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Michael Goldstein

15260 Ventura Blvd., Suite# 1810
Sherman Oaks CA 91403
(818) 905-7272

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Goldstein Law Group


Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys located in the San Fernando Valley. At Goldstein Law Offices, we are committed to aggressively defending those charged with a state or federal crime in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. With more than 46 years of experience in criminal law, we have defended thousands of clients, and have been able to help countless people avoid criminal convictions that would have been detrimental to their reputations and their future.

If you are facing criminal charges, it’s absolutely crucial that you obtain experienced legal counsel right away.   Without the representation of a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer, there is a much higher chance that you will be convicted of your charges.  If convicted, you could be sentenced to any number of penalties that will have a serious effect on your life for many years to come. To increase your chances of avoiding a conviction and life-altering criminal penalties, it’s best to hire an experienced, skilled, and dedicated Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to handle your case and defend you in court.  An attorney can make sure your rights are protected and that you have the aggressive defense you need to fight your criminal charges.

Goldstein Law Offices – Protecting Your Rights Since 1975

At Goldstein Law Offices, we are committed to aggressively defending those charged with a crime in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.   With more than 46 years of experience in criminal law, we have defended thousands of clients, and have been able to help countless people avoid criminal convictions that would have been detrimental to their reputations and their future.  We strongly believe in the phrase, “innocent until proven guilty,” and are very serious about our duty to prove our clients’ innocence.   Regardless of how serious, complicated, or complex a case may be, we are committed to doing our best to ensure our clients are found “not guilty!”

At Goldstein Law Offices, we offer defense representation in multiple areas of criminal law, including:

Michael A. Goldstein

State Bar of California Membership Information

California State Bar Member Since 1996

Michael A. Goldstein zealously represents individuals charged in both the State and Federal Courts.  Michael was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996 and to the United States District Court, Central District in 1997.   Originally formed by James A. Goldstein in 1975, Michael joined his father in 1996.   Jim and Michael have worked closely together ever since and enjoy a reputation as aggressive, compassionate and ethical attorneys amongst their peers and adversaries alike.  

Michael has litigated hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, representing  client’s in the state and federal courts of California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Nebraska.   Michael has successfully handled major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI’s, homicide cases as well as several other serious matters.    Michael has represented doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals facing immigration consequences.

Michael has litigated several highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases and recently obtained a dismissal for a client indicted in a massive cocaine seizure with a street value of more than $11 million.    Michael also currently represents a client who is charged as a co-conspirator in a $45 million multi-ton drug seizure.   Michael Goldstein obtained a favorable plea deal for a client charged in the largest welfare fraud case in Los Angeles County history.    In that case, our client, a county employee, misappropriated more than $800,000 of county funds.

Under the appropriate circumstances, Michael can secure confidential and professional help for clients suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.  Michael works closely with a network of treatment facilities, intervention specialists and therapists to expeditiously secure the appropriate care when needed.  This knowledge has also proven helpful for family members who may not possess the knowledge to do so, or might be unwilling to take on this difficult task.  Where appropriate, time spent in a reputable
residential treatment facility or local trustee jail can serve as an alternative to incarceration.   In fact, the California Penal Code specifically permits a Judge to credit time spent in a medical or rehabilitation facility against any jail time imposed.  (Penal Code sections 2900.5 & 4019) Alternative sentencing can be a viable option if effectively negotiated by your defense attorney.  Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his comprehensive network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration.

Michael is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Court Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association.   Michael volunteers for Public Counsel and has provided volunteer legal assistance at the Salvation Army Men’s Rehabilitation program in the past.

Please Call: 818-905-7272

Please Call: 818-905-7272

Michael A. Goldstein

 

State Bar of California Membership Information

California State Bar Member Since 1996

Michael A. Goldstein zealously represents individuals charged in both the State and Federal Courts.  Michael was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996 and to the United States District Court, Central District in 1997.   Originally formed by James A. Goldstein in 1975, Michael joined his father in 1996.   Jim and Michael have worked closely together ever since and enjoy a reputation as aggressive, compassionate and ethical attorneys amongst their peers and adversaries alike.  

Michael has litigated hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, representing  client’s in the state and federal courts of California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Nebraska.   Michael has successfully handled major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI’s, homicide cases as well as several other serious matters.    Michael has represented doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals facing immigration consequences.

Michael has litigated several highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases and recently obtained a dismissal for a client indicted in a massive cocaine seizure with a street value of more than $11 million.    Michael also currently represents a client who is charged as a co-conspirator in a $45 million multi-ton drug seizure.   Michael Goldstein obtained a favorable plea deal for a client charged in the largest welfare fraud case in Los Angeles County history.    In that case, our client, a county employee, misappropriated more than $800,000 of county funds.

Under the appropriate circumstances, Michael can secure confidential and professional help for clients suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.  Michael works closely with a network of treatment facilities, intervention specialists and therapists to expeditiously secure the appropriate care when needed.  This knowledge has also proven helpful for family members who may not possess the knowledge to do so, or might be unwilling to take on this difficult task.  Where appropriate, time spent in a reputable
residential treatment facility or local trustee jail can serve as an alternative to incarceration.   In fact, the California Penal Code specifically permits a Judge to credit time spent in a medical or rehabilitation facility against any jail time imposed.  (Penal Code sections 2900.5 & 4019) Alternative sentencing can be a viable option if effectively negotiated by your defense attorney.  Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his comprehensive network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration.

Michael is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Court Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association.   Michael volunteers for Public Counsel and has provided volunteer legal assistance at the Salvation Army Men’s Rehabilitation program in the past.

Firm Overview

 

With over 48 years of combined criminal defense experience, our firm was founded on the principle that our client is the priority.  James A. Goldstein and Michael A. Goldstein zealously defend individuals who are under criminal investigation or are currently being prosecuted by federal or state law enforcement agencies.   Our highly skilled attorneys and investigators work to provide every client with the highest level of professionalism, respect and ethical standards.   We are always available to our client and are prepared to respond to any urgent crisis.   Our attorneys handle their business in the courtroom unlike many other attorneys who spend their time making comments on television which does little to benefit their client.     

The
Goldstein Law Office handles criminal matters throughout the United States.    We have represented clients in California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Maryland. Our attorneys are respected as aggressive, innovative, and highly ethical advocates.  For these reasons, we have received referrals from Judges, Law Enforcement, and Prosecutors who appreciate our reputation and work ethic.  There can be no finer complement than a referral from a former adversary.  

James Goldstein formed the Goldstein Law Offices in 1974 and in 1996, was joined by his son, Michael. Michael and James have an extremely close working relationship and often utilize their respective strengths to negotiate plea deals or mount an aggressive defense at trial.  Our office handles criminal matters ranging from 
DUI’s to Murders.    Our attorneys have litigated in excess of 125 murder cases, including gang related murders, murder for hire situations and vehicular manslaughter offenses.   In a recent death penalty trial, James Goldstein convinced the jury to spare his client's life.  In that same case, the co-defendant was sentenced to death.

The Goldstein Law Offices also handles highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases.   Our
case results speak for themselves.   

Past clients have included executives, legal or medical professionals, entertainers and athletes who have an outstanding reputation in the community to protect.    Likewise, we often represent individuals suffering from substance abuse or alcohol addiction.  We utilize a well-established network of therapists, rehabilitation facilities and/or medical professionals to expeditiously secure the appropriate care, which often includes admission to a rehabilitation facility during the criminal proceedings. 

Our attorneys are well versed in the area of Alternative Sentencing.  Our network of sentencing specialists, medical professionals, and rehabilitation counselors are well respected and have the ability put together a creative alternative to jail for our clients where appropriate.  

We are here to help you through the most difficult time in your life or that of a loved one. Our Attorneys and staff will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve and work tirelessly to protect your rights.

Criminal Process

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

California Criminal Process

Arrest & Bail

The criminal process begins with the arrest.  After a person has been arrested, he or she will be brought back to the police station where formal charges will be filed.  After the defendant has been brought back to the station, the judge will set bail, usually within 72 hours of the arrest.   California has a bail schedule, which dictates how much bail should be set for depending on the nature of the crime.  In some cases involving serious felonies, the judge may choose not to set bail.  The judge may also not set bail if the defendant has prior criminal offenses on his or her records.

Arraignment

At the arraignment, the defendant will appear before the judge, where the judge will read the charges being brought against the defendant. After listening to a description of the charges, the defendant will then enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest.  If the defendant pleads not guilty, which is usually the case, the judge will set a date for trial. Then, depending on whether the defendant is facing felony or misdemeanor charges, his or her case will move to either a pre-trial conference or a preliminary hearing.

During the arraignment, the defense can also negotiate with the judge to have bail lowered or dropped completely.  This is common in cases involving first-time arrests.

Pre-Trial Conference

This meeting occurs between the defense and prosecution when the case involves misdemeanor charges.  At this time, the defense can negotiate with the prosecution for a reduction or dismissal of the charges, or the defense can work with the prosecution to reach a plea bargain.  Generally in a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for reduced penalties or sentencing.   If an agreement of some sort can be reached during the pre-trial conference, then the case will not move to court, but rather be resolved during this part of the criminal process.

Preliminary Hearing

Preliminary hearings are held for cases involving felony crimes, and are slightly different than pre-trial conferences.  At this hearing, the judge will review all evidence and hear witness testimony to determine whether or not sufficient evidence exists to send the case to trial.

A person charged with a felony has a right to a preliminary hearing within ten days of an arraignment.   A preliminary hearing is an evidentiary hearing where witnesses testify and are subject to cross-examination by your defense attorney.    At the conclusion of this hearing, a judge or magistrate decides whether sufficient cause exists to make the defendant stand trial.   It is important to understand that the standard of proof at a preliminary hearing is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.   Rather, the standard of proof at a preliminary hearing is whether a reasonable suspicion exists or whether it is “more likely than not”.

The preliminary hearing stage of a criminal prosecution is critical and it is imperative that you retain an experienced attorney that will aggressively cross-examine all witnesses.   Effective cross-examination at this hearing can highlight the weaknesses in the case and also provide a preview as to how the government may proceed at trial.

Additionally, an effective defense attorney may convince a judge to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing.    Where this occurs, the government is precluded from seeking a felony conviction at trial on that particular charge.

Trial, Verdict & Sentencing

If the judge believes there is enough evidence to try a case, or if a plea bargain hasan't’t been reached, the case will move to trial, where both the prosecution and defense will have the opportunity to present and argue their cases before a judge and jury.  At the end of the trial, the jury will convene and make a determination, based on the evidence and testimony presented during the trial, as to whether or not the defendant is innocent or guilty.  If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, the trial ends there and the defendant is free to move on with his or her life.  If the jury finds the defendant guilty, the judge will schedule a sentencing hearing, where he or she will read the defendant their punishment for committing the crime.

Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation to discuss your criminal charges, please contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at Goldstein Law Offices today at (818) 905-7272.

Goldstein Law Group aggressively defends it clients with a team approach in all Southern California courtrooms on state and federal charges, and in the following cities.

Los Angeles County, California: Agoura, Altadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Century City, Chatsworth, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Eastlake, Encino, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Lakewood, Lomita, Lancaster, Los Angeles, LAX, Long Beach, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Newhall, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera,  Palmdale, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rosemeade, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Fe Springs, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Gate, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sylmar, Temple City, Torrance, Universal City, Valencia, Van Nuys, Venice, West Covina, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westchester, Whittier, Woodland Hills.

Ventura County, California: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Westlake Village.

Drug Crime

Van Nuys Drug Crime Lawyer

Drug Defense Attorneys in Sherman Oaks, California

A drug crime refers to any criminal activity involving a substance or narcotic deemed illegal by federal or state law.  Common drug offenses include:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug possession with intent to sell
  • Drug cultivation
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug transportation
  • Soliciting drugs to minors
  • Selling drugs near a school zone
  • Medical marijuana violations

In California, the majority of drug crimes involve the use of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, Ecstasy, and PCP. However, in some cases, the drug in question is a lawful prescription or over-the-counter medication.  When a person uses a lawful drug for unlawful purposes, he or she can still face criminal drug charges.  An example of this is when people obtain certain prescription medications, such as OxyContin, Xanax, or Vicodin, to resell them to make a profit.  Another example of this includes people who purchase large quantities of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, such as Sudafed and Claritin D, to manufacture the ingredients into crystal meth.

Contact a Los Angeles Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

 If you have committed a drug offense, it’s crucial that you obtain experienced legal counsel right away. Depending on the severity of your charges, the state and/or federal government is going to come after aggressively, and seek tough penalties.  If convicted, you could be sentenced to such penalties as time in jail or federal prison, steep fines, probation, community service, mandatory drug treatment, and more.

At Goldstein Law Offices, we have over 46 years of experience in criminal defense law, and have successfully defended many clients throughout Southern California and Northern California.  When you come to our offices, you will meet with an experienced, knowledgeable, and well-practiced Los Angeles drug crimes lawyer who can inform you of your rights, explain your best options, and answer any questions you may have.  From there, we will immediately begin preparing your case, and doing whatever we can to ensure we have strong, convincing, and compelling evidence and testimony to present to the prosecution, judge, and jury.  Our number one priority is making sure you are not found guilty, and that you walk away from this experience with your rights and freedom intact!

To discuss your drug charges with a dedicated Los Angeles drug crimes attorney, please contact
Goldstein Law Offices today at (818) 905-7272.

Goldstein Law Group agressively defends its clients with a team approach in all Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County and Santa Clarita courtrooms on state and federal charges, in the following cities.

Los Angeles County, California: Agoura, Altadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, Arleta, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell Canyon, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Carson, Century City, Chatsworth, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Eastlake, Encino, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Lakeview Terrace, Lakewood, Lomita, Lancaster, Los Angeles, LAX, Long Beach, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Newhall, Norwalk, Northridge, , North Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Paramount, Pico Rivera,  Palmdale, Panorama City, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rolling Hills, Rosemeade, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Fe Springs, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Gate, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Temple City, Toluca Lake, Torrance, Universal City, Valencia, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, West Covina, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westchester, Whittier, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.

Ventura County, California: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Westlake Village.

Theft Crimes

Van Nuys Theft Crimes Lawyer

Theft Crimes Defense in Sherman Oaks, California

Theft crimes refer to criminal activity in which a person takes, uses, or steals another person’s property without permission.  There are many different crimes that fit this definition, such as:

  • Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Larceny
  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Auto theft/carjacking
  • Receiving stolen property

Although a large majority of theft cases involve these types of crimes, more and more theft crimes involve the unlawful taking of another person’s identity, as is the case in credit card theft, identity theft, and various fraud crimes.  Not only do these crimes violate the victim’s privacy and sense of security, but they can also ruin the victim’s life for many years to come.

Penalties for Theft Crimes

If you have committed a theft crime, you can expect to face rigorous criminal prosecution.  Prosecutors feel very strongly about holding people who commit theft crimes accountable for their actions, and will do whatever is necessary to ensure you are found guilty of the charges.  If convicted, you could be sentenced to time in jail or prison, mandatory counseling, probation or parole, large fines, restitution to the victim, and more.  When faced with theft charges, do not leave yourself vulnerable to the prosecution.  Protect your rights and freedom by contacting an experienced Los Angeles theft crimes attorney right away.

Contact a Los Angeles Theft Crimes Attorney at Goldstein Law Offices

At Goldstein Law Offices, we have been defending people in the Los Angeles and Southern California region for more than 46 years, and have more than enough experience and skill to properly defend people against even the most serious theft crimes charges.  We understand what our clients are up against during the legal process, as well as what the future holds for them if they are found guilty.  This only motivates us to work even harder for our clients, and take whatever measures are necessary to protect them from criminal conviction. We never give up on a client’s case, and will continue to aggressively fight the charges brought against our clients until the case has be resolved in the best possible outcome!

Contact a Los Angeles theft crimes lawyer at Goldstein Law Offices to learn how we can help you fight your charges!

At Goldstein Law Offices, we also defend those who have been charged with theft crimes in Northern California.


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