Los Angeles Criminal Defense Blog

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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Embezzlement: the Reality, Consequences, and Defense

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on October 18, 2018

Being convicted of embezzlement is no laughing matter in California. Even being accused of embezzling a relatively low value can end up having consequences that follow a person for the rest of his life.

If you are suspected of any type of criminal offense, including embezzlement, do not try to defend yourself. Being accused of embezzlement is serious, but it is not the end of the world if you have a tough, experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to protect you.

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Posted in: White-Collar Crime

Alan Jackson Makes Front Page of Chinese Newspaper

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on January 12, 2018

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Managing Partner Mark Werksman’s Client Granted Complete Dismissal of All Charges

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on April 13, 2017

Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29-year-old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing, Mark Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.

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Managing Partner, Mark Werksman, Top-Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on March 20, 2017

Mark Werksman, Werksman Jackson Hathaway & Quinn’s managing partner, has been rated for the 12th year in a row one of Los Angeles’s top-rated white collar crimes attorney by Super Lawyers.

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Alan Jackson’s Client: Dismissal of All Charges

By Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney on February 5, 2017

Alan Jackson’s client, a commercial real estate owner with extensive holdings, was criminally charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney for multiple violations of city municipal codes based on a tenant medical marijuana dispensary’s alleged violations of city regulations. Based on a complaint filed by the City Attorney, Alan’s client faced more than a year in jail and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Alan and his team aggressively fought the charges, and following extensive legal and factual evaluation, exposed significant legal problems with the City Attorney’s case. After meeting with Alan and being presented with his arguments, the City Attorney dismissed all charges against his client. Proceedings terminated.

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