“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... ”
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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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Domestic Violence And Spousal Battery
Rigorous Defense from a trial-tested Los Angeles Lawyer
If you have been accused or convicted of domestic violence, you may be facing thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and long-term restrictions on your freedom. You may be able to avoid these consequences with the right attorney on your side.
Whether you have been arrested for domestic violence or spousal abuse for the first time or you are accused of being a repeat offender, you have a legal shield available to you. Karen L. Goldstein is a Los Angeles defense lawyer with a reputation for getting her clients' charges reduced or, in many cases, dismissed before trial. If your case must go to trial you will have an experienced lawyer on your side. Throughout Los Angeles and across California, Karen L. Goldstein is well-known for her excellence in both state and federal courts.
Domestic violence, also called spousal abuse or spousal battery, refers to violent physical acts committed between spouses, ex-spouses, co-habitants, or people in a current or former dating relationship. Alleged victims of domestic violence often recant, or change their mind about pursuing the case. Unfortunately, under California law even if the alleged victim recants his or her story, or does not wish to pursue the case, only the prosecutor, or the judge, can dismiss the charges.
Other common charges which often accompany domestic violence cases are:
- great bodily injury allegation
- criminal threats
- violation of a restraining order
- child abuse
- child neglect
- elder abuse
- child endangerment
Such charges are often combined to create extremely brutal penalties for multiple alleged offenses. To avoid such serious penalties, many people plead guilty to lesser charges even if they are not guilty. A knowledgeable attorney can help you make the best choices to insure your freedom and help protect you from being bullied by prosecutors.
Penalties for Domestic Violence and Violations of Court Orders
The crime can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on a variety of factors such as the extent of the violence, the severity of the alleged victim's injuries, the criminal history, or lack thereof, between the two parties and other factors.
In California, a conviction for domestic violence can disrupt your future and make maintaining your lifestyle almost impossible. Such a conviction carries extremely harsh penalties which may include
- up to 1 year in jail or 4 years in prison
- an informal or formal probation period
- 1 year domestic violence counseling
- 1 year parenting counseling
- heavy fines and fees up to $6,000
- a three year criminal protective order prohibiting any contact between the involved parties
- additional jail or prison time for 2nd time and 3rd time offenders
Furthermore, someone who violates a court order issued in conjunction with a domestic violence case may be charged with a separate misdemeanor for an alleged violation of the court order. Such violations may be punished with
- mandatory counseling
- heavy fines
- up to 1 year in county jail
Therefore, it is crucial that you consult with a skilled and experienced domestic violence attorney regarding all your legal options.
False Accusations are Common
There are many fabricated allegations of domestic violence. When you call our law firm to handle your defense, we will evaluate your case for all possible defenses and identify reasons why you may have been falsely accused. Common motives to fabricate charges include:
- introduction of a new girlfriend (or boyfriend) and consequent jealousy by the alleged victim
- a desire by the alleged victim to gain leverage in a custody battle or divorce
- greed and desire for financial gain
- psychological problems and chemical dependence issues suffered by the accuser
If you have been charged with or are under investigation for a crime, seek legal counsel who can assess the case and minimize your risks of conviction.
In Difficult Times, there is no Substitute for a Skilled Attorney
Experienced criminal defense attorneys understand the many kinds of situations that give rise to criminal charges. We help our clients understand their legal rights in spousal abuse cases so they can make clear decisions about how to proceed. By contacting us, you will see the importance of having an experienced and skilled attorney on your side to offer guidance and protection from prosecution.