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Steve David Sitkoff

DUI and DWI Attorney at Torrance, CA

4.8   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Steve

Learn Steve’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Expertise in all misdemeanor and felony crimes out of Long Beach, Torrance, West Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Downtown LA, Van Nuys courts, involving criminal charges of: Domestic Violence, Petty Theft, Shoplifting, Grand Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Drug Possession & Sales, Sexual Assault, Rape, Child Molestation, Indecent Exposure, Vandalism, Hit & Run, and Firearm crimes.

    41 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Extensive experience defending misdemeanor and felony drunk driving charges out of Long Beach, Torrance, West Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Downtown LA, and Van Nuys courts, including: DUI with injury, 2nd & 3rd offense DUI, 4th offense Felony DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, DUI with Child Endangerment, and DUI with Hit and Run.

    41 years

Position: Partner
Born: Los Angeles, California, October 2, 1956 Admitted to State Bar: 1983, California; 1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Education: University of California at Los Angeles (BA, 1978); Emmanuel College Law, Cambridge, England; Loyola Marymount University (JD, 1982)
Previous Positions:Commissioner, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1994-1995; Deputy District Attorney, 1983-1994

 

Criminal Courts Building

Metropolitan Court

Torrance Court

Compton Court

Compton Juvenile Court

Inglewood Court

Long Beach Court

Santa Monica Court

Norwalk Court

Van Nuys Court

Pasadena Court

Memberships: South Bay Bar Association; State Bar of California (Member, Executive Committee of Criminal Law Section); California Judges Association; Criminal Courts Bar Association. California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

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DUI Defense
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Location

Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
21250 Hawthorne Blvd., #500
Torrance, CA, 90503
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
1 World Trade Center, 8th Floor
Long Beach, CA, 90802
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
11845 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
15760 Ventura Blvd.
7th Floor
Encino, CA, 91436
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & swift
Working with Steve was great! He was professional and explained everything to make me feel at ease. I was facing my 2nd DUI charge and he was able to reduce the charge to a 2nd wet and reckless. The best part is that I did not have my license suspended. I could not be any happier with the results.
Posted by Brian | April 13, 2015
Firm review...
Steve Sitkoff and his entire law office have handled a few of my cases the past few years with great professionalism and success. They did their best to keep me informed and at ease the the rough situation I got myself into. One one his associates, James, was always very timely in handling my every question and concern. I highly recommend Steve and his entire firm.
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Posted by Gavin | April 13, 2015
He saved me from a bad situation and got me a great deal.
I had a domestic violence incident and a bad lawyer who was not responsive and told me about a deal offered by the DA 10min before a preliminary where the victim took the stand against me and made me look very evil. I was in a bad situation. Steve Sitkoff took on my case and was the light compared to the dark of the other lawyer. He was responsive, careful, informative, and advised me to enter an intensive alcohol treatment program which I should have been in since the first day of the incident. He also said this case should not have gone to preliminary and a deal should have been worked out before hand. The deal I finally got had lower jail time than expected in combination with alcohol treatment. I can honestly and highly recommend Steve Sitkoff as a great advocate on your behalf whatever your trouble may be.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2014
I strongly recommend Steve Sitkoff as your attorney. He helped save my career.
Steve is an extremely knowledgeable and well connected lawyer because of his past as a District Attorney and those relationships can go a long way when helping a client. I had a DUI 10% BAC and he was able to get it reduced to a reck less driving ticket. It saved my career coming out of college. I respect him and his case analyst, James Kim, because they were very honest from the beginning and made no false promises. I definitely recommend that you hire Steven and you will be well taken care of.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2014
First Rate Attorney
Steve Sitkoff and James Kim were tremendous in helping me with my legal matter. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with them and their firm. They made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I found them to be highly knowledgeable and attentive. I would definitely recommend Mr. Sitkoff and Mr. Kim to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Jose | March 25, 2014
Steve David Sitkoff
Was referred to Steve Sitkoff's offices through a friend..worked with a few law offices before contacting Sitkoff (James was my contact thoughout the whole Case). Regarding my issues with the other law offices, it was all about Communication and feeling confident that you are working with a knowledgeable office. James was very helpful and always had an answer for all my questions. Happy to say that James was prompt in returning my phone calls. He was always there for me when I needed any questions answered and for support. I would definitely highly recommend Steve David Sitkoff to anyone that needs an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2014
Extremely Pleased with Outcome of Public Intoxication Case
I was arrested for public intoxication. This was an embarrassing situation for me. Steve Sitkoff and his team handled my case with professional compassion and demonstrated expertise in this legal area. I received fantastic counsel on the best course of action. I had my misdemeanor charge reduced to an infraction and only had to pay minor court fees and penalty assessments. This means I do not have the stain of a misdemeanor on my record. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and highly recommend Steve Sitkoff's services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2014
Angels in a Suit
...I was in despair and had no idea where to go or what to do. I researched criminal lawyers and Takakjian & Sitkoff appeared with raving reviews. After reading many of the great reviews I decided to call. I was scared and a ashamed but from my first phone call to my last handshake walking out of the courtroom a freeman, I was treated with respect and dignity. I wasn't treated like a" number", James is awesome; he is attentive and genuinely cares. Steve is amazing, he knows his way around the courtroom and I felt secure with him. Just a short experience I had with Steve... It was the day of reckoning for me, I showed up to court gittery and nervous. Steve greeted me in the hall and we walked into the courtroom. I sat down and Steve walked to the bench where all the other lawyers were...the bench was full but right away one lawyer stood up and offered Steve his seat. All the other lawyers knew Steve or knew of Steve, they all greeted him and shook his hand...Steve seemed to be the "big man on campus"...on the way out of court, another lawyer shook my hand and said, "If Steve is your lawyer then you're in good hands"... That felt good to me. My point is that Steve knows what he is doing. He knows his way around and he is respected amongst his peers. He is truly a master of his craft. I know my situation may be worse or better than the next man's...but give these guys a try...They're down to earth and I promise you they will do their best to get you out of your worst situation and into the best.
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Posted by Sergio | June 8, 2012
Thank you.......
I was arrested and charged with DUI (.13) and was at risk of losing 15 years at my current place of employment. I contacted the Law Offices of Takakjian & Sitkoff and spoke to James Kim (Case Analyst). James was very knowledgeable and personable and immediately put me at ease. Mr. Steve Sitkoff handled my case and was able to get the charges reduced to a wet reckless which allowed me to remain employed and salvage 15 years of hard work. Thanks again.
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Posted by A | February 17, 2011
Why go to anyone else???
I was at a frightening position, and I needed sound legal help. To be honest, I had some preconceived notions of attorneys, but only because of horrid past experiences. Working with Steve changed my impression of attorneys. Steve is brilliant, successful in his cases, and incredibly empathic. He truly cares about his clients. I had not seen that before. It was so wonderful to feel safe and protected. Steve Sitkoff is like a FORTRESS to his clients. Add to that his amazing knowledge of the law. He assessed my situation thoroughly, and quickly shifted into Warrior mode. So impressive. He also gave me a gamut of various general information that I needed to know. Honestly, why choose any other attorney? My dad loves Steve, because it's my dad's fatherly advice to always go for the best. I know many attorneys who are relatives, friends, neighbors, and unfortunately some who represented me in the past. I have not seen one attorney who is as compassionate, brilliant, and effective as Steve. Steve gets the job done right. It inspired me to take my own profession seriously. Thank you Steve. And my dad thanks you dearly. You make me feel very safe and protected. Folks, honestly, just save yourselves from any heartaches, and go to Steve. Any other attorney would just be not good enough. Trust me on this. Steve Sitkoff is a Warrior, a Fortress, and a wonderful friend to have. I wrote this comment straight from the heart, hoping it will help someone out there. Take care, A.
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Posted by Shawn | January 23, 2011
Thankful
Steve represented me on a dui charge and worked out a great deal! I would recommend him to anyone in need of a good defense lawyer. I'm forever thankful to him for his representation. You're the best!
Posted by stephan | May 26, 2010
Partner
Most amazing layer I have ever used! He is so good wanted to pay him more when we were done!
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2014
Very bad.
Stephen and his associate James Kim were extremely misleading, first of all, Stephen barely knew anything of my case at all and James handled everything. If I am paying for a lawyer I expect to speak with them directly so I am informed directly. Second, I was offered a plea deal during my arraignment and wasn't told of it until I realized that I was being lied to, a month later, cut my ties with the firm, and went to my second court date alone, where I then found out about the deal and took it right away. All they wanted to do was gouge me for MORE money. I would never recommend a firm that takes advantage of young adults who don't know any better.
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Response from Steve Sitkoff May 16, 2014
This is a false review and a gross misrepresentation of the facts. We first met with this young lady in October, 2013 after she was arrested for a felony commercial burglary out of the West Covina court. Towards the end of December, 2013 and following nearly two months of constant communication (including two in-person meetings), she decided to retain us. Through almost daily phone conversations and over one hundred text messages, we assured her that the charge would likely be filed as a misdemeanor. Moreover, in light of her status as an unemployed college student with medical school aspirations, we agreed to accept her case and allow her to make payments over time rather then our common practice of collecting fees up front. Although she failed to make her payment commitments prior to the initial court appearance in January, 2014, I appeared in court on her behalf as her attorney and to obtain the case discovery. It was not until after becoming her official attorney of record that she admitted to being unable to honor the financial commitment she agreed to and only claimed that she could in order to keep me as her attorney. Based upon this development, it was then mutually agreed that she would appear on the next court date with Sergio Quijano, an attorney with our firm, to continue the hearing to a new date so the Public Defender's office could substitute into her case. At the second court appearance with this young lady present, Mr. Quijano successfully had me relieved from record and convinced the Judge to continue the hearing as planned. However, seeing an opportunity to resolve the case that day with the outcome she was seeking, Mr. Quijano was able to obtain a diversion program. If successfully completed, this would cause the charge to be dismissed, allowing her to maintain her clean record. This was not a disposition available at the first hearing as she claims in her review. This young lady was not mislead, nor was she present alone in court at the 2nd appearance as she claims in her review. This negative review is especially disappointing because she received the outcome she desired without being held accountable for the legal fees owed to us.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
  • 1995 - Present
  • Superior Court Commissioner
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1983 - 1994

Education

  • California Judicial College
  • 1994
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Prosecution of Sexual Assault
  • 1985
  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
  • Emmanuel College
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. J.S.
  • Reduced to Failing to Provide Financial Responsibility
  • People vs. M.D.
  • Case dismissed
  • People vs. S.P.
  • Reduced to Wet Reckless
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1983 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association (LA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Judges Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Member
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Forensic Team
  • Member
  • 1975 - 1978
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • 10.0 out of 10.0 Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Cient Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Honorary Bailiff
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
  • 1993
  • Prosecutor of the Month
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1988
  • Dean's List
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • 1982
  • Dean's List
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • 1981
  • Dean's List
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • 1980
  • "Lillian Kim" Debate Tournament Finalist
  • University of Southern California
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law
  • Being a Superior Court Commissioner
  • 1995
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 1990
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • How To Deal With Media
  • 1990
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Evidence
  • 1990
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Sex Crimes
  • 1985
  • Italian Cinema
  • History
  • 1978
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (14)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several people to Steve for criminal defense. I highly recommend Steve and his firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whenever someone approaches me in need of a criminal defense lawyer, Steve Sitkoff is the first and only name I give them. Steve goes above and beyond his roll as an advocate for his clients. I endorse Steve and highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense lawyer in CA."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steve. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is the only referral I make for my clients who are facing federal or state criminal charges. Steve gets on the phone with my clients immediately, and makes sure their case is handled correctly from the start. His great reputation and experience are matched by his unrivaled "customer service.""
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is one of my "go to" guys in a challenging case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"His experise in being able to step in and immediately find a solution is an unparrelled quality not only for his clients but to his peers as well. I give him the highest rating."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Stephen is an experienced and dedicated Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is my "go to" person whenever I am asked for a recommendation to a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve quickly responded to the issues, developed an overall strategy, and implemented that strategy efficiently and effectively."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is a fantastic lawyer. He is very knowledgeable about criminal law and well respected within the legal community. You really can't go wrong with Steve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve brings sincere compassion along with an aggressive defense of those charged with a criminal offense. His experience as a former Superior Court Commissioner and as a former Deputy District Attorney makes him uniquely qualified to have a thorough knowledge of California criminal law and the criminal courts in Southern California."
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