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C r i m in a l D e f en s e A t t o rn e y B a r hom a L a w pr ovi de s t op - n ot c h r e p r e s e n t at i on i n C al i f or n i a f or c l i e nt s a c c us e d of c r i m e s a nd t hos e unde r i nve s t i g a t i on. T he f i r m i s know n f or i t s out s t a ndi ng r e c or d i n c our t a nd i t s vi g or ous us e of l e ga l m ot i ons t o s t r e ngt he n our c l i e nt s ’ c a s e s . F i r s t B a r hom a L a w s e e ks t o ge t t h e c as e d i s m i s s e d a nd w e a r e know n f or t hi s . W e ha ve a n i nc r e di bl y hi g h di s m i s s a l r a t e a nd dr oppe d c ha r ge s . A nd w e a r e a l s o know n t o ha ve not - g ui l t y ve r di c t s . H a vi ng a L o s A nge l e s c r i m i na l de f e ns e a t t or ne y w i t h t hi s t y p e of r e c or d m a ke s a l l t he di f f e r e nc e w he n y o u ’ r e f a c i ng a ny s or t of c r i m i na l pr os e c ut i on. S e c ond w e s e e k t o s u p p r e s s i l l e gal e vi d e n c e . W ha t m os t pe opl e do not know i s t ha t l a w e nf or c e m e nt m us t f ol l ow t he l a w i f t he y w i s h t o puni s h y o u f or br e a ki ng t he l a w . W ha t t ha t m e a ns i s t ha t t he y ha ve t o f ol l ow c ons t i t ut i ona l m a nda t e s t ha t pr os e c ut i on not us e e vi de nc e t ha t w a s a c qui r e d t hr ough i l l e g a l a c t i on. T hi r d w e t r e at al l c l i e n t s w i t h r e s p e c t . S om e pe opl e a s s um e t ha t a ny o ne a c c us e d of a c r i m e i s g ui l t y . B ut t ha t i s not t r ue —w e know i t . O ur c l i e nt s a r e t r e a t e d w i t h r e s pe c t a nd di g ni t y .

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C r im in a l d ef en s e p r ac ti c ed i n L o s A n ge le s C r i m i na l de f e ns e e nc om pa s s e s a w i de a r r a y of c r i m e s i n L os A ng e l e s . S om e of t h e m os t c om m on t yp e s of c as e s w e d e f e n d i n t h e C al i f or n i an c ou r t s i n c l u d e :  M u d e r  A s s a u l t  D U I  F r a u d a n d w h i t e - c o l l a r c r i m e  F i r e a r m s o f f e n s e s  D o m e s t i c V i o l e n c e  R e c o r d E x p u n g e m e n t  F e d e r a l C r i m e s  P l e a D e a l  R e s t r a i n i n g O r d e r  S e x u a l O f f e n s e s

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W h a t d e f i n e s t h e s e v e r i t y o f m y c r i m i n a l c a s e i n L o s A n g e l e s B e c a us e of t he w i de a r r a y of c r i m i na l of f e ns e s t ha t e x i s t s e nt e nc i ng a nd puni s hm e nt s va r y g r e a t l y . H ow h ar s h l y you r c as e w i l l b e t r e at e d w i l l d e p e n d on a var i e t y of f ac t or s i n c l u d i n g:  T h e l e v e l o f i n j u r y i n f l i c t e d o n a n o t h e r p e r s o n i f a n y  T h e a m o u n t o f t h r e a t o r v i o l e n c e u s e d e . g . w i t h a s s a u l t  T h e l e v e l o f l o s s o f p r o p e r t y e x p e r i e n c e d b y t h e o t h e r p a r t y e . g . w i t h f r a u d o r b u r g l a r y  T h e e x t e n t t o w h i c h y o u e x c e e d e d l e g a l l i m i t s e . g . w i t h D U I  T h e e x t e n t t o w h i c h y o u r a c t i o n s w e r e i n t e n t i o n a l a n d c o u l d b e a v o i d e d  W h e t h e r t h e r e w e r e a g g r a v a t i n g c i r c u m s t a n c e s e . g . w e r e f i r e a r m s u s e d i n a n a s s a u l t c a s e  W h e t h e r i t i s y o u r f i r s t o f f e n c e o r n o t T he a bove f a c t or s w i l l he l p de t e r m i ne w he t he r y o ur c a s e i s t r e a t e d a s a m i s de m e a nor or a f e l ony . A ddi t i ona l l y i f y o ur c r i m e i s a f e de r a l c r i m e s uc h a s ba nk r obbe r y or t a x e va s i on di f f e r e nt l a w s w i l l a ppl y . F e de r a l c r i m e s a r e c ons i de r e d c r i m e s a ga i ns t t he na t i on a nd a s s uc h ha r s he r l a w s a ppl y . I n s t e a d of pr os e c ut i on by t he L o s A nge l e s D i s t r i c t A t t or ne y ’ s of f i c e a nd a he a r i ng w i t hi n t he L o s A nge l e s S upe r i or C our t s y s t e m l a w y e r s i n t he U ni t e d S t a t e s D e pa r t m e nt of J us t i c e w i l l pr os e c ut e i n t he U ni t e d S t a t e s A t t or ne y ’ s O f f i c e c our t . M a ny c r i m e s ha ve m a nda t or y s e nt e nc i ng g ui de l i ne s i m pos e d but t he r e a r e us ua l l y di f f e r e nt de gr e e s of s e ve r i t y i n m os t t y p e s of c r i m i na l c a s e s . A n e x pe r i e nc e d l a w y e r s houl d be t he f i r s t pe r s on y o u s pe a k t o i f y o u a r e c ha r ge d w i t h a ny c r i m e be c a us e w e c a n he l p y o u na vi g a t e t he c om pl e xi t i e s of t he s t a t e or t he f e de r a l l e g a l s y s t e m .

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W h at a r e t h e s t ag es o f c r im in al p r os ec u ti on i n L o s A ng e le s T he r e a r e t hr e e ba s i c s t a ge s of c r i m i na l pr os e c ut i on i n L o s A nge l e s : A r r e s t L a w e nf or c e m e nt of f e r s w i l l s t a r t t he pr oc e s s of pr os e c ut i on w he n t he y ha ve “ pr oba bl e c a us e ” t o a r r e s t y o u a c c or di ng t o t he F our t h A m e ndm e nt of t he U .S . c ons t i t ut i on. T hi s i s of t e n ba s e d upon i nf or m a t i on t he y ha ve r e c e i ve d a nd nor m a l l y m e a ns t ha t t he y ha ve e vi de nc e t ha t w oul d c a us e a “ r e a s ona bl e pe r s on ” t o be l i e ve t ha t y o u ha ve c om m i t t e d t he a l l e ge d of f e ns e . A pol i c e r e por t w i l l be s ubm i t t e d t o t he pr os e c ut i on w ho w i l l t he n de c i de w he t he r t o c ha r ge y o u. I f y o u a r e c ha r ge d a n a r r a i gnm e nt da t e i s s e t . A r r a i g n m e n t T he a r r a i gnm e nt pr oc e s s i s w he n t he j udg e i nf or m s y o u of t he c ha r ge s f i l e d a ga i ns t y o u. Y ou a r e g i ve n t he oppor t uni t y t o pl e a d guilty or not guilty t o t he c ha r ge s . I f no pl e a ba r ga i n ha s be e n ne got i a t e d be t w e e n y o ur l e ga l c ouns e l a nd t he pr os e c ut i on y o u w oul d nor m a l l y pl e a d not guilty a nd t he j udg e w i l l de t e r m i ne w he t he r y o u c a n be r e l e a s e d on r e c ogni z a nc e or i f ba i l i s t o be g r a nt e d. T he ba i l r e vi e w he a r i ng w i l l de c i de t he c ondi t i ons of ba i l . A d j u d i c a t i o n W i t h t he a dj udi c a t i on pha s e y o ur c r i m i na l de f e ns e l a w y e r w i l l m e e t w i t h t he pr os e c ut i on a nd obt a i n a l l of t he r e l e va nt i nf or m a t i on g a t he r e d by l a w e nf or c e m e nt r e l a t i ng t o y o ur c ha r ge s . T he r e m a y be ne got i a t i ons a nd pl e a ba r ga i ni ng be t w e e n y o ur de f e ns e l a w y e r a nd t he pr os e c ut i on or y o ur c a s e m a y pr oc e e d t o t r i a l . I f y o u a r e c ha r ge d w i t h a f e l ony y o u ha ve t he r i ght t o a pr e l i m i na r y he a r i ng he l d be f or e a j udg e or m a gi s t r a t e . F or a m i s de m e a nor y o u m us t pr oc e e d s t r a i g ht t o t r i a l unl e s s t he r e i s a pl e a ba r ga i n.

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W h a t i s t h e o u t c o m e o f h a v i n g a c r i m i n a l r e c o r d i n C a l i f o r n i a I f y o u a r e c onvi c t e d of a c r i m e i n L o s A nge l e s y o u w i l l ha ve a c r i m i na l r e c or d t ha t m a y l a s t a l i f e t i m e . T hi s c oul d m e a n t ha t i t i s pe r m a ne nt l y vi s i bl e on ba c kgr ound c he c ks . A n e m pl oy e r e duc a t i ona l i ns t i t ut i on i ns ur e r or ot he r or ga ni z a t i on c a n a c c e s s t hi s i nf or m a t i on a t a ny t i m e . T hi s m a y a f f e c t y o ur l i ve l i hood e duc a t i on f i na nc e s t r a ve l pl a ns a nd i m m i g r a t i on s t a t us a s w e l l a s ot he r a r e a s of y o ur l i f e . C a n M a t t h e w B a r h o m a h a v e m y r e c o r d e x p u n g e d i n C a l i f o r n i a I t i s pos s i bl e t o ha ve y o ur c r i m i na l r e c or d e x pung e d a f t e r a c e r t a i n pe r i od s o t ha t a l l r e c or d of t he c r i m e di s a ppe a r s f r om ba c kgr ound c he c ks . E xp u n ge m e n t i s on l y avai l ab l e i f :  N o i n c a r c e r a t i o n w a s i n v o l v e d  Y o u h a v e f u l l y c o m p l e t e d p r o b a t i o n  Y o u a r e n o t c u r r e n t l y c h a r g e d w i t h a c r i m e E x pung e m e nt doe s not ha ppe n a ut om a t i c a l l y – a nd not a l l c r i m e s a r e e l i g i bl e . T o ha ve a r e c or d e x pung e d y o u ne e d t o pe t i t i on t he c our t i n C a l i f or ni a t o di s m i s s a nd va c a t e y o ur c a s e . T he c our t w i l l t he n m a ke a de c i s i on ba s e d on t he na t ur e of t he c r i m e a nd w he t he r i t i s i n t he publ i c i nt e r e s t t o r e t a i n t he r e c or d. F or i ns t a nc e t he c our t m a y c ons i de r t ha t a c onvi c t i on f or f r a ud m i g ht w a r r a nt f ut ur e e m pl oy e r s t o be a w a r e of t hi s a nd de c i de t ha t t he r e c or d m us t r e m a i n. M a t t he w B a r hom a c a n a s s i s t w i t h t he pr oc e s s of a ppl y i ng f or t he e x pung e m e nt of y o ur c r i m i na l r e c or d.

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W h a t n e x t I f y o u ha ve be e n c ha r ge d w i t h a c r i m e i n L o s A nge l e s r e m a i n c a l m a nd c ont a c t us a s s oon a s pos s i bl e .  W e w i l l w o r k w i t h y o u a n d t h e p r o s e c u t i o n e i t h e r t o g e t t h e c h a r g e s d i s m i s s e d o r d e f e n d y o u a g g r e s s i v e l y a t t r i a l .  W e w i l l p r e p a r e t h e b e s t d e f e n s e f o r y o u r p a r t i c u l a r a l l e g e d c r i m e a f t e r e x a m i n i n g a l l t h e e v i d e n c e c l o s e l y .  W e w i l l g u i d e y o u t h r o u g h t h e c o m p l e x i t i e s o f t h e L o s A n g e l e s l o c a l c o u r t s y s t e m . S t a r t w i t h a n i ni t i a l c ons ul t a t i on s o t ha t w e c a n e va l ua t e y o ur c a s e a nd g ui de y o u on t he s t e ps f or w a r d.

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