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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
Whether you’re accused of possession, sales, or transportation, a lawyer can help you learn to protect your freedom.
There are two sides to every story. A qualified attorney can help give you a voice to tell yours.
Disputes are often unavoidable. From assault to robbery, don’t go down without a fight.
California’s asset forfeiture laws are often abused by law enforcement. A lawyer can help protect your assets.
A wrongful conviction of driving under the influence can negatively impact your career and personal life. Preparing a strong defense is critical.
Teenage years are undoubtedly some of the most difficult in a person’s life. Protect your child’s future and freedom.
Serving Los Angeles and Orange County
I run a client-centered practice. This means that my mission is to identify your goals, and help you find the best path to achieving them. Whether your goals are personal or financial, the right criminal law attorney can help. Let’s work together to find the best practical legal solutions for your situation.
Everyone has rights and criminal defense is about defending those rights. When you’ve been charged with a crime, you come to the understanding that you are the only one interested in fighting for your rights. However, you cannot do it alone and that’s why there is need for aggressive, uncompromising criminal defense. Call the law offices of Justin Lo Law to find the valuable information you’re looking for as you embark on this new process. When it comes to arrests made on criminal charges in Long Beach, Torrance, or throughout Southern California, the situation should be treated as an emergency. Finding yourself in this situation for the first time could result in confusion and uncertainty. Conversely, if you’re facing repeat charges, it means that the stake and potential sentencing will be much higher. Without the legal counsel of a seasoned attorney, you will still be ambushed by legal surprises.
Justin Lo Law is distinguished above other law firms in Long Beach and Torrance because the practice is limited entirely to criminal defense. The firm is committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for each and every case. The legal team is able to provide top-tier legal advice and representation to clients charged with different crimes.
Attorney Justin Lo, who has served as a Deputy City Prosecutor, has accumulated deep hands-on experience in criminal law. Mr. Lo knows firsthand how district attorneys and cops put together cases. He used to be in their shoes. You can be sure that this knowledge will be used to your advantage. Attorney Justin Lo has earned the respect of colleagues and clients alike. But what matters most, in the end, is that we have the passion to help individuals in need, and we are dedicated utterly to fighting for you and your best interests. From the day you retain us as your counsel, we put all our efforts in developing the best possible defense strategy for your case that will result in the best possible outcome.
Our criminal defense attorneys handle both felony and misdemeanor cases throughout Long Beach and Torrance. We work together as a team with forensic experts and private detectives to collect evidence that will undermine that provided by the prosecutors. No case is too small, too big, too hard, or too easy for us to devote our time, energy, and resources in it.
We Are Not a "Law Mill"
Clients in dire need of criminal defense representation often fall prey to traps set by “law mills.” These are law firms whose commitment is completely directed to aggressively retaining clients but do not use the same aggression in fighting for those charges. In other cases, the firms will retain clients, but then, appearance lawyers will do all the work. It’s even an epidemic to hire a firm that will then give the entire case to some unknown attorney. At Justin Lo Law, we are totally against this unethical practice, and that’s why we invested our time and energy to creating a team of highly skilled and trustworthy attorneys to serve our esteemed clients. All our cases are handled personally and internally. You can be sure that only our attorneys will ever touch your file.
What Makes Justin Lo Law the Ideal Criminal Defense Firm for You
The most important decision that you can make when faced with criminal charges is hiring the right defense attorney. The ultimate decision you make can be the difference between a reduced sentence and severe punishment, a guilty versus a not guilty verdict, a speedy outcome versus a dragged-on and unsuccessful effort. When you become a Justin Lo Law client, we convey to you more than just the knowledge and experience; you also get a maximum dedication in serving your best interests. We pride ourselves in being the ideal law firm for you no matter the stage of criminal prosecution your case is at. Below are the qualities that set us apart in a crowded industry:
Our experience is both deep and wide in all stages of a criminal prosecution, and we fight for your case as negotiators and litigators. As litigators, we conduct a full and thorough investigation of the particulars of your case to prepare practical and procedural motions that are specific to the issues surrounding your case. As negotiators, we use the available procedural problems made by the prosecution to negotiate a favorable plea bargain. This implies that your chances of a plea deal that reduces your charge or sentence, pre-trial dismissal, or an acquittal are increased. The negotiation and litigation skills complement each other, something that makes the prosecution more willing to negotiate and instills in them the fear of going to trial against you.
Our attorneys take time to go through every case presented to them to understand the specific circumstances of your case. This will help develop an effective defense strategy that will apply to your case depending on the specific needs and nuances surrounding your case. For instance, it’s possible for your case not to have the law or the facts on your side. In such a case, the best strategy to be employed might be appealing to the prosecutor’s or judge’s interest in your rehabilitation or sense of compassion. On the contrary, your case might be backed up by the facts and the law, and this might make it possible to impose substantive obstacles for the prosecution. In such a situation, the appropriate strategy might be thoroughly using the same obstacles as the basis for making negotiations with the prosecution.
Justin Lo Law is committed to maintaining established relationships with the clients. The staff and attorneys are accessible to you at all times with open communication being at the center of our services. With our “open door” policy, you can drop by our office or simply email, call, or text when you so desire. We believe that open communication is key in winning legal battles and that’s why we keep you informed of new development immediately the take place. At Justin Lo Law, we understand that the criminal justice system is scary and overwhelming, and that’s why we give our all to remain resilient and strong while creating a comfortable and reassuring environment for our clients.
Justin Lo Law brings you the highest caliber of legal representation without charging inflated prices. Our criminal law practice, high quality, and affordability assure our clients of effective representation without breaking the bank. For that reason, we keep ourselves affordable. We will make you know of our rates from the first instance.
Criminal Defense is Not a 9 to 5 Endeavor
At Justin Lo Law, we stick to a high work ethic, and we don’t just claim to care for you and your case. You’ll learn of our dedication through our actions. Serving our clients to our best level requires long, unpredictable hours, and we take that duty too seriously to get the job done however long it takes. We believe that criminal defense is not a 9 to 5 job and that’s why our attorneys are available to serve clients 24/7. We understand that you may run into an issue outside the 9 to 5 time frame and our attorneys will be available to assist you in your case at all times. Each client will have the personal cell phone number and private email address of the attorney assigned to their case as well as the contact information of the lawyer’s assistant.
Justin Lo Law Fights for You through All Stages a Criminal Prosecution
Being arrested for any crime in California is both frightening and confusing. It’s normal for the accused to ask what happens next after the arrest. It’s imperative to know that from the point of arrest, your words and actions can easily harm your criminal case. Therefore, before you do or say anything, speak with one of our seasoned criminal defense attorneys. Criminal defense is a process that gives your attorney the opportunity to consider the facts of your case, perform an investigation and argue for you. Generally, the stages of a criminal prosecution include:
We will help you from the time of the arrest, or if you’re worried that you might be arrested soon and/or charged, even before it happens. Attorney Justin Lo can offer you vital and important advice on staying out of jail or to prepare your case in preparation for an imminent arrest. Any misstep in a case can easily result in arrest or additional years in prison. Therefore, if your freedom is on the line, it is important to immediately seek a qualified and diligent criminal defense attorney to prepare your case. Under special situations, we can speak to investigating officers or detective in charge of the investigation and present evidence that might stop the filing of charges. In the event that such talks are not possible, we are normally able to avert a humiliating and disruptive arrest by organizing for you to go for booking at the police station at a particular chosen time with a bail bondsman on standby to keep you out of jail.
Ordinarily, the prosecutor, sometimes known as either the district attorney or the “DA” will assume everything in the police report is true and correct and files the charges the facts supports. In most criminal cases, the prosecutor will file as many charges as possible to pressure the defendant to accept a plea deal. Afterwards, the prosecutor will make an official “complaint” specifying your charges and each alleged violation of crime is known as a “count.” As the case progresses, if the evidence is too weak, the DA might decide drop to the charges or settle for a charge that is less serious. At this point, the legal wheels are starting to turn and it’s crucial to have a knowledgeable California defense lawyer to press for reduction or dismissal of charges.
During the arraignment, the defendant is told by the judge of the criminal accusations against them and is presented with the choice of entering a plea. In my experience, defendant enters a plea of “not guilty” 99% of the time unless the prosecution and the defense attorney have arrived at a plea bargain already. The judge will then determine if the defendant will be made to post bail or released on their own recognizance.
If the judge chooses to require bail, the defendant has a right to request for a bail review hearing a few days after the arraignment. The circumstance whether bail is set and the amount often depends on the charges the defendant is facing, if the defendant has a criminal record and whether the defendant is a risk to public safety or whether the defendant will return to court. Bail amounts can range from approximately $20,000 for simple misdemeanors to $1,000,000 for very serious felony crimes. At Justin Lo Law, we understand the importance of utilizing the time between your arrest and arraignment correct to maximize your freedom and keep you out of jail to participate in your criminal defense.
Once the defendant enters a plea of not guilty, the case moves to the adjudicatory phase. Here, the defense attorney begins collecting all information and police reports prepared by the arresting and investigating police officers. Information that prosecutors and defense attorneys exchange is called “discovery.” The most common discovery in criminal cases are the police report, witness statements, alcohol reports, 911 audio calls, police patrol video cameras, audio recordings and police body cameras. In other cases, subpoenas can be issued to non police sources for information. This includes video cameras from businesses and traffic reports.
An adjudication/Pre-trial period can range between 1 to 4 months depending on the factual investigation issues and the steps required to create a fair plea agreement.
During the adjudicatory stage, a case proceeds to further hearing or resolves in a plea bargain. If the defendant is accused of a felony, it’s their right to have a preliminary hearing take place before a magistrate or judge. If you’re charged with a misdemeanor, the case proceeds to trial without a preliminary hearing, except if the case is determined by a plea bargain. At a preliminary hearing, the prosecution must present adequate of evidence to show the defendant could have committed the purported charges. The presentation of evidence for a preliminary hearing are heard only by a judge.
If the judge concludes that the legal threshold has been met, the defendant will be required to answer to their charges. At this point, there are only two potential paths the case proceeds to jury trial or resolves in a plea bargain.
At Justin Lo Law, the understand the importance of having extensive preparation BEFORE the preliminary hearing occurs. A preliminary hearing is often the only opportunity to ask a witness questions and to test the strength of witness testimony. In certain cases, we will try to pin a prosecution witness to a particular set of facts, perform further investigation and then further examine that witness at trial. A strong examination of the prosecution’s witnesses at the preliminary hearing is often the only way for a prosecutor to see the weaknesses in their case and to make a reasonable offer before jury trial.
At Justin Lo law, we have broad knowledge in giving resounding arguments in court, in finding witnesses and evidence in your favor, in hiring expert witnesses to challenge the conclusions of police officers and revealing the flaws in the case brought against you. Many cases never get to jury trial if negotiations are reasonable and realistic. It is important to note that jury trials are a last resort because the risk of jail or a prison sentence are probable if there is a guilty verdict. Our skills in negotiating a reasonable outcome through early preparation helps our clients avoid unnecessary risk.
Therefore, it’s conceivable to “win” a case even if a sentence cannot be truthfully escaped. This usually includes receiving a lighter fine or getting community service or rehabilitation instead of jail time. In felony cases, a prison sentence on the low term without additional years of enhancements in prison or strike enhancements can also be considered a “win.” By rejecting or undermining the dependability of the prosecution's witness and evidence from initial stages of the process, we construct a base for winning the best probable conclusion to every case. Careful preparation is often the difference between an acquittal and a conviction or between a lighter or longer prison sentence.
As knowledgeable drug possession lawyers, attorney Justin Lo appreciates that unlawful possession of drugs in Long Beach and Torrance can result in jail time and a permanent criminal record. Even though most drug possession cases do not result in any harm, being found in possession of illegal drugs can result in long last damage to a person’s freedom, career and reputation.
In our experience, the most common drugs charged by prosecutors are heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax, MDMA, OxyContin and cocaine. Although prescription drugs may be lawfully prescribed, if you’re found in possession of these drugs without a prescription, it’s wise to get in touch with a skilled drug possession lawyer for assistance. While certain controlled drugs are allowable for individual usage, an excessive ownership can result in a drug possession for sales charge and/or a charge of possession to transport.
Depending on the facts of your case, we will always attempt to dismiss your case, or if that is not possible argue that as a first-time, non-violent offender, you get “drug diversion program” instead of jail time.
In the case of domestic violence, accusations are often made against a parent, dating partner, cohabitant, spouse or other close relative. Domestic violence may also cover rape, abuse, stalking, kidnapping and various violations to somebody with whom you have had a close relationship. Due to the nature of these crimes and their prevalence, arrests are often made once a complaint is made by someone with no investigation of the facts by police officers.
In many domestic violence cases, these accusations of violence or battery are greatly exaggerated or fabricated. In other cases, the person claiming to be a victim is actually the perpetrator of violence and has called the police first to cover up their own crime. Unfortunately judges and prosecutors are usually too quick to accept guilt except in a situation where a skilled lawyer is fighting for you by examining a victim’s background, taking statements from helpful witnesses and challenging statements that are improbable and incomplete.
In addition to a criminal record and jail time, a conviction for domestic violence can result in serious consequences to someone’s family life and reputation. Domestic violence is considered a crime of moral turpitude and can result in the loss of child custody visitation rights, the loss of or increased payment of spousal support. Domestic violence crimes also may have serious effects on immigrants since they could lead to removal or deportation from the United States.
Driving under the influence does usually does not result in significant jail time if no one is hurt. However, the consequences of a DUI are extremely burdensome and challenging in the forms of huge fines, time intensive DUI classes, increase car insurance premiums, driver’s suspension and in some aggravating cases, time in the county jail.
In case of repeat DUIs, and in situations where a death or injury occurred, the penalties will be even more severe and are usually charged as a felony offense. To enhance your opportunities of getting your DUI charges terminated or at the very least lightening the sentence, it’s important to retain an experienced DUI lawyer who can challenge weaknesses into the prosecution evidences against you and negotiate strongly for the least serious consequences.
Violent crime in California and the United States is widespread. Due to the escalation of this form of crime, individuals are constantly being dishonestly accused of violent crimes in Long Beach and Torrance. Justin Lo Law defense attorney defends those accused of violent crimes. Due to the escalation of violent crimes, the penalties for a conviction of these offenses have been increased considerably by our representatives.
When you’re accused of violent crime, you require a criminal defense lawyer with a demonstrated record of trying these cases. A sentence for these crimes will have a grave and significant impact to you or close relations charged with a violent crime. In most cases, the police are under pressure to solve these cases and do not complete full investigations or rely on false testimonies, resulting in the conviction of an innocent person. Justin Lo Law lawyers know California criminal laws and procedures to ensure that unlawful evidence is excluded from court.
Conviction of a juvenile crime in Long Beach may have a shattering impact on a family. Formerly, most juvenile crimes were dealt with nonchalantly. Today, a juvenile sentence is a grave matter and might bring about serious consequences in future for you and your family. A conviction can result in the revocation or denial of a driver's license, denial of schools, employment, loss of financial assistance, and being kicked out from public housing. A minor’s offense like being in possession of marijuana is enough to attract this charge. Juvenile courts have authority to try cases of children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old. Justin Lo Law believes that your child requires an aggressive defense in order to deliver the best possible outcome.
After you're charged with some criminal offenses in Long Beach and Torrance, you might suffer forfeiture of your assets by the police. Crimes that could lead to asset forfeiture are such as organized crime, drug charges and charges related to racketeering. While your assets are not supposed to be forfeited until you are sentenced, certain law enforcement officers will take your property after you are arrested. It’s important to discuss your case with an experienced defense attorney, who can fight your rights to your property. At Justin Lo Law we are well-versed in creating a strong case to defend your immediate charges and chase the return of your seized properties.
From the moment you make your first call to the moment your case is concluded, we employ our most strenuous efforts to winning your case. When we fight for you, we do it using the same aggression we would want to be applied in our case, were our roles reversed. For a free, no-obligation legal consultation, contact Justin Lo Law anytime 24/7/365 at 310-284-7385.