Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

It’s That Time of Year: Tax Season and Tax Fraud

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 28, 2019

Another year has gone by, and that means tax season is upon us. Many of us dread it, some look forward to it (to get those refunds), but everyone has to fill out a tax form. This year may be brighter for many of us, because of the new tax laws. But with opportunity also comes danger, as they say. We’re expecting to see a serious uptick in fraud charges this year due to the new laws.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

CA Court Makes Landmark Title IX Ruling

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 22, 2019

In June 2015, Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP was retained by Bryce Dixon, a star tight end on the USC football team, to defend him against Title IX allegations made by another USC student. Following several years of intense legislation, our firm was successful in obtaining a positive ruling. Because of John Doe v. University of Southern California, Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP is now further strengthened to continue fighting for students against Title IX allegations. This Los Angeles Times article outlines our efforts.

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What Happens If You Are Accused of Bank Fraud?

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 18, 2019

Financial regulations are complicated. Even people in the financial industry have a hard time keeping track of them, especially since many states have their own laws that create an added burden on businesses. It’s no wonder many people run afoul of federal regulators without even realizing they’ve done anything wrong until it’s too late.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

Why White-Collar Defense Isn’t the Same as Criminal Defense

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 23, 2019

Are you under investigation for committing a white-collar crime? If so, you are probably frightened of what it might mean for your reputation. Even the suspicion of guilt can have ramifications on your career and permanently damage your life moving forward.

That’s why you shouldn’t wait to fight back. When it comes to white-collar crime, law enforcement is willing to spend months, if not years, compiling evidence and putting together a case that is seemingly beyond dispute. The sooner you hire your own legal team, the better your chances of reducing the charges against you or avoiding them altogether.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

The Ins and Outs of California Healthcare Fraud

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 11, 2019

Since the beginning of Medicare, healthcare fraud has been a serious issue affecting the entire healthcare industry. This criminal activity can take many forms, and may hinder doctors and hospitals in providing affordable treatments to patients, especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Law enforcement takes allegations of healthcare fraud very seriously.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

Beware Serious Penalties for DUI Repeat Offenders

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 28, 2018

A conviction for a first DUI can have serious consequences on a person’s life and leave a lasting criminal record. Additional DUI offenses, in particular, a third offense or “third strike” within a 10-year period is given harsh punishments—as are any convictions beyond that point.

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Posted in: DUI Defense

Understanding Recent Criminal Law Changes

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on December 14, 2018

In recent years, California has led the nation in criminal justice reforms, especially those designed to protect minors and the disabled. A number of bills were recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown and went into effect to change several statutes on the books. The passage of these bills is good news for anyone facing criminal charges, as well as those convicted who are facing lengthy prison terms.

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What to Know About a First-Offender DUI in California

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on November 30, 2018

California is one of the harshest states in the country when it comes to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses. Even a first offense comes with serious penalties and expensive fines. Some of these penalties start the moment a driver fails a field sobriety test, while others require a criminal conviction for DUI.

Our experienced Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys at Werksman Jackson Hathaway & Quinn LLP understand the best ways to avoid a conviction and more serious penalties. For a free case evaluation, please call (213) 688-0460 today.

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The L.A. Jail System Might be Changing Soon

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on November 16, 2018

In August 2018, the Reform L.A. Jails Coalition turned in nearly a quarter of a million signatures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder to get reform legislation onto California’s Presidential Primary ballot in 2020. This was an impressive feat, considering the group gathered 100,000 more signatures than required by law to file a ballot measure. This measure, if passed by voters, will provide more oversight for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and push for funding and research into alternatives to incarceration.

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Hacking and Cybercrime: Theft Charges in the 21st Century

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on November 12, 2018

Cybercrime might seem like it comes from a procedural crime show on CBS, but it involves real charges that can impact the rest of a person’s life.

If you’ve been accused of any kind of cybercrime, you need a tech-savvy and knowledgeable attorney to defend you. Since these types of crimes are new, misunderstood, and often charged at the federal level, it is essential that you hire a lawyer with experience in such cases.

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