Criminal Defense

Defending Your Rights – An Aggressive and Proactive Approach

Many criminal defense attorneys take a wait-and-see approach. They do nothing until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports, before investigating or working on your case.

There’s no time to waste! The most critical window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, even prior to formal charges being filed. By starting immediately, we often locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, giving us a head start  towards defeating and beating the charges.

Private Defense Investigation

Don’t be fooled- Police are mainly concerned with building up a case against you. You should never rely upon the police to gather favorable evidence that may help exonerate or defend you from charges.

Our private defense investigators are former law enforcement officers who now work for us to find evidence that will defend you. We have our investigators interview and locate witnesses, canvass neighborhoods, obtain surveillance tapes, do background checks on key prosecution witnesses, and to locate evidence to defend and corroborate our client’s version of the events.

Familiarity with the Local Courts

Every county and local courthouse has its own way of doing business. The criminal court processes differ from County to County.  By working day in and day out in the same places, our firm have developed trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court staff. Moreover, we know how things work in particular courtrooms, and with particular prosecuting agencies. We’ve learned whom to talk to, and the best ways to get the job done.

Close Personal Contact with Your Attorney

Facing criminal charges is traumatic and stressful. The last thing you need is to not be able to reach and speak with your attorney.

The Baum Law Corp. puts a premium on the accessibility of our lawyers and support staff. We’re here to provide moral and emotional support as well as legal representation.  We strive to answer calls on the first attempt, or to return calls promptly, usually the very same day.

We find that close client contact is essential to providing excellent service. We want to hear from you, and you’ll definitely be hearing from us as together we find solutions and put together the best legal representation possible.

Early Intervention Before Charges Get Filed

Sometimes it’s possible to stop criminal charges from ever being filed.  After making an arrest or investigating a suspected crime, the police take their evidence to the district attorney. The district attorney evaluates the evidence and decides whether to file and what criminal charges to file. The district attorney normally makes this decision based on the police reports, without hearing the other side of the story.  But, as you know, there is often much more to the story presented by the police.  Knowing your side of the story may affect the D.A.’s calculations. When the prosecutors see the whole picture, not just what the police  or the alleged “victim” have to say, they may decide to file lesser charges (a misdemeanor rather than a felony, for example) or not to file criminal charges at all (we call this a “D.A. Reject”).  Our firm aggressively presents the “full story” to the district attorney during the review process to convince the district attorney to reduce the charge or to not file charges at all.

Provide You with a Legal “Second Opinion”

Perhaps you already have a attorney representing you on a pending case.  Your may face difficult decisions such as whether to accept the people’s offer, or taking the case to trial. 

If you’re not sure what to do and would like a second opinion, our firm if available to evaluate your case and offer our independent judgment as to your various options and the merits of each. Much like a patient may see another doctor for a “second opinion” before deciding whether to undergo an elective surgery, we can give you a legal second opinion.

In the end, we may concur with your present attorney’s position or not.  We may suggest a totally different approach.  We promise our advice to you will be unbiased, independent, focused only on your best interests, and based on a careful analysis of all the law and facts presented.

Bail & Release Help

If your loved one is custody, our California criminal defense attorneys can often arrange a “bail hearing” to get bail reduced or to secure an release on his/her own recognizance (“OR release”). We assist inmates in custody at any of the state’s jails, including the Twin Towers Jail, the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, the Orange County Central Jail, the Ventura County Jail, the West Valley Detention Center, and the Pitchess Detention Center. 

Types of Cases We Handle

  • California DUI Defense
  • California Violent Crime Charges
    • Among the violent crime charges we defend against are:
    • Penal Code 207 Kidnapping
    • Penal Code 211 Robbery
    • Penal Code 215 Carjacking
    • Penal Code 245 Assault
    • Penal Code 422 PC Criminal Threats
    • Penal Code 451 Arson

We represent clients as to all financial and property crimes, such as:

  • Penal Code 459 PC Burglary
  • Penal Code 487 Grand Theft
  • Penal Code 488 Petty Theft (Shoplifting)
  • Penal Code 496 Receiving Stolen Property
  • Penal Code 503 Embezzlement
  • Penal Code 666 Petty Theft with a Prior

Most people accused of theft or financial crimes are good citizens with no serious criminal conduct in their past who simply made a mistake.  You may be factually innocent!  In every case, our California criminal defense attorneys can help you fight the charges, often times keeping the stigma of a criminal conviction off your record.

California Domestic Violence Attorneys

More people get wrongfully accused of domestic violence than any other type of crime. Many times innocent arguments escalate to unintended consequences. A person may strike his spouse or girlfriend by accident, or in self-defense.

Other times the accuser lies to the police and makes up false allegations of abuse. Accusers fabricate stories out of anger or jealousy, or to gain the upper hand in divorce or child custody proceedings. Whatever may be the case, our Los Angeles criminal attorney will help you fight and win your case.

We defend clients against any accusations of domestic violence, spousal battery or spousal abuse, in particular:

  • Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Battery
  • Penal Code 273a Child Endangerment
  • Penal Code 273d Child Abuse
  • Penal Code 273.5 Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant

California Drug Crimes Attorneys

Police frequently use unreliable informants, defective warrants and other illegal methods to make drug busts. Our Los Angeles criminal lawyer can challenge these unconstitutional searches and search warrants, in an effort to get evidence and cases thrown out of court.

For clients struggling with addiction problems, we can often help you get

Proposition 36, PC 1000 drug diversion or other treatment programs as an alternative to jail.

We represent clients in all misdemeanor or felony narcotics charges, including:

  • Health & Safety Code 11350 HS Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Health & Safety Code 11351 HS Possession for Sales
  • Health & Safety Code 11352 HS Sales or Transportation of a Controlled Substance
  • Health & Safety Code 11377 HS Possession of Methamphetamine.

We begin each case the same way: listening to the client (and your witnesses) to hear exactly what happened. The police and the accusers are going to have their story. We’ll be presenting you! So we start by hearing you and understanding your side. Call us at (310) 552-9100 or email to schedule an in person meeting or phone consultation.

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