“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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Drug Crimes in Los Angeles: Possession, Sales, Transportation, Cultivation, and Trafficking
If you have been accused of a drug crime, then you need a top-rated and skilled drug crimes defense attorney to fight your case. Common drug crimes include possession, possession for sale, transportation, cultivation, and manufacturing of a controlled substance. The Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein knows the inner workings of California’s state and Federal drug laws and can help you achieve your goals whether you are seeking: an outright dismissal of all drug charges, a reduction in the seriousness of the drug charges, or the opportunity to complete an outpatient or inpatient drug rehabilitation program instead of serving jail or prison time.
Defend yourself against State and Federal Drug Crimes Penalties
Both the Federal Government and California law prohibit the possession, sales, transportation, and/or manufacturing or trafficking of illegal drugs such as:
- marijuana (*see medical marijuana section below)
- concentrated cannabis (hash)
- “club drugs” such as ecstasy or “g”
- illegally obtained prescription drugs such as vicodin or oxycotin
- LSD or acid
Federal Drug Crimes
The Federal Government has enacted the United States Controlled Substances Act to regulate the sale and distribution of controlled substances in the United States. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is one of the predominant Federal agencies responsible for investigating federal drug crimes.
Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal drug trafficking is referred to as “Unlawful Manufacturing, Importing, Exporting, or Trafficking (Including Possession with Intent to Commit These Offenses).” Federal drug trafficking is often charged as a drug conspiracy where multiple defendants are accused of selling substantial quantities of illegal substances across state lines or across national borders. When the prosecution charges conspiracy, it forces each and every defendant in the conspiracy to be legally responsible for the entire quantity of drugs found in the case even if some of the defendants only worked with a very small quantity of drugs or only helped with a small part of the larger drug operation.
Furthermore, under the Federal Drug Crimes laws there are strict penalties which potentially include 10 year and 5 year mandatory minimum sentences in prison. A mandatory minimum sentence means that a Judge has no choice but to impose a minimum sentence of 5 or 10 years in the Federal prison unless certain limited factors apply to the case. A Federal drug conviction can also lead to denial of federal benefits and forfeiture of personal property and real estate. Due to the extreme severity of the potential sentences imposed in Federal drug cases, in particular with respect to the harsh mandatory minimums, it is essential to consult with an aggressive and knowledgeable drug crimes attorney regarding your case.
California State Drug Crimes
California has enacted the Uniform Controlled Substances Act as part of its Health and Safety Code. California has many alternative kinds of penalties for various crimes which include:
- Possession of drugs
- Possession for sale of drugs
- Sale of drugs
- Transportation of drugs
- Cultivation of drugs
Under California law, drug sales, including drug possession with intent to sell, and drug transportation are generally charged as felony cases. Drug possession; however, can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. The prosecutor’s decision whether to charge possession, possession for sales, or sales, depends upon factors such as:
- the quantity of the controlled substance involved in the transaction
- the kind of substance
- the intent of the possessor
- whether the incident took place in an area known for drug use/sales
- possession of baggies, scales, pay/owe sheets, significant amounts of cash
- other drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers etc.
Furthermore, when there is only an allegation of simple drug possession, there are many alternative sentencing options potentially available instead of jail or prison time. These options include:
- Deferred Entry of Judgment (also known as “DEJ” or “P.C. 1000”)
- Proposition 36 (known as “Prop 36”)
- Informal Drug Diversion
- Drug Court
If you, or a loved one, is facing a drug crimes case, then consult with a skilled and experienced drug crimes attorney at the Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein who can carefully evaluate all your legal options: (888) 445-6313.
Under California Law, Proposition 215, a person who has a valid medical marijuana prescription from an authorized primary caregiver is permitted to possess marijuana in limited quantities: 6 mature, or 12 immature marijuana plants, and 1/2 pound (8 oz.) of processed cannabis. Unfortunately the medical marijuana laws are often misunderstood, and misapplied, which results in the prosecution of many criminal cases involving the possession, sales, or cultivation of medical marijuana on both a state and Federal level. If you, or a loved one, has been accused of possession, sales, or cultivation of medical marijuana, then consult with an aggressive and experienced drug crimes attorney at the Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein. Do not leave your future to chance. Both Federal and California drug laws can be extremely confusing. It takes a skilled, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to help navigate through the complicated laws and to provide you with a thorough and aggressive defense. If you have been charged with a state or federal drug crimes offense, then contact The Law Offices of Karen L. Goldstein today for a free, confidential consultation: (888) 445-6313.