“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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A Theft Defense Attorney for Los Angeles
Criminal Defense against Petty Theft Accusations
Your defense attorney may be able to protect you from prosecution on petty theft charges. Such charges are usually brought against individuals accused of taking property that is valued at less than $400.00. A conviction on a first-time offense can have serious consequences but if you have a prior criminal record, contacting an experienced defense lawyer is particularly important if you have been accused. California prosecutors may want to show that they are tough on crime. Your rights may suffer. Reach out to Los Angeles Defense Attorney Karen L. Goldstein for the type of tough defense you need.
Possible Defenses against Shoplifting and other Petty Theft Charges
A common example of petty theft is “shoplifting.” This includes taking items from a store without paying from them, switching merchandise labels to avoid paying full price for the items, or paying for some items but attempting to take other items without paying for them. Depending on the circumstances of each case, there are numerous defenses to a petty theft or shoplifting charge including mistake/lack of intent. This may show that you forgot to put an item back, or were distracted and left a store without paying. You may have a defense to petty theft because you did not form the specific intent to steal the item. You must have the specific intent, in addition to having completed the physical act, in order to be guilty of petty theft or shoplifting.
While there are many defenses to fight the charges, there are also many ways that your charges can be reduced or you may be able to avoid prosecution by returning items or paying restitution. An attorney who is experienced in this area of the law will be able to discuss the many possibilities you have for avoiding a criminal record and limiting your exposure to the most serious penalties.
Possible Penalties for Petty Theft
Petty theft is generally charged as a misdemeanor provided that the value of the item(s) alleged to have been taken is valued at less than $950.00. However, if the person accused of petty theft has a prior theft conviction, then the prosecution can automatically charge the second case as a felony. As such, petty theft penalties can be severe, and complicated, depending on the individual circumstances. For example, some penalties for petty theft may include the following:
• up to 3 years in state prison (with prior conviction)
• up to 6 months in county jail (no prior conviction)
• probation or parole period
• expensive court fees and fines
• diversion program
• court-ordered theft counseling
• community service or CALTRANS
• full repayment of restitution (repayment of loss to alleged victim)
Alternative Sentencing for Petty Theft
When you contact our law office, we will evaluate all the possible alternative sentencing resolutions to a petty theft case. Some of these possibilities include:
• obtaining a civil compromise—repaying restitution up front in exchange for a signed document from the alleged victim stating he/she has been repaid in full and does not wish to pursue a criminal action
• negotiating for a lesser charge such as trespass
• negotiating for the petty theft charge to be reduced to an infraction (punishable only by a fine)
• negotiating for an informal diversion program—where in exchange for the completion of counseling, or fine payment, the charges are dismissed after a specified period of time.
All of these examples are common dispositions in petty theft cases. These can mitigate the potentially devastating consequences of having a petty theft conviction on your record. If you have been charged or you are being investigated for petty theft, contact us as soon as possible.