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Sam J Israels

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   27 reviews

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About Sam

Learn Sam’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Top-rated Los Angeles criminal defense law firm defending individuals against any type of charges, including drug crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, juvenile crimes, fraud crimes, sex crimes, , criminal appeals, evading arrest, probation violations, expungements, domestic violence.

    18 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Top-rated Los Angeles DUI defense law firm defending individuals against any type of driving under the influence charges, including first offense DUI, felony DUI, DUI accident, underage DUI, prior convictions, out of state DUI, involuntary manslaughter, DMV hearing.

    18 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Top-rated Los Angeles domestic violence attorney defending individuals against any type of charges, including child abuse, child endangerment, criminal threats, intimidation, protective orders, restraining orders, spousal abuse, stalking.

    18 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Los Angeles speeding and traffic ticket attorney focusing on getting traffic tickets dismissed or reduced to non-point violations.

    18 years, 2,000 cases

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Former LA Prosecutor. Selected as "Super Lawyer" in 2019. Client's Choice Award Winner in 2014. 

 

Sam J. Israels is a law firm partner with the Law Offices of Cron, Israels, & Stark. Mr. Israels received his J.D. degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Israels also previously worked at the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

 

Mr. Israel's practice focuses on the areas of criminal defense, including driving while intoxicated cases, drug crimes, sexual assault cases, white collar crimes, domestic violence cases, and traffic violations; and personal injury and administrative law matters. Mr. Israels is a member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Sam

Cron, Israels & Stark
11755 Wilshire Blvd
15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Cron Israels and Stark
401 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1200
Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Cron, Israels & Stark
21250 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA, 90503
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Results Delivered
Sam is a superb lawyer. I have utilized his services in two instances for a civil restraining order - once initially and then for the renewal. In both instances, Sam exceeded the desired result. Beyond the results, Sam is responsive, honest, and forthright. Further, he does not "promise the world'. Instead, he provides his opinion based on the facts and provides his best insight as well as the associated risks. I would recommend Sam to anyone of need in his practice areas.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2021
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Client
Sam did a fabulous job for me. He was so calm and reassuring and got me a really good result. I would recommend him whole-heartedly.
Posted by James | April 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Help
We can highly recommend these attorneys. Phil and Sam Israels helped our son navigate a very frightening and confusing journey through the legal system. From the start they were very professional and informative. Their knowledge and expertise were very reassuring. If you are in need of legal representation, we suggest you give Cron Israels and Stark a call.
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Posted by Alex | September 30, 2020
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Best lawyer
If I could give 10 stars I would, unfortunately theres only 5. He explains everything in detail and is very thorough. He is one to make you feel at ease. He cares for his clients He makes sure your questions answered. He tells you how it is and doesn't lie to to try to take advantage. We need more lawyers like Sam. I would highly recommend his services. Thank you Sam!
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2020
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Excellent Family Attorney
Sam Israels came highly recommended and helped us through a difficult time for our family. He was very professional, honest and assuring with us. He handled our court case with an outcome that was what we were hoping for. We are so thankful to have had Sam on our side!
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
professional thanks
Proffesional, down to earth, and personable. Got me the best possible outcome in a tough situation. Never left me hanging wondering what may happen in court.Reviewed everything with me before going in front of the judge.
Posted by Lesly | October 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
We had a criminal case and Sam was able to get it dismissed would definitely recommend very professional and helpful!!
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Misdemeanor dismissed
He was direct and to the point on his views and game plan. Was easy to contact whenever needed and got me the best results. Highly recommend. If you have any petty theft cases, I recommend going to Sam.
Posted by Myra K. | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great job on our case!
Sam Israels was referred by a good friend who is a retired attorney. We were very fortunate to have him defend our family member who had two criminal charges. I liked how he was very responsive to my email, phone, text, and very personable. I was able to talk to him directly, not a secretary. He spent time interviewing witnesses, and prepared and organized the case very logically. He is extremely experienced, especially during trial, and we got 100% not guilty from the jurors and one charge was dropped by the judge. We are very happy that Sam did a wonderful job so our lives to be back to normal. His fee was reasonable considering the travel time. Highly recommend him for anyone in need of the front and on the fence lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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Client
Sam is an excellent lawyer, specifically in his areas of expertise. In my case, he performed duties as a prosecutor vs. defense, which clearly shows great versatility in his skills and ability to assist in many different situations. It is important to note that Sam was my lawyer over a year. In this time, he provided sound advice in regard to how we would be most successful while also controlling legal costs. Further, he is ethical and fair. Overall, I would highly recommend Sam as counsel if you are in need of counsel for his specialty areas.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
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The Hero in My Corner!
Having found myself in the unfortunate situation of a "love gone wrong" I was in search for an attorney to assist me with standing tall and responding to some untruths to clear my name. Mr. Israels was the utmost professional in a rather delicate and may I say "intimate" situation. He had to review my very personal emails. Mr. Israels accepted my case with valor. He was there for me along the way with my many questions via phone or email...I knew rather quickly he was fighting for my honor! On game day...or shall I say the "day of court" Mr. Israels felt like a true friend, someone who was willing to go the distance and reassured me every moment. He even leaned over when my knees where knocking in front of the judge and whispered, "It's okay, your're going to be fine". I couldn't image experiencing this difficult and emotional time without having such an amazing "HERO in my corner" fighting for me, supporting me and telling me that it will all be okay... Looking back after this day is now over, I am so happy to have met a man of professionalism, kindness and understanding. Thank you Sam, you remain my HERO!
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Posted by Eric Spivak | March 26, 2019
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Incredible Attoney
Sam Israels was incredible, and I honestly wish I had him on retainer way earlier in my life. Great outcome on my case. I liked how he was very organized, punctual, and a solid communicator. I would gladly refer business his way. He assisted me every step of the way and followed his words with actions
Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Case Reduced
My 17 year old son was arrested & charged in a criminal case. It was a headache, a big issue for my family, not to mention the potential of my son having a criminal record at such a young age. The prosecutor in this case was attempting to hit us hard and heavy, both with the alleged charges as well as financially. Sam and his partner Phil were able to have the case dismissed with minimum financial costs to my family. Sam an utmost professional. I highly endorse Sam Israels and his firm.
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Posted by John Scott | November 26, 2018
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Case was dismissed!
Our family recently engaged the services of Sam Israels for a difficult personal case involving a family member unjustly accused of a felony crime. The emotional trauma was erased by Mr. Israel’s professional approach and calm demeanor. The case was complex with multiple witnesses. Sam handled the process, legal and personal aspects of the case impeccably. The case was dismissed after a short period of time. The truth surfaced thanks to Mr. Israels who understood how to handle this particular situation. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Alexa R. | October 2, 2018
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Sam was outstanding on my DUI case
I rarely write reviews but due to the service I received, I felt it a must. I was charged with DUI after a serious accident. While there were individuals telling me hiring a lawyer was a waste of time and money, one friend said I should seek an attorney. I was put into contact with Sam Israels. When I met him, I was nervous and unsure what the legal system had in store for me. Sam immediately put me at ease and assured me he would take all measures to protect and make sure I got the best possible outcome. Mr. Israel’s attended all my court dates on my behalf and kept me informed on what was going on. In the end, all those who advised me not to get a lawyer cannot believe how incredible this situation turned out for me. In fact, I find myself a little shocked as well. Sam is outstanding attorney and I would without hesitation recommend him. He did an outstanding job representing me.
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Posted by Thomas Lopez | December 13, 2016
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This Man is a Rock Start Criminal Defense Lawyer!!
Sam will fight for you, he has saved my little five year old daughter and is in process of helping to re-unite she and I - me, her father, Thomas Lopez. Sam will help you with any needed criminal defense, but you as a defendant best get your programs and documentation in and before you execute, make sure you consult him every step of the way. Sam is never too busy to be reached and knows all Judges in LA. Sam even worked his magic in Northern California by plane flight - a flying Super Lawyer. He also is no BS and if you want his magic as a lawyer, you must demonstrate to him that you are worthy of his defense. He is hands down the best lawyer I have ever worked with!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
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I recommend...
From our first phone conversation I was immediately put at ease. As I am sure most people are in a situation for which they need to call Sam, I was coming from a place of distress and uncertainty having received a DUI at a police checkpoint. His temperment was always kind, compassionate and calming. His knowledge is vast. And most importantly to me, was Sam's openess for communication, making me feel comforable calling or meeting with him at any time I deemed it necessary. I feel very lucky for the deal Sam brokered for me. Especially after speaking with other people in my situation, I know he fought and fought hard for me. He got me a reduced charge - and it really is the "best case scenario" sentance for my situation and the particulars of such.
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Posted by John C. | January 12, 2016
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Sam worked an absolute miracle for me on my felony DUI case
Last May I was charged with an aggravated DUI, and Sam Israels worked an absolute miracle for me! He negotiated a fair deal with the prosecutor that was the best-case scenario for an extremely difficult case. I was very pleased with the outcome, and so relieved. From our first meeting, Sam was incredibly nice and professional. I had the utmost confidence in his abilities and the whole process was completely smooth and pain-free. I really liked his knowledge of the system and top-notch legal strategy. I would highly recommend you Sam a call if you're in need of legal representation. You're not going to find a more qualified firm than Cron, Israels & Stark!
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2015
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I'll always appreciate Sam
Sam did an excellent job on my case. I always felt more at ease when talking to him. Under the difficult circumstance I was in, that seriously helped. The outcome of his work, attention to detail, and follow through, paid off. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Eric | May 19, 2015
Sam helped me get into a program where I could get control of my life again.
I went to Mr. Israels and I had a difficult past to work with within the court system. I was facing misdemeanor charges that could possibly put me in jail for a long time. Sam helped me get back on my feet and helped me to get into a program where I could get control of my life again. Sam and his legal team are the reason I am a successful businessman today. I was headed down for the final count. Sam, and his partners are knowledgeable of all California case law and know everyone in the District Attorneys office. I liked how Sam always called me right back and took time to answers all my questions and kept me updated. In addition, his firm eased the burden on my family and loved ones through my court case and established a life long bond with my family.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy City Attorney
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Drunk in Public Charges Dismissed
  • Charges Dismissed
  • Not Guilty Verdict in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • Battery & Child Abuse Charges Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Witkin Award
  • Santa Clara University Law School
  • 2001
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Publications

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Defending Domestic Violence
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Defending Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (74)
Given (88)
Endorse Sam
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sam is as competent and as fine an attorney as you will find. He's an excellent negotiator and litigator who get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been recognized as outstanding in both the courtroom and the professional community - attorney Sam Israels has proven himself to be a client advocate of exceptional skill. I endorse this lawyer. WM"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Mr. Israels has the knowledge, the experience, and the wisdom to provide for his clients the best representation possible. He is a supremely skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Israels. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Sam to be a very giving attorney who spends time to help people on Avvo with their legal questions, I endorse this Attorney!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon the quantity and quality of contributions on AVVO, I have found the contributions to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I highly recommend his legal services"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Israels has made a substantial number of contributions on AVVO. I have read several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best lawyers!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Israels is a highly experienced attorney who fights to defend each of his clients. His expertise is clear for many reasons, including his recent selection to Super Lawyers. I would encourage anyone charged with a crime to contact him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is an excellent and dedicated attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and has great results. I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent resource, knowledgeable practitioner and active contributor to the AVVO community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Other
"Competent, professional, and all around a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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