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TOM MEDRANO

300 N. Lake Avenue
Suite 230
Pasadena CA 91101
(626) 577-4940

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Law Office Tom R. Medrano, APC

Please Call: (626) 577-4940

How do I intelligently find the best criminal attorney who is right for me and my criminal court cases?


In a Southern California city such as El Monte, Glendale, or Pasadena, criminal attorneys are a dime a dozen. But how do you find the best criminal attorney out of the many top criminal lawyers in California? Which criminal attorney in Pasadena is highly knowledgeable in DUI/DWI law, felony law, juvenile law, or domestic violence law? A person looking to hire a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney has to ask himself/herself these questions! People are surprised to learn that many of my clients are first time offenders, who because of suspicious circumstances are arrested and charged with a crime. Sound familiar?


Many of my clients are word of mouth referrals, referred by friends, family or their lawyer. Being referred is the first step, but how do I, as a prospective client, know if this criminal defence attorney is best for me? My administrative assistant, Cynthia, is the first person who has contact with a prospective client.  Cynthia  is often asked if the criminal defense lawyer has any experience handling criminal court cases exactly like theirs’ and what is my success rate? Often the client will directly ask me those same question.


Those are great questions that need to be honestly answered. But how do you know if your criminal defense attorney is honestly telling you the truth? “Buyer beware” – there are a lot of attorneys out there who will exaggerate the truth when it comes to their qualifications and experience - my investigator, refers to this puff as the attorney “selling wolf tickets”.


To help you find a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who is right for you and your criminal court case, here are five simple steps to help you choose a top criminal defense attorney.

Tom R. Medrano Bio

Criminal Defense Attorney


Credentials

Associations

  • Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
  • Law School: UC Berkeley
  • Admitted to Practice Law in California 1978
  • Admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court
  • Legal Practice exclusively limited to Criminal Defense Cases only
  • AV Rated for 10 years
  • State Bar of California - Criminal Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Seasoned criminal attorney on your side

Tom Robert Medrano is an aggressive criminal law trial attorney with more than thirty years of legal experience focused on complex criminal law defense. Throughout his legal career, he has successfully handled a wide range of complex matters successfully defending persons accused of committing homicide cases, white collar crimes, real estate fraud transactions, sex offenses, internet offenses, drug trafficking, driving under the influence cases and credit card fraud. His clients have included medical doctors, attorneys, police detectives, corporate executives, business owners, bank presidents, celebrities and the general working person.


Mr. Medrano earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California/Berkeley and his law degree with honors from the University of California/Berkeley – “Boalt Hall”. A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal Law sections and the California State Bar Criminal Law sections, he is licensed to practice in all California state courts and in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.


Prior to establishing his own Professional Law Corporation, Tom worked for his U.C. Berkeley law professor, John R. Hetland, HETLAND & WILSON, in the area of complex secured land transactions and bankruptcy. Mr. Medrano has also worked with a prominent litigation firm in Southern California and exclusively represented medical doctors handling complex multi-faceted litigation.


Tom was formerly married to Maria Elena Reyes, a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Following her untimely death of cancer in 1995, he has been blessed raising their son, Marco Tomas. Marco was born deaf and has gone on to be honored as a national honors society recipient in High School. Marco is currently enrolled in college. Together, Tom and Marco enjoy traveling the world and recently concluded an African Safari in Tanzania. They are next embarking on a cruise to the Northern European Capitals in 2010. At home, Tom enjoys gardening, biking, hiking, skiing, reading and attending Los Angeles Dodger games with his son.

Please Call: (626) 577-4940

Tom R. Medrano Bio

 

Criminal Defense Attorney


Credentials

Associations

  • Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
  • Law School: UC Berkeley
  • Admitted to Practice Law in California 1978
  • Admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court
  • Legal Practice exclusively limited to Criminal Defense Cases only
  • AV Rated for 10 years
  • State Bar of California - Criminal Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Seasoned criminal attorney on your side

Tom Robert Medrano is an aggressive criminal law trial attorney with more than thirty years of legal experience focused on complex criminal law defense. Throughout his legal career, he has successfully handled a wide range of complex matters successfully defending persons accused of committing homicide cases, white collar crimes, real estate fraud transactions, sex offenses, internet offenses, drug trafficking, driving under the influence cases and credit card fraud. His clients have included medical doctors, attorneys, police detectives, corporate executives, business owners, bank presidents, celebrities and the general working person.


Mr. Medrano earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California/Berkeley and his law degree with honors from the University of California/Berkeley – “Boalt Hall”. A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal Law sections and the California State Bar Criminal Law sections, he is licensed to practice in all California state courts and in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.


Prior to establishing his own Professional Law Corporation, Tom worked for his U.C. Berkeley law professor, John R. Hetland, HETLAND & WILSON, in the area of complex secured land transactions and bankruptcy. Mr. Medrano has also worked with a prominent litigation firm in Southern California and exclusively represented medical doctors handling complex multi-faceted litigation.


Tom was formerly married to Maria Elena Reyes, a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Following her untimely death of cancer in 1995, he has been blessed raising their son, Marco Tomas. Marco was born deaf and has gone on to be honored as a national honors society recipient in High School. Marco is currently enrolled in college. Together, Tom and Marco enjoy traveling the world and recently concluded an African Safari in Tanzania. They are next embarking on a cruise to the Northern European Capitals in 2010. At home, Tom enjoys gardening, biking, hiking, skiing, reading and attending Los Angeles Dodger games with his son.

Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes      

People convicted of sex crimes often receive harder sentences than those convicted of murder or manslaughter. The social stigma including lifetime registration as a sex offender can follow a convicted offender for the rest of their life. Many sex offenders are never able to restore their reputation, secure a job or live their life without the constant reminder of their conviction. Tragically, many of those who are convicted were falsely accused. Sex offenses include all forms of illegal sexual activity, ranging from the crime of rape, usually defined as sexual penetration without consent, to the crime of prostitution, usually defined as sex for hire. The most serious crimes involve the sexual assault of children “molestation” or include physical injury. Other sex offenses include:


  • Public indecency
  • Child annoyance
  • Voyeurism
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation
  • Pornography
  • Date rape
  • Lewd acts
  • Pandering
  • Pimping
  • Statutory rape
  • Unlawful sodomy

Sex crimes in general are serious offenses with many serious consequences if convicted. If you are not a United States citizen, your immigration status or application for citizenship could be in jeopardy.


If you or a love one has been charged with the commission of a sex crime, protect your legal rights.


A person who is convicted of a crime in general faces societal stigmas and potentially irreparable damage to his or her reputation. It is almost always unwise to represent yourself. Retain the services of a seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Tom R. Medrano for your no-cost consultation.

Theft Crimes

The crime of theft is a very broad criminal offense. Theft is taking property from another person without their permission. There are various ways in which a person can steal, and each way pertains to its own specific crime. Just so there is no confusion, be aware that ‘larceny’ and ‘theft,’ for purposes of the California Penal Code, are the exact same thing. The term ‘theft’ is the more modern and common term used today.


Theft crimes may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony offense. The criminal charges will usually depend upon the dollar value of the stolen property, the location of the crime, and the means by which the theft was carried out.  For example, if a person used a weapon while committing a theft crime, he/she may be subject to enhanced theft charges and legal penalties, if convicted.


Theft is broken down into two categories: grand theft and petty theft. Theft is considered grand theft if the value of the property or services that were wrongly taken is more than $400. Any theft for property or services valued under $400 is considered petty theft. Often times a charge of petty theft with a prior theft on one’s record can demand elevated punishments. If you or a love one is been affected by a theft crime, protect your legal rights.


Theft related offenses are considered “moral turpitude” offenses which could carry immigration consequences. If you are not a United States citizen, your immigration status or application for citizenship could be in jeopardy.


A person who is convicted of a crime in general faces societal stigmas and potentially irreparable damage to his or her reputation. It is almost always unwise to represent yourself. Retain the services of a seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Tom R. Medrano for your no-cost consultation.

Criminal Threat

A criminal threat is one that, if carried out, would result in death or great bodily injury to another person. The threat can be made verbally, in writing, by phone, e-mail or another electronic communication device. You can be convicted of making a criminal threat even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out.


A criminal threat involves threatening to commit an act of violence that would endanger others, with a reckless disregard for the harm it would cause to others. If you joke about having a bomb or a gun on an airplane, for example, you could be charged with making a criminal threat even though it was just a joke.


Whatever your intention, if the threat you make is a credible one, you can be charged with making a criminal threat. A criminal threat is a felony offense and a “strike crime”. Criminal threats can be made against anyone. However, when the threat is directed toward an intimate partner, the charge will be treated as a domestic violence abuse case and prosecuted under Domestic Violence law. If you or a love one is charged with a criminal threat, protect your legal rights. A person who is convicted of a crime in general faces societal stigmas and potentially irreparable damage to his or her reputation. It is almost always unwise to represent yourself. Retain the services of a seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Tom R. Medrano for your no-cost consultation.


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