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Frederick James Nameth Law Corporation
Frederick Nameth

415 E. Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale CA 91205
(818) 551-4250

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Frederick James Nameth Law Corporation

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At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in Glendale, we are dedicated to the principle that the practice of law is a service-oriented profession. We understand that legal issues are often confusing and intimidating, which is why we are committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date through all the stages of your case, from initial filings through jury trial and appeals. This means frequent case updates and a prompt response to all inquiries.

Our legal practice thrives under the leadership of attorney Frederick James Nameth, a respected member of the California legal community since 1969. A former prosecutor in the Los Angeles city attorney's office, Mr. Nameth founded the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in 1978. He is a skilled advocate who uses all available resources to meet his clients' legal needs. More importantly, he listens to his clients in order to design a strategy that is always in their best interest.

While a negotiated, out-of-court solution is always desirable, at the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth, we are never swayed by threats and intimidation by other criminal defense or auto accident attorneys. We will not hesitate to take case before a jury if it is justified and in the best interest of our client.

For experienced representation in cities including Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Los Angeles, contact the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth today. We offer a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION, 24-7 availability, and a convenient location off the 5, 134, and 210 freeways in Glendale.

About Frederick James Nameth

Fred was born in Davenport, Iowa and came to California in 1947.  He attended Jordan High School in Long Beach and Long Beach City College.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politcal Science from U.C.L.A.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Diego School of Law.

He was admittedf to practice law in California in 1969.  Thereafter, he became a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office where he worked until 1971.  He left the City Attorney and went into private practice  in Los Angeles where he specialized in criminal defense and, thereafter, in personal injury on behalf of injured parties.
 
In 1991 Fred moved his law office from Los Angeles to Glendale where he currently practices personal injury and criminal defense.
 
On a personal note, Fred has been married to his wife, Celeste, for 17 years and has two children, Alison, an attorney, and Stacy-Colleen, a psychotherapist.
 
Fred has been very active in the community for over 30 years.  He has been a volunteer with the Domestic Violence Project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He has volunteered each year to speak on Law Day at Glendale High School on behalf of the Glendale Bar Association.  He continues to tutor 4th grade students in reading at Toluca Lake Elementary School.  In addition, he is a fund raiser on behalf of charitable organizations in the community.
 
He continues to participate in educational programs sponsored by trial lawyer associations and criminal defense organizations.
 
His hobbies include skiing, golfing, and tennis, attending theatre and movies, and traveling.
 
When asked what he find most satisfying about his work, he replied, "Working with a great staff on behalf of clients to effectively resolve legal concerns as a result of a serious accident or because they have been arrested."
Current Employment Position(s):
Member
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law
DUI/DWI
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Bar Admissions:
California, 1969
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1969
U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
Education:
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, 1968
J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1965
A.B.
Major:  Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Glendale Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association
 
State Bar of California
 
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
 
American Trial Lawyers Association
 
Consumer Attorneys of California
 
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles


Past Employment Positions:
Los Angeles City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, 1969 - 1971

Pro Bono Activities:
Los Angeles County Bar Association. Domestic Violence Project, 1994
Bet Tzedek Legal Services, 1995 - Present
Languages:
Spanish
Russian
Fraternities/Sororities:
Zeta Beta Tau
Phi Delta Phi

 

DUI INFORMATION

The experienced drunk driving lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in Glendale provide exceptional representation to clients in need of DUI criminal defense. Criminal DWI is a serious charge in the state of California, and conviction could result in serious penalties. Our attorneys work with clients who have been charged with drunk driving in communities such as Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Los Angeles to prepare the best possible strategy in their DUI / DWI case and will fight hard for a successful outcome.

Drunk Driving/DUI - An Overview

The crime of drunk driving is also known as "driving under the influence," or DUI, and "driving while intoxicated," or DWI. In some states, the crime may be known as "operating while intoxicated, or OWI, or "operating under the influence," or OUI. The names vary according to how state law refers to or defines the crime. Whatever the name, the state laws all have a common aim of punishing those who drink and drive, or those who drive while under the influence of illegal drugs. A drunk driving conviction carries with it serious and long-lasting consequences: jail or prison time, a heavy fine, and suspension or revocation of a driver's license. A person who is facing a drunk driving charge should not hesitate to seek immediate legal counsel from an experienced drunk driving defense attorney.

Parole & Probation in Drunk Driving Cases

Parole and probation are both supervisory-type mechanisms employed in the punishment phase of the criminal justice process. Parole comes into play after a person has been imprisoned and is released. Probation, by contrast, refers to a criminal sentence separate and distinct from incarceration. Probation is the most frequent sentence imposed and typically involves releasing the convicted offender into the community subject to a list of terms and conditions. The actual terms can vary widely, based on the underlying crime, the characteristics of the offender, and the resources of the probation system. All probations are subject to a requirement that the offender refrain from committing further crimes.

Persons convicted of drunk driving may be placed on probation, or for subsequent offenses they may be given a jail or prison term and then paroled, subject to continuing supervision. Lawyers experienced in criminal defense and drunk driving law can explain the spectrum of possible punishments for drunk driving offenders and describe the differences in the possible sentences in greater detail.

The Prosecutor's Role in a Drunk Driving Case

Prosecution refers to the government's role in the criminal justice system. When criminal activity is suspected, it is often up to the government to investigate, arrest, charge, and bring the alleged offender to trial. Prosecutors are the lawyers who work for the government and who are responsible for putting on the government's case against a defendant. Prosecutors may be called county attorneys, city attorneys, or district attorneys. The prosecutor is the opponent or "adversary" of the criminal defendant and his or her attorney; the two sides go head-to-head against each other in court. Because these public attorneys focus their energies on prosecuting criminal cases, they are generally very experienced in criminal law, and it is therefore essential that the defendant's attorney have the same advantage. Thus, in order to best preserve a criminal defendant's rights and strike a fair balance in court, representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney, particularly one knowledgeable in drunk driving law, is a must.

Challenging the Reliability of Breathalyzer Test Results

In all drunk driving cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the offense was at or above a statutory limit. In many states, the limit is .10 percent, but in others it is .08, and there is a national movement afoot to make that the limit in all states. In order to prove the requisite level of alcohol in the blood of someone arrested for drunk driving, it is necessary to obtain a suitable sample of the arrestee's blood, urine, or hair at the time of arrest. The use of a breath test is by far the most popular scientific method for establishing that drunk driving has occurred. Some defendants, however, have been able to successfully challenge the results of such tests in court, thereby preventing a conviction. An attorney experienced in drunk driving defense law is in the best position to advise a client on whether the "Breathalyzer" test results may be subject to challenge in his or her particular case.

Drunk Driving and Auto Insurance

After serving the sentence and paying the fine, a person convicted of drunk driving is eager to let things get back to normal and to return to life as it was before the charges. In most parts of the U.S., normal living-school, work, other activities-usually involves driving, and driving requires automobile insurance. The worst parts of the charge may seem to be behind you, but you are then faced with yet another consequence: trying to obtain automobile insurance after a drunk driving conviction.

 

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Firm Overview

Southern California Criminal Defense and Auto Accident Attorney

Whether you have been injured in a car accident and are looking for a knowledgeable auto accident attorney, or if you have been arrested and need an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth can help.

At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in Glendale, we are dedicated to the principle that the practice of law is a service-oriented profession. We understand that legal issues are often confusing and intimidating, which is why we are committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date through all the stages of your case, from initial filings through jury trial and appeals. This means frequent case updates and a prompt response to all inquiries.

Our legal practice thrives under the leadership of attorney Frederick James Nameth, a respected member of the California legal community since 1969. A former prosecutor in the Los Angeles city attorney's office, Mr. Nameth founded the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in 1978. He is a skilled advocate who uses all available resources to meet his clients' legal needs. More importantly, he listens to his clients in order to design a strategy that is always in their best interest.

While a negotiated, out-of-court solution is always desirable, at the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth, we are never swayed by threats and intimidation by other criminal defense or auto accident attorneys. We will not hesitate to take case before a jury if it is justified and in the best interest of our client.

Drunk Driving/DUI

The crime of drunk driving is also known as "driving under the influence," or DUI, and "driving while intoxicated," or DWI. In some states, the crime may be known as "operating while intoxicated, or OWI, or "operating under the influence," or OUI. The names vary according to how state law refers to or defines the crime. Whatever the name, the state laws all have a common aim of punishing those who drink and drive, or those who drive while under the influence of illegal drugs. A drunk driving conviction carries with it serious and long-lasting consequences: jail or prison time, a heavy fine, and suspension or revocation of a driver's license. A person who is facing a drunk driving charge should not hesitate to seek immediate legal counsel from an experienced drunk driving defense attorney.

Drunk Driving: Elements of the Offense

No matter what the name of the crime might be-DUI, DWI, OUI, or OWI-the first element of the crime is "driving," or "operating," a motor vehicle. This language is intended to describe the level of physical control a person has over the motor vehicle. In many states, operating or driving does not require that the vehicle actually be in motion, or even that the engine be running. A person who is found sitting behind the wheel of a car may be convicted of driving or operating the car while under the influence. Courts have even convicted people sitting behind the wheel of a car while it is being towed. Passengers are seldom considered to be operators or drivers unless they grab the steering wheel.

As used in the drunk driving laws, the term "vehicle" is defined more broadly than just "motor vehicle." Usually, a "vehicle" is defined as anything that carries people or goods. A "motor vehicle" is something powered by a motor or engine. Either term can include cars, trucks, even motorboats. Most laws draw a distinction between inoperable vehicles and those that are only immobile-capable of moving, but not of moving at the time. Legal distinctions such as this are one reason you need an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to give your case the careful analysis needed.

Another element of a drunk driving charge is the location of the offense. Older drunk driving laws often included limiting phrases, such as "on the public highways of the state." Many judges relied on that language to conclude that the drunk driving laws did not apply to someone driving on private property, including parking lots. Modern laws, however, require only proof that the offense took place within the boundaries of the state.

Proof of a Drunk Driving Charge

Drunk driving laws are intended to prevent the operation of a powerful and potentially dangerous machine when the operator cannot be in adequate control. Intoxication is shown in one of two ways: (1) a blood alcohol level in excess of a certain amount; or (2) proving that the driver or operator was impaired from the use of alcohol or illegal drugs. The first method is the method preferred by prosecutors. The proof does not rely on anyone's observation or judgment of someone's behavior, but depends solely on the results of a blood alcohol test. Laws often require a person who is suspected of driving while drunk or using illegal drugs to give a sample of his or her blood or breath for chemical testing purposes. These laws are known as "implied consent" laws, because they provide that any person who operates a motor vehicle has given his or her implied consent to such a test. When a sample is taken, it is analyzed by a machine to determine the concentration of alcohol in a person's blood. The maximum blood alcohol level varies from state to state. For many years, the most common maximum level was .10 percent, but most states have now lowered the level to .08. Any driver or operator who has a blood alcohol level over the legal limit is considered legally intoxicated. The results of the test are usually considered conclusive, and can be challenged only by showing that the test failed for a reason such as faulty or malfunctioning test equipment, improper sampling, faulty preservation of the sample, or (in the case of a breath test) a foreign object in the mouth when the test was conducted.

Impairment may also be proven by the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident for which the driver was stopped or arrested. These facts and circumstances include observations of the driver by eyewitnesses, statements made by the driver or operator, and circumstantial evidence (for example, evidence that a defendant left a bar after being inside for several hours). The inquiry focuses on whether the defendant's ability to drive was impaired. Law enforcement officers have a number of standard tests for impairment, done at the time a driver is stopped, known as "field sobriety tests." These tests include walking a straight line by placing one foot directly in front of the other, holding one's arms straight out at the sides and touching the nose with closed eyes, counting backwards, and reciting the alphabet. Other evidence of impairment may include a law enforcement officer's observation of the defendant's driving, which probably was the reason the driver was stopped in the first place. Conduct such as driving too fast or too slowly, weaving across lanes, and going through stop signs or stoplights may be considered evidence of a driver's impairment. Drivers often will tell an officer who stops them that they have been drinking, how much they've had to drink, and when they had it. Such statements may also be evidence of impairment.

Drunk Driving Penalties

In the last twenty years, the penalties for drunk driving have become far more severe than they were in the past. First-time offenders face potential jail time and fines, although often the penalty for a first-time offense will be something less than jail time in exchange for a guilty plea. Repeat offenders are usually treated more harshly, with substantial fines and mandatory jail sentences that may not be suspended or waived by the court. State administrative regulations often call for suspension or revocation of a defendant's driver's license in addition to any criminal penalty. Defendants have sometimes tried to make the argument that this administrative suspension is double jeopardy prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, but these arguments have never succeeded.

Conclusion

A drunk driving charge is a serious criminal charge. Most of us rely on the ability to drive to do many everyday things, such as getting to work, buying groceries, and transporting family members to activities like lessons, medical appointments, and school. A person who is charged with drunk driving stands an excellent chance of losing his or her driving privileges either temporarily or permanently, and also runs the risk of suffering more severe consequences, such as a fine or a jail sentence. If you have been accused of a drunk driving offense, contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney without delay. You can't afford not to have expert counsel on your side.

Staff Profiles

Alejandra Mercado – Office Manager

Alejandra Mercado was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1981. She completed her high school education in Mexico City and then attended Pasadena City College, studying ESL and Legal Assisting.

Mrs. Mercado (known as Alex) has been working for Fred Nameth since early 1984.  Her duties as Office Manager include assisting Mr. Nameth with the procedure of the non litigation files, resolving issues with insurance adjusters, body shops and doctors; interviewing the Spanish-speaking clients and translating documents.  In addition, she keeps the office running smoothly by coordinating the staff membrs' vacation, scheduling appointments and ordering office supplies.

On a personal one, Alex has been married to husband Jose for 20 years and has two daughters.

Her hobbies include home decorating, doing arts and crafts, shopping and watching television.

When asked what she finds most satisfying about working for Fred Nameth, she replies, "I enjoy the friendly environment, the good communication I have with Fred and helping our clients through the process of their claims."

Her goal is to see her children graduate from college and when the time comes, retire in a small town in Mexico and travel with her husband to different countries.

Lisette Perez, Legal Assistant

Lisette is a true native, born and raised in the Glendale/Pasadena area. She attended Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College.

Her work experience has included clerical positions in the customer service and accounts payable departments of a prosthetics manufacturing company in Pasadena.

Since December of 2003, Lisette has been Fred Nameth’s legal assistant. Her duties include answering the phones, greeting new clients and helping them sign all the necessary paperwork, opening all new files and assisting Office Manager Alejandra Mercado.

On a personal note, Lisette has one daughter, 3-year-old Briana. Lisette’s hobbies include reading, spending time outdoors and, most important, spending time with her daughter. She also enjoys participating in the activities of her church.

When asked what she finds most satisfying about working for Fred Nameth, she replies, "I enjoy the friendly work environment and dealing with the clients."

Her goal is to return to school and get her degree in Criminal Justice.

Alla Karpus, Paralegal

Alla was born in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States in 1990.

She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and American Literature and English Writing from the University of Moscow.  In Los Angeles, she attended Century Business College and completed their Paralegal/Legal Secretary program.

Alla’s work experience in Russia included working as a book editor and translator for a publishing house.  She joined Fred Nameth in February 1991.

Her paralegal duties include litigation, drafting discovery documents, preparing clients for arbitrations and depositions, overseeing investigation, preparing pre-litigation files, and assisting clients during statements to insurance companies.

On a personal note, Alla has been married to her "great husband" Michael for over 30 years. She has one son, Mark, who is a computer wiz.

Her hobbies include reading, watching foreign and art-house movies, and traveling, especially to Europe.

When asked what she finds most satisfying about working for Fred Nameth, she replied, "Working with and relating to the clients – helping them and ‘holding their hands’ through the legal process."

Attorney Profile

 

At the criminal defense and personal injury law firm of the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in Glendale, our lawyers offer personalized service to our clients with legal cases related to motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, and criminal defense. Under the experienced and respected leadership of attorney Fred Nameth, we provide a swift resolution to the legal issues of clients in Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Frederick James Nameth Bio


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Reflecting the communities we serve, all legal services are available in Spanish and Russian.

Law Office of Fredrick James Nameth
415 East Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91205

Practice Areas

 

Southern California Personal Injury, Auto Accident, and Criminal Defense Law Firm

At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth in Glendale, Mr. Nameth represents clients in cities including Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Los Angeles in legal matters related to personal injury and criminal law. For over 35 years, clients have trusted us to quickly and successfully resolve these cases so that they may go one with their lives.

At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth, we center our law firm’s practice on the following areas of law. Click on the links to read more about each practice area:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Mr. Nameth represents persons who have experienced auto accidents or other accidents involving cars, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, ATVs, four-wheelers, and boats. In addition, he represents individuals who have been in accidents involving a drunk driver, pedestrian or bicycles. Our detailed understanding of California auto insurance and liability laws means we can identify the different sources of recovery available to victims and their families. 

  • Wrongful Death – Wrongful death may be alleged when one person dies due to the negligent actions of another. Using his extensive experience as a wrongful death lawyer, Mr. Nameth is able to identify all liable parties to ensure the maximum recovery in the death of your loved one.

  • Criminal Defense – At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth,we represent clients charged with all types of felony and misdemeanor crimes, ranging from DUI to murder. We will guide you through all steps of the criminal law process to ensure you make the best decisions for yourself, your family, and your future.

To speak with a lawyer about one of our practice areas, or to schedule an initial FREE CONSULTATION, contact the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth as soon as possible.


Se Habla Espanol

Reflecting the communities we serve, all legal services are available in Spanish and Russian.

Law Office of Fredrick James Nameth
415 East Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91205

Criminal Defense

 

Southern California Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal charge is not the same as a guilty verdict. At Law Office of Frederick James Nameth, Mr. Nameth has the skills that could mean the difference between going to jail and going home to your family. He represents clients facing criminal charges in cities including Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Los Angeles, and fights hard to ensure that justice is served in your case.

At the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth, Mr. Nameth represents clients charged with all types of California state felony and misdemeanor crimes, including:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Drunk Driving: DUI / DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges: manufacture, transportation, sale and possession of controlled substances, such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack and methamphetamines
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Identity Theft / Credit Card Theft
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • License Suspension and Revocation Violations
  • Parole / Probation Violations
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes

In many of our criminal cases, Mr. Nameth is able to negotiate a plea agreement prior to trial in which some or all of the charges are dropped or significantly reduced.  Should your case go to trial, he is a tenacious litigator who will ensure that your rights are upheld and that all evidence against you is relevant and obtained legally.  You are always innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof lies with the prosecution to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you were responsible for those crimes.

We are zealous advocates for our clients’ rights, and will guide you through all steps of the criminal law process to ensure you make the best decisions in your case to minimize the negative impact these charges will have on your life.

For legal advice from a respected criminal defense lawyer, contact the Law Office of Frederick James Nameth today for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.


Se Habla Espanol

Reflecting the communities we serve, all legal services are available in Spanish and Russian.

Law Office of Fredrick James Nameth
415 East Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91205


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