California Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our experienced Los Angeles & Orange County criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of handling 1000's of criminal cases including virtually every kind of felony, misdemeanor and federal crime.

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.


If you've been arrested for a California drug crime, DUI, domestic violence, theft, federal crime or any other criminal offense, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers 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.

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Sherry Cross, Criminal Justice Attorney Over 2,700 cases defended

Sherry Cross, Criminal Justice Attorney
Over 2,700 cases defended

You Need the Best OC & LA Criminal Attorney

Our Orange County and Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys understand 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 criminal attorney provides smart, aggressive defense for all types of criminal charges including:

Orange County DUI Defense

  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Vehicular Assault and Manslaughter
  • Driver’s License Suspensions & Restorations
  • Felony Drunk Driving
  • Child Endangerment
  • Drunk in Public

Los Angeles Sex Crimes

  • Indecent Exposure, Lewd Conduct
  • Los Angeles Internet Sex Crime
  • Sexual Assault, Statutory Rape
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Orange County Sex Solicitation
  • Los Angeles Prostitution

Los Angeles White Collar Crime

  • Identity Theft
  • Los Angeles Financial Crimes
  • Tax Fraud, Tax Evasion
  • Los Angeles Credit Card Fraud
  • Los Angeles Extortion
  • Orange County Fraud
  • Orange County Forgery
  • Los Angeles Embezzlement
  • LA Medicare & Insurance Fraud

Post-Conviction Services

  • LA Driving License Restoration
  • OC Parole & Probation Violations

Los Angeles Shoplifting

Federal Criminal Defense

Los Angeles Assault & Violent Crime

  • Los Angeles Hit and Run
  • Los Angeles Weapons Charge
  • Domestic Violence
  • Los Angeles Homicide
  • Los Angeles Arson Charges
  • Orange County Stalking
  • Los Angeles Aggravated Assault
  • Assault with Intent to Murder
  • Gun Law and Charges, Felony Firearm

Los Angeles Drug Crime

  • LA Pot Dispensary Violations
  • Los Angeles Marijuana Crimes
  • Making Hash Oil, Honey Oil
  • OC Drug Possession
  • LA Prescription Drug Charges
  • Federal & Major Felony Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing
  • Drug Distribution and Sales
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver

Los Angeles Theft & Property Crimes

  • Armed Robbery, Burglary
  • Orange County Credit Card Theft
  • Misdemeanor Theft
  • Orange County Shoplifting
  • Federal Crime Defense
  • Receiving Stolen Property

Juvenile Offenses

Los Angeles Elder Abuse & Neglect


Only the best criminal defense attorney will understand the unique details of your charges and carefully examine every detail to build a successful criminal defense strategy for your case. Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys 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 for your case. 


Don't wait for prosecutors to make the first move

Call 949.424.5450 for a Free, confidential case review to start your defense! We are dedicated to defending your rights, reputation & freedom.



LA & OC Criminal Immigration Defense Attorney

Our team of criminal defence attorneys and immigration attorneys know how to balance criminal law defense with immigration consequences. A criminal charge does not have to mean you'll be convicted or deported. We have the knowledge and experience to aggressively defend your rights and reach the best outcome possible. There is hope no matter what the charge.

Foreign Citizen Criminal Defense

If you are not a United States citizen, a California criminal conviction can have serious consequences for your immigration status. Under US immigration law, criminal convictions can lead to a non-citizen being deported regardless of how long they have lived in the US or how well-established their life is here. Also, certain California criminal convictions can make an immigrant "inadmissible", meaning they:

  1. Cannot renter the US after leaving
  2. Cannot become a US citizen
  3. Cannot apply for adjustment of status or permanent residence

In some cases you do not even need to be convicted of a crime to be deported. This is because a non-citizen can be made deportable or inadmissible simply for engaging in certain kinds of conduct, such as drug trafficking or prostitution, even if they are never convicted of this activity in a criminal court.

Tragically, many immigrants who face California criminal charges are represented by LA criminal defense attorneys who do not understand the immigration consequences of certain outcomes, including guilty or "no contest" pleas. An LA crime defense lawyer may offer good advice on how to reduce a criminal sentence. But that advice may lead to a result for the client that is far worse than a longer sentence including removal from the country that they know as home.

This is why it is extremely important for all non-citizens facing criminal charges to be represented by a criminal defense and immigration attorney who understands both immigration law and criminal law. Now that President Trump has taken executive action to increase the number of deportations of immigrants for any reason, including criminal convictions, it is more important than ever.

You have the right to remain silent

US law provides you the 5th Amendment right to not self incriminate. If you are questioned by police or placed under arrest, you do not need to make any statements other than to request a crime defense lawyer. You do not have to answer the questions police ask you, such as where you have been or how much you have had to drink. It is important to be polite and to provide identification to police, but you do not have to make any statements. Your words may be manipulated and used against you. Even native English-speakers are often confused by the legal jargon and semantics used by law enforcement officers. If English is your second language, you may find the officer’s questions confusing, and you may struggle to make yourself clear to investigators.

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Expungement Of Criminal Records

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 Los Angeles criminal justice attorney may be able to remove, or expunge California 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 our Orange County criminal defense lawyers expunge California crime records 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 our criminal justice lawyer as early as possible.

Our proactive approach

Some California criminal defence 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, a good lawyer can locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and a good lawyer will 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. or federal prosecutor during this same time period. We can present our evidence and witness statements.

Knowing your side of the story may affect the D.A. or federal prosecutor's calculations. When 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.

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Don't wait for prosecutors to make the first move

Call 949.424.5450 for a Free, confidential case review to start your defense!  We are dedicated to defending your rights, reputation & freedom.


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, our criminal justice lawyers can give you a legal second opinion. Many clients describe us as the best criminal defense attorneys they have hired.

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 best Los Angeles or Orange County criminal defense lawyers for you.