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Criminal Defense Case Results

Child Pornography

Client was charged with felony possession and distribution of child pornography. He faced numerous years in the state prison. After aggressive mitigation work and negotiation, Ms. Goldstein secured a non-registration, misdemeanor offer. The client was sentenced to misdemeanor informal probation and CALTRANS. He did not register as sex offender. He did not have a felony conviction and he did not serve any jail or prison time.

Arranging to Meet a Minor for a Lewd Purpose

Client was charged with meeting a minor for lewd purposes. He was facing 4 years in state prison and mandatory sex registration. Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain which allowed her client to enter a residential sex offender treatment program in lieu of any jail time.

Federal Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Client was charged with felon in possession of a firearm in the federal system. Ms. Goldstein filed a motion to suppress evidence which was granted and all the evidence was thrown out. The District Court Judge issued a 30 page order suppressing all the evidence and the entire case. was dismissed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Child Molestation

Client was charged with child molestation of three alleged family members. He was facing 8 years in state prison and mandatory sex registration for life. Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain which entailed five years probation and CALTRANS in lieu of any jail or prison time.

Federal Conspiracy/U.S. Postal Fraud

Client was involved with U S Postal Fraud in excess of $20,000.00. She was facing up to 5 years in prison. After active mitigation preparation and discussions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was sentenced to one year of probation. All the other co-defendants in the case received federal prison sentences.

Solicitation for Prostitution

Client was charged with solicitation for prostitution. He was facing up to 6 months in county jail and a misdemeanor conviction which would result in him losing his job. Ms. Goldstein negotiated for the dismissal of the solicitation charge in exchange for a trespass charge, the completion of an aids education class, and the payment of a fine.

Domestic Violence & Vandalism

Client was facing misdemeanor domestic violence and vandalism charges. She

DUI

Client was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a BAC of .16. Ms. Goldstein filed a series of motions attacking the evidence and was ultimately able to negotiate for a dismissal of the DUI In exchange for a wet reckless charge, 12 hour alcohol class, fines, and informal probation.

DUI

Client was charged with driving under the influence and a refusal to submit to a chemical test. The refusal would have resulted in mandatory county jail time and a 9-month alcohol and education program. Instead, Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain where the DA struck the refusal, eliminated the jail time, and agreed to have the client attend a 3-month alcohol and education program.

DUI

Client was charged with driving under the influence (DUI). His blood alcohol content (BAC) was .09/.08. Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain for a reduced charge of exhibition of speed. All alcohol-related charges were dismissed and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) returned the client’s license to him without suspending it.

DUI with Accident

Client was charged with a first time DUI and having an accident. He had a .09/.10 BAC and his car had been completely destroyed beyond the point of repair as a result of his accident. Ms. Goldstein successfully negotiated for a reduced charge of reckless driving and all originally filed DUI charges were dismissed.

DUI with Accident

Client was charged with a felony DUI with an accident. He faced up to 3 years in prison. Ms. Goldstein successfully negotiated for a dismissal of all DUI related charged in exchange for a misdemeanor dry reckless driving charge which was considered non-alcohol related. The client did not serve any jail or prison time and did not admit a “priorable” offense.

Attempted Murder

A 19-year old client was charged with two counts of attempted murder on a police officer, assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm, and a gang enhancement. He was facing two life sentences. The initial offer on the case was 18 years in state prison. After filing numerous pretrial motions, and conducting several rounds of successful negotiation, Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain for 6 years 8 months.

Felony Assault

Client was facing over 14 years in state prison, and registration as a gang member, for felony assault on a police officer, felony resisting arrest, and a gang enhancement. After a successful preliminary hearing, all the felony charges were dismissed, including the gang enhancement, and the client received a misdemeanor offer of disturbing the peace with informal probation.

Petty Theft

Client was charged with misdemeanor petty theft and faced up to 6 months in county jail. Client was in the process of obtaining her graduate degree and faced being kicked out of her program, and unable to secure employment, if a petty theft conviction were to remain on her record. Ms. Goldstein negotiated for a dismissal of the petty theft after 1 year in exchange for a trespass misdemeanor, outpatient theft classes, and 10 days of community labor.

Petty Theft

A 19-year old client was charged with misdemeanor petty theft and faced up to 6 months in the county jail. He was not a U.S. citizen and faced deportation from his entire family if the petty theft conviction were to stay on his record. Ms. Goldstein aggressively negotiated, and presented mitigation, that resulted in a dismissal of the petty theft charge in exchange for a trespass infraction and 10 days of community labor.

Petty Theft

Client was charged with a petty theft involving an amount of loss of several hundred dollars. She faced a maximum of 6 months in the county jail. Ms. Goldstein negotiated a dismissal of the entire case in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Court Victim’s Fund.

Grand Theft

Client was facing 3 years in the state prison time for grand theft and burglary charges related to property that had been allegedly stolen from LAPD as an employee there. Ms. Goldstein negotiated an offer where client received CALTRANS work program and probation.

Petty Theft

Client was charged with a petty theft offense (shoplifting) where the alleged amount of loss was over $200.00. Ms. Goldstein negotiated for an informal city attorney diversion where the client would do counseling in exchange for a dismissal of the charge after one year. During this one year period of informal city attorney diversion, the client was arrested on a second petty theft offense, Ms. Goldstein was able to successfully persuade the City Attorney to continue the diversion on the first case and to grant a diversion on the 2nd case in exchange for additional CALTRANS hours and a longer period of counseling. The client did not do any jail or prison time and did not have the petty theft offenses admitted on her criminal record.

Petty Theft

Client was charged with a petty theft offense(shoplifting) which would have ruined her chances of being accepted into the college of her choice and terminated her academic scholarship. After gathering persuasive mitigation on her behalf, the client was sentenced to court-ordered diversion where she completed CALTRANS, paid fines, and earned a complete dismissal of the case, and her arrest, after 1 year.

Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine

Client was accused of transportation and possession with intent to sell cocaine. He was facing up to 5 years in state prison. Ms. Goldstein negotiated for all sales/transportation charges to be dismissed. The client successfully completed a Deferred Entry of Judgment Program (DEJ) and the entire case, including all the charges, was dismissed.

Possession of Cocaine

Client had an old bench warrant for possession of cocaine and failing to complete a Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) Program. He was facing up to 3 years in state prison. Ms. Goldstein negotiated for a diversion program whereby the client completed 20 narcotics anonymous classes, and the payment of minor fines, in exchange for the dismissal of the entire case and all the charges.

Child Molestation

Client was facing felony charges of child molestation. He faced 47 years in prison and registration as a sex offender for life. Ms. Goldstein took his case to jury trial and he was acquitted on all charges.

Indecent Exposure

Client was charged with indecent exposure. He was facing up to 6 months in county jail and mandatory sex registration for life. Ms. Goldstein aggressively negotiated for the dismissal of the indecent exposure charge in exchange for a disorderly conduct charge, counseling, and the payment of a fine.

Felony Sex Crime

Client was facing felony sex crimes charges where he could serve up to 8 years in state prison and would be required to register for life as a sex offender. After aggressive work on his case, Ms. Goldstein was able to secure an offer involving a misdemeanor charge, 4 weekends in a pay-to-stay private jail program, and no sex registration. The client did not register as a sex offender, did not end up with a felony conviction, and did not serve state prison or county jail time.

Elder Abuse & Assault

Client was facing misdemeanor elder abuse and assault charges. After proactive defense investigation and preparation for trial, Ms. Goldstein was able to have the case completely dismissed in exchange for the client completing anger management classes and community service.

Federal Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

Client was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She and other co-conspirators were alleged to have used fake IDs to secure fraudulent loans for over $600,000.00. She was facing up to 30 years in prison. Ms. Goldstein negotiated a plea bargain where client was sentenced to probation. and home confinement. All the other co-defendant received a prison sentence.

Federal White Collar Crime: Receiving Illegal Kickbacks

The client was charged with receiving illegal Medicare/Medical kickbacks. He was facing up to 5 years in federal prison. After tireless negotiation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the client was sentenced to 1 year of probation. He did not serve any prison time.

Felony Assault Charge

Client was facing felony assault charges stemming from a fight inside the LA county jail. After aggressive cross-examination of the Sheriff’s Deputy at the preliminary hearing, Ms. Goldstein had the case reduced to a misdemeanor and then dismissed entirely at a later hearing. The client did not end up with any criminal record from this incident.