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LAW OFFICES OF ERROL COOK
Errol Cook

4000 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 247
Long Beach CA 90807
(877) 737-2004

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Law Offices of Errol Cook

Please Call : (877) 737-2004


 I am an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and I have defended thousands of clients ranging from serious felonies to misdemeanors. I am experienced in all types of criminal cases.

As a skilled Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney, I am committed to providing each client with the best possible legal representation. Nobody will work harder for you. Call me immediately if you have been arrested or are under investigation for any of the following criminal offenses:

  • DUI

  • Drunk In Public

  • Dependency

  • Drug Cases

  • Assault and Battery

  • Arson

  • Domestic Violence

  • White Collar Crime

  • Felony Crimes

  • Firearms Crimes

  • Three Strikes

  • Misdemeanors

  • Homicide

  • Traffic Offenses

  • Gun Violations

  • Internet Crime

  • Juvenile Law

  • Probation Violations


  • Professional Licenses

  • Prop. 36

  • PC1000

  • Drug Diversion

  • Clearing your Record/Expungement

  • Driving with a Suspended License

  • Bail

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    Attorney Profile
     

  • Errol Cook, Esq.

    OWNER

    5757 West Century Blvd, 7th floor
    Los Angeles, California 90045

    17330 Brookhurst Street, Suite 220
    Fountain Valley, California 92708

    Los Angeles Airport, 5757 West Century Blvd., Suite 700
    Los Angeles, California 90045
    USA

    I earned my Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1995. Over the course of my career as an attorney I have tried over 50 bench and jury trials, both misdemeanor and felony. I have also handled hundreds of Juvenile criminal cases and thousands of adult felony and misdemeanor cases including over 150 Preliminary Hearings. Additionally many of my clients obtained favorable results including Not Guilty Verdicts and outright Dismissals.  Many of the dismissed charges were felonies that could have resulted in state prison sentences.

    Education

    Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, 1995

    B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1991
    Associated Students Senator At Large Community Service of the Year

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    California

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    State Bar of California Membership No. 209746

    U.S. District Court (Federal Court) – Central District of CA.

    West Court Bar Association

    Langston Bar Association

    North Orange County Bar Association

    West Orange County Bar Association

    Indigent Criminal Defense Panel -Los Angeles County Bar

    If you or someone you know in Southern California needs help call  (562) 209-1114 or e-mail errolcooklaw@yahoo.com to schedule a consultation.


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  • Experience

    I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1991 and I earned my Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School in 1995. Over the course of my career as an attorney I have tried over 45 bench and jury trials, both misdemeanor and felony.  I have also handled hundreds of Juvenile criminal cases and thousands of adult felony and misdemeanor cases including DUI cases.  Many of my clients obtained favorable results including Not Guilty Verdicts and Dismissals.    


    Membership/Affiliation
    State Bar of California
    U.S. District Court (Federal Court) – Central District of CA.
    West Orange County Court Bar Association
    North Orange County Bar Association

    Los Angeles County Bar Association ICDA

    California Public Defenders Association
    Orange County Bar Association

    Please Call: (562) 209-1114

    Domestic Violence

    What is Domestic Violence?

    According to California law, domestic violence (sometimes called domestic abuse or intimate partner abuse) means causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, and/or sexual assault against a spouse, a former spouse, a person you are dating, a person with whom you are living, a person with whom you used to live and/or a person with whom you had a child. Domestic violence can involve physical injury, or domestic violence can occur merely by threatening words.

    The legal definition of an "intimate partner" for purposes of domestic violence includes husbands or wives, boyfriends or girlfriends, and same-sex partners. Therefore, any intimate partner, no matter the sex, can be a victim of domestic abuse. The law is very broad in terms of how the relationship giving rise to domestic violence is defined.

    "Abuse" is likewise legally defined in very broad terms. Each of the following actions, among others, can lead to prosecution for domestic violence or intimate partner violence: hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, threatening with a weapon, threatening without a weapon, hitting with an object, hair pulling, burning, cutting, biting, stabbing and stalking. No matter how slight the physical touching was, the perpetrator of the action can be prosecuted. Some types of domestic violence charges do not even require any physical touching, such as stalking or criminal threats (Penal Code section 422).

    Your intimate partner does not decide whether or not to press charges in a domestic violence case in California. Once the police are involved in the domestic violence situation, you and your intimate partner no longer have the choice of whether or not to prosecute. The decision of whether or not to file criminal charges in a domestic violence case is up to the prosecutor alone. He or she will decide whether or not to bring the domestic violence charge. It is incorrect (and dangerous) to believe that the domestic violence victim has the power to press charges or not; once law enforcement is involved, it is out of their hands.

    Please Call: (562) 209-1114

    Get Your Charges Dismissed

    In 95% of DUI cases I am able to effectively persuade the prosecutor to dismiss a count or reduce a charge.  My goal is to aggressively represent you in court and look for flaws in the prosecutor's case.

    Reasonable Prices

    In this economy clients need an attorney who is sensitive to their financial situation, but still fights.  I don't have set fees.  I will talk to you about the arrest, your blood alcohol level, the possible sanctions/penalties in your case and your goals.  On after discussing the above with you will I give you a price quote.  Payment plans are available!

    Prior Convictions

    Prior DUI Convictions

    If prior DUI convictions exist, a wise and experienced DUI lawyer will absolutely challenge them. A prior conviction must have met due process requirements. The rights to counsel, jury trial and confrontation must have been fulfilled or have been knowingly and understandingly waived.

    In cases where prior conviction resulted from a guilty plea, the waiver of rights is often not adequate. If the defendant is pardoned, he/she may not receive an enhancement at sentencing when convicted for another DUI, though some courts have held otherwise

    House Arrest -Do You Qualiy

    In-home Arrest

    Although one may be arrested in public without a warrant with some exceptions, a warrantless home arrest must pass a higher degree of scrutiny.

    A warrantless arrest is limited to situations where there is consent to enter the home, or where exigent circumstances exist. A simple lack of response from within the home without other information does not qualify as consent or create exigent circumstances.

     

    Some states allow in-home arrests without a warrant when the officers have probable cause for arrest and exigent circumstances are present. Exigent circumstances are found present when there is 1) the likelihood that relevant evidence would be lost if too much time were taken before determining the DUI defendant's blood alcohol level; 2) the possibility that the DUI defendant would drink more alcohol in the interim between driving and blood alcohol testing thereby rendering any subsequent test worthless; 3) the possibility that the DUI defendant would reenter his/her car, creating grave danger to the public; and 4) the gravity of the DUI offense.

     

    When a suspect commits a misdemeanor in police presence, police may follow the suspect from a public place into a private home to affect an arrest without a warrant. The rationale is that one who is being pursued shall not be allowed to escape arrest simply because he beat his pursuers to a private place.

     

    By contrast, it has been held that a nonconsensual home entry from DUI drinking and driving was unlawful when 1) the offense was not a felony, 2) no hot pursuit was in progress and 3) no further danger to the public existed because the driver was no longer on the road driving. In the case of an in-home arrest without a warrant in which the officers gained entry into a suspect's home by climbing through a window to question him in the investigation of a DUI offense, the entry was found to be unlawful and the subsequent arrest held invalid.

     

    The private rights of suspected DUI offenders have not been entirely overlooked and limitations on in-home arrests without a warrant for violation of the DUI statute do exist. To justify an in-home warrantless arrest for a DUI offense, there must be: 1) consent to enter the home or the presence of exigent circumstances, such as hot pursuit, 2) the need to prevent flight of the suspect, 3) protection of public safety, 4) severity of the underlying offense, or 4) the need to prevent destruction of evidence.

    SUMMARY

    Summary DUI License Suspension

    Most, if not all states have a summary suspension law providing for suspension of the driver's license for failing the test. These laws allow documents be introduced into evidence to show compliance with the administrative rules rather than requiring the testing officer to appear. The person making the statement must swear to any document alleging compliance with these regulations. However, even seemingly minor errors in the documentation presented at the review hearing may result in a delay of the suspension.

    Generally, states have adopted a variation of the two most common statutory formats for revoking the driver's licenses of motorists found to violate the implied consent statute. In some states a motorist who refuses chemical testing will face civil revocation proceeding while in others, the motorist who refuses or fails chemical testing would face a statutory summary suspension hearing. Traditionally, the driver's license revocation proceeding has been administrative rather than judicial. The Administrative Procedures Act governs the revocation proceedings in many states. The statutes of some states exclude the Administrative Procedures Act and set out the applicable procedure in the implied consent statute itself.

    Procedurally, upon refusal of a motorist to take test, the arresting officer is usually required to seize the motorist's license and issue the motorist a temporary driving permit. The officer then submits the motorist's license to the state Department of Motor Vehicles along with a report, which includes all information relevant to the stop and arrest of the motorist and the request for a chemical test. In most states the applicable statute requires that the officer's report be sworn or at least "certified." The documents that are filed by the police officer must be in proper form. If the suspected DUI driver refused to submit to the breath test, the form suspending the license should reflect that and be subsequently filed with the administrative agency.

    Assault/Battery Against Police Officer

    Assault/Battery Against Police Officer

    This crime is very similar to a simple assault and battery, the only difference being that the alleged victim is a police officer. Most often, this charge is filed by the District Attorney's Office as the result of some sort of physical altercation between a person and an on-duty police officer. Unfortunately, it frequently turns into a situation where it's the officer's word against the word of the citizen being
    charged.

    To be convicted of a battery against a police officer, the prosecutor must prove that a person willfully touched an officer in a harmful or offensive manner, and was not acting in self-defense. The prosecutor also much prove that the person knew, or reasonably should have known, that the victim was a police officer engaged in the performance of their duties. There is no requirement that the officer suffer any injury or pain as a result of the touching. Any touching is enough, so long as it's done in a harmful or offensive manner.

    Proving an assault on a police officer is even easier for the prosecution. The prosecutor basically just has to prove that the person did some act that would likely result in the application of force to the officer. Usually, this simply involves taking a swing, even if there is no contact made. The battery component is charged if actual contact is made. Thus, if you swing and miss, it's just an assault. If you make contact, it's an assault and a battery.

    These types of charges can be filed as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the injury inflicted. If convicted, the sentencing possibilities vary dramatically, ranging from up to a year in custody in county jail, or several years in state prison. If weapons are involved, or great bodily injury is inflicted, then different or enhanced charges could be filed, and an enhanced sentencing scheme may also apply.

    Contact Errol L. Cook, to discuss your particular case. Errol L. Cook has years of experience handling these types of cases, and will be able to advise you of your rights, options, and how to properly proceed with your case.

    Resisting Arrest

    Resisting Arrest

    If a person engages in any conduct that either obstructs, resists, or delays a police officer in the lawful performance of their duties, the District Attorney will file misdemeanor charges alleging a violation of Penal Code Section 148(a)(1). If convicted, the accused faces up to a year in custody.

    Unfortunately, the threshold for violating this statute seems relatively low, and the victim is always a police officer. That could very well mean that it's going to be your word versus the officer's as to what exactly happened at the time of the arrest. The officer will commonly have other officers willing to back up his version of the events, and they will likely contradict your version. Accordingly, an aggressive defense is imperative.

    Contact Errol L. Cook, to discuss your particular case. Errol L. Cook has years of experience handling these types of cases, and will be able to advise you of your rights, options, and how to properly proceed with your case.


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