Review of Karen L. GoldsteinI was looking for a lawyer but found a saint...by A.K.
My life led me to a dark place.. scared and feeling hopeless. I found Karen while researching websites for these kind of cases..I liked her reviews and called. I talked to her the same day and from that day forward she became my light thru that dark road. Every call, every email and text she sent she brightly lit my way. She knew what was their next step and planned our moves perfectly. In court she controlled that room like as if she was the judge. Everytime I felt weak she knew what to say to keep my head up. After the case was settled she did and is still making sure I'm ok and staying strong. I was looking for a lawyer but found a saint. If you're ever in need of her kind of assistance, I give you my word as a person who was in a similar situation - you will not regret letting her guide you thru your path.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinAble to overturn my DUI to reckless drivingby A.Y., former client
With Ms. Goldstein’s great legal representation and 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 and ready to fight for them. Ms. Goldstein, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you helped me through this trying time, with my dignity intact.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinIn Karen, I found a very loyal, hard working and extremely knowledgeable attorneyby B.S., former client
Hiring Karen Goldstein to represent me was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is very rare in this day and age to hire an attorney that truly cares and is dedicated to receiving the best outcome for their clients. In Karen, I found a very loyal, hard working and extremely knowledgeable attorney who was able to get me the results that no other attorney was willing to even mention. She is a consummate professional and I recommend her to all friends and family any chance I get.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinIt is great to have someone you can trustby C.O., former client
After hiring Ms. Goldstein, I instantly felt relieved that I was in good hands. Being a first time offender and feeling lost battling the legal system, Ms. Goldstein walked me though the process, answered all my questions promptly, and constantly checked up on me to make sure I was following up and checking in with the court and probation. In our first meeting, she was prepared, knowledgeable about my violation and the law, plus she provided me with options and different scenarios before going into court. Having been in my situation, it is great to have someone you can trust and to know that Ms. Goldstein has your best interests at heart.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinI have never been more satisfied with legal representation than I am with the work Karen Goldstein did for meby C.R., former client
I retained Attorney Karen Goldstein for representation in a misdemeanor defense. I would recommend her for everyone looking to get the best possible outcome for their case. I have never been more satisfied with legal representation than I am with the work Karen Goldstein did for me. She worked day and night to help me resolve my case and take the worry off my shoulders. Any time you need an attorney is a stressful one and you need representation that will help you through it, Karen Goldstein helped me get through my stressful time with a good record and minimal stress and I would recommend her law firm to everyone.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinHer abundance of knowledge and expertise of my case was nothing short of perfectionby E.R., former client
One of the scariest times in an individual’s life could be the moment they are charged for something beyond a simple misdemeanor, this is my life. The instant I met Karen Goldstein, my intense nerves went from exhilaratingly racy to calm and protected. Her abundance of knowledge and expertise of my case was nothing short of perfection. From the moment we shook hands to the very last time we spoke, the professionalism and service was absolutely remarkable. Not only did she achieve the results I wanted but she went above and beyond to further assist me one year later with additional support, I could not of asked for a better attorney. Since then, I have confidently recommend Karen Goldstein to several people I know that have been in my same situation. Thank you so much for everything you did.
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. GoldsteinI was looking at a sentence with a ten year minimumby Former Client
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. Fourteen months ago, I was looking at a sentence with a ten year minimum. My wife was pregnant with our second child and my whole world was being torn apart. I had never been incarcerated and the thought of spending the next ten years in a cell was unimaginable. However, you changed my life forever. To think that I will have served sixteen months in federal custody and walk out the door, is truly a miracle. I can honestly say that in my fourteen months in the federal prison system, I have not been a witness to any miracles. It is very easy to lose hope when everyone around you is losing ten to twenty years of their life.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKept my hope aliveby Former Client
You however, kept my hope alive. From your brilliant arguments in the courtroom to fighting with the AUSA, you never gave up on me. I have seen so many lawyers push their clients into quickly signing a guilty plea, just to get their paycheck and move on to the next case. So many defense attorneys look at us like we are just a number, (another paycheck). It is rare to come across a lawyer who takes a good look at the man they represent.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinYou give me my life backby Former Client
I have never seen a lawyer with the kind of dedication and personal interest that you [Ms. Goldstein] displayed in my case. You completely contradict any stereotype or label that most defendants will say about their attorney. Not only did you give me my life back, you gave my wife her husband, my children their father, and my parents their son.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinNo words can ever adequately express my gratitudeby Former Client
Thanks to your hard work and dedication, I can teach my daughters to ride a bike instead of drive a car. No words can ever adequately express my gratitude, but I want you to know that I am blessed to have you in my life.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinWorst periods in my lifeby Former Client
Ms. Karen Goldstein helped me through one of the worst periods in my life, a first offense ‘DUI’. I was completely out of my depth here, never thinking that this could happen to me. She clearly explained all the legalities involving my case and was very supportive. Ms. Goldstein did not make me feel like a bad person, but a person who had made a bad choice.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinKaren Goldstein fought for meby J.B., former client
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. Karen Goldstein not only put my mind at ease, but her friendly and calm (though very professional) demeanor quickly let me know that she was no rookie looking to gain some experience with me and my case. She explained the procedures to me from start to finish, gave me best and worse case scenarios and throughout the entire process did everything that she could do to obtain the best outcome for me and my case. Karen Goldstein fought for me. Karen Goldstein defended me. Karen Goldstein won me the privilege to return to my family with my head held high. I appreciate everything that she did for me and my family and I would whole heartedly recommend her to represent any of my friends or family should they ever need a criminal defense attorney. Karen is reliable, credible and extremely experienced. And I for one am so glad that she helped me when I needed her most!
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. GoldsteinShe is brilliant in the knowledge of the law as well as compassionate as with her clientsby K.M., former client
Karen Goldstein was hired immediately after interviewing several lawyers prior to speaking with her. She presented herself with full knowledge of the type of case to be handled for me. She is brilliant in the knowledge of the law as well as compassionate as with her clients. Karen is very dedicated and "on top of it" all the time. Karen gave me immediate peace of mind and an outstanding outcome. I highly recommend Karen without hesitation.
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.
Review of Karen L. GoldsteinWe thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving my life and a job well doneby S.B., former client
I pray that you continue to 'fight the good fight' on behalf of men like myself. The United States does not fight fair, and it is a shame that so many families will lose their loved ones to the rampant injustice that takes place in the federal system. On behalf of my family and I, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving my life and a job well done. S.B., former client
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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.