“With Ms. Goldstein’s expertise she was able to overturn my DUI to reckless driving. I heartily recommend Ms. Karen Goldstein for anyone who needs someone in their corner... ”
“When I met Karen Goldstein I was in the worst legal position I have ever been in. I was emotionally devastated and my future and that of my family's was uncertain... ”
“I have a new problem. My problem is trying to find the words to adequately explain my gratitude for your [Ms. Goldstein’s] hard work... ”
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinAbsolute Confidenceby F.BIn moments of serious legal matters is important to have someone on your side that knows the law, someone that's going to make you feel sure and that cares about you. Having Karen Goldstein representing me in my legal situation gave me great peace, knowing she would handle my case with professionalism and confidence. I highly recommend Karen Goldstein.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKaren Made A Huge Difference In My Caseby J.D.Having gotten my third DUI last labor day weekend, I was quite sure that life as I knew it was about to change drastically. I was extremely worried about facing these charges and the consequences to follow. I was informed by a friend about Bill Handles website.. .”Handle on the Law”. This is where I found Karen Goldstein. In retrospect, I can truly say that I am very grateful to have had her represent me in court. My first consultation with Karen had set her apart from my experiences with my prior attorneys. She asked, what seemed to me, all of the right questions. She immediately took a genuine concern in my case and began to give me direction. She was efficient, determined and willing to go to work. She put together statements, depositions, and options for the district attorney regarding my case. Communicating with the DA, she made arrangements with him before we went to court on a very agreeable deal. We went to court and secured that deal as my sentence. No surprises, no problems, and no wasted time. Because of her efforts, I was able to keep my job and serve my jail time on weekends in a local city jail. I was also sentenced to wearing a “SCRAM” bracelet for ninety days in place of doing yet more time locked up. I am certain that Karen made the difference for me between losing a great deal of my life and livelihood…. and obtaining a livable, doable court sentence. I have completed the jail and scram time now and am participating in the DMV program at this time. It comes down to this: A very sincere thank you goes out to Karen Goldstein and her team. I would strongly recommend her to everyone in need of legal councel. She worked very hard on my case and still continues to follow up and monitor my conditions with updates and emails.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinLuck Was On My Sideby JoeLuck was on my side the day I called Ms. Goldstein for representation in a serious criminal matter.
Having never been in legal trouble before, I was at a complete loss as to how I would even choose a lawyer. I began searching for criminal defense lawyers on the internet and one of the first names I happened upon was hers. Her website said she was "Principled and Compassionate" and after my first conversation with her I knew it was true.
Lets start with compassionate. The period between securing her representation and my actual appearances in court was one of the most trying times in my life. I was a nervous wreck. Anxiety was always present...but so was Karen. Although I knew she had many clients I felt like I was the only one. No call went unanswered. No email neglected. She was ALWAYS there for me to answer every question and concern no matter how trivial. She even took the time to consult with my parents rearding their concerns. While I expected great service I had not expected this and without it I dont know how I would have gotten through it.
Now to principled. Karen seems to truly believe in the principle that every defendant deserves the best representation possible. Based on the charges against me I was worried about whether I would get anyones "A" game. Karen alleviated those concerns and showed me that she only brings her "A" game. I never had a doubt she would do her best to get me the most favorable outcome possible.
And now to the results. From the beginning I was unwilling to go to trial so the goal was to ge the best deal possible. The one result I would not accept was to serve time in prison. And thanks to Karen I didn't serve a day. The prosecution was asking for 180 days and she worked with the court to secure a deal for probation. She fought for and got me the best outcome possible.
So if you are in a legal jam and are looking for oustanding representation from a compassionate, friendly, and responsive attorney, look no further.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKaren worked wonders for meby Patrick B.After being given a citation for a DUI, I had no idea what to do. I have never been a situation such as this and I was becoming extremely worried about what was going to happen to me in the future. I found Karen on Bill Handles website "Handle on the Law" and she took the bull by the horns. My first consultation with her she showed great knowledge in my situation and she were able to relieve my anxiety in that I knew I were in the best of hands. Karen attended my first court appearance for me so I did not have to loose a day of work. She compiled all the information and she was extremely well prepared for the second court appearance. At the second court date she met with the district attorney and she had been able to obtain a very good deal for me. She were able to have the DUI reduced to a Wet Reckless driving. Jail time was time served, I had to attend 6 AA meetings, 3 months of Driver Safety Awareness Program, no interlock device on the car, no community service and only 2 years probation. Karen was nothing short than awesome and I cannot say enough about how knowledgeable, professional, kind and compassionate she is. I cannot recommend her more for anyone that would be put in a situation such as this. As they say "She is the bomb". Thank you Karen, Patrick B.
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DUI Defense Attorney
A Los Angeles Criminal Defense Law Firm focused on DUI Cases
If you have been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, you must have an attorney on your side relentlessly defending your rights. Our criminal defense law firm is not a DUI "mill." Our goal is not to get through your case as quickly as possible so that we can get to the next. Instead, we make your case our priority and limit the number of cases we accept, so we can give our full attention to your defense. DUI charges are serious. We treat such cases with the attention they deserve.
People reach out to us from throughout Los Angeles because they know we are more than prepared to protect their rights in the most high-stakes cases. Our commitment, experience and resources are the backbone of our criminal defense firm. From murder to Federal drug crimes to DUI defense, we utilize all of our assets for the benefit of our clients. Because we have experience in cases of the greatest complexity, we bring an attention to detail and a relentless commitment to our clients' rights in all the cases we take. If you have been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, we know how to find flaws in the case against you.
An Attorney Can Argue for Reduced Charges
The benefits to obtaining a reduced, or lesser charge, are significant and vary from paying a smaller fine, and completing a shorter alcohol and education class, to being completely relieved of any future consequences for a future drunk driving arrest and/or conviction. If you are interested in a lesser or reduced charge, such as reckless driving, then consult with an experienced attorney. Depending on the facts of your case, a skilled attorney may be able to negotiate for a reduced, or lesser charge, instead of a DUI conviction such as:
- “wet reckless” charge
- “dry reckless” charge
- exhibition of speed (also known as “speed ex”)
Defense for First-Time and the Most Serious DUI Cases
Our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm represents people charged with the most serious DUI charges. Our experience with high-stakes crimes such as homicide, domestic violence, and Federal crimes means that we are prepared for multiple DUI and vehicular manslaughter cases. But even if you are facing a lesser charge or a first-time drunk-driving arrest, call on a highly-qualified ally. You may be able to keep a conviction off your record and you may be able to keep your drivers license. Minimize your risk of punishment by relying on experienced criminal defense lawyers who prioritize your constitutional rights. There is no reason to risk the harsh DUI penalties.
Even for a first time conviction, serious penalties may be imposed:
- 2 days to 6 months in jail
- A fine of $390 to $1,000 plus other fines that can be considerable
- A license suspension of 6 months or longer
- Alcohol and education program (3 month program also known as “AB541”; or 9 month program also known as “ AB1353”)
- Ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense
- And a responsibility to attend counseling sessions
For a second conviction you may be at risk of the following:
- 4 days to 1 year in jail
- A fine of $390 to $1,000 plus penalty assessments
- A license suspension of 2 years
- Alcohol education program of 3, 6 or 18 months
- Ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense
- Vehicle may be impounded
A third conviction may lead to
- 120 days to 1 year in county jail
- A fine of $390 to $1,000 plus penalty assessment
- A license revocation of 3 years
- Alcohol and education program (30 month program also known as “SB1365”)
- Ignition interlock device may be ordered to be installed
- Vehicle may be impounded
The penalties for a conviction are severe and the consequences may be life-altering. Contact an experienced and reputable attorney as soon as you have been charged or arrested for an offense. There are many factors which must be carefully analyzed in order to present an aggressive defense. Discuss your situation with an attorney immediately. If possible, reach out to our law firm as soon as you are arrested and before you say anything to the police. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can provide the legal shield you need after a Los Angeles DUI arrest..