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Common Internet Sex Crimes in California

Posted on: February 28, 2018 at 10:35 p.m.

Have you been accused of possession, distribution, or sale of child pornography, or contacting minors on the internet for the purposes of soliciting sex or other deviant sexual activity?

A conviction for a sexual related crime that involves children will have a life-long impact on your future. Not only will you typically face years in a California state prison, but relationships will be destroyed and there will be a lifetime stigma attached to Megan's Law sex offender registration. Any evidence seized from your computer hard drive could be sufficient for the prosecutor to obtain a conviction, especially if you don't have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Internet technology makes it possible to exchange communicate anonymously. There has been a sharp increase in people using the internet to send messages to minor in chat rooms in order to view sexually explicit pictures and find sexual partners. When minors become involved, this type of internet activity is often illegal in California. Sex crimes refers to criminal charges involving prohibited sexual activity. This includes a wide variety of offenses, including indecent exposure, statutory rape, and sexual assault, among others. When prohibited sexual activity involves the use of the internet, it's typically referred to as an internet sex crime. These criminal offenses often involve minors and a conviction will frequently change your life forever. It means you will find it difficult to find employment or live in certain neighborhoods.

If you have facing allegations or are being questioned about an internet sting operation, possessing child pornography, arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes, you need to immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles sex crime lawyer at Eisner Gorin, LLP. Our law firm will protect your legal rights and start preparing an effective defense strategy. The most common Internet sex crimes in Los Angeles include the following:

Child Pornography – California Penal Code Section 311

California Penal Code Section 311 prohibits anyone from sending, transporting, duplicating, exchanging, advertising, or possessing, or persuading minors to participate in making child pornography. Child pornography is legally defined as any material depicting sexual conduct by someone under 18 years old. This material includes pictures, film, or even slides. Under PC 311, sexual conduct includes sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, masturbation, oral copulation, or any exhibition of genitals or rectal area for the purpose of sexual stimulation. In order for the Los Angeles County prosecutor to obtain a conviction, they must be able to prove you knew the nature of the sexual related material, and also knew the material showed a minor participating in or simulating sexual conduct.

Distributing Harmful Material to Minors – California Penal Code Section 288.2

California Penal Code Section 288.2 prohibits sending harmful materials over the internet. This law is commonly known as harmful matter sent with intent to seduce a minor. What is considered “harmful material?” Under PC 288.2, the harmful material must show or describe sexual conduct that any reasonable person would consider offensive. Therefore, harmful material includes sexual related pictures, videos, books, or even magazines. In order for the Los Angeles County prosecutor to obtain a conviction, they must be able to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, you knowingly sent harmful matter to a minor, knew they were a minor, and you had the specific intent to arouse the sexual desire of yourself or the minor to seduce them. California Penal Code 288.2 is a “wobbler,” meaning it can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony crime. This decision is typically based on the facts and circumstances of the case, and your criminal history. A felony conviction for violating PC 288.2 could carry a California state prison sentence of up to three years, and lifetime registration as a sex offender under California Penal Code Section 290.

Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for Lewd Purposes - California Penal Code Section 288.4

California Penal Code Section 288.4 prohibits arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes. This type of internet sexual related crime typically occurs during a law enforcement internet “sting,” where a police officer will pose as a minor in a chat room. It’s legal definition states “Every individual who, motivated by an unnatural sexual interest in children, arranges a meeting with a minor for the purpose of exposing their genitals or pubic or rectal area, or engaging in lewd or lascivious.” This legal definition means it’s a crime just to arrange the meeting. It does not matter if the meeting actually occurred. Typically, these meetings are set up through chat rooms, text messages, or social media sites like Facebook. Again, this offense is a “wobbler.” If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you could get sentenced to one year in a county jail, a $5,000 fine, and registration as a sex offender. If you have a prior conviction under this legal statute, or showed up at the meeting location, you will probably face a felony offense. If convicted of a felony crime, you could be sentenced to up to 4 years in a California state prison, a $5,000 fine, and registration as a sex offender.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

In internet sexual related criminal cases that involve child pornography, or online solicitation of minors, the critical evidence is any material seized from your computer hard drive. It’s important to remember that even if you believe the material was deleted, forensic experts may be able to recover the material from your computer's memory that can prove very damaging to your case. The memory on your computer will save websites you have visited, downloaded pictures or videos, emails you sent or received, and chat room conversations. If the Los Angeles County prosecutor is able to recover this significant computer evidence, you are facing an uphill battle. Therefore, if you are facing criminal charges that involve internet solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, you must have a highly skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who has the experience and expertise in defending cases with this type of extensive evidence.

Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the Los Angeles criminal defense law firm of Eisner Gorin LLP, we have the experience and resources to effectively challenge the evidence seized in internet sexual related cases. Our law firm can use our own independent forensic experts to analyze the prosecutor’s evidence against you. Our lawyers will thoroughly review all the facts and circumstances to discover how this critical evidence was saved on your computer hard drive. Our criminal attorneys will also closely examine how the evidence was collected by law enforcement. If any search and seizure laws were violated, this means the evidence can’t be used against you. This could force the prosecutor to reduce the criminal charges or even dismiss the case. Contact our law office at 877-781-1570.

Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East #705
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-328-3776
www.keglawyers.com



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Brandishing a Weapon Law in California - Penal Code Section 417

Posted on: February 22, 2018 at 10:47 p.m.

Have you been accused of brandishing a weapon in Los Angeles, in violation of California Penal Code Section 417?

California Penal Code Section 417 criminalizes the act of someone drawing or exhibiting a deadly weapon in a rude or threatening manner in the presence of another individual. It does not matter if you intend to harm the individual, or if they even observed the weapon. Under California law, you commit a crime the very moment you exhibit a weapon in an angry or threatening way. The terms “angry or threatening way” are often the key phrases that will be challenged in a brandishing a weapon case by an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at our law firm. Over our decades of criminal defense law practice, we have seen many cases where someone was just showing off their weapon, but someone nearby accused them of threats. In basic terms, brandishing a weapon in California occurs when an individual exhibits, or bears a deadly weapon in a rude or offensive manner, or even unlawfully during a fight or brawl. California courts have defined a deadly weapon as any instrument capable of causing serious bodily injury. This could include a large variety of items, including a baseball bat, brick, kitchen knife, blunt weapons, firearm, and shotgun, among many other items. There are many situations where brandishing a weapon charges could apply, but the specific facts and circumstances are very important. In some cases, someone might be just attempting to defend themselves, but there were no rude or threatening gestures when their weapon was displayed. Again, there is no legal requirement of intent to harm the other person; it’s the act of showing the weapon in an angry manner that is the focus of the Los Angeles County prosecutor. Therefore, the legal defenses will typically challenge this critical element of the crime.

If you have facing allegations of brandishing a weapon in Los Angeles County, you need to call a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at Eisner Gorin LLP. If you get a phone call from a police detective, just politely decline to answer their questions until you have the chance to speak with a lawyer. You don’t want to unintentionally make incriminating statements that will certainly be used against you later. Remember, police detectives are well paid to put together a criminal case against you in order to make an arrest. Let’s examine more closely the crime of brandishing a weapon in California.

Brandishing a Weapon - California Penal Code Section 417

California Penal Code Section 417 defines brandishing a weapon as follows:

Every person who, except in self-defense, in the presence of another person, draws or exhibits any deadly weapon whatsoever, other than a firearm, in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, or unlawfully uses a deadly weapon other than a firearm in any fight or quarrel is guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by confinement in a county jail for not less than 30 days.

Brandishing a Weapon - Elements of the Crime

In order to be convicted of brandishing a weapon, the prosecutor has to be able to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, all the “elements of the crime.” These elements include: (1) You were in possession of a deadly weapon defined by law; (2) You exhibited the deadly weapon in the someone’s presence in an rude, angry, or threatening manner, or; (3) You unlawfully used the weapon during a fight or quarrel, and: (4) You weren’t acting in self defense.

Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers will thoroughly review every element of the crime while preparing a defense strategy. If the LA County prosecutor can’t prove every single element above, you should not be guilty of a brandishing a weapon offense.

What is a Deadly Weapon?

As stated above, a deadly weapon is any instrument that is capable of causing great bodily injury or death. By law, “great bodily injury” means significant or substantial physical injury. There are literally a countless number of items that could be considered a deadly weapon, including firearms, rifles, brass knuckles, hammer, pipe, razor, among others. Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at our office for more detailed information.

Brandishing a Weapon – Legal Penalties

If convicted of brandishing a weapon with other than a firearm, it’s a misdemeanor crime that can carry 30 days in the county jail. Other offenses are called “wobblers,” meaning it can be criminally filed as either a misdemeanor or felony crime. This decision is typically based on the circumstances of your case and criminal history. If convicted of drawing a deadly weapon in a threatening manner or during a fight, you could face a 30 day jail sentence. If convicted of brandishing a firearm with a pistol or revolver in a public place, you could be sentenced to 3 months to 1 year in a county jail, along with a $1,000 fine.

Brandishing a Weapon – Legal Defenses

Our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm could use a wide range of strategies on your behalf, based on the specific facts and circumstances. These legal defenses include:

Self defense - If sufficiently threatened, under certain situations, it can be justified to use a weapon in self defense. This is why it’s critical to sit down and thoroughly review exactly what happened to develop a realistic game plan on your behalf. Our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers may be able to successfully argue you were lawfully acting in self defense because your had a reasonable belief you were about to suffer imminent harm, and you used no more force than was necessary to defend against the danger.

Display was not threatening or angry – In some cases, our criminal lawyer might be able to present a successful argument that when you displayed the weapon, it was not in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, which is an important element of the crime to obtain a criminal conviction. We could argue you were just showing off your weapon, or it was just a prank.

False accusation – Our lawyers might be able to prove the brandishing weapon allegations are simply false. Our lawyers have seen cases where false allegations are made out of anger or jealously from a vengeful person. This is why we need to sit down with you to figure out exactly what happened.

Call our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Law Firm

Facing criminal charges of brandishing a weapon? Call a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Eisner Gorin to go over the details. There are numerous legal strategies we could use on your behalf. In some situations, we may be able to negotiate a lesser charge or even obtain a dismissal. We are skilled negotiators and have been successful in preventing formal charges from being filed through pre-filing intervention. Additionally, there are diversion programs and alternative sentences options foe individuals who qualify. Our goal is to obtain the best possible outcome to protect your future. Early intervention into your brandishing a weapon case by our lawyers can prove to be critical to the outcome. Contact our law firm at 877-781-1570.

Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East #705
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-328-3776



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Sex Crime Charges and the #MeToo Movement

Posted on: February 19, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.

The news has been filled with stories from alleged victims of sexual harassment, unlawful touching, and rape by intoxication, among other similar sexual related incidents. The #MeToo Movement has made social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, a comfortable forum for victims to come forward and speak out against sexual assault and harassment. In many of these cases, victims are choosing to go online as part of a demonstration in support of survivors and to end sexual violence as opposed to going to police to file a report. This movement encourages people to share their own experiences to raise awareness about the extent of sexual harassment. It gained national attention after there were numerous sexual related accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Back in October 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department launched a criminal investigation after an Italian model-actress who claimed he raped her at a hotel in 2013. She became the sixth woman to accuse him or rape or forcible sex acts. Sexual harassment includes coercion, such as connecting someone’s working condition to sexual cooperation. Additionally, sexual harassment also includes unwanted sexual behavior, such as kissing, touching, hugging or constant verbal pressure to go out on a date. The United States Supreme Court has said that unwanted behavior has to be severe enough to cause an abusive working condition. However, some of the most common forms of sexual harassment are not through improper touching. They frequently include degrading or crude remarks about the opposite sex. Many of these sexual harassment claims will be handled in civil court. This means attorneys will be retained to pursue a civil lawsuit for sexual harassment in the workplace on a variety of different levels. These type of sexual harassment claims don’t always mean criminal charges will be filed.

If you have been accused of sexual assault or charged with a sexual related crime, you should consult with a Los Angeles sex crime lawyer at Eisner Gorin LLP. Our attorneys will be able to properly respond to these allegations and aggressively defend you. If contacted by a police detective, politely decline to answer any questions without first consulting with a lawyer. You need to keep your emotions in check. Stay clam. Don’t approach the accuser and stop all communication and stay away from them. This includes contacting them through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It’s important to remember that anything you say or write to them at this point will be used against you in a court of law. Some of the most common criminal charges from the #MeToo movement include:

Indecent Exposure

Under California Penal Code Section 314, it’s a crime to willfully exposing one’s genital’s to another person when the exposure is made with the intent of sexual gratification or to offend the other individual. By law, “willfully” means on purpose. One of the elements of the crime for the prosecutor to prove includes showing that the defendant exposed themselves and acted in a lewd manner by intentionally directing attention to their naked genitals with the intent of personal sexual arousal.

Sexual Battery

Under California Penal Code Section 243.4, it’s a crime to touch the intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. This includes their genital area, buttocks, or female breast. Sexual battery is also commonly known as sexual assault or unlawful touching. Sexual battery charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony sex crime. A common example of misdemeanor sexual battery charges related to the #MeToo movement includes a situation where the defendant intentionally fondles a female’s breast without their consent or touched their buttocks without permission. Contact our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm for more information.

Rape

California Penal Code Section 261 defines rape as non-consensual sexual intercourse by means of force, threats, fraud, or with a victim who is unconscious or incapable of giving consent. Rape charges can be filed even when there is no physical force. A Los Angeles County prosecutor can pursue rape criminal charges in a situation where the victim is intoxicated or physically or mentally disabled to provide lawful consent. Additionally, a rape case can be filed if the act was achieved not only through force or violence, but also through duress, menace, fear of bodily harm, fear of retaliation, or fraud.

Rape by Intoxication

California Penal Code Section 261(a)(3). It’s a common myth that rape is a crime that just involves forcing yourself upon a person without their consent. Rape criminal charges don’t always have to involve the use of force, but can involve a lack of valid consent from the victim due to fraud or incapacity A specific set of circumstances that can lead to a rape charges is when a victim was prevented from resisting due to any intoxicating or anesthetic substance. Under this law, it’s required the defendant knew or should have known of the victims intoxicated state at the time of the sexual encounter. “Prevented from resisting” means that as a result of intoxication, the victim lacked the capacity to give valid sexual consent based on a reasonable and informed use of judgment. In basic terms, any case that involves the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman requires a legal determination of whether her intoxicated state prevented her from exercising reasonable judgment, along with all the other facts and circumstances, in order to determine whether her mental impairment was at a level that it deprived her of the ability to exercise reasonable judgment. Rape under California Penal Code Section 261 is a serious felony crime that leads to 3 to 8 years in a California state prison. Furthermore, a conviction for this type of sexual offense will typically require the defendant to register as a sex offender in California pursuant to Penal Code Section 290. Call a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at our office more detailed information.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Special Task Force

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey issued a statement to deal with the high number of recent sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile names in Hollywood. She announced her office would be forming a special task force to address these issues. This task force was specifically created in response to the widespread allegations of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. They include specially trained deputy district attorneys who will review all the sexual related allegations for potential criminal prosecution. The task force includes veteran sex crimes prosecutors who will work closely together to thoroughly examine all cases to determine if they meet both the legal and factual standards for filing a criminal case.

When this task force reviews these accusations, they will not be reviewing these cases under the civil context of sexual harassment, rather they are seeking to deal with the accusations under the context of whether a sexual related crime was committed. This will typically require some type of unlawful touching, force, or threat. If the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office believes that someone committed any type of sex crime offense, they will not hesitate to prosecute them under a specific California Penal Code Section violation. Many of the #MeToo Movement allegations are from incidents that occurred many years ago. Therefore, the Statute of Limitations might prevent some criminal cases from being filed.

Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are currently under investigation for sexual harassment or any type of criminal sex offense related to the workplace, you need to immediately consult with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Eisner Gorin LLP. As stated above, if contacted by a police detective, politely decline to answer any questions without first consulting with an attorney. Anything you say at this point will be used against you. Our criminal attorneys will closely examine all the details in order to start building an effective defense strategy. We offer a free immediate response. Call our law firm at 877-781-1570.

Eisner Gorin LLP
1875 Century Park East #705
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310-328-3776
www.keglawyers.com

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Crimes in Los Angeles

Posted on: October 25, 2013 at midnight

Some recent crimes in Los Angeles have shown how important it is to have a lawyer who understands the courts, the prosecutors and jury trials. People from all walks of life can be arrested for, charged with or investigated for serious crimes, and without top notch legal representation it can create lifelong problems. In El Monte, the El Monte Police Department is looking for a man who is accused of raping a college student in the back of a convenience store. Authorities said a female student was working as a cashier at the store when a man blocked the exit as she prepared to close. He dragged the woman to the back of the store and raped her according to police news reports. Police believe the perpetrator is an 18-year-old who is a gang member with a tattoo on his right arm of his gang. They are seeking assistance from the community in looking for the alleged guilty party. In another sex crime involving a college student, a 26-yea- old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and rape at Grossmont College in El Cajon, near San Diego. The San Diego Sheriff's Department arrested Anthony Washington for attempting to attack a female student at 11 AM, he was booked in county jail. The attacker held a knife to the victim's throat according to reports as she got into her car. Another student saw the attacked and honked his horn causing the attacker to flee the scene. The suspect was arrested after a thorough search of the campus. He confessed he was going to rape the student during interrogation. In a surprising case of a judge committing a crime, Hon. Craig Richman allegedly committed battery for pushing and injuring a woman who was walking her dogs. The event allegedly occurred on July 18 when the judge saw a woman place a plastic bag of animal waste on the curb next to the street by his house. He is accused of pushing the woman from behind and knocking her to the ground causing the woman to strike her face on the sidewalk. She suffered cuts and scrapes to her face and shoulder. The judge then allegedly left the scene. Richman, who is also a former prosecutor, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery. The judge at first accused the woman of fabricating the entire story, but also claims that she was both the aggressor and stalked him when he tried to leave, which would at least ad some validity to her story.

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New Year's DUI Enforcement Plans

Posted on: December 30, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.

Local law enforcement agents have released statements to the public that they will be actively seeking to arrest people who are driving under the influence of alcohol this New Year’s. While people all around the world like to ring in the New Year with parties that include a fair amount of alcohol consumption, drinking and driving is still very much a danger to other people on the road as well as a real crime that can land you in jail. According to statistical information released by the Los Angeles Police Department, nearly 15,000 people were arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Nearly 2,500 crashes last year were alcohol-related and 17 people died as a result of drinking and driving. Those numbers do not even include arrests or incidents handled by the California Highway Patrol, which also does a fair amount of work in handling drivers impaired by alcohol. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department have stated that they will have several sobriety checkpoints running on New Year’s Eve and in the early hours of New Year’s Day as well as extra officers on patrol in an effort to catch anyone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol that night. Additionally, officers will also be combing local bars and restaurants on watch for bartenders who are over-serving alcoholic beverages as well as people leaving public places who are in no condition to be driving home. Outside of efforts by local law enforcement agencies, local buses and train services will be free from 9 o’clock on December 31st through 2 o’clock the next morning. Popular towing service AAA will also be offering free car towing between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. that same night. The tow must be to your own home and is free within a seven-mile radius. While it is undoubtedly safer to have extra law enforcement agents patrolling the streets in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road, some of the tactics mentioned above can appear to conflict with the spirit of “innocent until proven guilty” that is said to be the foundation of our legal system. Local police are working on the assumption that people will be breaking the law on New Year’s Eve, and perhaps rightly so. That said they still have very strict rules that they have to follow in terms of how they set up sobriety checkpoints and how and when they can stop a person who they suspect may be breaking the law. If you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you need an experienced attorney to help you with your case right away. An experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you whether or not you were unlawfully stopped by police, which can make a huge difference in winning your criminal case.

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Los Angeles Three Strike Laws and 7 Cent Felonies

Posted on: August 30, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.

For the most part, the news lately has been about how serious crimes are getting swept under the rug or not punished as harshly as some people would like. A recent case highlights just how over the top some judges and juries are when prosecuting people. With Three Strikes penalties in California, it is vital to keep track of how courts are punishing people for seemingly small crimes. In fact, with the ultimate penalty being decades in prison, having a Los Angeles Three Strikes Crime Attorney working for you is absolutely necessary. A case in Syracuse, NY saw a young man go to juvenile detention for the next two to six years for stealing 7 cents. You read that correctly, he stole a total of 7 cents, not enough to buy anything, and a judge sentenced him to years in correctional facilities. He will also spend the rest of his life with a felony on his record. A judge rejected the defense lawyer's request to treat the young man as a minor, meaning his felony conviction will follow him permanently according to the local Syracuse newspaper. In fact, the judge went so far as to say the boy would have been treated as a minor if the defense attorney had told him to plead guilty (which his accomplice did). This highlights why it is so important to have a qualified Three Strikes Crime Attorney defending you whenever you are facing serious felony charges.

According to witnesses, the two young men were found guilty of robbery in July after attacking a 73 year old man, running up behind the victim, knocking him to the ground and kicking him until his glasses broke. The victim handed the two youths 7 cents. While the actions of the two young men are terrible, one has to ask if they truly warrant years in prison and a lifetime of being considered a felon. The judge seems to have overstepped his bounds, leaving the young man permanently marked by his crime. With a skilled Los Angeles Three Strikes Crime Attorney the young man may have been able to avoid the penalty.

If you or someone you know needs a Three Strikes Crime Lawyer then contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. With over 50 years of combined experience, and a long track record of success, our attorneys can provide the kind of defense necessary to the great results. Call us today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles White Collar Crime and Ponzi Schemes

Posted on: July 21, 2011 at 9:45 p.m.

Whenever a Los Angeles White Collar Crime Lawyer represents someone charged by the state or federal government, he has to do battle in court with some of the best attorneys in California. While drug crimes, sex crimes and violent crimes can involve people in the middle class or the poor, white collar crime always involves a high-level executive, government official or entrepreneur. In a recent article in the LA Weekly, a man known as the "Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills" was highlighted as a high profile white collar criminal in need of some serious legal representation. He was reportedly forced into bankruptcy three years ago and left a trail of more than $1 billion in potential claims. Like many white collar criminals, he built a relationship with a tight knit community, in this case the Persian Jewish community in Los Angeles.

Currently, Ezri Namvar is living under house arrest in Brentwood in an $8 million mansion. He is awaiting his sentence for wire fraud, which is the typical type of charge that goes along with any white collar crime. In May of 2011, Namvar was convicted of four federal wire fraud charges for taking $21 million from people into his financial corporation, none of which has been paid back. According to the media and police, 400 people have lost their retirement savings, college funds, bar mitzvah money and more. This crime has torn apart the community which trusted this man, businesses, creditors and much more. What his Defense Attorney and his business allies are trying to argue, is whether or not he was committing fraud or just doing business poorly at a risky time. People accused of white collar crimes often claim that the poor economy was the culprit, not their business practices.

In this instance, the man was convicted of the crime and will have to spend years in federal prison. If you are accused of, charged with or arrested for a white collar crime, contact Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin. We can provide the kind of legal representation necessary to stay out of prison and free from fines. Their track record over the years has been superb, and they are ranked "Top Notch" by one of the most prominent lawyer ranking sites in the country.

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Los Angeles White Collar Crime and Lawyers

Posted on: July 11, 2011 at 10:21 p.m.

A major scam has occurred in the city, raising eye brows amongst Los Angeles White Collar Attorneys from Torrance to Tujunga. White collar crime is a highly complicated area of the law, and lawyers on both sides of any criminal trial need to know accounting, finance, wire fraud and more.

In Los Angeles Federal Court, a scammer was sentenced for a serious fraud issue. A man tricked people into investing in a bogus start-up Internet company (many different companies in fact) and evaded federal income taxes. Chase Norwood, who was also known as Thomas Gray, was convicted back in 2009 on 15 counts of federal mail fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors said they will ask the judge to sentence the man to 60 months in federal prison. The 52 year old man solicited people to invest in his purported Internet start up companies, including one that was called Cal Broadband. He tricked investors into believing that the company had been in business for years and was internationally recognized in the wireless high speed Internet industry. The company was nothing more than a name however. He also lied to investors by telling them he had many licensing agreements and business affiliations with large technology companies, but none of that was true either. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that he used investors' funds to support a lavish lifestyle which included residences in some of the top hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. White Collar Attorneys will also note that his money went towards rent for his mother's condo and to hire several unlicensed brokers and telemarketers to pick out and identify potential investors in his phone company.

Tales such as these seem to come along far too often these days, and the danger of heading to jail for five years or more is very real. This man was dealing with federal prosecutors who are some of the best lawyers in the country, and can only really be matched with highly skilled White Collar Attorneys who have an insider's perspective.

If you need assistance with a white collar crime, call the White Collar Attorney team at Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP. With over 50 years of combined experience, our team can create a top-notch defense for you no matter how complicated the issue is. Call us today at 877-781-1570.

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Palmdale Sex Crime Attorney

Posted on: June 30, 2011 at 6:33 p.m.

The county of Los Angeles is home to tens of millions of people, many of whom are rarely face serious legal problems. However, there are quite a few sex crime accusations that going on every year, making life difficult for the people involved in the alleged incident. These crimes can make life difficult for the alleged victim, the alleged criminal and even the investigators who have to talk to these people. A recent case in Palmdale is quite complicated, and involves both an 81 year old man and a girl under the age of 14. The man will absolutely need a skilled Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney in order to get the defense he needs to stay free from jail.

Keith Holmes, an 81 year old man who is a registered sex offender was arrested this past weekend for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young girl according to sheriffs. According to officials from the sheriff's office, the girl was walking ahead of her parents when the man pulled up alongside her and asked if she wanted a ride. The man continued to drive along the girl slowly even though she refused a ride. The girl's mother then came up and tried to talk to the man, and that is when Keith Holmes allegedly drove off. He stopped at a nearby red light and the girls mother took down the license plate information and a description of the man. Police later pulled the man over and the mother identified him as the suspect. After an investigation, one that will undoubtedly have to be examined by a Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorney, police found items in the car consistent with a kidnapping. He was arrested and booked for "attempted kidnapping of a child under 14." Holmes might be a marked man because he is a registered sex offender, has been arrested by Palmdale sheriff's station deputies and convicted of annoying or molesting a child twice since December 2009.

A sex crime conviction in California can lead to terrible circumstances, a lost life and more. Our Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorneys possess the knowledge, skill and experience to provide the kind of defense you need to stay free from prison and off the sex offender registry. The laws are serious, but our lawyers are ranked top-notch. Call us today at 877-781-1570.

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Los Angeles Violent Crime Attorneys in Venice Beach

Posted on: June 23, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.

Violent crimes are always a tragedy and shocking. Whether your family is involved in a violent crime as victims or the accused, it can be the worst nightmare you can imagine. A situation in Venice Beach created the worst possible run up to a high school graduation. A bloody shooting involving two young men shocked Venice Beach residents and ruined the graduation of Venice Senior High School. Three teens were hit around 4:10 PM and two of them died, both of them seniors at Venice Senior High School. The third victim will reportedly recover. The event took place near the campus where the three were going to attend a girls' softball game to celebrate their graduation. According to the police, the shooting victims were spending time at the field when a yet unidentified assailant walked up and fired around nine shots from a 9MM handgun. Girls playing at the softball game hit the ground when they heard the gunshots. A female coach at the game gave the first teen to die CPR for up to fifteen minutes and wrapped her jacket around the non-fatal victim's leg. Police are treating the shooting as "gang related."

Venice Beach Senior High School is one of the most iconic high schools in America, as it was the set of the hit film "Grease" and the classroom setting for "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears'. It was also the backdrop for "American History X" according to the L.A. Daily News. Los Angeles Violent Crime Lawyers who have to work violent crime cases involving gangs, young people, schools and endangered bystanders need to have skill, knowledge and a successful track record in such cases. At Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP, our lawyers know how to handle complex cases and how to create the best defense possible for people facing felonies, years in prison and other serious penalties.

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