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Changes in Federal Sentencing Under the First Step Act

Recently, as a part of the federal government’s larger focus on criminal justice reform and to end mass incarceration, Congress passed the First Step Act, which introduced significant changes to a number of areas of federal criminal law. For many years, Congress had attempted to pass criminal justice reform legislation,...

Posted: April 08 2019 read more

Brandishing a Weapon or Firearm – California Penal Code Section 417

Have you been charged with brandishing a weapon or firearm in Los Angeles? A conviction could result in life-altering consequences. You should consult with our experienced criminal defense lawyers at Eisner Gorin LLP as soon as possible. We have over six decades of combined experiences and will aggressively fight for...

Posted: April 05 2019 read more

Should I Take the Plea Bargain in My California Criminal Case?

At our criminal defense firm, one of the most common questions we get from clients, potential clients, and family members of clients, is whether or not to accept a plea deal that the prosecutor has offered. The answer, as is often the case with legal issues, is that it depends.   A ...

Posted: April 01 2019 read more

Arraignment Process in California Criminal Courts

In a criminal case, the first court appearance by the defendant in a California is almost always an arraignment. Several important steps will be taken at the arraignment of which the defendant should be aware. Basically, it’s the first stage of court proceedings and the defendant’s first appearance in front...

Posted: March 29 2019 read more

First Amendment Free Speech Issues in Criminal Cases

In both federal and California State courts, issues related to protected free speech under the are occasionally presented. In this country, most people know the First Amendment provides for freedom of speech. Specifically, it states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”   The United States...

Posted: March 23 2019 read more

Contempt of Court Laws - California Penal Code Section 166

There are a wide-range of acts that are considered a “contempt of court,” which include loud and excessive noise during a court hearing, refusal to be sworn in as a court witness, and willfully disobeying a court order. In Los Angeles County criminal courts, the most common form of a...

Posted: March 22 2019 read more

Domestic Violence Batterers’ Intervention Program in Los Angeles

If you are convicted on a related offense and placed on probation by the court, you will be ordered to complete a 52 week batterers’ program known as the (BIP). The terms and condition of probation for a domestic violence offense are covered under California Penal Code Section...

Posted: March 15 2019 read more

Defending Drug Trafficking and Sales Cases in Los Angeles and Federal Court

Our has represented numerous defendants charged with and/or of narcotics in both California State and federal courts. Depending on the quantity and type of narcotics involved, these prosecutions can involve serious felony charges potentially exposing the defendant to lengthy prison sentences.   Several important legal issues tend to recur...

Posted: March 08 2019 read more

Carrying a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place or Vehicle - California Penal Code 25850

Carrying a loaded firearm in a public place or vehicle is covered under California Penal Code Section 25850. A violation of this statute is typically a misdemeanor crime, but could be charged as a felony case if there are specific aggravating circumstances.   It should be noted that while this offense is...

Posted: March 04 2019 read more

Avoiding Jail Time in Los Angeles DUI Causing Injury Cases

Over the past several years, our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm has represented a number of clients charged with  based on injuries caused to third parties by the client’s intoxicated driving.   Particularly when the conduct is egregious, such as where the defendant was driving with an extremely high blood alcohol level...

Posted: March 01 2019 read more