the client and explain to them, in detail, the nature of the legal process and what they can expect, and to keep them fully informed about their case once the latter has commenced. Not least we do our utmost to provide cost-effective services of the highest quality. It has been our experience that encouraging client communication is important in the effective litigation of a case and in achieving client satisfaction.
Third, law is often a relationship based and interpersonal profession. Judges, law enforcement and prosecutors (lawyers, working for the government, who file charges against defendants) are human beings whose actions and decisions reflect that reality. As such, we pride ourselves on the close relationships that we have fostered over the years with courts, prosecutors and various members of the law enforcement community. Often, these connections have made a difference in obtaining positive results for our clients.
Fourth, fighting a case against the government is not an easy endeavor, because the Local, State and Federal governments maintain access to resources that exceed those of any individual law firm. As such, a defense firm must likewise retain assets and resources that allow it to effectively challenge the charges filed by the government. At the Tabibnia Law Firm, we maintain private investigators, administrators, researchers and assistants who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service in working to fight for our client’s rights. Together, we do everything possible to obtain successful results, while adhering to the strictest ethical standards.
For our clients’ convenience, The Tabibnia Law Firm retains three offices: one in West Los Angeles, a second in the San Fernando Valley, and our newest location, in Orange County.
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Cyrus Tabibnia understands the needs of all his clients and knows the legal system. His experience has allowed him to understand the “big picture” when it comes to representing his clients and achieving the best possible outcome for those clients. Don’t let one mistake or false accusation lead to unwanted consequences.
Felony Domestic Violence – Case Dismissed
People v. JP (Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys Division)
Our client was charged with Felony Domestic Violence after his fiancée called 911 and claimed to law enforcement officers that he had hit her. Because she had visible injuries on her face, he was arrested and charged with a felony. He had no criminal record. And when he contacted us, he was upset, and quite worried that this case could ruin his life. He strongly maintained his innocence.
From the beginning, it was clear that the case would be difficult, because prosecutors are generally aggressive in domestic violence cases, especially since the OJ Simpson case of the 1990’s increased pressure on law enforcement and the government to deal with abusers. Also, in this case, our client’s fiancée was cooperating with the authorities and she had very clear injuries. There was also a 911 call where she sounded scared. The only possible defenses for our client could be that either he had 1) acted in self-defense, 2) accidentally injured her or 3) that the injuries were not caused by him. But he himself denied even touching her during the incident, so the self-defense and accidental injury defenses would not work.
Our client had revealed to us that his fiancée – the alleged victim – was an adult film actress. Our investigation further revealed that, just days before the encounter with her fiancé, she had shot scenes for an adult film that included violent scenes where the alleged victim was struck on her face a number of times. Armed with this information, as well as some contradictions in the alleged victim’s story, the government prosecutors ultimately dismissed the case against our client. He was extremely excited and relieved and we were happy to see him begin to put his life back together again. Needless to say, he called off the engagement.