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Michael Eric Kraut

DUI and DWI Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   445 reviews

also known as Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers

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  • State Years
    California - CA 30 years
    Texas - TX 17 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Premier criminal defense firm in Los Angeles handling domestic violence, white-collar fraud, DUI, medical marijuana defense, drug defense, and pre-filing investigation.

    30 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Premier Criminal Defense firm, former prosecutor now providing an aggressive DUI/DWI defense for you.

    29 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

  4. White collar crime
    5%

  5. Violent crime
    3%

  6. Federal crime
    1%

  7. Sex crime
    1%

TOP-RATED LOS ANGELES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER HARVARD LAW SCHOOL EDUCATED - FORMER SENIOR LA PROSECUTOR MICHAEL KRAUT - PROVIDING AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE FOR YOU!

Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers is a premier Los Angeles criminal defense firm located in the media center of Southern California.  The firm specializes in Los Angeles DUI defense and other criminal matters. Prior to becoming one of Southern California's top notch criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Kraut worked as a Deputy District Attorney.  He has over 14 years of trial experience, contacts, and understanding of how to best handle his client's cases.  He has obtained a success rate of 99% in jury trials.

Mr. Kraut was educated at Harvard Law School and also attended Case Western School of Law and Cornell University.

Los Angeles Criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut has been the legal correspondent for Good Morning America featured on CNN and Fox News as well as in print articles.

Pasadena DUI Defense Attorney Michael Kraut is well known to vigorously defend his clients.

Mr. Kraut knows that his clients want to stay out of jail, fight their cases and get the best results through an aggressive defense, investigation, and targeting the prosecution's case.  Contact Mr. Kraut at for a free initial consultation. Please visit the web site for additional information on DUI and criminal law. You can visit his website or read his criminal law blog.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
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Location

Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
6255 Sunset Blvd #1520
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
790 East Colorado Boulevard
9th Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91101
Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
8484 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 660B
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
5150 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA, 90804
Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
121 W Lexington Dr.
Glendale, CA, 91203
Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
2600 W Olive Ave
5th Floor
Burbank, CA, 91505
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  445 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sally | April 28, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work !
During very stressful and difficult times , the Kraut law group did an excellent job representing our case . We are very grateful.
Posted by Linda | April 18, 2024
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Mission accomplished
The Kraut Law Firm accomplished a unprecedented victory for us and we are extremely pleased with their services
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2024
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Trustworthy attorney
My attorney provided an exceptional legal service . Their expertise and clear guidance were invaluable during a challenging time. My lawyer was always available to answer questions and concerns, and put me at ease throughout the legal process. I would like to express my most sincere thanks for the great work ethic and most professional representation.
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Posted by Kevin | April 9, 2024
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An Emblem of Legal Excellence
In a world where achieving justice can often seem like an insurmountable challenge, Kraut Law Group stands as a shining example of hope and legal prowess. When my brother found himself facing three felony charges, the gravity of the situation seemed overwhelming. However, Kraut Law Group approached his case with unmatched expertise and unwavering dedication. From the very beginning, Kraut Law Group's diligence and strategic approach were evident. They skillfully navigated the complexities of my brother's predicament, uncovering the truth behind the allegations and relentlessly advocating for his innocence. Their exceptional legal acumen and unwavering commitment to justice were truly commendable. Thanks to their tireless efforts, all charges against my son were ultimately dropped. This outcome not only secured his freedom but also restored our faith in the legal system. We are deeply grateful to Kraut Law Group for their unwavering support and relentless pursuit of justice.For anyone facing similar legal challenges, I wholeheartedly recommend Kraut Law Group. Thank you, Kraut Law Group, for everything you've done.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2024
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Exceptional Law Firm
The Kraut Law Group performed exceptionally well in handling my son's case. Facing four felonies with a potential sentence of twenty-five years to life, I was deeply concerned. However, the professionalism and dedication of the Kraut Law Group reassured me. They swiftly took action upon signing the paperwork, working tirelessly to address our concerns. Within hours, I felt confident in their abilities. Their round-the-clock commitment and responsiveness eased our worries. I'm immensely grateful to the Kraut Law Group for securing a favorable outcome for my son— all charges were dropped. They have earned our family's loyalty indefinitely.
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Posted by Eric | April 8, 2024
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Very professional
Kraut Law Group did an amazing job. I was looking at four felonies with three strikes. I could have been in prison for twenty five to life if convicted. But they were able to assist me very quickly and effectively to get the case under control. The whole team is very professional and they work diligently and effectively. Just seeing how fast they work on things amazed me. They answered all my questions and concerns and got me feeling hopeful about getting things resolved. They have saved my life and they will do everything in their power to fight your case no matter how small or large. My case was very time sensitive and they began working right away. Got results in a matter of hours after hiring. This is the reason why they are an award winning law group. They have earned my family’s business for life. Thank you everyone at Kraut Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2023
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excellent, efficient, great results
The Kraut Group was excellent. They guided us and advised us all the way through the process. Robert was approachable, efficient, knowledgeable, and on top of the case all the way through. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Ian | December 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Michael saved my life
I caught a 3rd DUI with bodily injury facing felony charges, i was afraid and uncertain of my professional careers future and freedom was at stake. Michael was helpful and trustworthy every step of the way. He kept me out of prison and got the judge to allow me to serve my sentence in county jail. The judge sentenced me to 364 days and only served 27 days total. My life was changed completely and am in a better place in my life making better decisions. Thank you Michael.
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Posted by Tyler | June 10, 2022
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Amazing firm!
Hired Robert Hankoff for a criminal case. Throughout the whole process the firm was very helpful and knowledgeable. I felt in good hands the whole time because m in lawyer was known and respected in the court room. Today at court Robert was able to get my entire case dismissed. I’m extremely satisfied with the outcome. I would 10/10 recommend this lawyer to anyone!!!
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Posted by Scott | May 3, 2022
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Thank you Kraut Law Group
I reached out to Kraut Law Group after hours and I received an immediate call back from Robert Hankoff. I met Robert Hankoff the next day and hired Robert to represent me. Fast forward 2 months and all the charges brought against me were all dropped. Thank you Robert & Kraut Law Group. Robert was patient and took the time to understand my case. Robert and Kraut Law Group did an excellent job and I am very pleased with the results.
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Posted by John | April 30, 2022
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Thank you Michael Kraut Law
Hiring the right lawyer may be one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself or a loved one when challenges come your way. Michael Kraut and his team have years of experience, top-notch skills, and actionable relationships within the court system to ensure you get a fair hearing and the best possible outcome. The previous attorney on our case led us down a risky, unstable legal path, and when the issue became challenging, he gave up. Michael Kraut and his team confidently took over, worked through the complexities, and crafted a fair, best-case outcome. We are forever grateful. I believe there is no better legal team in Los Angeles than the competent and confident Kraut Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2022
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Look no further than the best!
Mr. Kraut and his firm are the best in the business! My family needed a criminal defense attorney to represent us in a domestic violence case and ensure that no criminal charges were prosecuted. A clean record is an absolute necessity and within about one week of seeking representation, Mr. Kraut was able have the DA office decline to file charges on the case. I don't know how this is possible but he did it! They were also able to file for a 849.5 certificate which removed the arrest from the record. As I have come to be convinced of over the years, you get what you pay for!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2022
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Misdemeanor Battery
I hired Michael to represent me on a misdemeanor battery charge after first hiring a “1800-DEFENSE” type attorney. If I had have hired Michael earlier I suspect charges would have never been filed. But charges were filed and Michael, and his colleague Robert, worked actively to have the case dismissed leveraging senior relationships at the attorney’s office. They were successful in a short period of time and I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of their service and their tenacity in representing my interests. I am in the professional services industry and having this kind of charge outstanding can be extremely damaging to my career. Michael recognized the risk and went above and beyond to resolve the situation for me.
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Posted by Adam | April 16, 2022
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A++++++++++++ Legal Expertise
If 100 stars were an option here I would gladly offer the review for the incredible services that The Kraut Law Firm has provided for me. I'm still honestly quite amazed at how quickly and effectively Michael Kraut engaged and promptly attended to my recent felony arrest. He didn't spare a minute and as a result, was able to have my entire case entirely dismissed. Not in years or months' time, but in just a few weeks it was gone, and no record of anything. The Kraut Law Firm is above and beyond the most personable, reliable, and capable legal counsel out there. From the minute I first met with Michael I knew that he was the one for my high profile case. His ease and honesty were reassuring from the first minute of our interaction. He and his team members are all A+ and their expertise and professionalism shine through every single interaction and point of communication. If you are ever in a situation and need legal counsel to step up and provide a superior level of legal services then look no further than The Kraut Law Firm. You can fully trust that you will be treated with respect, dignity, and with the highest level of professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2022
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Best Outcome I could imagine
After consulting other firms in the area, I hired Kraut Law Group and cannot be more satisfied with our results. They not only helped me through a difficult time, but they also made themselves available any time I needed reassurance. At every step of the legal process, this team went out of their way to ensure we received the best outcome imaginable. I don't want to think about where I would be without them- when I was out of my element, their team gave me the reassurance I needed. My life Is back on track due to their hard work, and I can't express my gratitude enough. I encourage anyone considering them to know that they are in great hands.
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Posted by Bill | April 10, 2022
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Client
I could not be happier about the service I received from Michael Kraut & Robert Hankoff. I spoke to several law offices regarding my case on a free consultation. Michael was the person who took the most time to talk to me and really get an understanding of my unique case and he talked me through in detail what his plan would be and how he would work my case. That made me feel comfortable hiring him. Both were very personable and always available to speak if I had any questions or concerns. Best in the business!
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2022
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Amazing Representation
I hired Kraut Law for representation on a case which I was unjustly accused and I could not be more satisfied with the results. My initial meeting was thorough and provided me all the information I knew and to be prepared for. I was not judged, I was give specific details to follow and listened to everything I was told to. Several weeks later the results discussed were delivered and my case was never filed. The professionalism was top notch and I will always recommend this firm to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
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Kraut Law was there for me when I needed them!
I had a great experience with Kraut Law Group! Last year, Kraut Law took my case and were committed to work hard to get my case resolved. Six months later I am happy to say that the case was resolved with great results. There was excellent communication between the firm and myself throughout the entire process.Thank you Kraut law group for representing me!
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Posted by Jaime murillo | March 23, 2022
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Best lawyer you will ever get!!
The Kraut law firm is the best law firm money can buy. This group of attorneys are the best in the industry. Not only did they assure me everything was going to be fine but they also fought for me till the end. They gave me another opportunity with life. I went from doing serious time in prison (11-14 yrs) to having informal probation for 1 year!! Robert was nothing less than exceptional. They did all the work for me! Amazing people and firm! Highest recommendation!!
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Posted by Ali | March 23, 2022
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Best law firm in Los Angeles
We were in desperate need of a law firm to deal with a domestic criminal case that greatly affected our family. We got into contact with Michael Kraut and Robert Hankoff, and they immediately saw us for a consult. Immediately they made us feel welcome at put us to ease that everything would be okay. The team did an incredible job keeping us informed as the case moved through the system. In addition, Robert frequently checked in on us to make sure we were doing okay on a personal level. For what seemed like a near impossible case, Michael and Robert were able to get the charges completely dropped in our domestic criminal case. We will forever be grateful to this incredible team, and recommend them to anyone in need of help.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Kraut Law Group Criminal and DUI Lawyers
  • 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
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Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Cornell University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language

Honors and Awards

  • Citizen's Award
  • Black Prosecutors - Los Angeles
  • 2015
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Perfect 10 award
  • Avvo Top Rated
  • 2014
  • Top One Percent of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 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
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Publications

  • Criminal Legal Manuals
  • 1101(b) and prior bad acts evidence
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Defense and Practice
  • DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • MCLE
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • 2011
  • Law Enforcement Lectures
  • Criminal Law and Proceedure
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (19)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A really strong and passionate lawyer I highly recommend his services"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When someone very dear to me needed help finding a trustworthy and skilled DUI defense lawyer, I looked diligently and met with many lawyers and finally selected Mike Kraut as the right person for the job. He had the background as a former prosecutor and clearly knew what he was doing when I spoke with him. The most important thing, however, in coming to the decision was his confidence and personality. He was able to convince me, a skeptical lawyer, that he was capable of getting the best result. And he did just that. I personally attended the court hearings and personally witnessed Mike Kraut get a tough DUI case thrown out by cross-examining the arresting officer in front of the judge and showing that the arresting officer: 1) made many mistakes in his report, 2) made false statements in his testimony before the judge, and 3) was generally incompetent. This was exceptional work by an exceptional trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kraut is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from his posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. About 2 years ago, Mike and I were involved in a very publicized fraud matter. I was there for moral support while Mike did all the heavy lifting. Throughout the process, Mike was very knowledgeable, responsive and strong. He basically accomplished what I can only describe as a miracle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Kraut is experienced and dedicated to do the best possible job for clients. I'm glad to be working WITH him on matters now, rather than against him as a prosecutor. Michael knows the law, the prosecutors and the judges. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Kraut is superb criminal defense attorney who possesses a deep knowledge of California criminal law and procedure. He has an ability to get results that other attorneys only dream about. Mr. Kraut has a strong presence in court and is truly passionate about his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is the best in the business! If you have Mike as your lawyer you are in good shape, judges respect him and his opponents fear him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have opposed Mr. Kraut when he was a prosecutor and now have the honor of calling him a collegue in the criminal defense bar. Mr. Kraut is extremely knowledgable in all matters of criminal law, from DUI to complicated white collar cases. He is devoted to his clients and works tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for them. I whole heartly endorse Mr. Kraut."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work: extraordinarily conscientious, extremely hardworking and very dedicated to each Client, Californians understand that Mr.Kraut is an excellent Los Angeles County trial attorney who is a beneficial asset to the entire California DUI Defense Bar community. Any person in need of a superb criminal defense lawyer will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of reasons (but without enough character space to properly do this fine attorney justice), I am honored to endorse this superb lawyer."
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Los Angeles DUI and DWI Lawyer Michael Eric Kraut
Michael Eric Kraut
DUI and DWI Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 30 years
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