Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer

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There is nothing more disruptive to life than being charged with a criminal offense. The impact spreads to every area of your life: your relationships, your career, and your finances.

Hiring a private criminal defense attorney is one of the best ways to make sure you minimize these impacts and gives you a chance to secure your freedom.

How your Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer Can Help You

When we agree to take your case we’re agreeing to do a mountain of tasks on your behalf.

  • To investigate your case and to conduct research which can help us strengthen your case.
  • To prepare and file all necessary paperwork.
  • To argue on your behalf.
  • To argue on your behalf in a courtroom, or to negotiate with prosecutors and judges on your behalf.

You should never take on a criminal case pro se, that is, by representing yourself. You would be held to the same standards of conduct and knowledge as any lawyer who has been to law school, has passed the bar, and has been working in a professional capacity for any period of time. That is an impossible standard for most laypeople to meet.

You should think twice before turning to the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office. It is full of good people who have massive caseloads. It is virtually impossible for them to understand all the ins and outs of your case. There is a reason why most PDs turn to plea bargains to try to keep their clients out of jail, almost to the exclusion of any other tactic.

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Of course, we negotiate plea bargains too. Sometimes that’s what is in our client’s best interests. Sometimes you’re convicted, and you’d, in that case, it’s our job to make a case for mitigating or reducing your sentencing.

But that’s not where we start. Ultimately we’d like to see your charges dropped or dismissed, and if that doesn’t work, we’d like to see you acquitted.

No matter what, we will give you the best advice we have about what’s going on in your Los Angeles criminal case.

And there are many defenses we can deploy, even if we can’t make a case for your actual innocence. For example, we may be able to demonstrate the prosecution lacks the witnesses or evidence to pursue a case. We may be able to demonstrate key pieces of evidence the prosecution is relying upon were illegally obtained, or that there has been misconduct on the part of the prosecution or law enforcement. We may even be able to show your Constitutional rights have been violated in a way that destroys your case.

Do not assume we can’t help you just because you did the thing you’re being accused of. Often those who are guilty need our help the most.

Common Criminal Charges

We help both with felonies, which can be punished with anything from sixteen months in state prison to the death penalty and with misdemeanors, which are considered lesser crimes.

We help with a broad variety of criminal charges, including:

But we don’t just defend you when you’re accused of violating California state law. We’re fully licensed to defend you in federal court as well.

We help with violent crimes, misdemeanors, drug crimes, and white-collar crime.

The Three Strikes Law

The Three Strikes Law is one reason why it’s absolutely vital to obtain a competent criminal defense team when you’re charged with a crime. In California, each felony conviction elevates the severity of punishment. On the third conviction, regardless of the felony type, you can be sentenced to 25 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.

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Beware: misdemeanors can count as one of your “strikes,” especially if the crimes are similar. Shoplifting is a misdemeanor, but if you are convicted of shoplifting and then are convicted of Grand Larceny 5 years later you can be sure the shoplifting charge will be treated as one of your strikes.

Our Duty to Our Clients

Guilty or innocent, our duty to you remains exactly the same: to vigorously defend your rights and your case. Good people make mistakes all the time. So do law enforcement agencies, who have been known to charge innocent people with crimes.

The American Bar Association instructs all attorneys to do the following:

  • Act with reasonable diligence and promptness while representing clients. California defines competence as a measure of “diligence, learning, skill, as well as mental, emotional, and physical ability.”
  • Act with zeal while advocating on the client’s behalf while remaining within the bounds of the law.
  • Lawyers may take any legal and ethical measure to vindicate your case. We must never advise you to take any illegal action.
  • To advocate for our clients without regard for personal loss.
  • To respect and defer to decisions properly reserved to a client, and to avoid undercutting the client’s interests, even if we disagree.
  • To give priority to your best interests, and to demonstrate undivided loyalty to you, our client.
  • To respond promptly to your questions, status inquiries, and concerns.

Here at Greco Neyland, we uphold the highest ethical standards set both by the ABA and by the California Bar Association. We also care about each of our clients and could not sleep at night if we didn’t give them everything we have. You can trust you’re in good hands with us.

Our Track Record

We’re former prosecutors.

And it makes a difference.

We know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system because we’ve worked both sides. We know how prosecutors think, and what they’re likely to try. We know the people who are likely to be involved in your case. Sometimes that’s just as important as knowing all the little unwritten rules of the courtroom, the rules of evidence, or the statutes as written.

We have successfully defended many others who are in your shoes and are confident we’ll be able to help you, too.

Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer

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There is nothing more disruptive to life than being charged with a criminal offense. The impact spreads to every area of your life: your relationships, your career, and your finances.

Hiring a private criminal defense attorney is one of the best ways to make sure you minimize these impacts and gives you a chance to secure your freedom.

How your Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer Can Help You

When we agree to take your case we’re agreeing to do a mountain of tasks on your behalf.

  • To investigate your case and to conduct research which can help us strengthen your case.
  • To prepare and file all necessary paperwork.
  • To argue on your behalf.
  • To argue on your behalf in a courtroom, or to negotiate with prosecutors and judges on your behalf.

You should never take on a criminal case pro se, that is, by representing yourself. You would be held to the same standards of conduct and knowledge as any lawyer who has been to law school, has passed the bar, and has been working in a professional capacity for any period of time. That is an impossible standard for most laypeople to meet.

You should think twice before turning to the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office. It is full of good people who have massive caseloads. It is virtually impossible for them to understand all the ins and outs of your case. There is a reason why most PDs turn to plea bargains to try to keep their clients out of jail, almost to the exclusion of any other tactic.

A photo of the hollywood sign in Los Angeles

Of course, we negotiate plea bargains too. Sometimes that’s what is in our client’s best interests. Sometimes you’re convicted, and you’d, in that case, it’s our job to make a case for mitigating or reducing your sentencing.

But that’s not where we start. Ultimately we’d like to see your charges dropped or dismissed, and if that doesn’t work, we’d like to see you acquitted.

No matter what, we will give you the best advice we have about what’s going on in your Los Angeles criminal case.

And there are many defenses we can deploy, even if we can’t make a case for your actual innocence. For example, we may be able to demonstrate the prosecution lacks the witnesses or evidence to pursue a case. We may be able to demonstrate key pieces of evidence the prosecution is relying upon were illegally obtained, or that there has been misconduct on the part of the prosecution or law enforcement. We may even be able to show your Constitutional rights have been violated in a way that destroys your case.

Do not assume we can’t help you just because you did the thing you’re being accused of. Often those who are guilty need our help the most.

Common Criminal Charges

We help both with felonies, which can be punished with anything from sixteen months in state prison to the death penalty and with misdemeanors, which are considered lesser crimes.

We help with a broad variety of criminal charges, including:

But we don’t just defend you when you’re accused of violating California state law. We’re fully licensed to defend you in federal court as well.

We help with violent crimes, misdemeanors, drug crimes, and white-collar crime.

The Three Strikes Law

The Three Strikes Law is one reason why it’s absolutely vital to obtain a competent criminal defense team when you’re charged with a crime. In California, each felony conviction elevates the severity of punishment. On the third conviction, regardless of the felony type, you can be sentenced to 25 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.

A photo of a judge gavel in Los Angeles

Beware: misdemeanors can count as one of your “strikes,” especially if the crimes are similar. Shoplifting is a misdemeanor, but if you are convicted of shoplifting and then are convicted of Grand Larceny 5 years later you can be sure the shoplifting charge will be treated as one of your strikes.

Our Duty to Our Clients

Guilty or innocent, our duty to you remains exactly the same: to vigorously defend your rights and your case. Good people make mistakes all the time. So do law enforcement agencies, who have been known to charge innocent people with crimes.

The American Bar Association instructs all attorneys to do the following:

  • Act with reasonable diligence and promptness while representing clients. California defines competence as a measure of “diligence, learning, skill, as well as mental, emotional, and physical ability.”
  • Act with zeal while advocating on the client’s behalf while remaining within the bounds of the law.
  • Lawyers may take any legal and ethical measure to vindicate your case. We must never advise you to take any illegal action.
  • To advocate for our clients without regard for personal loss.
  • To respect and defer to decisions properly reserved to a client, and to avoid undercutting the client’s interests, even if we disagree.
  • To give priority to your best interests, and to demonstrate undivided loyalty to you, our client.
  • To respond promptly to your questions, status inquiries, and concerns.

Here at Greco Neyland, we uphold the highest ethical standards set both by the ABA and by the California Bar Association. We also care about each of our clients and could not sleep at night if we didn’t give them everything we have. You can trust you’re in good hands with us.

Our Track Record

We’re former prosecutors.

And it makes a difference.

We know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system because we’ve worked both sides. We know how prosecutors think, and what they’re likely to try. We know the people who are likely to be involved in your case. Sometimes that’s just as important as knowing all the little unwritten rules of the courtroom, the rules of evidence, or the statutes as written.

We have successfully defended many others who are in your shoes and are confident we’ll be able to help you, too.

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