Month: November 2011

Writ of Appeal Forces Judge to Give Marijuana Defense

People v. Byron (2011, CA Second District Court of Appeal):

A trial judge refused to give our client the marijuana collective defense instructions required by Health and Safety Code § 1162.775.  The biased judge also allowed the People to introduce evidence without foundation or based on hearsay with no applicable exception. This prejudicial behavior led the jury to convict Mr. Byron of all counts charged.

Instead of accepting his conviction and the harsh sentence it would have carried, Margolin and Lawrence filed a motion to recuse the judge and an appeal to force the defense to be issued. The write was issued, and Mr. Byron was awarded a new trial on thirteen counts, including marijuana sales, tax evasion, and grand theft of electricity.

Firm Overview

Our firm believes every individual deserves the best defense money can buy. No matter where you come from everyone deserves a fair shot. No one should be deprived of hiring the best attorneys. As a matter of professional courtesy the initial consultation is never billed to the client. However, once the parties make a mutual decision to proceed with a case, a retainer agreement must be in place before services can be rendered. All fee agreements are determined on a case-by-case basis. While some matters are billed on an hourly basis, others simply require a flat fee retainer.

We believe in flexibility and accessibility. To make our services available to everyone, we accept various avenues for making a payment. The traditional methods of payment, such as checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, and cash remain available. However, some clients wish to proceed with monthly payments and, therefore, we accept payment by all major credit cards.

When it comes to criminal law cases, an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a prison sentence and reduced or dismissed charges. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a serious impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. For these and other reasons, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective attorney available.

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, you need a skilled and proven criminal defense attorney on your side. Please contact The Margolin & Lawrence Law Office for a complimentary case evaluation with an expert criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience defending people charged with crimes. We may be able to intervene before charges are even filed. However, if the charges have already been filed, we can employ our vast resources to minimize or eliminate the penalties you face.


We speak English, Russian, Spanish


Your matter is extremely important to us. During this tough time you are going to have questions, and you are going to need a strategy in place to fight these criminal charges. Our goal is simple. We aim to provide quality representation effectively and efficiently for the defense of your criminal matter. Ms. Margolin’s goals are to meet all of her clients’ needs and address all concerns, regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the matter. Ms. Margolin has the dedication, fortitude and commitment to see your matter through to a proper resolution.


Call Now! (323) 653-9700

DUI ACQUITTAL

(People v. A. (2008): Bellflower, CA)
– Acquittal at jury trial of DUI case where defendant refused blood alcohol test and allegedly told
police he would not do it because of his prior DUI.

350-PLANT CASE DIMISSED

(People v. H. (2009): Big Bear, CA)
– Defendant was charged with cultivating marijuana (350 plants). Case dismissed after Motion to
Suppress Evidence was granted.

White Collar Crimes

Non-violent acts involving deception, typically known as white collar crimes, are commonly committed by a person of business or a public official. Signs of a white collar crime normally involve a trail of evidence known as a “paper trail,” that investigators use for prosecution of the case.

There are many different types of white collar crimes, and if you have been charged with any of the following you should contact the law office of Allison B. Margolin:

Embezzelment

The taking of someone’s property by a person with whom it is entrusted.


Bribery

Occurs when someone gives or takes a bribe.


Larceny

Involves taking someone’s property without paying for or returning it.


Extortion

Also known as blackmail.


Fraud

This often includes but is not limited to health care fraud and tax fraud.


Price Fixing

An agreement between two parties to set prices for a certain product, thereby violating free market operations.


Racketeering

The extortion of money by force or a pattern of criminal activity committed to further interests of a criminal syndicate.

For information about California criminal laws or the criminal process or to discuss your criminal matter with an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer, please schedule a free, confidential consultation with attorney Allison B. Margolin by visiting our contact page or calling (323)653-9700.

Your rights and your freedom are important. Trust them to a criminal defense attorney who will be committed to obtaining the best possible results and looking out for your interests. Allison is available 24/7 for your convenience.


Call Now! (323) 653-9700

Firm Overview

Our firm believes every individual deserves the best defense money can buy. No matter where you come from everyone deserves a fair shot. No one should be deprived of hiring the best attorneys. As a matter of professional courtesy the initial consultation is never billed to the client. However, once the parties make a mutual decision to proceed with a case, a retainer agreement must be in place before services can be rendered. All fee agreements are determined on a case-by-case basis. While some matters are billed on an hourly basis, others simply require a flat fee retainer.

We believe in flexibility and accessibility. To make our services available to everyone, we accept various avenues for making a payment. The traditional methods of payment, such as checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, and cash remain available. However, some clients wish to proceed with monthly payments and, therefore, we accept payment by all major credit cards.

When it comes to criminal law cases, an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a prison sentence and reduced or dismissed charges. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a serious impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. For these and other reasons, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective attorney available.

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, you need a skilled and proven criminal defense attorney on your side. Please contact The Law Offices of Allison B. Margolin for a complimentary case evaluation with an expert criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience defending people charged with crimes. We may be able to intervene before charges are even filed. However, if the charges have already been filed, we can employ our vast resources to minimize or eliminate the penalties you face.


We speak English, Armenian, Spanish & Farsi


Your matter is extremely important to us. During this tough time you are going to have questions, and you are going to need a strategy in place to fight these criminal charges. Our goal is simple. We aim to provide quality representation effectively and efficiently for the defense of your criminal matter. Ms. Margolin’s goals are to meet all of her clients’ needs and address all concerns, regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the matter. Ms. Margolin has the dedication, fortitude and commitment to see your matter through to a proper resolution.


Call Now! (310) 652-0991

Drug Crimes

Whether you are currently under investigation for a drug crime or have already been arrested, it is important to retain a skilled attorney for an adequate representation. California has some of the strictest narcotic laws in the nation, and the police and prosecutors involved in your case are not going to let you off easy. In fact, the prosecuting attorneys are going to come after you aggressively, so it is important that you call our office so that we can provide you with equally aggressive defense representation. By working with our firm we can provide extensive knowledge, skill, and practice in this area of criminal law, your chances of resolving your case will successfully increase.

Our firm has defended hundreds of people against drug charges throughout Los Angeles and California and has been extremely successful in resolving their cases favorably, whether by getting the charges dropped or reduced or winning the cases in court. When a client comes to our office, we take the time to thoroughly review their charges, so we know what we are dealing with and what type of defense strategy would be most effective. In addition, we never back down from the chance to defend someone and protect their rights. Even when the odds are stacked against us we will find a way to help our clients.

Regardless of what type of drug charges you are facing, you can trust us to provide you with personal attention, unwavering dedication, and uncompromising defense throughout the criminal process. We accept all types of drug crimes cases, including those involving:

  • Possession of a narcotic or controlled substance
  • Being under the influence of drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver
  • Trafficking
  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

For information about California drug laws or the criminal process or to discuss your criminal matter with an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer, please schedule a free, confidential consultation by visiting our contact page or calling (323) 653-9700.

Your rights and your freedom are important. Trust them to a criminal defense attorney who will be committed to obtaining the best possible results and looking out for your interests. Allison is available 24/7 for your convenience.

Call Now! (323) 653-9700