Courthouses

Van Nuys Court

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Address

Van Nuys Courthouse East, Northwest District
6230 Sylmar Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL CASE IN THE VAN NUYS COURTHOUSE?

Van Nuys Courthouse is responsible for dealing with criminal cases that occur in the San Fernando Valley.  In the 20 + years that I have handled cases in this courthouse, in my opinion it is middle of the road as far as harshness in punishments related to other courthouses in Los Angeles County.  There a number of extremely fair minded judges and prosecutors that dispense justice in an equitable manner.  The crucial determination that any seasoned criminal defense attorney must make relates to which cases to fight and which cases to negotiate and resolve.  The inquiry does not stop there, a local attorney will know which prosecutors and judges are the best to deal with depending on their client’s particular case.

So in short, you should expect to be treated fairly in the Van Nuys criminal courthouse.  However, in my opinion, that definition of fairness is defined by how skilled your attorney is and how you perceive it.  No matter how you slice it, hiring an attorney that regularly practices in a particular courthouse is the only way to go.  Of course the prospective attorney must be respected in the courthouse by the judges and prosecutors and must be willing to go to fight for their clients rights.

 

WHAT FACTORS ARE THE JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR EVALUATING WHEN DECIDING WHAT YOUR CHARGE AND PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE IN A CRIMINAL CASE?

Each judge and prosecutor has their own formula when deciding what their position will be when it comes to the resolution of a criminal case in the Van Nuys criminal court. However, there are a number of key factors that remain the same in all cases that will weigh heavily in the final disposition. They will evaluate the person’s prior criminal record or lack thereof, whether the particular defendant has a job or is in school, the individual’s reputation in the community (many times we obtain character letters from friends, family, the church and the person’s employment) and of course they are going to look at whether the person was leading a law abiding life prior to the subject crime being charged against them. If the person is a career criminal, then the prosecutor and judge will obviously be quite harsh in that circumstance. If on the other hand, they had been leading a good life and the crime is an aberration on their part, then the judge and prosecutor will consider giving them a break. The crucial piece to the puzzle is to have an attorney representing the person who has built respect and credibility with the judge and the prosecutor making the decisions and the ability to fight a case and win if necessary. This is where cases are won and lost and where the best deals are negotiated and defendants are treated harshly.

I encourage you to make one phone call at (866) 986-2092 and we will begin the process of getting your control back and moving you out of the criminal court system. Schedule your free case evaluation here.