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June 25, 2021

The Van Nuys criminal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group fight to reduce or dismiss felony, misdemeanor, and infraction charges all around the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County.

Just a few of the surrounding areas our criminal defense lawyers serve include Arleta, Encino, Granada Hills,  Cahuenga Pass, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Reseda, Shadow Hills, Lake Balboa, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, , Sherman Oaks, Studio City, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills.

Your Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in Van Nuys, CA

Our Van Nuys criminal defense lawyers defend clients in every kind of case, from traffic violations to homicide charges. A few of our most common cases involve such criminal charges as:

  • Auto theft charges (PC 487d1)
  • Domestic violence charges
  • Robberies (PC 211)
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug offenses, including possession (HS 11350)
  • DUI defense cases
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Theft crimes, including shoplifting charges
  • Assault and battery charges (PC 242) and other violent crimes
  • White collar offenses

Spodek Law Group has former criminal prosecutors and law enforcement officials who use our years of experience doing battle in the criminal justice system to fight for the best outcomes possible for our clients and to keep their criminal records clean. On top of that, our Van Nuys DUI lawyers handle not only our clients’ criminal matters but also their DMV cases to help them keep their driver’s licenses intact.

 

Information about The Van Nuys Jail

The LAPD‘s Van Nuys Community Police Station and Jail serves the Van Nuys area.  It is often referred to as the Valley Jail Section (Van Nuys Station). This jail is a temporary holding facility at 6240 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91401, (818) 374-9500.

Arrestees who are not able to make bail get sent over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). You can get inmate information by phone at (213) 473-6100 or online at the LASD’s Inmate Information center.

The Van Nuys Courthouse

Criminal matters in Van Nuys are handled by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and prosecuted at the Van Nuys Courthouse West, which is at

14400 Erwin Street Mall
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 989-6999

You can look up case information here.

 

The Van Nuys Criminal Court Process

The majority of the individuals who get arrested on a criminal charge can be released from jail either on their own recognizance (OR release) or by posting bail.  Those defendants who cannot afford the bail may consider dealing with a bail bondsman. Bondsmen customarily charge a premium of 15% of the total bail amount.  For example, if bail is $2,000, the defendant would pay $300.00.

Next, the court will schedule an arraignment, which is the hearing where the defendant’s charges are read.  In most cases, the defendant can skip their arraignment as long as they hire a private lawyer to appear in their stead.

If they simply fail to appear at a court date and there is no attorney to appear on their behalf, the judge will issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest.  The defendant would need to file a court motion to try to recall the warrant, known as a motion to quash.  While the warrant is outstanding, the defendant could be arrested at any time, such as during a traffic stop.

Those defendants who cannot afford to hire private counsel will be appointed a public defender by the court for free.   It is worthy of note that public defenders are notoriously overworked.  They cannot devote much time to each of the defendants they represent.  For this reason, it is always recommended that defendants retain a private attorney.  In practice, a private attorney can achieve better plea bargains and trial results.

 

The majority of criminal cases are resolved without a trial.

 

After the defendant is arraigned, the defense and the prosecution work to negotiate a settlement. In many situations, the prosecuting attorney may agree to reduce charges just to avoid trial.  If the defense attorney can demonstrate to the prosecutor that their evidence is weak, the charges might get dropped altogether.

Felony charges generally take longer to resolve than misdemeanors.  Persons who are charged with a felony can have a preliminary hearing, unless they were indicted by a grand jury.  (This is rare).

The Preliminary Hearing

The preliminary hearing is mini-trial in which the prosecutors need to show the judge that they have enough probable cause to press charges. Prelims hold value for the defense.  They help defense attorneys see how strong or weak the state’s case is.

 

In the event that the defense attorney and prosecutor cannot agree to a plea bargain (which is unusual), then the case goes to trial.  If, in the end, the defendant gets convicted of a crime, the court holds a sentencing hearing.  The majority of California crimes carry some jail time.  For many defendants, the judge can grant probation instead.

 

Reach out to the criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group for legal advice and to schedule your free consultation.

 

Is you or a loved one facing criminal charges? Our criminal defense and DUI lawyers build and nurture attorney-client relationships throughout the Golden State, including Glendale, Riverside, Ventura, Pasadena, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, and in other parts of northern, central, and southern California. The practice areas we serve in include personal injury as well.  Call us today to make an appointment.

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