Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

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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Understand your entire case before negotiating with police

Generally, you should not speak to California or federal employees without a thorough understanding of the law. Talking to police officers, in particular, is often one of the best things you can do for the prosecution in your criminal defense case. There is a reason that the Miranda Rights specify that anything you say or do could be used as evidence against you. At Kosnett Law Firm, we have seen many cases damaged considerably by seemingly innocent statements by the defendant. Of course, there are some situations in which it could…
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College students with DUI charges could face twice the penalties

For better or worse, alcohol has become an intrinsic part of most colleges cultures. Alcohol is common at college parties and seems to be omnipresent in certain aspects of college life, such as sorority and fraternity gatherings. Unfortunately, the prevalence of alcohol and the pressure to imbibe can result in serious consequences for some students. College students under the age of 21 who get caught drinking or get arrested while impaired could face charges related to being a minor in possession of alcohol. Those charges can haunt someone for many…
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