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Harvard Law School Educated and Former Senior Prosecutor providing an aggressive defense for you.Harvard Law School educated, former senior prosecutor who is a top rated criminal defense attorneyHarvard Law School educated, former prosecutor who is a top rated DUI/criminal defense attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top One Percent of Criminal Defense Attorneys||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top Criminal Defense Attorney||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Citizen's Award||Black Prosecutors - Los Angeles||2015|
|Top One Percent of Criminal Defense Attorneys||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2014|
|Perfect 10 award||Avvo Top Rated||2014|
|DUI Attorney||Attorney Target Selected||2013|
|Criminal Defense Lawyer||Attorney Target Selected||2012|
|Homicide Prosecutor award||Justice for Homicide Victims||2006|
|ADDA Award||Association of Deputy District Attorneys||2002|
|Managing Attorney||Kraut Law Group||2008 - Present|
|Deputy District Attorney||Los Angeles District Attorney's Office||1994 - 2007|
|Associate Attorney||Lewis A'mato||1994 - 1994|
|Associate Attorney||Adams Duque & Hazeltine||1993 - 1993|
|Law Clerk||United States Attorney's Office - Boston, MA||1992 - 1993|
|Law Clerk||United States Attorney's Office - San Diego||1991 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Criminal Defense College||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Attorney Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Attorney Member||1993 - Present|
|People v. D'Angona||Dismissed|
|People V. Oh||No jail time, two feony charges and community service|
|People V. Valenzuela||dismissed|
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|Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorney Blog||Los Angeles DUI Defense||2013|
|Criminal Legal Manuals||1101(b) and prior bad acts evidence||1995|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Harvard Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Cornell University||Natural Resources||BS - Bachelor of Science||1988|
|DUI Defense and Practice||DUI Defense||2012|
|MCLE||Domestic Violence Seminar||2011|
|Law Enforcement Lectures||Criminal Law and Proceedure||2001|
Posted by anonymous
Worried was an understatement; I had never been in trouble before and was looking at a Felony DUI with Injury in Los Angeles County. With a felony on my record, my dreams of entering into the medical field would have flown right out the window. All my money, schooling, and preparation would have been for nothing. Originally, I had gotten a lawyer right across from the courthouse thinking it would be beneficial for me. In my eyes, a lawyer that close to the courthouse would be familiar with the DA or judges and would probably be able to work out a deal. Fast forward a year after my initial arrest and I was still showing up to court dates and no progress was being made. I was still facing a felony charge and the DA wanted me to serve a year in jail! My calls to his office were not returned in a timely fashion and he never asked me to provide anything that might help my case. After the initial proceedings and a hefty chunk of change, my original lawyer sent me a letter in the mail asking for an additional outrageous sum to continue fighting my case. That was it, I was fed up!! That’s when I found Kraut. After reading his reviews online, I set up a meeting with him. What a difference! Kraut was straightforward with me and to the point. He directed me to do things and provide documents and other items that would show the type of person I really was. A good person who made a mistake, not a common criminal. Kraut never sugar coated anything, was always brutally honest and never made promises if he knew he couldn't guarantee them. Instead, he worked hard and miraculously got my sentence reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor! I am so grateful for his hard work and am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case! Thank you Kraut!!!!
Posted by anonymous
Michael Kraut is an amazing lawyer and even more an amazing human being he and his team helped me through a really difficult time in my life.
I was arrested on several counts of lewd conduct to indecent exposure. Criminally I was looking at sex registration, years of jail time, and multiple fines.... Not to mention embarrassment humiliation and most likely loss of any future advancement in career.
I was a true mess, when I first contacted Michael, having never been in trouble with the law and very scared, confused, and shaken he was able to hear me and believe in me (I was comforted by his candidness). In that time to have someone in my corner who said he was going to be there for me, stand, fight for me and that it was going to be all ok as long as I listened and relaxed (which in my case was not easily done but he was able to cut through the bs and guide me through the next 6 months)
He saved me and my professional career he was direct but calming firm but carrying he reassured me and got me through. I created a mountain of trouble and Mr. Kraut was able to make a small speed bump out of that mountain. He was able to help me by bringing down the charges making sure I would not have to register as a sex offender no jail time an minimal fines, he was able to make most of the charges go away and lower the two that were left and in the end have the possibility of the charges ex sponged from my record (as long as I follow the courts orders and not get in any trouble).
His concern for me and my anguish were genuine and came from a real place I was so impressed by his skills and his knowledge of the law and of people. I can never repay Him for his time, efforts, and his professionalism, they were priceless to me, and for allowing me a second chance at life. I would highly recommend Michael kraut... he is the absolute best!!!
Posted by Kay
I Don't think I've ever heard anything sweeter than "case dismissed" in my life. When I was pulled over for DUI I thought I automatically became a criminal in people and government judgment but thanks God for finding Michael in this frustrating process my case was dismissed and Im back to normal, happy life. From the first time I spoke to him on the phone until the last time we met on the court he always assured me to give me my life back and he stood by his promise. I consulted lots of lawyers before him but after meeting Michael in his office and the confidence he had on his work I knew he is "the guy" who can put me out of trouble.
I was pulled over because of "hesitance to drive on the green light" which I never knew its something you could get pulled over for on 4th of July in the hermosa beach. I didn't have that much to drink that day and I thought I'm defiantly ok to drive. Apparently not though. I was talking with my fiancé in the car trying to find the way to get back home and I waited on the green light maybe 10-15 seconds after it was green. A cop car drove behind and pulled me over and as I mentioned the reason for pulling me over as it was stated by him was hesitance to drive after the light was green. Since it was 4th of July the first question was if I had anything to drink and I thought there would be no reason to lie since I felt I was ok so I said I had couple of beer so he had me come out of my car and pass the usual tests. After passing those he said since he isn't sure I am ok , I better take a breathalyzer so I did and he said there is just one last test to take so I agreed and he made me turn around put hand cuffs on me. I don't think I ever felt more terrible in my life. Right away I got an anxiety attack,started shaking and throw up on his feet which he deserves. Lol
Then they took me to jail. They took an other breathalyzer test there and told me my Blood alcohol level was .09 and since I was just .01 over,after writing the fine they let me go right away so I was in the station for about 45 minutes all together. Even though that was good nothing made me feel any better until I found Michael and he assured me he will get me out of trouble. As I said he got my case dismissed and also as far as DMV side of things he made it so I didn't lose my license for any amount of time or anything else. I definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer
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