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David Diamond

1055 Wilshire Blvd. #1996
Los Angeles CA 90017
(213) 250-9100

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Diamond & Associates


Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Attorney

Valencia's Premier Criminal Defense Laywer, David D. Diamond

Attorney David D. Diamond has long been representing clients, with great results, in and around the Santa Clarita area.  As a criminal defense lawyer, David D. Diamond possesses the experience critical to a client’s success.  If you are facing criminal charges in Santa Clarita, Valencia, or Newhall, do not pose unnecessary risk to your future by choosing an inexperienced attorney.  We strongly advise you to contact Attorney David D. Diamond today to get connected with an accomplished criminal defense lawyer.

Please Call: 213 250 9100

Criminal defense lawyer David D. Diamond represents clients throughout Santa Clarita who have been charged with:

Attorney David D. Diamond also handles criminal appeals, Expungements, and restraining orders and always upholds the strict belief that your needs come first, and he will take every measure necessary to make sure you are his number-one priority.  This experienced Valencia Criminal Defense Attorney commits to doing his absolute best in handling each and every case with proficiency and dedication, thus achieving the best possible results both inside and outside of the courtroom.  Throughout David D. Diamond’s years providing legal service to clients in Valencia, he has consistently shown strong motivation and drive, to which his clients can truly attest.

If you are facing criminal charges in Santa Clarita, Valencia, or Newhall, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to find the right lawyer for your case.  Many Santa Clarita residents who are facing criminal charges feel that defense lawyers are a dime a dozen; that if you’ve spoken with one, you’ve spoken with them all.  This could not be further from the truth, and this notion will become apparent the moment you meet with Attorney David D. Diamond.   By selecting Lawyer David D. Diamond to represent you, you will experience an immediate sense of relief and security knowing that your case is in the hands of a dependable, proven lawyer.  

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Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Newhall, Valencia, & Santa Clarita

Thoroughly dedicated to defending the rights of those having been accused of crimes in Santa Clarita, Mr. Diamond has practiced law for many years, successfully defending clients involved in all types of criminal matters.  Mr. Diamond focuses on providing all Valencia clients with the individual and personalized attention they deserve.  He believes in establishing lasting relationships with his clients by delivering compassionate, personally accessible representation, giving you the peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Contact Valencia Criminal Defense Attorney David D. Diamond to discuss any criminal charges you may be facing!

Attorney Profile: David D. Diamond

Attorney David D. Diamond is a founding partner at the firm, and heads up the criminal defense division.  As a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Diamond has experience handling cases involving a large variety of both felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Mr. Diamond has handled over 1000 felonies and misdemeanors.    Furthermore, Mr. Diamond also helps clients who have been arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime expunge their criminal records.

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Attorney Profile

Mr. Diamond is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern University School of Law for the Trial Advocacy Honors Program.  He is also an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at National University.   Mr. Diamond oversees the Criminal Litigation, Restraining Order, and Expungement divisions at the firm.

David attended the SCALE program at the Southwestern University School of Law, a 23 month accelerated and highly intensive learning program. David then worked in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office before joining the team at one of the nations’ most prestigious law firms, Lewis, Brisbios, Bisgaard & Smith. There he concentrated on litigation before joining a small boutique firm which handled drug crime defense cases.

Prior to law school, he graduated from Michigan State University where he studied international relations and political science. He served as the Director of Legal Services, running a student financed law firm and defending students accused of misconduct. Twice chosen as the Student Leader of the Year, he has since vowed to serve the needs of all his clients. David was on the Dean's Academic Honor List and was a teacher prior to entering law school. He is also a volunteer football coach for the city of Los Angeles.

Teaching Positions:

Associate Adjunct Professor of Law, Southwestern University School of Law

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, National University

Education:

Michigan State University: Bachelor of Arts;

Southwestern University School of Law, SCALE Program (2 years): Juris Doctor

Admission to Practice:

State of California;

Federal Court:

  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California 
  • Central District of California 
  • Eastern District of California

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Organizational Memberships and Activities: 

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice  (Board of Governors)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Association for Justice   (AAJ)
  • California Public Defender's Association
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Legal Education Conference Center- Bar Grader
  • Guest Speaker on Criminal Law - National Youth 
  • Leadership Forum
  • High School Mock Trial Coach
  • Former Vice President, Criminal and Juvenile Justice,
  • American Bar Association-YLD

Contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer David D. Diamond today to discuss your charges!

Please Call: 213 250 9100

Los Angeles Criminal Defense

Los Angeles Criminal Defense

David D. Diamond, Criminal Defense Lawyer

You or someone you know has been arrested. You have been contacted by law enforcement for "questioning" regarding a criminal offense of some kind. Regardless of the legal situation you may be in, it is important that you consult a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At the very least, an attorney can inform you of your rights and help you understand whether you need legal representation at this point. In a situation like this, it is better to consult an attorney than to ignore the situation and find that you are facing serious criminal charges.

Although the justice system in the United States has failsafes in place to help protect people from false imprisonment and from being found guilty for offenses they did not commit, much of this protection will need to be ensured through a criminal defense lawyer. An experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer will understand what your rights are and will therefore be able to ensure that they are not infringed upon at any point in the legal process, including during the investigation, your arrest and the criminal court process.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

As a dedicated Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, David D. Diamond is here to help. He offers a free initial consultation to discuss your charges or your legal situation, and represents clients throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in Southern California. Attorney Diamond offers aggressive criminal defense representation for all types of serious misdemeanor and felony offenses and also provides effective legal counsel in criminal appeals and expungement matters as well.

Some of 
Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer David Diamond's areas of practice include:

Contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer David Diamond

You have nothing to lose by contacting a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Diamond & Associates today. With our experienced representation and our dedication to defending your rights and liberty, you will have the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction and therefore serious penalties - as well as a criminal record for life.

Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at Diamond & Associates today for a free case evaluation.

Criminal Appeals

Criminal Appeals Attorney in Los Angeles

Criminal Appeals are an area of practice for our firm. Once a conviction has occurred, a number of legal errors may have occurred, and therefore can be attacked in the Appellate Courts.

A successful appeal can mean the suppression of evidence, a reduction in sentence or other penalties, or the granting of a new trial. Appeals are based upon the "record" in the case as it occurred in the trial court, and (usually) no new evidence is presented to the Appellate Justices. Appeals tend to be technical and time consuming, but can reap great rewards for those erroneously convicted.

California law allows the setting of bail while an appeal is pending, so a person facing incarceration may be free while the appeal is heard.

Definition of an Appeal
An appeal is a request to a higher court to review a decision made in a completed trial or proceeding.

What issues can the Court of Appeals hear?
The Courts of Appeal decide questions of law, such as whether the superior court judge applied the law correctly in a case. The Courts of Appeal do not hear testimony or retry cases. An appeal from a superior court judgment is decided based on the written record from the original trial or proceeding. Issues brought to a Court of Appeal for review commonly include claims such as an incorrect ruling on admissibility of evidence, incorrect application of a law or regulation, improper jury instructions, and insufficient evidence to support the verdict. 

The Appeals Process
To begin the appeal process, a written notice of appeal is filed with the clerk of the court in which the proceeding took place. In criminal and juvenile cases, transcripts of the underlying proceedings are automatically prepared. All parties are notified once the record on appeal has been filed with the Court of Appeal.

From the date the record was filed, the appellant has a specified period of time within which to file an appellant's opening brief, depending on the type of case. A "brief" is a written argument that an attorney prepares for the court. It details the issues raised by the appellant, including challenges to superior court rulings or findings, and refers to applicable statutes (laws) and previous case decisions to support their position. The respondent is then given an opportunity to file a brief in response and then the appellant may file a reply brief.

After the panel of justices has heard oral argument, a member of the panel prepares and files an opinion, which is a written statement of the court's decision.

What is a Writ?
The word "writ" traces its roots to English common law. In Old English, writ means a letter, often written by an attorney. Writ was the name for an action in the courts.

In most modern American jurisdictions, a "writ" is an order from a higher court to a lower court or to a government official such as a prison warden. Defendants may seek several types of writs from appellate judges directed at the trial court or at a lower appellate court.

What's the difference between a writ and an appeal?
Writs usually are considered to be extraordinary remedies, meaning they are permitted only when the defendant has no other adequate remedy, such as an appeal. In other words, a defendant may take a writ to contest a point that the defendant is not entitled to raise on appeal.

Writ of habeas corpus
Defendants who want to challenge the legality of their imprisonment -- or the conditions in which they are being imprisoned -- may seek help from a court by filing an application for what is known as a "writ of habeas corpus.

A writ of habeas corpus (literally to "produce the body") is a court order to a person (prison warden) or agency (institution) holding someone in custody to deliver the imprisoned individual to the court issuing the order. Many state constitutions provide for writs of habeas corpus, as does the United States Constitution that specifically forbids the government from suspending writ proceedings except in extraordinary times -- such as war. Known as "the Great Writ," habeas corpus gives citizens the power to get help from courts to keep government and any other institutions that may imprison people in check. In many countries, police and military personnel, for example, may take people and lock them up for months -- even years -- without charging them, and those imprisoned have no avenue, no legal channel, by which to protest or challenge the imprisonment. The writ of habeas corpus gives jailed suspects the right to ask an appellate judge to set them free or order an end to improper jail conditions, and thereby ensures that people in this country will not be held for long times in prison in violation of their rights. Of course, the right to ask for relief is not the same as the right to get relief; courts are very stingy with their writs.

Potential Post-conviction Remedies
As discussed in this article, convicted defendants can take a number of steps to challenge guilty verdicts and/or to correct violations of constitutional rights, including motions, appeals and writs. The following list illustrates these steps. A defendant who loses at one may go on to the next step, all the way down the list (up the legal chain) in a process that can take many years -- especially for serious felonies such as death penalty cases.

This list is merely an illustration of possible post-conviction proceedings -- some of which may only be used in certain cases. Also, defendants usually must first have unsuccessfully sought relief through the available state remedies before they will be allowed to seek relief in federal courts. For these reasons and because of the complexities of these proceedings and what is at stake (liberty or life), defendants should consult counsel to determine which remedies are available to them.

Motion for Acquittal.
A request that the judge decide that there is not enough evidence to convict the defendant. Depending on whether the trial is before a judge or jury and depending on court rules, this motion may be made either after the prosecution presents its evidence or after all the evidence is presented.

Motion for a New Trial
Request that trial judge declare a mistrial and grant a new trial.

Appeal to State Appellate Court
Contends that trial judge made some legal error.

Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to District Court
Requests the federal trial court to order the jail or prison holding the defendant to release the defendant because the defendant is being held in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Appeal of Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to Circuit Court
Requests the mid-level federal court to review the federal trial court's decision denying the writ.

Appeal of Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to U.S. Supreme Court
Requests the highest court in the land to review the mid-level federal court's decision denying the writ.

Petition for Rehearing to State Appeals Court
Requests that appeals court judges change their own decision.

State Supreme Court Appeal
Requests that highest court in the state review and overturn the decision of the mid-level appeals court.

U.S. Supreme Court Appeal
Requests that highest court in the nation intervene to correct an error on the part of the state courts that violated the U.S. Constitution.

State Court Habeas Corpus Petitions
Requests that the state appeals courts order the jail or prison holding the defendant to release the defendant upon a showing that the defendant is being held in violation of some state law or constitutional right. 

Criminal Appeals Process

Criminal Appeals Lawyer in Los Angeles

The Criminal Appeals Process
To begin the appeal process, a written notice of appeal is filed with the clerk of the court in which the proceeding took place. In criminal and juvenile cases, transcripts of the underlying proceedings are automatically prepared.  

When the record was filed, the appellant has a period of time in which to file an opening brief, depending on the type of case. A "brief" is a written argument that an attorney prepares for the court. This bried explains the issues raised by the appellant, including challenges to superior court rulings or findings, and refers to applicable laws and previous case decisions to support their position. The respondent is then given an opportunity to file a brief in response and then the appellant may file a reply brief.

After the panel of justices has heard oral argument, a member of the panel prepares and files an opinion, which is a written statement of the court's decision.

What is a Writ?
In Old English, writ means a letter which is often written by an attorney.

In most modern American jurisdictions, a "writ" is an order from a higher court to a lower court. Defendants may seek several types of writs from appellate judges directed at the trial court or at a lower appellate court.

Writ of habeas corpus
Defendants who want to challenge the legality of their imprisonment or want to challenge the conditions in which they are being imprisoned, may seek help from the court. They must file an application known as a "writ of habeas corpus.

A writ of habeas corpus is a court order to a person (prison warden) or agency (institution) holding someone in custody to deliver the imprisoned individual to the court issuing the order. Many state constitutions provide for writs of habeas corpus, as does the United States Constitution that specifically forbids the government from suspending writ proceedings except in extraordinary times such as war. 

Potential Post-conviction Remedies
As discussed in this article, convicted defendants can take a number of steps to challenge guilty verdicts and/or to correct violations of constitutional rights, including motions, appeals and writs. The following list illustrates these steps. A defendant who loses at one may go on to the next step, all the way down the list (up the legal chain) in a process that can take many years -- especially for serious felonies such as death penalty cases.

This list is merely an illustration of possible post-conviction proceedings -- some of which may only be used in certain cases. Also, defendants usually must first have unsuccessfully sought relief through the available state remedies before they will be allowed to seek relief in federal courts. For these reasons and because of the complexities of these proceedings and what is at stake (liberty or life), defendants should consult counsel to determine which remedies are available to them.

Motion for Acquittal.
A request that the judge decide that there is not enough evidence to convict the defendant. Depending on whether the trial is before a judge or jury and depending on court rules, this motion may be made either after the prosecution presents its evidence or after all the evidence is presented.

Motion for a New Trial
Request that trial judge declare a mistrial and grant a new trial.

Appeal to State Appellate Court
Contends that trial judge made some legal error.

Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to District Court
Requests the federal trial court to order the jail or prison holding the defendant to release the defendant because the defendant is being held in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Appeal of Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to Circuit Court
Requests the mid-level federal court to review the federal trial court's decision denying the writ.

Appeal of Federal Habeas Corpus Petition to U.S. Supreme Court
Requests the highest court in the land to review the mid-level federal court's decision denying the writ.

Petition for Rehearing to State Appeals Court
Requests that appeals court judges change their own decision.

State Supreme Court Appeal
Requests that highest court in the state review and overturn the decision of the mid-level appeals court.

U.S. Supreme Court Appeal
Requests that highest court in the nation intervene to correct an error on the part of the state courts that violated the U.S. Constitution.

State Court Habeas Corpus Petitions
Requests that the state appeals courts order the jail or prison holding the defendant to release the defendant upon a showing that the defendant is being held in violation of some state law or constitutional right. 

Domestic Violence

Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles, California

Have you been accused of domestic violence? If a family member or loved one has accused you of violence, assault or abuse, your rights and freedom ar at stake. In Los Angeles, once law enforcement are called to the scene of a domestic dispute, they will most likely make an arrest on the spot. Once you are arrested, it will not be up to the alleged victim to decide whether to press charges. This decision will rest solely on the shoulders of the prosecuting attorney.

What does this mean? It means that there is a likelihood that you may face domestic violence charges because of an argument that may have gotten out of hand, or because a spouse or ex-spouse made a false accusation of violence against you. You need to consult a
Los Angeles domestic violence attorney as soon as possible in order to challenge these serious charges.

Domestic Violence Defense in Los Angeles

Diamond & Associates can help if you have been accused of domestic violence. We understand that much is at stake and that your legal representation will make all the difference in your future wellbeing. When you put your domestic violence case in the hands of a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at our firm, you have the benefit of our years of experience and unwavering dedication to our clients' rights and freedom.

The criminal penalties associated with a domestic violence conviction in Los Angeles, California are extremely serious. You may face fines of up to $6,000 or more, as well as imprisonment of up to 6 years. Certain factors may cause the penalties to increase or decrease, depending upon the case.

Consult a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Waste no time in consulting a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at our firm to get the legal assistance you need. We represent clients throughout the Los Angeles area and offer a free case evaluation to see how we can help.

Contact a Los Angeles domestic violence defense attorney at Diamond & Associates today.

Drug Crime

Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer

Many of our firm's cases involve the defense of those accused of possessing or dealing in illegal drugs. If you are convicted of a drug crime in the state of California, you may face anything from probation and a fine to life in prison. If this is your first offense and there is no violence, you may be eligible for alternative sentencing by the courts.

Los Angeles Drug Crimes Attorney Video

Watch Drug Crimes Attorney David Diamond speak about Drug Crimes by clicking the link below:

Drug Crime Representation Video

Manufacturing, (labs) possession of drug precursors, and transportation or other trafficking charges are very serious, and can result in lengthy prison sentences if your constitutional rights are not protected. Government agents have sometimes been known to shade the truth or lie to get results in narcotics cases. Sometimes aggressive defense tactics must be used to reveal such conduct, or attack a search warrant. Often there is only one viable defense to an accusation of drug possession or trafficking - a motion to suppress evidence, based on the 4th Amendment, arguing that the search that led to the discovery of the drugs was illegal.

In California, Proposition 36 offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent first time drug offenders. Instead of prison time, you will be placed on probation and sentenced to a drug rehabilitation facility for a year and follow-up care for an additional period of 6 months. Drug Diversion programs, commonly called "1000 PC" for the penal code section that defines the law, may be available to first offenders. This results in the eventual dismissal of charges after an education program, and does not result in a criminal conviction.

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