Best Los Angeles Criminal Lawyers
The best way to protect your future, is by working with a former prosecutor – who understands how the prosecution will try to prosecute you. We have are a national, criminal defense law firm, with offices all of the country. When you work with our Los Angeles criminal attorneys – our one and only goal, is to get you the best possible outcome. We focus on helping get ALL charges dismissed. In the event we can’t, we try to find the best possible out come. When an individual has been charged with a crime, he or she needs an experienced professional to help. Raiser & Kenniff, PC, have years of experience in defending people from a variety of circumstances. Each of our Los Angeles criminal attorneys, are dedicated to helping provide the best possible defense. Raiser & Kenniff, works with the leading criminal defense attorneys in California – who understand both local, state, and federal rules and regulations. We have over 50 years of combined experience, helping those accused of a crime – get justice. Professionals at Raiser & Kenniff, understand that meeting with a potential client in an office does not work out very often. Some people may be incarcerated while others are in a hospital room. Whatever the case is, a Los Angeles criminal lawyer from our firm is more than willing to make a phone call or visit a potential client at a certain location to be of assistance.
Whether it be spending time looking at statutes, laws, and codes, or interviewing witnesses and getting testimony. We pay attention to details – so that we’re prepared to strike down the prosecutions case. Many cases we handle end up being either dismissed, or significantly reduced. Our one, and only, goal is to get you the lowest possible punishment, or no punishment at all. Our criminal defense lawyers are always available to help, regardless of what time it is.
We help clients all over Southern California
One of the first things that people notice about Raiser & Kenniff is that they care. Many of our attorneys visit our clients, and their families – in order to make sure we can be of assistance. Potential clients are often surprised at how much we care about the welfare of our client. We ask questions because we genuinely care about our clients health, and well begin. If there are signs of abuse, we do everything in our power to help.
We don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach
When we first meet you, we’ll ask you specific questions in order to understand where things stand. Our goal is to understand where you are, personally, and professionally – in order to create a criminal defense strategy that takes into account all facets of your life. We want this strategy to work for you – on every single level possible. We take the time to listen to our clients. We spend time researching, and investigating, all possible leads that might exonerate our client.
Why Raiser & Kenniff, PC
50 Years Experience
50 years of combined experience
The law firm of Raiser & Kenniff, PC, has over 50 years of combined experience. Our Los Angeles criminal lawyers, can help with any type of crime, ranging from a simple misdemeanor, to high class federal cases. With experience helping celebrities, and individuals alike, we are capable of helping you.
Our founding partners are both former prosecutors who understand how to handle a criminal case from every angle and therefore, they can provide you with the strongest possible defense. With over 50 years of combined experience, Raiser & Kenniff, is the place to turn to.
Army Veterans JAG Officers
Army Veterans JAG officers
In addition to serving as former prosecutors, the founding partners at Raiser & Kenniff, PC, are both Army Veterans, who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Both have served active duty in Iraq.
Top Rated Lawyers
Many of our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are highly rated by lawyer rating organizations, like AVVO, Martindale Hubbel, and numerous other attorney rating services. If they can trust us – so can you.
Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers are some of the best in the country. Each and every single Los Angeles criminal lawyer works tirelessly to give you the best possible outcome. If you’re facing jail time, or more, then it’s important you speak to one of our attorneys before taking any steps. We can advise you on all possible scenarios associated with your crime. We never compromise on helping our clients get the outcome they need to continue their lives. We ensure that a criminal accusation won’t get in the way of your future. We protect your future – through a solid criminal defense today. Our team of Los Angeles criminal attorneys is very aggressive, and unflinching. We never compromise on helping our clients get what they rightfully deserve – regardless of how aggressive the prosecution is. Our attorneys make a point to know who the prosecutors are – how they’ll build a case, and figure out every single way possible to weaken it.
We Treat You and Protect You Like Family
– That’s Why We Win
If you are accused of committing a crime – you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles who has experience winning cases, and who will treat you like family. Rest assured, Raiser & Kenniff, PC, understands the delicate nature of criminal cases – we get it, and we can work with you. Our dedicated criminal lawyers understand the emotion that comes alongside your case. If you are accused of a crime, we will not give up. We will understand the case against you, and do everything possible to weaken the case. We will do our level best to get the case against you dismissed. If we cannot, we will try to get the charges lessoned. Bottom line, we will make sure you get the future you deserve. We will treat you like family. Our firm offers a very flexible payment plan, so that you don’t have to worry about money – when getting legal help. We have offices all over Southern California, and do our very best to give you the legal representation you deserve. Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience. Our family is here, to help you and yours – when you’re accused of a crime. No matter how far your case goes, or how complex it is – we will NEVER abandon you. We will handle your case, from beginning to end. We have dedicated
teams at our numerous locations, who service your case. You have an Los Angeles criminal defense law firm, standing besides you – helping you win. You have direct access to the NYC criminal lawyer assigned to your case. We will help understand what’s happening at every step, and what to do.
In order to get started, we encourage you to contact us for a risk free consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to meet one of our attorneys, and learn more about our law firm. Our reputation is built on the fact we provide amazing customer service, and results. Our clients, and lawyers, have been featured on many national, and international, news organizations such as FOX, CNN, FOX Business, NYPOST, and many other media organizations.
Tom is the best lawyer out there across the board. He will get you the best result possible for your situation. He will advocate for you to ensure the BEST outcome.
Mr. Steve Raiser did an excellent job handling my case, his hard work led to the dismissal of my cases. Not only was Steve Raiser very professional, he was also very personable as I was able to talk to him as a friend and seek advice from him. Steve Raiser made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend him to family, friends, and anyone who is in need of help from an attorney.
We Are Selective About How Many Clients We Help Each Month
If you are charged with a criminal offense, you may face the possibility of a few months in jail or more. Crimes are typically charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. Having a conviction of either charge can mean potential problems – such as being unable to get a job, or buying a home. We understand how serious this is – and that’s why we prefer to take on a limited number of clients we work with. We only work with clients who we truly believe we can help. Our goal is to get amazing results for each client – and that means being selective on who we work with. IF we don’t think we can help you, we’ll let you know upfront in our initial consultation.
Felonies such as: assault, sex crimes, drunk driving, etc, are serious charges. These crimes can often result in jail time, and leave a permanent mark on your record. DUI and DWI, are examples of misdemeanors, that can become felonies. Even though they are misdemeanors, they have huge consequences. Our team of Los Angeles criminal attorneys can defend you, and fight off these charges. Without proper counsel, you risk jail time and steep financial fines.
Risk Free Consultation
If you are charged with a criminal offense, your first reaction should be to call a criminal attorney in Los Angeles. We offer a risk free consultation to those accused of crimes, can can help you. Our Los Angeles criminal attorneys understand the laws. Our founding partners were both Prosecutors, and understand how the case will be built against you. Regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty – it’s in your best interest to have legal representation. Without proper representation, you may be forced to admit guilt for something you didn’t even do! Take a risk free consultation, so we can give you an honest assessment of the charges levied against you – and what the possible outcomes are. Call our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys today. Do not face a criminal charge alone – or with a public defender.
We’re your ally. We’re your guiding hand.
Many of our clients turn to us when they, or a loved one, are in need of a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. When jail time, and your future, are at risk – you need the very best. Our attorneys treat each and every one of our clients – like a member of their family. This is why our clients trust us; why they refer us to their family; and why we always get the best results. Time and time again, our criminal attorneys have made the difference between jail and no jail. 99% of cases end in a positive outcome for our clients. Whether it be reduced jail time, or all charges dismissed – we focus on helping you.
Aggressive and Unyielding
Our firm was founded by two former Prosecutors. As former Assistant District Attorneys, we are very aggressive – and bring this to each and every client we represent. There are so many lawyers available – you need the one who will be aggressive. Many of our attorneys are senior level trial lawyers – as a result, we understand how the opposition will build their case, and how to defend you. In most cases, we are able to get the case against you either dismissed, or significantly reduced. It’s because we fight tooth and nail – to weaken the prosecutions case. We make their life as difficult as possible, in order to improve your chances of winning. Many of our attorneys are frequently interviewed by the media for our unique expertise. We have some of the best reviews in the industry, and have strong testimonials from former clients. We encourage you to do your research about us – you’ll be convinced we’re the right fit for you.
Top Notch Litigators
Many of our attorneys are recognized as top rated attorneys by lawyer rating organizations like Avvo, Martindale Hubbel, and many others. Most of have been featured on TV, and many frequently write for journals and other publications. Regardless of their accomplishments – they are all top notch litigators; dedicated to you and your family. When you work with our law firm, you get access to an entire team of litigators. All of our attorneys work, and discuss, each and every case with each other. This ensures you’re getting the best, and most fresh, legal advice. We highly recommend contacting our firm, and speaking directly to one of our attorneys. On your very first call, you’ll speak to a Los Angeles criminal attorney who will be working on your case. Our criminal defense lawyers can be the difference between years of jail time, and a bright future with your family.
We’re Dedicated To You
The one reason you should consider working with us, is because of our committement to you. Regardless of how long your trial takes, you can rest assured we will be there with you. We treat each case, as if the defendant is our own brother, sister, daughter, and son. We refuse to let the prosecution walk all over you. We will fight vigorously for you. We highly recommend going with a dedicated law firm, like ours – rather than a public defender. Most defenders have 100’s of cases, and as a result they just can’t spend a lot of time on your case. Many of them – give up cases, in order to earn favors with the Prosecutors. It’s unethical – and it’s something we’ll never do.
Frequently asked questions
Criminal records can be hard to overcome. Regardless of whether the conviction is a felony or a misdemeanor, it has the potential to negatively impact the individual’s life for the rest of their life. However, there are some exceptions to that rule.
Under The Age Of 18
If the individual was under the age of 18 when he or she was convicted of a crime, those records are sealed, meaning only law enforcement will have access to the record. Employers and other individuals performing background checks will not receive the information, and it will not be available to the general public.
Sealing Or Expunging Adult Crimes
Unless the criminal record is legally sealed or expunged, there is no escaping it. Luckily, individuals who have been convicted of a crime and spent a number of years with the conviction on their record may be eligible to have the record sealed or expunged. Our Los Angeles criminal attorneys can help. A sealed adult record works the same way as a sealed juvenile record. Only law enforcement will be able to see the data.
Expungement, however, is the complete removal of the criminal record. To facilitate this process, the individual must petition the courts and request the record be expunged. The process differs from state to state. In general , the individual will have to obtain an Expungement form from their state’s Department of Corrections and fill out that form, and some states offer qualification worksheets so that qualification can be determined prior to applying.
To qualify and apply for an expungement, the individual will need their case number, arrest date, the name of the arresting law enforcement agency, filed charges, outcome and completion date. If the person was convicted of more than one crime, they will need the information from each conviction. Once filed, the expungement will either be granted or denied.
If denied some states offer an appeal process, and other require the individual to wait a specific number of years before they apply again, and in general, the new application must contain different crimes than the first form.
After someone is arrested, police offices involved in the case will write a police report about the crime. The police officers will obtain witness statements, and a run background check on the suspect. The police officers will conduct further investigation, in order to determine whether criminal charges should be recommended. If they do, they’ll refer it to the prosecutors. The prosecutors have the option of rejecting the case for criminal prosecution. If the charges are filed, then the next step is the arrangement. At this stage, the judge will listen to the evidence presented by the state – and decide whether to let the case go forward or not. If the case goes forward, you will need to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you.
Many cases are often dismissed, because there isn’t enough evidence to convict the suspected criminal. The court system does not get involved in such cases, as a result. However, the world isn’t perfect. In some cases, people who have done nothing wrong – can be at the wrong place, at the wrong time. They can get accused of committing a crime they didn’t do – simply because the officers were negligent in their investigation. In some cases, a cop might be malicious and try to frame someone else. In rare instances, cops will try to increase their arrest rate – and falsely arrest people.
Many times, innocent people serve years in prison – only to be released later. At times, police officers are inclined to not believe what you’re telling them – because they automatically suspect you’re lying. Even if you’re saying the truth – the officer is required to assume you’re lying. So what happens if you’re accused of doing something you didn’t? You have to go to trial and prove your innocence. This can only be done if you hire a criminal attorney who can represent you.
Our firm has experience having cases dismissed, where our client was wrongfully accused of doing something he/she didn’t.
The U.S. Constitution, gives everyone the right to act “pro-se,” or in other words – represent himself without an attorney. Statistical evidence has shown individuals are incapable of representing themselves as good as when they hire an experienced criminal attorney. Having a criminal attorney is better than doing it alone. If you plead guilty automatically, you will get the highest possible punishment. Just because you plead guilty doesn’t mean the prosecutor will go easier on you.
DUI guilty pleas carry a mandatory license suspension. Without a Los Angeles criminal attorney representing you, that means you have no way of avoiding that. On the first time DUI, a license is suspended for no less than 90 days. If you refuse to submit to an evidentiary breath test, you will have your license suspended no less than 6 months. Many people falsely believe that if they provide a breath sample – and the result is .08% or greater, than they have no way of defending themselves. This is incorrect.
An experienced criminal attorney in Los Angeles can help find ways of defending you. For example, if the machine that did the breath test was faulty, we can use that to help build a defense. This can result in the case being dismissed, or the charges lessened. Bottom line, you should never plead guilty automatically.
Prosecutors make an independent analysis on whether to file charges or not, regardless of what the arrest was for. The prosecutor will look at the evidence, and then based on it – determine whether to file felony or misdemeanor charges. The exclusive right to charge for a crime, is solely on the prosecutors discretion.