Karen Lynn Goldstein’s Answers

Karen Lynn Goldstein

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I am facing charges, having tough time finding an attorney who does white collar criminal defense, as well as real estate, help?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christine C McCall
    2. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    3. Joseph Briscoe Dane
    4. Karren Melinda Kenney
    5. Michael Kevin Cernyar
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    8 lawyer answers

    First of all, I would suggest that you hire someone who specializes in criminal defense only and has background and experience in white collar cases. You will not get the strongest defense from an attorney who does both criminal defense as well as real estate law, unless what you meant by the question was that your case involved real estate fraud type allegations. You can contact me for further assistance at at (888) 445-6313.

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  2. My question is on aug. 16 when they set the court date for me, will i need an actual lawer to stay out of jail? especially if th

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. Sean Anthony Brady
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    5. Jennifer Diem-Trang Le
    5 lawyer answers

    Especially given some of the possible penalties you face that are associated with a domestic violence charge, including but not limited to, 52 weeks of mandatory domestic violence classes, a criminal protective order prohibiting you from contact with the alleged victim, jail or prison time (depending on the specific charge), high court fines and fees, you should consult with an attorney and determine if the facts of your case would create a strong defense for a jury or court trial.

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  3. How much jail time could a person face for receiving a second felony charge under CA penal code

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. Frank S Hong
    2 lawyer answers

    In California, the law penalizes more harshly for someone who picks up a 2nd domestic violence conviction within 7 years of a first domestic violence conviction. There are different ways that domestic violence can be charged (generally either as a 243 or a 273.5). However, a second time offender with a prior 273.5 charge faces up to 5 years in state prison. Of course, depending on the circumstances, and the alleged injuries, a good defense attorney may be able to negotiate for the charge to...

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  4. Assult and battery

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    1 lawyer answer

    This depends on how the incident was charged. Simple Battery is a misdemeanor which means you are facing up to 6 months in county jail. Assault with force likey to produce great bodily injury/with a deadly weapon is a wobbler which means it can be charged a a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts. Depending on whether it is a felony or misdemeanor, you could be facing 1 year in county jail or 2, 3, or 4 years in state prison. As a felony, asasult with a deadly weapon is also a...

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  5. Can't get my license back for DUI - alcohol test showed .06.

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. Patricia Elizabeth Fox
    3. Ryan Patrick McClure
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, this is a tough situation because when you have a DUI arrest in California there are two separate entities you must deal with (1) the criminal court; and (2) the DMV. The DMV has exclusive authority over whether to suspend your license or not and the Court does not get involved in this decision. However, there is hope at the end of the tunnel: after 30 days of license suspension has passed, you may obtain a restricted license to drive to and from work, to and from your alcohol...

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  6. Drug/gang affiliation

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    1 lawyer answer

    You will need to provide more details in order for an attorney to make helpful suggestions for you. Depending on what the charges are, knowledge is not always an element of the crime. Therefore, the fact that your sister did not "know" about some of her boyfriend's belongings/conduct does not necessarily exonerate her. Also, depending on the individual circumstances and facts, sometimes knowledge will be assumed or inferred on her part if the circumstances were so suspicious that an average...

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  7. Possession of meth/firearm charges for an innocent person

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. John Roger Blanchard
    2 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately for her, if there has been a gang allegation added in addition to the other two felony charges, then she is facing some serious consequences. A gang enhancement adds additional potential prison time consecutive to the prison time she is already facing for the other felony charges. However, often the DA will charge a gang enhancement when there is insufficient evidence to prove it. She needs a good private attorney to review her case and to ascertain what defenses might be...

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  8. 1ST DEGREE THEFT

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. Ben Walter Pesta II
    3. Brian Richard Dinday
    3 lawyer answers

    In California, strikes are either "violent" or "serious" felonies which are defined in the penal code. So, in order to be a strike, a felony can be considered "serious" but not violent (although there is a lot of overlap). For example, arson is considered a "serious felony" and is therefore a strike even though it is not considered a "violent felony' unless if causes great bodily injury or is of an inhabited structure. You can find the list of serious felonies in California Penal Code 1192.7(c)

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  9. I was charged with possesion for sales!

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Elliot Rahmim Zarabi
    2. James H. Dippery Jr
    3. Slavik Steve Leydiker
    4. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    5. Karen Lynn Goldstein
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    You will need a defense attorney to help you fight this case. The laws are somewhat counterintuitive regarding possession for sale. A defendant can be held to have constructively and jointly possessed the drugs with another person (i.e. the person who was either driving or owned the car). That being said, it sounds like you have some good facts on your side.

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  10. My formal probation expired today, 1/25/2011. I had been reporting to a kiosk for the past year. Will I be notified?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Karen Lynn Goldstein
    2. John Wood Bussman
    3. Andrew Michael Limberg
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    You will not likely be contacted in order to take care of the remaining fines unless you were on formal probation instead of informal probation, and were actually checking in with a probation officer. Generally speaking, the probation department will follow up on outstanding costs with you but otherwise no one does this once probation has expired. The minute orders from your case, which include a list of fines and fees, can be obtained from the criminal clerk's office in the court your case...

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