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What Can I Expect After a First DUI Arrest in Los Angeles, California?

At Kosnett Law Firm, our DUI defense attorneys in Los Angeles understand how disruptive drunk driving charges can be to our client’s personal and professional lives, beginning with getting your car towed, an arrest, and spending the night in jail. While California state law treats DUI as a misdemeanor, the penalties that follow the initial arrest are steep and can have long-term consequences that affect different aspects of your life, including your ability to legally operate a vehicle going forward. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in Los Angeles County,…
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How to Restore Your Gun Rights After a Criminal Conviction in California

At Kosnett Law Firm, our experienced criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles understand just how restrictive our California gun laws are, and how difficult it can be to have your rights to buy, own, or carry a firearm revoked because of a criminal conviction. If you have lost your right to purchase or carry a gun, you may be eligible to have them restored. The restoration of gun rights in California is no simple process, which is why it is important to partner with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who can walk…
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What are the Top Reasons California Criminal Charges are Dismissed?

At the Kosnett Law Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys understand that all arrests, charges, and potential legal penalties are different for each person throughout the State of California. Factors that determine each person’s legal obstacles can include the severity of the crime they are accused of, their criminal history, the evidence, and the procedures used to detain and process them. With the help of our experienced criminal defense lawyers Los Angeles, those same factors are often the very reasons a prosecutor may dismiss the charges against you. Reason One: The Victim…
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What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and Felony Charge in California?

California laws separate criminal offenses into three categories, based on the severity of the alleged crime and applicable punishments. Infractions result in fines. Misdemeanors are punishable by fines, less than one year in county jail, or both. Felonies carry a penalty of state or federal prison, with lower-level felony sentences being carried out in a county facility. Additionally, the post-conviction ramifications for misdemeanor and felony charges differ greatly, with felonies resulting in the loss of professional licenses, trouble gaining employment, housing, or loans that require background checks, and the inability to…
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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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