Los Angeles Violent Crimes Attorney
HOW ARE DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH VIOLENT CRIMES TREATED IN THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURT SYSTEM?
In Los Angeles, violent crimes are viewed by the police, prosecutors and judges as the type of crimes that must be punished in a harsh manner. Because violent crimes usually involve a victim being injured in some way the prosecutors in all of the courts in Los Angeles have set certain mandatory minimum sentences and punishments they want for each particular violent felony or even misdemeanor that is filed. In order the get around some of these severe sentences, a criminal defendant must either be found not guilty of the particular crime or their criminal defense attorney must show the prosecutor that the facts and circumstances that surround the subject crime are not of the kind and character that deserve to be punished harshly.
Another common problem that I am seeing more and more is that the head prosecutors in each courthouse in Los Angeles will not permit the lower level prosecutors to make offers to settle violent crimes. This leaves the head prosecutors with all of the power and say so when it comes to resolving a violent case. This micro management can be good and it can also be bad for criminal defendants. First, it makes it clear that in order to have any success, your defense attorney will have to have dealt with the subject prosecutor and had success with your type of case before. Also, there is typically more that one authority figure to deal with in each courthouse. The most savvy criminal defense attorneys know who to avoid and when to make the move to get the best resolution for their client.
WHAT CAN A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY DO TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A VIOLENT CRIME IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY?
In my opinion, the only chance that you have to avoid serious ramifications stemming from a violence felony or misdemeanor charge / conviction is to hire a seasoned local criminal defense attorney to assist you. We typically put together a mitigation package for the prosecutors when negotiating a case that involves violence. The prosecutors and judges are typically looking to see that a criminal defendant will not re-offend, if they are going to consider not sending them to prison and placing a conviction on their record they can never get off. We have been very successful at showing the judge and prosecutors the positive attributes our client possesses and designing / structuring sentences that give our client a chance to prove themselves and lead a productive future life, unscathed by the justice system.
For me in my practice, it almost always involves me meeting face to face with a prosecutor that has authority and giving them the mitigating circumstances related to my client and convincing them that if they give my client a chance, they will not be sorry. Another strategy is to show the subject prosecutor that they could lose the case if it proceeds to trial. If you can point out factual weaknesses in the case, then you can mount an argument for a lesser charge, diversion or even a dismissal. If you come and meet with me for a consultation, I can assess your particular circumstances and give you a feel for what I can do to assist you.