Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

When Can I Post Bail After a Los Angeles Arrest?

If you or a loved one has been arrested for any crime in Los Angeles, you can be released from jail in one of two ways. First, the accused can be released on a citation, or their own recognizance, which means they are freed without a financial obligation with the promise to attend all future court appearances. Next, is by posting bail. Bail is a cash or cash equivalent payment, which is intended to ensure that the defendant makes all required court appearances. Each option will be dictated by the…
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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys Working For You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beginning March 19, 2020, California Governor, Gavin Newsome, issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effectively changing the way individuals, families, and business owners operate. The mandate is in effect until further notice, and all non-essential businesses and schools will remain closed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. At the Kosnett Law Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are committed to prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our attorneys, staff, clients, and the general public by transforming the way we operate during this unprecedented health crisis. Our defense attorneys are working…
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A DUI conviction can ruin your career

One of the things we do most often here at the Kosnett Law Firm in California is to vigorously defend clients accused of DUI. We consequently know all too well how serious the charge is and how a conviction can negatively impact your life. Not only does a DUI charge put your freedom at stake, a conviction could also stop your career in its tracks. FindLaw explains that if you are currently attending grad school so as to receive the professional license you need to practice in your profession of choice, the…
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DUI penalties in California

Los Angeles residents should know that on a whole, California is considered one of the strictest states when it comes to how DUI-related crimes and their adjacent penalties are handled. Even first time offenses can result in hefty punishment if the accused is convicted, which we will look into today. FindLaw examines the severity of first time DUI offenses in the state. According to them, the total sum of fees and assessments can end up costing up to $2,000. Not only that, but the convicted person's license will be suspended for several months, they will face up…
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Why you should think twice before designating a driver

If you are like many other Americans, you may enjoy going out for a few drinks with friends or a night out on the town. As a way to prevent people from drinking and driving after an evening of fun, some designate a driver to avoid drinking during the night. This sober driver can then ensure everyone gets home safely without having to get behind the wheel after drinking. The problem lies in the fact that your designated driver may not be as sober as you think. According to an article in…
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Understanding California’s ignition interlock device laws

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your California drunk driving charge, you may need to install a device known as an ignition interlock on your vehicle for a set period after getting your driver’s license back. At Kosnett Law Firm, we are well-versed in the types of situations that warrant the installation of ignition interlock devices, and we have helped many clients navigate this and other hurdles relating to driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Occupational Health & Safety, you can anticipate having to install an ignition interlock device, which…
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What’s the best legal defense for an assault charge?

If you're charged with assault, it doesn't necessarily mean it will result in a conviction. With the right defense strategy, you're able to protect your legal rights in California, and avoid a conviction and the consequences associated with it. There are several common assault defenses, Firearms with these often considered above the rest: Self-defense: This is the most commonly employed defense strategy in an assault and battery case. To successfully use this defense, it's critical to prove that there was a threat of force or harm against you, such as the other…
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Be aware of sobriety checkpoints over Memorial Day weekend

At the Kosnett Law Firm, we are about celebrating good times with your family and friends. We also know that mishaps can occur on certain holidays and times of the year, especially when alcohol is involved. As such, we want you and other California residents to enjoy the upcoming summer holidays without worrying about DUI charges and the related complications. You may already have your Memorial Day plans in place. Perhaps you are looking forward to a picnic with your best friends to remember those who served our country, as…
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How to get a job after jail

People who are arrested for and eventually convicted of criminal offenses know that their futures will likely be impacted by the experience. However, they also deserve to believe that they can successfully move beyond their criminal past and rebuild their lives. Integral to doing this is getting a job so they can support themselves and their families. People who have spent time in jail or even in prison should not automatically assume they have no hope of doing this as it is very possible to find employment even with a…
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Costs and long-term consequences of a DUI

If you get a DUI in California, you have more to worry about than just potential jail time and high fees. There are numerous other costs associated with driving after drinking, and the consequences can affect many areas of your life for years following a conviction. Money Crashers discusses all of the financial consequences that a DUI brings. After an arrest, you may hire an criminal attorney which is usually a good idea because of the significance a conviction has. While this costs money, it can be worth it in the…
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