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|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|
|See all legal cases|
|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
Michael is outstandingly well-connected and has an impressive amount of experience behind him--both as a former deputy DA and as an attorney. My boyfriend was arrested for a felony (let's just say it was for something far worse than a DUI), and things were looking very, very bleak. I was suddenly facing the prospect of his life being forever ruined. Fortunately, even though it was a Saturday, I was able to reach Michael immediately, and he gave me sound and reassuring advice. I was so grateful and impressed by how available he was for this emergency situation-- he always responded right away to emails and calls, even during weekends and nights. His tireless dedication in gathering information and working with the DA resulted in charges getting dropped two days later (one day before the first court appearance was scheduled)!!! Those two days were harrowing; I couldn't eat or sleep. But Michael's confidence and reassurance were a comfort, and I knew I could trust Michael to handle this case better than any other attorney I had researched.
My advice for anyone who is arrested is to retain Michael RIGHT AWAY. He will work tirelessly to get the charges dropped pre-filing, and that is the best possible outcome you could ever hope for in this terrible situation. Even if you are poor, like me, my advice is to do whatever you can to get him on your case as early as possible before the first court date. When charges get dropped, you will realize that having him on your side is priceless. Of course, I can't personally guarantee that your results will be the same, but I am highly confident that your best chances are with Michael. Other attorneys that I had contacted were very slow to respond or non-responsive, which is unsurprising during the weekend. But if you want to get charges dropped, time is of essence, and it is of utmost importance that you can get hold of an attorney who genuinely cares about your case and regards it as an emergency. Michael is precisely this attorney. His responsiveness and dedication is truly amazing.
I could go on and on about Michael's remarkable professional qualities but I do want to add some comments about what an inspiring individual he is. He will tell you that he always treats clients as if he were in their shoes. And, indeed, I was impressed by how respectful and compassionate he was. He manages a large and powerful firm and so must be very busy, but he takes the time to personally meet with you, personally handle your case, and offer you kind words of sympathy and reassurance.
Posted by anonymous
Attorney Michael Kraut is my new superhero! (Seriously) and this is why:
I had two old cases, one from 1991 (age 19)- legally intoxicated because of my age/ public defender- (pleased guilty)- and another from 1995 ( age 23).
A short while later, in 1996, I was struck with an illness that was getting worse by the day. My condition got so bad that I ended up in a hospital and upon release, was wheelchair bound. The initial treatment was horrific- Nausea, weird rashes and reactions to medications.
Then, in 1998, things got better. I hired an attorney who did nothing but make false promises and took my money.
FAST FWD to May 2013- my life could not be any different. Eighteen years had passed and I do not recognize the person who got arrested. My hard work, dedication and ambition had taken me to a level I thought I would never reach- I moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1999 to begin a job that literally changed my life forever.
YET- I still had not taken care of that 1991/1995 issue.
After hours of intensive research all indicators pointed me to Michael Kraut. He is a Harvard Alumni, former District Attorney and impeccable track record.
During our first conversation he was very to the point. He listened and asked me what “I” wanted to accomplish. I stated my goals, which were to pay any fines left Get the classes done, do my community service, get my license back and not go to jail- In other words- A nearly impossible request. I say this because I had TWO separate cases.
Michael immediately went to work.
During his prep time I had to make a trip to LA for other business. Michael took this opportunity to personally schedule my court dates on the Friday I was there. He told me to block out the whole day. He said he would personally meet me at the courthouse to take care of both cases himself.
Court Case #1- from 1991-Transferred from Downey to Bellflower- He placed me on the calendar after the clerk told me “NO”- spoke to the judge in chambers about my medical condition in 1996 and here we go- I was nervous, but was ready. In court he was professional, sharp and told me exactly when to speak and when to just keep quiet. This is his playground- I was not about to question anything.
By the time this case was done, my warrant was lifted, I had class reinstated and my fines were all paid. It was swift, quick and I was left speechless. This may sound easy, but trust me- it was like a well-orchestrated piece of music. Every move had a reason- it was amazing to watch. Pure magic.
Court Case #2- from 1995- Alhambra. This case was not as orchestrated as the first. This took some serious back door, in court and side bar negotiations- but at the end of the day I walked out of there with a small fine, no warrant, an 18 mo. class, community service and I had to do a day in Jail- Which freaked me out. He told me to trust him- He told me when to go, what to do and say and what time to turn myself in. Long story short, I never saw the inside of the jail. The officer was super nice, and told me to have a great weekend and to never drink and drive again. If I was there for 2 minutes, that was too much.
My license was a different issue. The DMV and courts do not share information, which in my case made things difficult. Regardless- by 3pm that afternoon, Michael emailed me the steps I needed to do to get my license- I was driving by Monday.
What can I say?? Michael is amazing!! Most professionals in today’s world very rarely impress me. It seems most have lost their work ethic, moral compass, compassion and love for their work. NOT MICHAEL- he loves what he does and it shows in his passion to get things done.
Michael is well connected, knows his stuff and made me a believer.
My advice to anyone who has case as old as mine (or make your life easier by calling him first) Call Michael !! He will surly impress you too!
Posted by anonymous
My nightmare began over 9 months ago. My husband and I had only been married one month and we got into an argument. I threw something in an attempt to distract him and it ended up hitting him below the eye. He went to the emergency room since it was Saturday and when they asked him what happened he told them I accidentally hit him with something. Turns out, they are legally required to call the cops if you say a partner hit you and the cops are legally required to arrest you. I ended up getting arrested and spending several hours in jail and to make it worse, it was a felony charge! My husband had to pay $5k to bail me out.
In my job, it is imperative that I have a clean record so this charge was threatening my ability to make a living. I knew I needed a lawyer but I really didn’t know how to choose one so I just went online and called a bunch. I ended up calling Mike’s number but he didn’t answer and I didn’t leave a message. A few minutes later he called me back and he asked me to do research on him and call him back. I did and that is when I learned of his previous role as a prosecutor for the DA and his impressive education. I called back and he understood right away how important this was for my job. I met with him that day and hired him right away.
I read all the reviews here but I still wasn’t convinced that any lawyer could be that great. I sat in the courtroom and watched lawyers file in and they looked sloppy and used car salesman-y. Then my attorney walked in, smiling, looking polished, and he knew all the lawyers and the judge. He even cracked jokes with the judge so I thought I may be in good hands. At the first court date, they tried to get a restraining order against me and Michael was not accepting it. The prosecutor tried to get a lower level restraining order and Michael shot that down too. I learned early on, Michael would get his way and would not stop until he did. I didn’t receive a restraining order.
All throughout my case Michael did stress to me to let him do his job and he will get me the best possible outcome. There were times I would email him and write him and tell him how scared I was and I learned he is not trying to hear all that. He needs to be left alone to do his job. He may not be your friend, but he is a damn good lawyer. Throughout the 9 months, he never once even considered pleading me out; he never even brought it up. It was either dismiss this or give me a diversion, that was it. And after 9 long months, that IS what happened. He got the prosecutor to agree that if I take 26 anger management classes and pay a fine, that they will drop the case completely.
I spent my first 9 months of marriage in a nightmare, but Michael ended it for me. He fought for me, he represented me fairly and I CANNOT give him enough praise. After the case he came down to see my husband and he even got emotional seeing us embrace and celebrate the moment. He realized that we were 2 people that were in love and just got into a bad situation. If you need legal help, 100% call Michael 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 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 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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