Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

Do I Need a Los Angeles Defense Attorney to Contest a Restraining Order in California?

At the Kosnett Law Firm, our restraining order attorneys in Los Angeles understand that temporary protective orders are often approved and applied in California without the accused having the immediate opportunity to defend his or her actions that led to the request. Our criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles County also know that the party applying for the restraining order is required to prove their claims by either a preponderance of the evidence (for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders) or by clear and convincing evidence (for Civil Harassment Restraining Orders), which typically means the applicant believes…
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What are the Penalties for Gun Crime Convictions in Los Angeles, California?

At the Kosnett Law Firm, our firearms defense attorneys in Los Angeles know that California has some of the most stringent gun laws in the United States. However, our residents are allowed to legally possess a firearm, when they purchase the gun through a California licensed dealer under the Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) process. When firearms are illegally obtained, unlawfully carried, or used during the commission of a crime, the individual can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor that will reflect the type of gun in question, the intent of its…
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Can I Petition the California Courts to Seal My Arrest Record?

At the Kosnett Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles understand the challenges that come with having an arrest record in California. Even if you have not been convicted of a crime, the stigma that surrounds an arrest can follow you well into the future, limiting potential resources or access to a preferred career path. What most people do not know is, if you had an arrest that did not result in a conviction, you may be able to seal that arrest, so it is no longer visible on your record. Our…
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What is the Difference Between a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Expungement in California?

At the Kosnett Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles believe that legal trouble should not be the issue that defines you going forward. Even if you have been convicted of a crime in California, it does not have to ruin the rest of your life by remaining on your permanent record. Our Los Angeles County post-conviction relief attorneys will walk you through the applicable legal solutions that will allow you to regain some, or possibly all, of the freedoms you enjoyed before the conviction, so you can get your life…
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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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