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DUI

In Los Angeles County, a person can be charged with a DUI if their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or above, or if they are driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both. Drugs include both illegal substances as well as prescription medicine.

Facing a DUI charge can be a frustrating, confusing and scary process. It is also something that law enforcement and prosecutors take very seriously due to the potential public safety issues. You may be facing thousands of dollars in fines, up to 6 months license suspension for a first time offense and mandatory drinking and driving education programs. Due to the seriousness of these offenses, effective representation from Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Ross Erlich is necessary to protect your rights.

There are many strategies that Attorney Ross Erlich can use to fight your DUI arrest. Some examples include:

- Was there probable cause for the police officer to pull you over?
- Was the arrest lawfully made?
- Were the field sobriety tests administered correctly?
- Was the breathalyzer machine properly calibrated and maintained?

Each one of these factors can be the basis for the prosecution to dismiss the charges or, in the alternative, reduce them. Ensuring that the arresting office followed correct procedures, administered the tests correctly and addressed any medical conditions you might have that can affect the result is crucial to your defense. When you contact Attorney Ross Erlich, you will feel confident that the experience our office has to offer will allow you to present the strongest defense in your DUI charge.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Ross Erlich today.


DMV Hearings

DMV hearings are a critical part of a DUI case and something that Attorney Ross Erlich takes just as seriously. When you are arrested for a DUI, the police officer is required to issue you a temporary license with the DMV notice of suspension. This temporary license is only valid for 30 days. Once you have received your notice of suspension, you have 10 days to contact the DMV to schedule an Administrative Per Se hearing. If you do not contact the DMV or wait beyond the 10 days, your license will automatically be suspended after the 30 days.

Because DMV hearings are the key to preventing the suspension of your license, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich immediately after being arrested so that our office can schedule a hearing and make sure that we have an opportunity to fight the suspension. DMV Hearing Officers act as judges in these hearings and are highly experienced with the procedures. It is critical that you have an attorney who is just as experienced and prepared to conduct the DMV hearings.

Issues to be addressed at the DMV hearing include whether there was probable cause for the officer to pull you over, whether there was a lawful arrest and was your Blood Alcohol Concentration at 0.08% or above at the time of driving.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Theft Crimes

A theft is the unlawful taking and removing of another's person property with the intent of depriving him or her of it. Examples of theft crimes include:

- Shoplifting
- Robbery
- Burglary
- Embezzlement
- Larceny
- Forgery
- Auto Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property

There are two levels of theft crimes: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft is the lesser offense and is often charged as a misdemeanor. Grand theft is the more severe offense and is often filed as a felony.

If your job requires you to be licensed by the state, you may run into additional administrative proceedings, resulting from your arrest, that need to be handled with care.

Because prosecutors believe strongly in holding people accountable for stealing the property of others, you can expect to face rigorous prosecution if you are charged with a theft crime. If you have been charged with a theft crime, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich for a free consultation as soon as possible to get the investigation started into the facts of the case and to protect your rights.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges are among the most serious and emotional. What some people might think is a family argument can lead to a felony arrest by the police. Often times family arguments can get out of hand and lead to one spouse calling the police and claiming violence when none occurred.

Domestic violence charges are brought when any act of violence is committed against a family member, such as a spouse, child or domestic partner. These cases also may include a component of child abuse, parental rights and sexual misconduct which is why having an attorney represent you is imperative. Additionally, a conviction for domestic violence may lead to restitution, anger management counseling, issues with employment and even the possibility of not being able to own or possess a firearm.

Because law enforcement and prosecutors take domestic violence cases very seriously and pursue them aggressively, it is important that you contact Attorney Ross Erlich to aggressively protect your rights and present a vigorous defense for you.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Drug Charges

Drug charges most commonly include:

- Drug Possession
- Drug Use
- Possession for Sale
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Cultivation/Manufacturing

Due to the wide varying factors in drug cases, penalties can range from jail or prison time, to probation, fines, community service or even drug rehabilitation programs. It is important to have an attorney with knowledge of all the possible resources available to someone facing a drug charge and be able to aggressively pursue the option that allows the client to keep their freedom while being able to take advantage of rehabilitation.

In many drug offense cases, important factors are the type and classification of the substance, the amount seized, location of the substance, packaging and all other surrounding circumstances of the arrest.

Contact Attorney Ross Erlich if you have been charged with a drug offense so that your rights and interests are aggressively protected.


Assault & Battery

An assault occurs where there is an intentional threat or use of force or violence against another individual. While assault is usually charged with a battery, there does not have to be any actual physical contact for an assault to take place – the mere threat is enough to be charged.

A battery occurs when there is an intentional use of force against someone resulting in harmful or offensive contact. Battery is also charged in varying degrees depending on the severity of the contact, ranging from simple battery to aggravated battery and may include enhancements if a weapon is used or great bodily harm is committed.

If you or someone you know has been charged with assault and battery, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible so that the proper investigation and fact-gathering can be done on the case. Because assault and battery charges are serious and prosecuted aggressively, it is important that Attorney Ross Erlich examine all possible avenues for resolving the matter including anger management classes, restitution or domestic violence treatment.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Sex Offenses And Prostitution

Due to the social stigma attached to being convicted, or even charged, with a sex crime, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich as early as possible so that he can initiate any investigation that needs to be done, and contact witnesses who need to be interviewed before the first court appearance. Law enforcement agents often conduct undercover sting operations to make arrests in these types of cases and it is crucial that you know your rights and what law enforcement can and cannot due while undercover.

There are many different types of sex crimes that Attorney Ross Erlich defends against, including:

- Rape
- Prostitution
- Sexual Assault and/or Battery
- Pandering
- Lewd and Lascivious conduct
- Indecent Exposure
- Solicitation of Prostitution
- Child Pornography

Consequences for sex crimes can be harsh, including jail or prison time, restitution, and court ordered classes. Because of the harsh penalties, it is important to contact Attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible to get aggressive defense on your behalf.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Hit and Run

By law, anyone involved in a traffic accident has the responsibility to identify themselves to the other party, regardless of who was at fault, and provide their insurance information. Many people fail to realize that even if you were in a minor traffic collision that was not your fault and you leave the scene, you can be charged with a misdemeanor hit and run.

The first thing you need to do if you have been contacted by the police department regarding an accident in which you were involved is call Attorney Ross Erlich and set up a free consultation. If you retain Attorney Ross Erlich early in the process, our office may be able to resolve the matter in a way that keeps your criminal record clean.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Expungements

In California, an expungement allows a person convicted of a crime to petition the court to re-open their case, set aside their plea, and dismisses the case. In order to qualify for an expungement, a person needs to have successfully completed their term of probation, paid all fines and fees to the court, paid outstanding restitution to any victim and not currently be charged with a crime.

If an expungement is granted by the court, the petitioner may have their finding of guilt set aside and may state that they have not been convicted of that crime. They will have to answer “yes” if asked whether or not they have been arrested, but their record may reflect a dismissal after conviction.

Obtaining an expungement can help you remove the negative impact a conviction has on your record when you apply for jobs, schooling, housing, insurance, loans and for immigration purposes.

If you have successfully completed all the terms of your probation, contact Attorney Ross Erlich for your free consultation and to get your expungement process started immediately.

For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact Attorney Ross Erlich today.


Traffic Citations

While most people choose to go into court on their own to fight their traffic ticket, there are several instances where having an experienced criminal defense attorney handle your tickets out of the Metropolitan Court or the Van Nuys Court.

You should contact Attorney Ross Erlich if having another traffic ticket on your record will either trigger a license suspension, impact your employment or insurance rates, run the risk of getting your insurance cancelled or no longer have the option for traffic school.

Attorney Ross Erlich knows how to handle traffic tickets in a manner that can dismiss the ticket outright, get a fine or failure to appear dismissed or reduced, and prevent a point from being placed on your driving record.

If you hold a commercial license and drive commercially for a living, it is imperative that you get an experienced attorney to fight your ticket. Commercial drivers are no longer eligible for traffic school, even if not driving a commercial vehicle when they received the citation. Also, there is no longer the option of the 12 hour second offender traffic school. This means that you only have 1 chance to attend traffic school within 18 months to get the citation off of your record.

Remember, what you believe may be a "simple traffic ticket" might have more severe consequences that you first anticipated. To find out how Attorney Ross Erlich can fight your traffic ticket in Chatsworth, Van Nuys or Metropolitan Court in Los Angeles, contact the office today.


Personal Injury

Auto accidents happen every day, especially in a city the size of Los Angeles where there are over 10 million registered cars and trucks. Accidents may result from reckless driving, distracted drivers, and from other causes that may not be due to any fault of your own. Attorney Ross Erlich can get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage and, most importantly, for the pain and suffering associated with a traumatic auto accident.

Attorney Ross Erlich has a number of doctors and pain management professionals who will start treatment immediately without any out of pocket cost to you. Attorney Ross Erlich does not get paid unless you get paid and will fight for your rights to recover what is fair for your pain, suffering and inconvenience. No up-front costs are required from you! The attorneys at our office have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and fighting for the best possible outcome for our client.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, it is critical that you contact Los Angeles attorney Ross Erlich to get a medical evaluation and treatment as soon as possible. Waiting too long to take action after an auto accident can negatively impact your rights as a victim.

Here are some important tips to do after an auto accident:

- File a police report
- Collect contact information for all parties involved in the accident. This should include names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance company, insurance policy number, driver's license numbers and license plate numbers.
- Take pictures of the vehicles involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of any visible injuries of anyone involved in the accident if possible.
- Contact Attorney Ross Erlich prior to any conversations with insurance adjusters.
- If necessary, go to the hospital or emergency room for treatment of any injuries.


Immigration

If you are not a US Citizen, and you charged with a crime, chances are you may face incarceration with no bail because of an "immigration hold." You then may face deportation in removal proceedings in federal immigration court. These proceedings are completely separate from your criminal court case and may have severe implications on your ability to continue living in the United States, even if you have your Green Card. Regardless of whether the offense that was committed, or alleged, was minor in nature, the government may still pursue deportation through removal proceedings against you.

Many crimes are categorized as either "aggravated felonies" or "crimes involving moral turpitude, (CIMT's)" even though they might not be classified as such in state criminal court. If you or someone you know (who is not a US Citizen) has plead guilty to what the immigration laws define as either an aggravated felony or a CIMT, you or that someone you know are likely facing deportation in removal proceedings. It is crucial that you consult with experienced immigration attorneys who can aggressively protect your rights. Any violent crime such as battery, assault, murder, attempted murder, as well as theft crimes, robbery, burglary, and embezzlement can trigger these harsh punishments. Also, any drug related offense or any firearms related offense can, and usually does, trigger deportation in removal proceedings.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that it is a criminal defense attorney's duty to advise a non-citizen client of any immigration consequences that may result from their plea of guilty or no contest. However, there are many complexities that arise out of this duty. For example, would a plea on a particular charge make you inadmissible, removal or both? Does your Attorney know the immigration consequences of criminal activity? Make sure you get the right counsel.

Attorney Ross Erlich's chief immigration attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience practicing immigration law exclusively. We will be able to review your case and determine first whether you may face deportation in removable proceedings, and if so, what type of relief can be sought on your behalf.

If you or someone you know are dealing with an immigration issue anywhere in greater Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Van Nuys or Orange County, contact Attorney Ross Erlich at (323) 222-4529.

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