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Long Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

Long Beach Court Criminal Defense Attorney
Long Beach Courthouse - Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse 275 Magnolia Long Beach, CA 90802

At Eisner Gorin LLP, our Long Beach criminal lawyers have built a reputation of integrity with our clients over decades of our criminal law practice. We also have a reputation for winning cases initially believed to be lost.

We are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients and have the track record to prove it. Therefore, our commitment is to aggressively fight for our clients for a favorable resolution, whether a case dismissal, acquittal, reduced charge, or sentence.

The City of Long Beach, California, is within Los Angeles County and has a population of about 470,000. It's located approximately 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and on the border of Orange County. It also has the Long Beach Airport and a large shipping port.

The Long Beach criminal court is the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, located at 275 Magnolia Long Beach, CA 90802, phone: (562) 256-3100. This courthouse handles misdemeanor and felony cases surrounding Long Beach, including Carson, Gardena, Maywood, and Lakewood.

The Long Beach Courthouse handles arrests made by the Long Beach Police Department, Signal Hills Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Port Police, and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Driving Under the Influence

Long Beach is known for aggressively enforcing public intoxication and driving under the influence offenses. Our DUI lawyers have represented countless clients facing charges, including violations of:

  • Vehicle Code 23152(a) and 23152(b) VC - driving under the influence 
  • Vehicle Code 23152(f) - DUI of drugs
  • Vehicle Code 23153 VC - DUI causing injury

Vehicle Code 23152 VC says, "(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in their blood to drive a vehicle."

Most DUI cases are filed as a misdemeanor crime, but if there was an accident or an injury, the prosecutor could file the case as a felony. If you have been arrested for DUI, it's critical to retain a lawyer at our law firm immediately, as we could handle your case in pre-filing and attempt to avoid the formal filing of charges.

As a former prosecutor, we know how DUI cases will be handled in Long Beach Court. We have developed effective defense strategies and know how and when to file a motion to suppress evidence when the prosecutor is attempting to obtain a conviction for driving under the influence.

There are a wide variety of ways to fight a DUI case. For example, California law governs how a breath or blood test shall be administered, and police officers often cut corners while investigating a suspected drunk or drugged driver.

Drug Crimes

Our criminal attorneys also handle misdemeanor and felony drug cases that are prosecuted at the Long Beach Courthouse. In drug-related offenses, early intervention into your case by our law firm can have a tremendous impact on the resolution of your case. We have successfully defended our clients against charges of:

Health and Safety Code 11351 HS makes possession for sale of a particular controlled substance a serious felony crime in California. If the prosecutor can prove you had possession of drugs intending to sell them, you will face several penalties. Some drugs covered by the Federal Controlled Substances Act include cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy. 

Our defense lawyers frequently negotiate with the prosecutor to allow our clients to enter drug diversion programs instead of criminal prosecution. Once our client's complete drug diversion, known as Deferred Entry of Judgment, they will avoid having a conviction on their record. The diversion programs include:

  • Penal Code Section 1000 PC - drug diversion, and
  • Proposition 36 (Prop 36), which mandates drug treatment.

In other words, Proposition 36 allows first and second-time, simple, non-violent drug offenders the opportunity to seek treatment in drug rehabilitation rather than face incarceration.

Theft Crimes

Theft-related offenses are common, but many clients don't realize theft crimes are considered a crime of moral turpitude. If you are convicted, you will most likely find it challenging to find a job, as most employers are reluctant to hire someone they perceive to be dishonest.

Therefore, if you have been accused of a theft case, you need to consult with our criminal defense lawyers immediately. We handle all theft crime cases, including the following charges:

  • Penal Code 459 PC – burglary
  • Penal Code 215 PC – carjacking
  • Penal Code 487 PC – grand theft
  • Penal Code 484 PC – petty theft
  • Penal Code 530 PC – identity theft
  • Penal Code 496 PC – receiving stolen property
  • Penal Code 211 PC – robbery

California Penal Code 459 PC describes burglary as entering a residential or commercial structure intending to commit grand or petty theft or any other felony crime.

PC 459 burglary laws divide this crime into either first-degree or second-degree burglary. A first-degree burglary is entering a residence, while a second-degree burglary includes all other structures, such as a business. 

California Penal Code 487 PC defines grand theft as unlawfully taking another person's property valued at $950 or more. PC 487 is a “wobbler” that can be filed by the prosecutor as either a misdemeanor or felony crime. If the property taken is less than $950, a misdemeanor petty theft charge can be filed.

The serious felony crime of robbery is defined under California Penal Code 211. This statute describes robbery as the felonious taking of personal property in possession of somebody, from their person or immediate presence, against their will, using force or fear.  There are two robbery charges under California law, including first or second-degree.

A theft case conviction on your record could severely affect your immigration status and may lead to deportation. Our lawyers can help you decide whether to accept a plea bargain in your case.

Our theft attorneys understand that everyone makes mistakes. However, with our experience and knowledge of the criminal legal system, we might be able to either get your charges dismissed or plead down to a lesser charge.

Violent and Gang Crimes

A violent crime charge is one of the most serious offenses you could face. These crimes are typically thoroughly investigated by Long Beach police with a specialized unit within their department known as the "Gang and Violent Crimes Division." These detectives are dedicated solely to investigating the case and making arrests of career criminals.

Therefore, you should contact our experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorneys immediately if you are under criminal investigation for a violent offense.  We have extensive experience on both sides of the aisle.

Our firm partner, Dmitry Gorin, worked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, giving him a unique perspective on how police detectives will investigate a violent crime and how the prosecutor will attempt to build their case against you.

If you have been denied a right to a speedy trial, we could file a motion requesting the dismissal of your charges. This is commonly known as a “Serna motion,” a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor or felony case due to a speedy trial violation.

Our decades of combined experience in criminal law make us well-equipped to handle any violent crime case. We have successfully represented clients who have been accused of a wide variety of violent offenses, including:

  • Penal Code 245(a)(1) PC  - assault with a deadly weapon
  • Penal Code 245(a)(2) PC - assault with a firearm
  • Penal Code 243(d) - aggravated battery
  • Penal Code 187 PC murder
  • Penal Code 664/187 PC attempted murder
  • Penal Code 207 PC kidnapping
  • Penal Code 203 PC - mayhem

California Penal Code 245(a)(1) PC defines the crime of assault with a deadly weapon as when somebody attacks, or attempts to attack, another person with a deadly weapon or by a means that is likely to cause great bodily injury.

Assault with a deadly weapon is known as “ADW” and is usually charged when there is an unlawful attempt to injure another individual by using a deadly weapon. A “deadly weapon” is just about anything that could be used as a weapon that can cause serious injuries, such as knives, bats, bricks, razor blades, and others.

California Penal Code 664 PC defines the inchoate, meaning incomplete, crime of attempt.  Penal Code 187 PC defines the crime of murder, either in the first or second degree.  Thus, an attempted murder under California law is known as a 664/187, a combination of the crime of attempt and murder.  As the name implies, nobody has to be killed for the defendant to be charged and convicted of attempted murder. 

If you are facing any criminal case in Long Beach, California, contact our law firm to review the specific details and legal options moving forward. Early intervention is critical, and we have a track record of success in pre-filing intervention. In addition, we may be able to negotiate early with the prosecutor for a case dismissal successfully. Contact us at 877-781-1570.

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