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Los Angeles Criminal Attorney

The Los Angeles Criminal Attorney Law Firm provides hands-on, consistent, quality, and skilled representation in all misdemeanor and felony matters, including driving under the influence, drug offenses, theft offenses, restraining orders, and serious and violent felonies.

For Negin, protecting the accused is a noble way of protecting the integrity of our criminal justice system, and of preserving the significance and value of our constitution. For that reason, Negin puts her heart and soul into every case, and tirelessly fights for every one of her clients, no matter how egregious the charges or tedious and intimidating the process. Infused with this spirit, Negin carefully evaluates every case, and explores and litigates every possible defense.

Negin’s strategy—one that has consistently led to favorable resolutions—is to educate the prosecutor about the nuances and complexities involved in a case as well as any and all weaknesses in the prosecution’s account of the case. Negin then relentlessly pushes for an outcome most just and best suited to the needs of her client in light of the circumstances.

What makes Negin Yamini the ideal criminal defense attorney for you in all stages of a criminal prosecution, and no matter where your case is in the process

Hiring the right criminal defense attorney is the most important decision that you can make in regards to your case. This decision can be the difference between a draconian punishment versus a reduced sentence, an expeditious outcome versus a dragged-on and futile endeavor, or a guilty versus a not guilty verdict. Below are some reasons why Negin is the ideal attorney for you no matter where your case is in the process:

Experienced in all stages of a criminal prosecution, Negin Yamini fights your case as both a negotiator and a litigator. As a litigator, Negin fully and thoroughly investigates the facts of your case, and prepares any and all substantive and procedural motions that pertain to the specific issues of your case. As a negotiator, Negin uses any substantive or procedural problems in the prosecution’s account of your case to negotiate a favorable plea bargain on your behalf. And if a favorable plea bargain cannot be reached, Negin aggressively prepares your case for trial.

In general, there are three categories of criminal defense attorneys: those who rigorously negotiate on behalf of their clients but avoid trial; those who routinely litigate cases in trial but who do not invest much in negotiating endeavors pre-trial; and those who are both negotiators and trial attorneys. Negin Yamini is in the third category. She is both a negotiator and a skilled trial attorney who will not hesitate to take a case to trial once she has exhausted all attempts at a plea bargain or if she believes that proceeding to trial will accomplish the most just outcome in your case.

The majority of cases settle and do not proceed to trial. Therefore,you want to hire an attorney who has not just the skill and ability to negotiate on your behalf, but who is also known and respected by judges and prosecutors. Your attorney’s reputation can make a difference in how successful he or she is in accomplishing the best possible outcome in your case.

Negin is respected and admired by clients, judges, and prosecutors for her tenacity, passion, utmost professionalism, and integrity. These qualities—the hallmarks of Negin’s personality—have helped her accomplish favorable dispositions in many cases.

From the moment that you consult her about your case, Negin will listen attentively for details and nuances, and conduct her own investigation of the facts. She will examine the case from any and all possible angles, and will not rely on what the police or prosecution believe to have occurred.

It is important that you hire an attorney who will understand the specific circumstances of your case, and who will tailor a defense or defense strategy accordingly. For example, in your particular case, you many have neither the facts nor the law on your side. In that situation, an apt strategy might be appealing to a judge’s or prosecutor’s sense of compassion or interest in your rehabilitation. Conversely, your case might impose some substantive and procedural obstacles for the prosecution. In that situation, an apt strategy might be rigorously using those obstacles as leverage to negotiate on your behalf. Some cases require that the attorney both litigate the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case as well as appeal for leniency and compassion.

Negin Yamini will take the time and effort to thoroughly understand the specific needs and nuances of your case, and to plan an effective defense accordingly.

In every criminal case, conscientiousness—the ability to be thorough and diligent—is key in accomplishing a favorable outcome. Negin Yamini will painstakingly prepare your defense—that is, she will seek any and all information relevant to your case, and explore any and all strategies and options that will lead to a most ideal outcome.

No matter where your case is in the judicial process, Negin does not “wait” for the system to take its natural course. Rather, she takes control of the system. For example, she will not wait for the prosecutor to propose to her a disposition or “hand her” an offer in your case. She will thoroughly investigate the relevant law and facts of your case and, based on those findings, she will aggressively pitch her own offer to the prosecution. This command and control of the process sends the prosecutor exactly the right message—that Negin is not at the mercy of the prosecutor, and that she will do everything she can to ensure justice for her client.

When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you deserve to have the peace of mind that he or she—and not an appearance attorney whom you have never met—will handle your case from start to finish. Negin will appear in court to fight on your behalf. At every stage of your case, Negin herself will handle any and all substantive and procedural tasks.

The criminal justice system is daunting and scary, and an attorney who helps alleviate your anxiety is crucial to your ability to remain resilient and strong. For that reason, you want to hire an attorney who is accessible to you at all times. Negin Yamini is accessible to you at all times, keeps you informed at all times, and holds your hand through a process that otherwise seems insurmountable.

High quality representation need not mean exorbitant prices. In Negin’s criminal law practice, affordable and high quality are not mutually exclusive and in fact both requirements of effective representation. For that reason, Negin offers top-notch representation at reasonable and affordable fees

The stages of criminal prosecution

Generally, a criminal prosecution consists of three main stages: the arrest, arraignment, and adjudication.

  • The Arrest

    The Arrest

    A criminal case usually begin with an arrest, when law enforcement, on the basis of information they have obtained, form probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the person suspected has committed the specific crime. The Fourth Amendment to the United States constitution mandates that police cannot execute an arrest unless they have probable cause to believe that the person s...

  • Arraignment


    At arraignment, the accused is informed by a judge of the criminal charges filed against him or her, and is given the option of pleading guilty or not guilty to those charges. Unless defense counsel and the prosecution have already reached a plea bargain, the accused enters a plea of not guilty at arraignment. The judge then determines whether the accused should be released on his own recognizance, o...

  • Adjudication


    Once the accused enters a plea of not guilty, the case proceeds to the adjudicatory phase. At this stage, defense counsel obtains from the prosecution all discovery, or information gathered by law enforcement, related to the charges. Through the adjudicatory phase a case either resolves in plea bargain or proceeds to further litigation. If the accused is charged with a felony, he or she has the right...


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Seven of our most common
criminal practice areas are as follows:

DUIs do not always bring criminal allegations, but even first-time DUIs without any aggravating factors involved can bring serious penalties, such as losing your license for a year, time in the county jail, and hefty fines. For repeat DUIs and cases where an injury/death occurred, the sentence will be even steeper. Additionally, a DUI on your record can affect your future employment opportunities and increase your car insurance rates for many years to come. To maximize your chances of getting your DUI charge dismissed or at least getting the sentence lightened, it is imperative to have experienced DUI lawyers who can find weaknesses in the evidence brought against you and engage in negotiations where appropriate.

Drug crimes, including simple possession, manufacture, sale, transport, or trafficking of a controlled substance, are taken very seriously in the California criminal code. The charges can be a mere infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony, depending on what kind, quantity, and use of drug is involved. A prior drug crime on your record or connections to other crimes, like illegal firearm possession or gang violence, can also increase the punishment. First-time, non-violent offenders are often eligible for a "drug diversion program" in lieu of jail time, but they must complete drug abuse treatment for the charges to be ultimately dismissed. Loss of driving privileges, probation, heavy fines, and registration as a drug offender are other possible sentencing elements.

In California, "assault" is defined as intentionally attempting to physically harm another person or so threatening another that they have a reasonable fear of immanent attack. "Battery" is defined as purposefully using physical force on another person, regardless of how small the amount. Assault and battery can be misdemeanor charges if little to no actual harm is done, but it can be a felony when serious injury results. A felony may also be charged if a deadly weapon (of any kind) is used or there was intent to inflict extremely severe injury on the victim. Both assault and battery, which are often charged together, are serious crimes that require a skilled lawyer to successfully defend against.

With "domestic violence," allegations are brought against a spouse, parent, dating partner, co-habitant, or other close relation. Domestic violence can also cover abuse, rape, kidnapping, stalking, and other violations against someone with whom one has a close relationship. Since these types of crimes are so common and so devastating, arrests are made upon complaint with little thought that the accused party may be innocent. But it is not at all uncommon for accusations to be fabricated or greatly exaggerated, and juries/judges are often too quick to assume guilt unless a skilled lawyer is fighting to defend you. The loss of visitation rights, child custody, and employment, and the permanently stained reputation are also strong reasons to seek expert legal counsel.

"Theft crimes" covers a wide swath of specific charges, all tied together simply by the taking of property that belongs to another. In "Burglary," it is stealing items from the property of another. If that property is currently inhabited, it is first degree burglary; if not, it is second degree. Second degree may get you a year in the county jail, but first degree could get you a 2 to 6 year prison term. "Robbery" is the taking of property by force off of the person of another without the owner's permission. How severely robbery is punished will depend on such things as if a firearm/weapon was used, if a prior criminal record exists, if an injury/death resulted, and what the value was of the stolen property. We know the best defense strategies for both burglar and robbery cases, and we also handle auto theft, grand larceny, fraud, and many other classes of theft crime.

When you are charged with using a weapon to commit a crime, the punishment will be enhanced. Illegal possession of a weapon can also bring serious consequences. Once a weapons violation, whether firearms or otherwise, is on your record, you can be flagged in employers' background checks and find it difficult to find a good job. For this reason, it is wise to hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer to defeat weapons charges or to get them expunged from your record as soon as possible.

The social stigma and destroyed relationships that can result form a sex crimes conviction can haunt you for life, and you will be forced to register as a sex offender, besides suffering from long prison terms and heavy fines. Sex crimes include: rape, statutory rape, spousal rape, child abuse, prostitution, sexual harassment, and indecent exposure. The high-profile nature of sex crimes often leads to the overlooking of defendants' rights, making it crucial to have the best possible defense attorney.

Los Angeles Criminal Attorney is staffed by experts in all of the above-listed practice areas and more. We are committed to defending your rights and winning the best obtainable outcome to every case.

For further information or to get started on your case, call us 24/7 at 424-333-0943.

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Practice Area

  • Assault & Battery Assault & Battery
  • Domestic Violence Domestic Violence
  • Driving Offenses Driving Offenses
  • Drugs Drugs
  • Firearms Firearms
  • Fraud Fraud
  • Sex Crimes Sex Crimes
  • Theft Theft
  • Violent Crimes Violent Crimes
  • Other Other

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 Major Divisions of the County

  • East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, portions of the Pomona Valley
  • West: Westside, Beach Cities
  • South: South Bay, South Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles
  • Harbor Region North: San Fernando Valley, Crescenta Valley, portions of the Conejo Valley,
  • portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley
  • Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Northeast Los Angeles

Census Designated Places

 Acton, Agua Dulce, Alondra Park, Altadena, Avocado Heights, Castaic, Charter Oak, Citrus, Del Aire, Desert View Highlands, East Los Angeles, East Pasadena, East Rancho Dominguez, East San Gabriel, East Whittier, Elizabeth Lake, Florence-Graham, Green Valley, Hacienda Heights, Hasley Canyon, La Crescenta-Montrose, Ladera Heights, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lennox, Leona Valley, Littlerock, Marina del Rey, Mayflower Village, North El Monte, Quartz Hill, Rose Hills, Rowland Heights, San Pasqual, South Monrovia Island, South San Gabriel, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, Stevenson Ranch, Sun Village, Topanga, Val Verde, Valinda, View Park-Windsor Hills, Vincent, Walnut Park, West Athens, West Carson, West Rancho Dominguez, West Puente Valley, West Whittier-Los Nietos, Westmont, Willowbrook

Other Communities

Agoura, Antelope Acres, Athens, Bassett, Big Mountain Ridge, Big Pines, Big Rock, Boiling Point, Bouquet Canyon, Castaic Junction, Del Sur, Del Valle, Florence, Gorman, Juniper Hills, Kinneloa Mesa, Llano, Pearblossom, Two Harbors, Universal City, Valyermo, Centennial

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