If you have been charged with a crime in Ventura County, California, our criminal defense lawyers have a record of success defending clients against criminal charges in all Ventura County Superior Courts, including at the Ventura Hall of Justice, the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley, and the Juvenile Justice Center in Oxnard.
In any criminal case, your legal rights and freedom are at stake. Our top-rated Ventura criminal lawyers provide superior legal defense to protect your future. We are expert courtroom negotiators and know how to obtain the best possible outcome on your case.
At Eisner Gorin LLP, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest legal representation against any misdemeanor or felony charges. Therefore, the next step in preparing your defense starts with contacting our law firm to closely review your situation to begin planning an effective strategy for your defense.
Ventura County has proven harsh on those accused of committing a crime. The Ventura County District Attorney's Office has a reputation for being tough on crime, and they will typically aggressively prosecute most offenses.
Ventura County has mostly conservation residents who believe in severe legal penalties for a convicted defendant. In other words, this community is ordinarily hostile to those facing allegations they committed a crime in their neighborhood.
Therefore, you need protection if you face criminal allegations by retaining a criminal lawyer with experience in the local courts. The types of criminal cases we handle in Ventura County include the following:
Domestic Violence Cases
In Ventura County, police and the courts act swiftly to any accusations of abusive behavior in the home. Prosecutors take all allegations of abuse seriously and will aggressively pursue any domestic violence case.
The legal consequences can be severe if convicted, but will always depend on several important factors. These include whether the victim sustained injuries, your prior criminal record, and if children were present when the incident occurred. The most common domestic violence-related charges include:
- Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery
- Penal Code 273.5 PC – Corporal Injury to Spouse
- Penal Code 273.6 PC – Violation of Restraining or Protective Order
- Penal Code 273(a) PC – Child Endangerment
- Penal Code 422 PC – Criminal Threats
- Penal Code 368 PC – Elder Abuse
- Penal Code 136.1 PC – Witness Intimidation
Domestic battery charges under PC 243(e)(1) is the most common domestic violence-related charges in Ventura County. It's defined as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence against a current or former spouse, fiancé, boyfriend, girlfriend, cohabitant, or someone with whom the defendant currently or previously dated or the parent of their child.
Simply put, this statute makes it a misdemeanor crime to use force against an intimate partner. You could be arrested and convicted under this law if you use any force, no matter how slight. It does not require any evidence of visible injuries.
Suppose the victim suffered injuries. In that case, you could be charged with PC 273.5 corporal injury to a spouse. Depending on the case details and the level of physical injuries, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony case.
In domestic violence cases, California takes the protection of alleged victims very seriously. For that reason, violating a protective, restraining, or stay-away order under Penal Code 273.6 PC comes with steeper penalties than other types of criminal contempt. In other words, PC 273.6 makes it a crime for someone to violate the terms of a court-ordered protective order, restraining order, or stay-away order.
Our experienced Ventura domestic violence lawyers are well-versed in California domestic violence laws. We will provide aggressive legal representation and can sometimes obtain a plea to lesser charges or even a case dismissal.
White Collar Crimes
Our law firm also has a track record of success defending clients against fraud-related offenses, commonly known as “white collar crimes.” Over our decades of exclusive practice in criminal law, we have developed effective defense strategies against fraud crimes.
White-collar crimes in California include many offenses that can be charged at the state or federal level. These include such crimes as money laundering, counterfeiting, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, financial fraud, and RICO conspiracy, among others. However, some of the most common include the following:
- Penal Code 503 PC – Embezzlement
- Penal Code 548-551 PC - Auto Insurance Fraud
- Penal Code 550(a) PC - Health Care Fraud
- Penal Code 532f PC - Mortgage Fraud
Penal Code 503 PC defines the crime of embezzlement as the fraudulent appropriation of property by someone to whom it has been entrusted. Therefore, the difference between an embezzlement offense and a typical theft-related crime is the requirement that the property had been entrusted to you by the owner.
Most cases of embezzlement fall under the umbrella of employee theft. For example, when an employer allows employees to hold or manage their goods or money, they violate their trust by taking the property for their benefit.
Also, we have represented numerous physicians, including general practitioners, dentists, chiropractors, and others, who have been charged with medical insurance fraud.
In Ventura County, California, drug related crimes are one of the most frequently prosecuted on both the state and federal level. We will aggressively defend our clients charged with drug possession for sales, drug trafficking, and drug transportation.
Have you been accused of a drug crime in Ventura County involving possessing a controlled substance, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or ecstasy? Contact our law firm to review the details of your case and legal options. Some of the most common serious drug offenses include the following:
- Health and Safety Code 11351 HS – Drug Sales
- Health and Safety Code 11358 HS – Marijuana Cultivation
- Health and Safety Code 11360 HS - Sale or Transport of Marijuana
- Health and Safety Code 11368 HS - Forging or Altering a Prescription for Narcotics
Health and Safety Code 11351 HS makes possession for the sale of a particular controlled substance a serious felony crime with severe penalties.
The list of narcotics covered under HS 11351 includes all drugs covered by the Federal Controlled Substances Act, including cocaine, heroin, opiates, LSD, ecstasy, and hallucinogenic substances.
Our law firm has represented many defendants charged with drug trafficking in both California State and federal courts. Depending on the quantity and type of narcotics involved, these prosecutions can involve harsh felony charges, potentially exposing the defendant to lengthy prison sentences.
A violent crime charge in Ventura County is one of the most serious offenses you could face. These types of crime are thoroughly investigated by police, who typically have specialized divisions within their department dedicated to investigating the case and making arrests.
Our Ventura County defense lawyers have experience on both sides of the aisle. Our law firm partner, Dmitry Gorin, worked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. This experience gives him a unique perspective on how police detectives investigate a violent crime allegation and how the prosecutor will attempt to build their case against you.
We handle any violent crime, including assault, battery, assault with a firearm, resisting arrest, manslaughter, and weapon charges. Some of the most serious violent crimes include the following:
- Penal Code 187 PC – Murder
- Penal Code 664/187 PC – Attempted Murder
- Penal Code 245(a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Penal Code 207 PC - Kidnapping
PC 245(a)(1) PC describes the crime of assault with a deadly weapon as when somebody attacks, or attempts to attack, someone with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm) or by a means that is likely to cause great bodily injury.
Assault with a deadly weapon is also 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 anything that could be used as a weapon that can cause serious injuries, such as knives, bats, bricks, razor blades, etc.
Even in the most serious situations, when you might believe there is no favorable resolution to your case after being accused of a violent crime, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly evaluate the specific facts to determine whether mitigating circumstances could exist and produce a favorable outcome.
Next Step in Preparing Your Defense
Whether you are a first-time offender or have a history of prior arrests and convictions, our primary goal is to provide excellent representation to ensure you receive the best outcome possible under the circumstances.
During your initial consultation, we will examine your side of the story and the allegations against you to figure out a path forward. Every case is unique, and we must closely look at the details to formulate a plan. For more information, contact Eisner Gorin LLP at 877-781-1570.
Ventura Government Center, Hall of Justice 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009 (805) 289-8545
Simi Valley East County Courthouse, South Side 3855-F Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063 (805) 289-8545
Oxnard Juvenile Courthouse 4353 E. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, CA 93036 (805) 289-8820