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Matthew G. Kaestner, Attorney, criminal law specialist
Matthew Kaestner

555 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 605
Long Beach CA 90802
(562) 437-0200

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Matthew G. Kaestner, Attorney, criminal law specialist


CONSUMER WARNING!

There are over 150,000 practicing lawyers in California. Only 357 attorneys are certified by the State Bar as Specialists in criminal law.

Welcome to the Law Office of Matthew G. Kaestner.

Long Beach's criminal law specialist, Matthew Kaestner is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a criminal law specialist. The practice is dedicated solely to the defense of criminal cases. There are only 5 criminal law specialists with offices in Long Beach, only 75 in all of Los Angeles County. (Data as of May 2010)

Mr. Kaestner has fought criminal law cases for over 25 years. His vast experience includes successfully defending clients facing virtually every type of criminal charge including: capital murder, major drug trafficking, white collar crime, third strikes, as well serious misdemeanors. Mr. Kaestner has handled high publicity cases as well as those where privacy and discretion are the paramount concerns of the client.

When arrested or accused of a crime, you want a criminal lawyer who has successfully defended that type of charge many times before. Long Beach criminal law attorney Matthew Kaestner is a criminal lawyer who has been winning freedom for his client's for decades.

Mr. Kaestner will personally handle each client’s case from arraignment through trial. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney in Long Beach with instant credibility and a reputation as an expert in criminal law, Long Beach's criminal law specialist Mr. Kaestner will personally handle your case. Call Mr. Kaestner directly at (562)437-0200.

WHAT'S NEW AT THIS SITE FOR May 2010?

Another "not guilty" verdict in Long Beach. Criminal attorney Matthew Kaestner achieved a "not guilty verdict" after jury trial in Long Beach of a woman accused of petty theft at a retail establishment. Client M.G. from Long Beach was found "not guilty" by the jury in deliberations that lasted under 10 minutes. [Read more]


  1. The state of the medical marijuana law in California continues to evolve. While the Obama administration issued a new policy loosing guidelines on federal prosecutions of medical marijuana in late October, the Long Beach Police with the assistance of the District Attorney raided several Long Beach pot dispensaries on December 17, 2009.
  2. With so many lawyers to choose from and often great pressure to choose one fast, finding the right criminal attorney in Long Beach can be a difficult task. For tips on finding a criminal attorney in Long Beach go to "Finding a Long Beach criminal attorney" on this site. 
  3. Long Beach criminal attorney Matthew Kaestner has a new page on the California "three strikes" law.

Attorney Profile


Matthew Kaestner

Long Beach attorney Matthew G. Kaestner brings over 25 years of experience to the aggressive defense of every criminal law case. Mr. Kaestner graduated law school in 1985 with “High Honors” in trial practice. Mr. Kaestner's first attempt at the bar exam was successful. Only 33% of those taking the test passed the bar exam during the summer of 1985. Mr. Kaestner then obtained a position with the Los Angeles District Attorney. After three years as a prosecutor, Mr. Kaestner began his career as a criminal defense attorney.

During his career, Mr. Kaestner has developed expert skills as a trial lawyer while specializing in all aspects of criminal law. He has defended thousands of clients. Their cases have included hundreds of "strike" cases, multi-kilo drug seizures, wiretaps, search warrants, white collar crime, and special circumstance murder.

Mr. Kaestner was one of the first lawyers to successfully seek a reversal of a criminal conviction in the Rampart scandal. Mr. Kaestner has, in the last two years, obtained the outright dismissal of murder charges, domestic violence charges, third strike charges, and many others. Other recent acquittals or dismissals have included charges of DUI, resisting arrest, battery, drug possession, embezzlement and many others.

After 15 years of criminal law experience, Mr. Kaestner obtained certification as a criminal law specialist in California in 1999. As of January, 2010, only 357 of the the over 150,000 active California lawyers are certified criminal law specialists. Mr. Kaestner believes that no criminal law case is too large or too small to receive aggressive, intelligent and complete defense.

His credentials are:

  • Over 25 years of experience handling criminal law cases
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (since 1999)
  • Member, State Bar of California (admitted January 1986)
  • Member, Long Beach Bar Association
  • For additional information contact Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew Kaestner directly at (562) 437-0200

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Attorney Profile

Matthew Kaestner

Long Beach attorney Matthew G. Kaestner brings over 25 years of experience to the aggressive defense of every criminal law case. Mr. Kaestner graduated law school in 1985 with “High Honors” in trial practice. Mr. Kaestner's first attempt at the bar exam was successful. Only 33% of those taking the test passed the bar exam during the summer of 1985. Mr. Kaestner then obtained a position with the Los Angeles District Attorney. After three years as a prosecutor, Mr. Kaestner began his career as a criminal defense attorney.

During his career, Mr. Kaestner has developed expert skills as a trial lawyer while specializing in all aspects of criminal law. He has defended thousands of clients. Their cases have included hundreds of "strike" cases, multi-kilo drug seizures, wiretaps, search warrants, white collar crime, and special circumstance murder.

Mr. Kaestner was one of the first lawyers to successfully seek a reversal of a criminal conviction in the Rampart scandal. Mr. Kaestner has, in the last two years, obtained the outright dismissal of murder charges, domestic violence charges, third strike charges, and many others. Other recent acquittals or dismissals have included charges of DUI, resisting arrest, battery, drug possession, embezzlement and many others.

After 15 years of criminal law experience, Mr. Kaestner obtained certification as a criminal law specialist in California in 1999. As of January, 2010, only 357 of the the over 150,000 active California lawyers are certified criminal law specialists. Mr. Kaestner believes that no criminal law case is too large or too small to receive aggressive, intelligent and complete defense.

His credentials are:

  • Over 25 years of experience handling criminal law cases
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (since 1999)
  • Member, State Bar of California (admitted January 1986)
  • Member, Long Beach Bar Association
  • For additional information contact Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew Kaestner directly at (562) 437-0200

Practice Areas

practice areas

Please choose from one of the Practice Areas below for more information:

 Criminal Law
 Drug Crimes
 Homicide
 White Collar Crime
 Felonies
 Misdemeanors
 DUI/DWI
 Juvenile Law
 Probation and Parole
 Medical Marijuana
 Domestic Violence
 Self Defense
 "Expungement" of Criminal Convictions
 Three Strikes Cases

Criminal Law

 

A criminal law case is prosecuted by the Government, either Federal or State. A prosecution is commenced when a formal written document is prepared by the government accusing a citizen of committing a crime. A criminal case, as opposed to a civil case, can result in prison or jail for the accused. A criminal law case is either a felony or misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that carries up to a maximum of up to one year in jail. Some misdemeanor offenses carry a six month or 90 day maximum sentence.

A felony offense, in contrast, carries a maximum sentence of greater than one year. Some felony offenses, depending on the charge and the type of prior convictions alleged, can carry up to a life sentence. Infractions, such as jay walking, speeding, or various local ordinances, carry fines only, not jail time.

Criminal law cases must be distinguished from civil cases, that seek money damages, or for divorce, or to force someone to do or not do something. Civil cases can not result in jail. Most civil cases result from some sort of injury by one party against another or some type of disagreement that cannot be settled out of court.

Criminal law cases have law and procedure unique to criminal courts. Thus when you are fighting a criminal law case, it is imperative that you obtain a lawyer with specialized knowledge regarding criminal cases.

In all criminal law cases, felony or misdemeanor, the accused person has the right to a speedy and public jury trial. Even though most cases don’t usually end up going to trial, the right to a jury trial and the right to choose your own criminal law attorney are the most important rights you have when you are accused of a crime. Also important to remember is that a person charged with any crime has an absolute right to remain silent at all stages of the criminal case from from initial questioning through trial.

After the arrest of a citizen by the police, a report is generated by the police and given to a prosecutor, either the District Attorney or local prosecutor. Although the police can make an arrest based only upon "probable cause", it is the prosecuting agency, that reviews the police report and determines whether criminal charges should be filed. However, most of the time the police make an arrest, the government will file charges. Only a government lawyer, a "prosecutor" can bring criminal charges. It is not true that a citizen can "press charges."

In California, a person arrested has the right to be brought to Court and advised of the charges against him within 48 business hours excluding weekends and holidays. If the arrested person posts a bond, the government has more than 48 hours to bring them to court. Whenever you or a loved one is arrested or accused of a crime, it is extremely important that a criminal law specialist be contacted immediately to protect you and assert your rights for you.

The very first court appearance after an arrest called the arraignment. At an arraignment, the accused is advised of the criminal charges, advised of his rights, and given the police reports. A plea of "not guilty" is entered. On felony cases, a pre-preliminary conference date is set as well as a "preliminary hearing." A person charged with a felony is entitled to have a preliminary hearing within ten court days of the arraignment.

At the pre-preliminary hearing conference, the defense and prosecution meet to discuss a possible plea bargain on the case. Experienced counsel also use the pre-preliminary hearing conference to obtain all information possible about the case, the witnesses, search and seizure issues and other important facts about the case. Sometimes an experienced criminal law attorney will obtain an order for a physical line-up to test the prosecutor's eye-witnesses.

The preliminary hearing is the first critical stage of a felony case. At the preliminary hearing, a judge listens to witnesses presented by the prosecutor. The prosecutor's job at the preliminary hearing is to convince the judge by way of his witnesses that there is probable cause that the charges are true. In reality a judge will usually find probable cause unless there is very weak or no evidence of guilt to support the charges.

An experienced criminal law attorney will use the preliminary hearing as an opportunity to thoroughly cross examine the prosecutor's witnesses and do damage to the prosecutor's case. At the end of the prosecutor's presentation of witnesses, the defense may, call witnesses or present evidence. After hearing all the witnesses and viewing all the evidence presented, the judge decides whether the prosecutor has established probable cause to support the charges. If the judge finds "probable cause" to support a felony, the case is sent to a trial court and the defendant is ordered to stand trial. On occasion the judge will dismiss the case.

If the preliminary hearing judge orders the case to a trial court, a second arraignment occurs in the trial court about two weeks after the preliminary hearing. At the arraignment a pre-trial is set about thirty days later and trial is set within sixty days. An accused has a right to a speedy trial within sixty days of the arraignment in the trial court. At the pre-trial, efforts to settle the case with a plea bargain are made, pre-trial motions are heard, and any final discovery issues are settled. The defense must also present the prosecutor with the witnesses and evidence they will use at the trial at this time. If the case is not settled, the case proceeds to a jury trial.

Misdemeanor cases are different than felony cases in that there are no preliminary hearings. At the arraignment, the misdemeanor case is set for a pre-trial and jury trial. A person in custody is entitled to a trial within 30 days of his arraignment. A person out of custody at his arraignment is entitled to have a jury trial within 45 days.

When arrested or accused of a crime, it is imperative to find an experienced criminal law attorney as soon as possible. The constitutional right to have an attorney assist you begins from the moment you are first contacted by the police. An experienced attorney will always advise silence. Later on, the attorney can answer any questions the police have if it is in the best interests of the client. YOUR SILENCE CAN NEVER BE USED AGAINST YOU IN COURT.

For expert advice on any question related to criminal law, Long Beach Criminal Law Specialist Matthew G. Kaestner is available. He will personally take your call at (562) 437-0200. Long Beach Criminal Attorney Matthew G. Kaestner is a Criminal Law Specialist with over 23 years of proven expertise in criminal law, including narcotics offenses, homicides, white collar offenses, search warrant cases, DUI/DWI, domestic charges, assault, and all other serious criminal law cases. Mr. Kaestner is Board Certified as a specialist by the California State Bar board of legal specialization.

If you need help, call now to: (562)437-0200.

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Matthew G. Kaestner
555 E. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 605
Long Beach, California 90802
Phone: 562-437-0200
Fax: 562-495-5951


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