Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys
Top-Rated Criminal Attorneys Specializing in Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley and All Southern California Courtrooms
Eisner Gorin LLP is a nationally recognized Los Angeles criminal defense law firm devoted to contesting serious felony and misdemeanor cases in state, federal, and juvenile courtrooms. Both firm partners, Alan Eisner and Dmitry Gorin, are State-Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialists, a distinction given to less than 1% of attorneys in the state.
No criminal case is too large, nor too small, we defend one client at a time, as a team. An experienced lawyers will make every effort to understand every detail of your case, all of the available legal defenses, and all of the weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
Our entire legal team works together on their cases to ensure that you are getting the best representation out there. We will provide you with skilled legal representation through every step of the criminal court process.
Both Mr. Gorin and Mr. Eisner have obtained the highest ratings and national recognition for courtroom results, legal ethics, and professional reputation. Many of our clients are referred by lawyers, or other legal professionals working in the criminal courts.
Dmitry Gorin is a media legal analyst, television commentator, and educator to other lawyers in the area of criminal law, police procedure, and court defense strategy.
Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have national distinctions obtained annually including: Super-Lawyers (2010-Present), AVVO Superb Lawyers (2010-Present), U.S. Best Lawyers. Many of our clients are business owners, lawyers, medical professionals, their families, and other individuals needing the best criminal defense experts in the Los Angeles County court system.
Dmitry Gorin is annually recognized in Best U.S. Lawyers by U.S. News and World Report. He is a State-Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist and a former Senior Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice” based on its exhaustive peer-review survey in which leading attorneys assess the abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.
California Criminal Lawyers Rated "Superb" with a Track Record of Success
Criminal defense lawyers and founding partners, Alan Eisner and Dmitry Gorin, have a long history of zealous advocacy for their clients. Alan Eisner, a California State-Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 25 years trial experience, tenaciously defends criminal cases in both State and Federal courts. Dmitry Gorin is nationally-recognized for his trial skills and legal acumen.
As a Former Senior District Attorney in the special victims units (sex offense, domestic violence, white-collar crime and gang cases), and a law professor at Pepperdine, Dmitry specializes in defending serious offenses in all Los Angeles County courts.
He has been sought out by the LA Times, Court TV, BBC, and other international media organizations for legal commentary on high-profile criminal cases. Alan and Dmitry work together on major misdemeanor and felony criminal case trials, bringing approximately 60 years of experience and legal acumen in front of juries throughout the Los Angeles court system.
The law firm's associate is attorney Robert Hill. Practicing exclusively criminal defense, he has aggressively advocated for clients in Southern California courts for many years. Attorney Hill has helped our clients obtain hundreds of successful outcomes for LA County cases, including drunk driving, domestic violence, hit and run, sexual battery, indecent exposure, and other serious criminal charges facing the firm's clients.
Our law firm also co-counsels with defense firms nationally and female attorneys depending on the type of case, venue for the trial and nature of felony charges.
Recent Case Results
Our law firm handles cases in all Los Angeles County, Southern California Courts, and federal cases nationwide. Here are our most recent case results:
- Santa Barbara Courthouse: Vehicular reckless driving causing injuries with prior, reduced to misdemeanor with no jail time;
- Los Angeles Superior Court: Driving manslaughter jury trial, client acquitted of all homicide charges;
- Los Angeles Downtown Court: Fraud felonies related to auto sales, and fraudulent auto insurance claims, probation with community service;
- Burbank Courthouse: Church embezzlement, $500k loss approximately, no jail time after partial restitution made;
- LAX Courthouse: Sex crime, dropped before court, student visiting from UK falsely accused;
- Los Angeles Downtown Court: Sex crime, dropped before court, entertainer accused by a groupie;
- San Fernando Courthouse: Neighbor dispute felony assault, facing 3 or more years, acquitted by jury;
- LAX Courthouse: DUI with injury, reduce to misdemeanor with no jail, early intervention and client's mitigation;
- LAX Courthouse: Robbery with knife, reduced to wobbler with electronic monitoring, no actual jail time served;
- Van Nuys Courthouse - Client acquitted of murder Not Guilty BRI, now released from Mental Hospital, for inpatient treatment and counseling;
- Central District California: Federal real estate fraud, facing up to 10 years in prison, probation with no jail time;
- North Carolina: Federal wire fraud, diversion with no felony conviction;
- Central District California: Federal jury trial, violence on airplane, client acquitted of felony battery causing serious injury, misdemeanor with community service settlement;
- Riverside Courthouse: Domestic violence felonies, medical doctor, charges reduced to misdemeanor from felonies and no jail time;
- Ventura Courthouse: Domestic violence felonies, out of state resident, charges reduced to misdemeanors and no prison time.
California Criminal Law News Updates
There are numerous media reports about changes in California criminal law in the areas of marijuana possession, early release from jails, and reduction of felony convictions. While some believe the jail doors are flying open to release offenders, the truth is that the new laws are complex, few inmates qualify for reductions without successful court intervention, and violent offenders are still serving 85% of their sentences. Here is brief summary:
- Proposition 47: Reduces certain minor drug and theft-related crimes that were previously felonies to misdemeanors. Applies to theft offenses such as receiving stolen property, petty theft, and check fraud, if the loss amount is less than $950. When the loss amount exceeds $950, a felony theft case can still be filed. Prop 47 also creates an opportunity for the defendant to petition the sentencing court for resentencing.
- Proposition 57: Allows non-violent offenders able to apply for early parole after completing only the portion of their sentence attributable to the base offense. Restricts prosecution of juvenile offenders as adults. On February 1, 2018, the California Supreme Court held that this provision of Proposition 57 applies to every juvenile case which had not yet reached final judgment at the time of the change in the law. Accordingly, approximately cases involving juvenile offenders which had already been filed in adult courts must now be transferred back to juvenile court to comply with Proposition 57's new certification procedure.
- Proposition 64: Legalizes the possession and recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. Felony offenses for unlawful sale or transportation are reduced to misdemeanors. Aggravated cases may still result in state prison. Allows an opportunity for resentencing on a marijuana-related conviction.
- California Senate Bill 1437: Seeks to narrow the scope of both the felony murder and natural and probable consequences doctrine by more closely defining which participants in serious felonies can be charged with murder when someone dies as a result of the commission of the underlying crime. Certain people who were proven guilty of felony murder in California may be able to get a reduction in their sentence.
Through successful application to the court for early release, or for a reduction of a prior conviction, a client improves their ability to get a better job and to enjoy a more successful lifestyle. We regularly bring timely petitions for clients to reduce and expunge convictions for misdemeanor and felony offenses.
Pre-Filing Intervention by Criminal Defense Experts
Consulting with a criminal defense lawyer during an investigation or immediately after an arrest will help you better understand your potential case and possible legal options available to avoid serious legal consequences.
In many cases where our law firm became involved early in the legal process, we were able to negotiate with the prosecutor and avoided the formal filing of charges.
We understand your case and how our criminal justice system works in the courts. The initial contact you had with the arresting police officer could have a huge impact on your legal defense and influence how we will build a defense strategy on your behalf.
Our lawyers will review your case and possibly discover evidence that actually benefits your case. We may find information that makes it clear the police did not follow proper procedure or violated your legal rights.
Your first consultation will be used to analyze your situation, arrest and explore potential defenses we may use to build an effective strategy. We have achieved a record of success and capable of having charges dismissed before they are actually filed by the prosecutor.
We strategize on each client's case to ensure that you are getting the best and most thorough legal representation. Our specialist has a team of investigators and experts who are ready to scrutinize different aspects of your case, obtain witness statements and physical evidence, even before charges are filed.
Early intervention by our law firm is important, so exculpatory evidence is not missed by the police and courts. The firm's Pre-Filing Intervention practice has caused numerous criminal cases (involving charges of violence, sex offenses, hit and run, white-collar crimes) to be dismissed before court even when arrest has been made.
The basis for an arrest is probable cause, while a court conviction requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Our goal is to demonstrate to the prosecutor's office after an arrest, that the case has proof problems, due to lack of credible witnesses, insufficient crime scene investigation and numerous other bases.
In this manner, we work tirelessly on causing the charges to be dropped before court! It is very important to have our lawyers defend a case even before the arraignment date set in court. Some of our most effective work done is before charges have even been formally filed.
Fighting Your Charges with an Aggressive Approach
If pre-filing intervention is not a option, we will aggressively fight your charges in an effort to obtain the best possible outcome. Our criminal attorneys have over 60 years of combined courtroom experience. Martindale-Hubbell has recognized us as a "Preeminent Law Firm," designating us to be a Top 5% United States Criminal Law Firm.
We understand how police and prosecutors will attempt to build their case against you. Some lawyers choose to take a wait-and-see approach before investigating and working on a case. However, we believe time is critical for defense work on a case and understand that the first few days after an arrest are the most important to a police investigation.
Facing a criminal charge is stressful and overwhelming as the court process can be complicated. Many defendants simply wait too long to consult with a lawyer who could help them remain free while their case proceeds through their California courtroom.
Avoiding a Felony Criminal Conviction
With over six decades of experience in Los Angeles, we have learned that a convicted felon in our society carries stigma for the rest of their life, with dim job prospects, inability to obtain professional licensing (i.e. MD, JD, or CPA), and a general perception that the person is somehow not worthy of being in mainstream society.
California does provide for a criminal expungement process under California Penal Code Section 1203.4, allowing a convicted defendant to withdraw their plea, and have the case dismissed after a conviction. However, even when this process is done successfully, the defendant still must report a prior felony conviction to a licensing board or in applying for a government job.
The best way to deal with a "wobbler" felony offense in court, meaning a case that can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor crime, is to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor before a conviction occurs.
At Eisner Gorin LLP, we have been successful in reducing a felony case to a misdemeanor before conviction in court in cases of domestic violence, DUI, theft crimes, assault, counterfeiting, and other cases. Many of these cases did not involve physical injury, and/or full restitution had been made to the victim.
We regularly file Penal Code 17(b) motions with the court to identify specific reasons for the court to justify a reduction, when the prosecutor is objecting to the reduction: 1) Lack of Prior Record; 2) Efforts at Pretrial Rehabilitation; 3) Future Prospects in School and Work; 4) Family Dynamics; 5) Character and Reputation in the Community.
A recent specific example involved an incident between college students, where the alleged victim sustained a broken nose. The judge reduced the offense to a misdemeanor crime and the case was ultimately dismissed by the prosecution. Importantly, the client ended up with a clean record, can now apply to graduate school, and proceed with professional licensing without worry about a criminal conviction.
Eisner Gorin LLP - Criminal Law Practice Areas
At Eisner Gorin LLP, our top-rated criminal defense lawyers are nationally recognized and specialize in the aggressive legal defense of all types of criminal, DUI, and federal offenses throughout all Southern California Courtrooms.
In cases where evidence may not have been obtained properly, our law firm has been successful in filing a motion to suppress evidence. We assist clients who believe they are the victim of a wrongful conviction. We also defend law enforcement officers against misconduct or criminal accusations.
Our law firm can also help you avoid incarceration with alternative sentencing options. Are you the victim of an unlawful search warrant or the victim of police misconduct? A Pitchess motion might be beneficial to your case.
We can help. We are available 24/7 to provide immediate legal representation and have two office locations in Los Angeles.
Driving Under the Influence Charges
Driving under the influence is the criminal offense of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.008% or higher.
Our top-rated attorneys have been successful defending criminal and DUI cases, including a wide array of drunk driving charges, including first DUI, multiple DUI's, hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, underage DUI, DUI causing injury, DUI drugs, unlawful police stop, and DMV hearings.
Criminal Cases in Los Angeles County
Our criminal defense lawyers have a track record of success in all types of criminal cases, including theft crimes, petty theft, robbery, aiding and abetting, receiving stolen property, burglary, grand theft, drug crimes, possession with intent to sell, violent crimes, assault with a deadly weapon, felon with a firearm, murder, attempted murder.
We also handle charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, arson, domestic violence, restraining orders, spousal abuse, child abuse, stalking, intimidation, weapon possession, three strike cases, hit and run, evading police, manslaughter, white collar crimes, bribery of a witness, embezzlement, internet crimes, bench and arrest warrants, probation violation, perjury, invasion of privacy, animal abuse and cruelty, among many others.
Sex Crime Charges
We also provide aggressive legal defense against sex crime cases. Eisner Gorin LLP, are top-rated sex crime defense attorneys who have repeatedly been recognized as a Preeminent Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, a lawyers' review company, which places us in the top 5% of all U.S. law firms.
A conviction for a sex offense can lead to many years in a California state prison and mandatory sex offender registration for life. Under California's Megan Law, all convicted sex offenders are required to list their name on the sex offender registry for an indefinite amount of time.
In our experience with sexual related criminal cases, we have learned that innocent individuals are sometimes falsely accused of sex crimes, most commonly in cases of date rape, sexual assault and lewd acts with a child.
We aggressively defend any type of sex crime allegation, including possession of child pornography, lewd conduct, indecent exposure, rape, statutory rape, meeting minors for lewd purposes, prostitution, failure to register as a sex offender, 290 registration, sex with a minor, human trafficking, child molestation, solicitation of a minor.
Bail Bond and Own Recognizance Release
After an arrest, we will immediately focus on getting you released from custody as quickly as possible. Over our six decades of combined experience, we have learned effective strategies on getting your bail reduced or released on own recognizance.
At the Arraignment, our client could be released on "O.R.," meaning on their own recognizance without having to post bail. If the court decides to set a bail amount, we will advise our clients and their family how to properly post bail in order to secure a release from jail as soon as possible. The court sets bail amount as a financial assurance the defendant will return to court after they are released.
See our related blog: Bail and Own Recognizance Release in Los Angeles.
There are two common methods of posting bail in Los Angeles County. A cash bail could be posted at the jail to cover the entire bail amount set by the criminal court. At the conclusion of the criminal case, if bail is exonerated, the client would receive back the entire amount. The most common method is securing a bond through a bail bonds company.
The client is typically required to pay around 10% of the total bond amount to the bail company, which will then post the entire bail through a bond. If bail is exonerated, the 10% will not be returned to the client because this would be considered a fee to the bail bond company. We will help guide our clients through this process.
Probation Violation Hearings
If at some point, a judge believes you are in violation of probation, either because you violated a law or you failed to satisfy a condition or you failed to check in with your probation officer, the court will hold a probation violation hearing. A probation violation hearing in Los Angeles is similar to a trial in many ways:
- witnesses will testify,
- evidence will be presented, and
- you will have the right to an attorney.
As always, it is highly recommended that you speak to us as soon as you are aware of an investigation into or charges or a probation violation against you. We can also assist you with early termination of probation.
Criminal Appeals in California
Our criminal appellate lawyers can help you to appeal your California felony or federal criminal offense conviction.
Anyone convicted of a felony criminal offense may file an appeal if they believe there were legal mistakes made at their trial. However, under California law, the appeal must be filed within 60 days after they were convicted.
A criminal appeal is basically a legal argument presented to a higher court by a lawyer to determine if the original court made any errors in the interpretation of the law. Typically, a panel of judges will thoroughly review the trial proceedings.
If they discover legal errors, they have the legal authority to reverse the conviction. The appeals process starts after our we file a “notice of appeal” in the original trial court.
Once the trial transcripts are prepared, we will review in order to find sufficient legal errors that could result having the conviction overturned. If errors are discovered, we will file “briefs” to the appeals court that will identify the errors and present an argument why they should overturn the conviction.
At Eisner Gorin LLP, we have handled many types of appeals and habeas corpus petitions throughout the State of California. The legal procedures in appeals cases are complex, and you need extensive knowledge in this area of law.
California Proposition 47 - Petition to Reduce Felony Offense to Misdemeanor
Contact our law firm in order to determine if you are eligible for relief under Prop 47. In November 2014, voters passed into effect an important measure to bring fairness to sentencing in California's criminal justice system. Known as Proposition 47, it reduces crimes that were previously considered a felony criminal offense to a misdemeanor.
It allows individuals who were convicted, including individuals who already served their sentence, to have their crime deemed a misdemeanor under Penal Code section 1170.18. These criminal offenses include most drug possession crimes, grand theft for under $950, receiving stolen property for under $950, commercial burglary for under $950, forgery for under $950, petty with a prior under certain circumstances.
Whether or not a criminal offense can be reduced also depends on the criminal history of the individual. If someone has a prior conviction for a violent sexual related offense, some sex crimes that require registration under California Penal Code section 290, or violent felony crime convictions, they will most likely be prevented from reducing their offense to a misdemeanor.
If you have a prior conviction of the listed eligible offenses, contact our office to review all the details and potentially assist you by filing a petition for removal of the felony conviction from your record.
California Proposition 64 - Petition to Reduce Felony Marijuana Conviction or Jail Sentence
Marijuana Legalization in California. On November 8, 2016, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 64 which makes it legal for adults age 21 and over to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana, 8 grams of concentrated cannabis product, and cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants.
Proposition 64 also reduced many instances of transport of marijuana for sale to a misdemeanor, down from its prior status as a felony drug crime.
If you have already completed a sentence for violating the prior California's marijuana laws, such as Health & Safety Code 11359 possession of marijuana for sale, this means you can petition the court to have your conviction redesignated from a felony crime to a misdemeanor crime, or from a misdemeanor to a simple infraction.
Furthermore, if someone is currently serving a jail sentence after a conviction under the prior marijuana laws, they may be eligible for a shorter jail sentence under Proposition 64. They would have to petition the court to have their sentence reduced.
Unless the prosecutor opposes the petition, the judge is supposed to presume you meet the criteria for Proposition 64 resentencing. Depending on how much time has already been served in jail, the resentencing could actually lead to an immediate release from custody.
For more information about California Proposition 64, contact a marijuana legalization lawyer at our law firm to review the details of your case. If eligible, our attorneys can assist you filing a petition to have your felony marijuana conviction or jail sentenced reduced.
Long History of Courtroom Victories
Over our decades of criminal law practice in Los Angeles County, we have obtained great case results for our clients through planning and aggressive representation. We routinely achieve outstanding case results for clients who were facing misdemeanor or felony cases in state, federal and even juvenile courthouses.
Since we have experience as former prosecutors, we have a full understanding on how the criminal justice system works. We have developed effective courtroom defense strategies and have a reputation of providing aggressive legal representation. We understand that every case has its own unique set of facts, evidence, and circumstances. Here are just a few examples of our courtroom victories:
- High-Profile Child Abduction Case - No Jail Time - Los Angeles Superior Court: Dmitry Gorin, represented a mother who was the subject of an international manhunt for a custody order violation and failing to return to Los Angeles after a vacation in Europe. She was allowed to travel with the children to her native Czech Republic, but never came back. She was arrested in France after violating custody orders that she return with her sons. She was also accused of disguising the children to make them look like girls. Mr. Gorin aggressively negotiated with the prosecutor and was able obtain a favorable plea bargain where his client would not serve any jail time. She only received a sentence of three years probation and allowed to return to her country.
- Murder Acquittal by Jury - Van Nuys Superior Court: Law firm partner, Dmitry Gorin, represented a man charged with first degree murder after shooting an art college instructor at a New Year's party in Westlake Village. Prosecutors claimed he was intoxicated and asked to leave after getting into an argument with other party goers. He returned with several weapons, including a knife. When asked to leave a second time, a fight ensued when the victim was shot and killed. During trial, Mr. Gorin argued his client became upset after hearing his wife was subjected to a racial and sexual slur and the case was a textbook heat-of-passion incident. Dmitry also asked the jury consider his client had experienced great trauma during his entire life as a victim of racial bias, based on his Japanese heritage. After deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on first and second degree murder charges, but convicted him of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
- 200 Pound Marijuana Possession for Sales Case Dismissed - Inglewood Superior Court: Our client was facing felony drug crime charges of marijuana possession for sale. Our law firm partner, Alan Eisner, presented an argument in court that the police conducted and unconstitutional search under the Fourth Amendment and requested the obtained evidence be suppressed. The court initially denied our lawyers motion due to the fact the smell of marijuana was present from outside the home. Alan showed the court new criminal case law that when a law enforcement agent smells the odor of marijuana from a front porch or even outside a garage it still qualifies as an unlawful search. After careful considering his new argument, the judge issued a ruling that the initial search was indeed unconstitutional and the criminal evidence had to be suppressed. As a result, the prosecutor was unable to prove their criminal case against our client and announced to the court it was not able to proceed with criminal charges and requested a dismissal. The judge granted their request.
- Felony DUI Charges Dismissed - LAX Airport Courthouse: Our client, a registered nurse, was facing serious felony DUI charges causing injuries. The prosecutor initially offered our client a plea deal where she would plead guilty to the felony criminal offense and serve 6 months in Los Angeles county jail. Accepting this offer would have caused her to lose her nursing license. After a lengthy and aggressive negotiation, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the felony DUI charge and have it reduced to a misdemeanor driving charge with more than .08% blood alcohol level. Therefore, our client was able to keep her license and continue her career.
- Involuntary Manslaughter Acquittal by Jury - Los Angeles Superior Court: The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty verdict following the two-week trial. Our client was accused of speeding and street racing causing his car to lose control and crash, resulting in the deaths of his two passengers. Three civilian witnesses testified that client was going between 70 and 90 miles per hour, cutting in and out of traffic. Attorney Alan Eisner successfully argued that the police's accident reconstruction procedures were unreliable, and that the accident was caused by a hit and run driver. The jury's verdict confirmed the defense position that there was insufficient evidence to find client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Before Court Success: Nearly 100 cases dismissed before court, after the firm's clients had been arrested and released on bail. The cases included arrests for theft, fraud, rape, molestation, domestic violence, and white collar violations. After our thorough and aggressive prefiling intervention and investigation, the prosecutor's office decided not to press formal criminal charges in court. Our law firm showed up with each client in court at arraignment, to confirm no criminal charges had been filed. Under the Penal Code 849, the client could now state he or she had never been arrested, as the arrest is deemed a detention only.
Contact our California Criminal Lawyers for a Free Immediate Response
With over 60 years of combined legal experience defending criminal cases, a top-ranked criminal defense lawyer at Eisner Gorin LLP represent individuals throughout the Los Angeles criminal court system on any type of criminal matter.
Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with top-notch legal defense.
The law firm partners, Alan Eisner and Dmitry Gorin, have both worked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, giving them unique experience into how the DA's office attempts to build a criminal case as well as the criminal justice system in general.
With their decades of criminal law experience, we clearly understand how the police detectives investigate all types of criminal offenses, and use this knowledge to help the defense of their clients. We apply a results driven approach for our clients when preparing a defense strategy.
Our defense attorneys handle cases in state and federal court, with a long history of successful case results. We are dedicated to protecting our clients legal rights and obtaining the best possible outcome on their case. With a highly skilled and experienced team of professionals, we can provide the legal defense you need to protect your future.
If you are under a criminal investigation or have been arrested for a crime, our defense specialist would like to sit down with you to discuss the case. We will evaluate your case and provide advice on the legal options. We have 2 office locations in Los Angeles County.
Our main office is directly across the street from the Van Nuys Courthouse. We specialize in defending criminal cases in the Van Nuys Court, San Fernando Court, Burbank Court, Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, Hollywood, LAX Airport, Studio City, Encino, Chatsworth, Pasadena, Alhambra, Malibu, Glendale, Palmdale, Lancaster.
Our certified specialist are available 24/7 to take your call and offer a free immediate response by phone. Contact us at (877) 781-1570. We also speak Spanish, Armenian and Russian. To be fairly compensated for time spent on criminal defense strategy, the Eisner Gorin law firm offers paid office consultations. The office consultation retainer will depend on the time spent and seriousness of the allegations.Download Brochure NewsLetter