CRIMINAL DEFENSE

 

Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of handling thousands of criminal cases including felonies, misdemeanors and federal crimes. A criminal charge does not have to mean you'll be convicted. We have the knowledge, resources and experience to aggressively defend your rights and reach the best outcome possible for your case. There is hope no matter what the charge.

 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE SERVICES

If you've been arrested for a drug offense, DUI, domestic violence, theft or any other criminal offense, the defense attorneys at Chudnovsky Law can help. We are skilled in fighting criminal charges of all kinds. Our attorneys have had great success in the courtroom and have a strong record of acquittals, reductions in charges, and dismissals. We are ready to defend you aggressively and achieve the best possible outcome to your case.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Our legal team understands that criminal charges can have a profound impact on your life. Protecting clients against convictions and penalties is our top priority. Criminal charges can threaten your personal and professional well-being, your parental rights - and put your future on the line. Our experienced defense attorneys provide smart, aggressive defense for most types of criminal charges including:

  • Assault & Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Fraud and Embezzlement
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Weapon Possession
  • White Collar Crimes

IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCE MITIGATION

Criminal charges can cause serious consequences for immigrants, international students and noncitizens. Immigration consequences not only affect a defendant, but that person’s innocent (and often US citizen) children and families. Consequences can include deportation or removal from the US of a parent or family member, or the denial of immigration benefits, such as US citizenship and lawful permanent resident status to which a defendant would otherwise be eligible to receive. 

Our criminal defense and immigration attorneys are experienced working with prosecutors, judges and the court systems to adjust charges, reduce sentencing or get cases dismissed to achieve the best possible outcome considering immigration consequences.

Criminal defense for student & scholar exchange visa holders

Expungement

While you may have moved on from a criminal conviction in your past, your criminal record has not. In fact, even if you were simply arrested and never charged with or convicted of a crime, that arrest report can remain on your record. Our firm may be able to remove your past criminal records through a process known as expungement. Expungement extracts and isolates criminal records, and prevents them from being disclosed under most circumstances. One of the main benefits of having your record expunged is that you can legally state you have no conviction for that particular criminal offense when asked about your criminal record.

From regaining more access to loans, federal assistance, and education to significantly increasing your chances of obtaining the employment you want, there are a range of benefits that you can enjoy with a clean and clear record. Perhaps most important is the peace of mind you will experience knowing that your past is finally put behind you for good. If you are seeking expungement or sealing a criminal record, contact us as early as possible.


OUR PROACTIVE APPROACH

Some California criminal defense lawyers take a wait-and-see approach. They stall until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports, before investigating and working up your case.

By contrast, we believe there's no time to waste. The most critical window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, or even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, often we can locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and get a head start towards defeating the charges.

STOP CHARGES BEFORE THEY ARE Filed?

Sometimes it's possible to stop criminal charges from being filed. After making an arrest or investigating a suspected crime, police take their evidence to the district attorney. The D.A. evaluates the potential case and decides what, if any, criminal charges to file. Usually, the prosecutor makes this decision based solely on what police present. But often there's much more to the story.

Many times our criminal lawyers can also meet with the D.A. during this same time period. We can present our evidence and witness statements.

Knowing your side of the story may affect the D.A.'s calculations. When the prosecutors see the whole picture, not just what the police or alleged "victim" have to say, they may decide to file lesser charges such as a misdemeanor rather than a felony, for example. Or perhaps even reject the case and not file any criminal charges at all.


don't wait for prosecutors to make the first move

Contact us for a free, confidential initial consultation to start your defense!


WE OFFER SECOND OPINIONS

Perhaps you already have a California criminal defense lawyer. Your case has been pending for awhile. Your attorney advises you on a certain case strategy, such as accepting the D.A.'s offer, or taking the case to trial. Now you face a major life decision. And you're just not sure what to do.

We can evaluate your case and offer our independent judgment as to your various options and the merits of each. Much like a patient may see another doctor for a second opinion before making a major life decision, we can give you a legal second opinion.

In the end, we may agree with your current attorney's position. Or we may not. We may suggest a totally different approach. But our advice to you will be unbiased, look only to your best interests, and be based on a careful analysis of all the facts and law.

Contact us for help

We like to start every case by sitting down with you and your witnesses to hear exactly what happened. The police and the accusers will have their story. We will be presenting yours. So we start by listening and understanding your side of it. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to see if we're the right California criminal defense lawyers for you.


Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish and Amharic.