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Contact the L.A. Criminal Defense Team today, and protect your rights.




We are here to help with all of your federal, state and juvenile criminal matters.

DUI Drug Crimes Domestic Violence Assault/Battery Theft Sex Crimes Child Abuse Burglary Fraud Forgery Traffic Violations White Collar Crimes Expugnments Appeals and Writs Conviction Relief

The Law Office of Ramallo-Young provides Legal Representation in the Los Angeles Area

Being criminally charged with a misdemeanor or felony may seriously alter your life. Don’t risk your life and reputation with just any lawyer. The Law Offices of Ramallo-Young handle all misdemeanors and felonies in California State and Federal courts!

Here is a partial list of our practice areas:

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DUI and DWI charges are taken very seriously my the California Judicial System and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) First, there is the DMV case (Department of Motor Vehicles case) - this is where your driver's license may be taken away from you. Second, there is the criminal case - this can result in jail time, fines, classes for alcohol education, community service, impounding your vehicle, getting an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, or a combination of these things. It all depends on the facts of your individual case. Click here for more information on DUI charges.

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Drug Crimes

Possession, Sales, Cultivation Cases
Prosecutors representing the State of California continue to prosecute drug cases and impose life-long jail sentences at a very high rate. Penalties for Drug Crimes are serious! They may include jail/prison time, a fine, seizure of assets (including vehicles), loss of a driver's license, and being required to register as a narcotics offender.

Because the potential penalties are so serious, it is critical to obtain a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence covers a wide range of abuse, including Spousal Abuse and child endangerment. Any threatening or violent act, even if the accused did not intend to harm or compromise the safety and security of the victim, could be grounds for prosecution under the California Domestic Violence laws.

Domestic Violence cases are treated differently than other criminal cases. There are designated Prosecutors and special Domestic Violence Units (DV Units) within the Prosecutor's office that stand ready to aggressively prosecute anyone charged with Domestic Violence.

The law regarding Domestic Violence is complex and highly specialized. This is why it is important to secure an attorney who is qualified, skilled, and knowledgeable in defending Domestic Violence cases.

An experienced attorney in these types of cases can successfully defend those who are accused of Domestic Violence and take advantages of jail alternatives such as counseling and probation. Do not rely on the advice of friends or family members. Speak with an experienced attorney. Call to discuss the specific facts of your case.

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Assault & Battery

The consequences of being charged with assault and battery in California could be very serious. You could be facing county jail time or many years in state prison depending on the offense and severity of the assault and battery crime.

Assault is the unlawful attempt to violently injure another person. Threats and attempts to physically injure someone qualify as an assault.

Battery is unwanted touching or striking of another person, or anything connected to that person. Battery is a willful violent act which causes physical harm.

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Theft is the unlawful taking of someone else's property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently. Theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony having serious consequences, including jail, prison, fines and restitution to the victim.
Types of Thefts:
• Auto Theft
• Burglary
• Extortion
• Grand Theft
• Identity Theft
• Larceny
• Petty Theft/Shoplifting
• Robbery
• Receiving Stolen Property

The crime of theft varies based on the context of the theft, the location of the crime, the value of the goods stolen, and other specifics. In general, there are two classifications of theft, based on the value of goods stolen, recognized by the criminal justice system: petty theft and grand theft. The exact value of goods at which a petty theft becomes grand theft varies from court to court. If aggravating circumstances were relevant to the crime or the value of stolen goods exceeds the statutory amount, the crime may be increased to a felony grand theft charge.

A felony theft charge is considered a serious offense which is punishable by more than one year of incarceration. In general, theft crimes involving the threat or use of force and/or a weapon are considered felony offenses. While white collar crimes are typically non-violent crimes, this type of theft is often regarded as a felony crime. In addition to serving jail or prison time upon conviction of a theft crime, the offender may also be required to pay a fine, serve a probation or parole term, perform community service, and more. A person who commits theft against another is often required to compensate the victim for their losses and suffering.

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Sex Crimes

If you are charged with a sex crime, take the matter seriously. Retain a specialized defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Consequences of a sex crime conviction in California can be devastating. In addition to jail or prison time, a sex crime conviction carries a large social stigma and permanently changes lives.

You need a lawyer with the background in this specialized area of the law to structure the best defense possible. We can represent you if you have been charged with any of the following sex crimes:

Speak with an experienced attorney. Call to discuss the specific facts of your case.

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Child Abuse

Child abuse allegations are very serious and will require the immediate attention of an experienced Los Angeles child abuse lawyer. At our Santa Monica criminal defense firm we represent clients being investigated and/or charged with child abuse. When we are hired to protect a person’s legal rights, we make it our goal to obtain favorable case results. We have seen many individuals wrongly accused of this crime. We aggressively fight to prove this whenever it is the case.

Child Abuse Attorneys in Los Angeles

When child abuse takes place, it can involve physical abuse, psychological abuse and/or sexual abuse of a child. Whether a person is accused of one or all three, they can expect to receive the stiffest of penalties if convicted. At our Santa Monica criminal defense firm we take pride in our work and our committed to protecting your future, along with your freedom.

Los Angeles Violent Crimes Lawyers

Please contact a child abuse attorney at today if you are under investigation, or have already been arrested, for abuse against a child. We represent all types of child abuse and domestic violence cases. As knowledgeable Los Angeles child abuse attorneys we can provide you with outstanding legal advice, resources, and guidance throughout the entire criminal court process.

Penalties for a child abuse conviction can be very steep and may consist of the following:

Accused of child abuse? Contact us today!

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Burglary is illegal entry with intent to commit a crime. Common defense to burglary charges include having a legitimate reason to be there or, having no intentions of committing a crime.

Theft charges and burglary cases can bring serious punishments. First degree burglary is a "strike offense" and can lead to 6 years in prison.

An experienced skilled defense attorney can challenge your burglary charges to avoid conviction or negotiate a plea to reduce jail time.

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Fraud includes anything intended to deceive, including all statements, acts, concealment's, and omissions involving a breach of legal duty, trust or confidence which results in injury to one who justifiably relies.

Federal prosecutors use statutes for Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud and Money Laundering to prosecute more and more cases as "white collar crimes." The majority of corporate fraud cases pursued by the FBI involve accounting schemes designed to deceive investors and Wall Street analysts about the true financial condition of a corporation. Through the manipulation of financial data, the share price of a corporation remains artificially inflated based on fictitious performance indicators provided to the investing public.

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If you have are charged with Forgery, you need a skilled and qualified lawyer to handle you case. Have your rights violated? Have you been falsely accused? We can help.

Forgery crimes revolve around the intent of the accused. If the accused had the specific intent to defraud someone out of his or her property, or signs the name of another person or of a fictitious person to any check, contract, document, etc. may be charged with forgery. CPC 476(a), CPC 470(d)

These cases require a great deal of investigation and discovery. if either you or a loved one is charged with such crimes, it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced attorney to help win your case.

If either you or a loved one is being investigated or is accused of committing Forgery, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you to avoid jail time. For a free telephonic consultation and evaluation of your case, please contact us at (818)723-6357.

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Traffic Violations

Based in Santa Monica, the traffic violation lawyers at Los Angeles Criminal Defense have been defending individuals charged with traffic offense throughout Los Angeles.

Our traffic ticket defense lawyers have defended many clients charged with a moving violation. We have seen hundreds of different tickets. We have probably handled a case similar to yours.

We can help in your fight to avoid jail, license suspension, fines and higher insurance rates. Our lawyers can assist you in any case including: refusal to submit to alcohol tests (breath, blood and urine), and illegal stops and arrests.

We will provide you with an attorney who focuses on drunk driving defense and related traffic offenses, including:

If you have been charge with a traffic violation, you may be eligible for traffic school, which will keep the conviction and point off your record.

Contact the Los Angeles Criminal Defense Team to schedule a free confidential consultation with our experienced traffic violations lawyer by calling us at (818) 723-6357, through our Contact Us page.

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White Collar Crimes

Although there is no fixed definition of white collar crime, a number of nonviolent crimes frequently are grouped together as white collar crimes. The term "white collar crime" generally is used to describe crimes that have cheating or dishonesty as their common basis. It is a criminal offense, usually involving the theft of funds, that takes place within a corporate or business setting. Crimes of this nature are usually committed by people who are in high profile, leadership positions such as executives, directors, and managers. They do not deserve serious punishment, and they do not deserve the stigma of a criminal record. They need a strong, experienced lawyer who can clear their name and get them the best possible arrangement. Some of the more common white collar crimes are defined below:
Bribery: corrupt payment or receipt of anything of value in return for official action.
Embezzlement: fraudulent conversion of property of another by a person in lawful possession of that property.
Extortion: forcing a person to give up property through the use of violence, fear or under pretense of authority.
Forgery: making or altering of a false writing with intent to defraud.
Fraud: an intentional perversion of truth or a false misrepresentation of a matter of fact which induces another person to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right.
Larceny: taking and carrying away of tangible personal property of another by trespass with intent to permanently (or for an unreasonable time) deprive the person of his interest in the property. (Larceny must involve personal property, and it must be capable of being possessed, and carried away.)
Perjury: willful and corrupt taking of a false oath in regard to a material matter in a judicial proceeding.

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California expungement law (Penal Code section 1203.4) permits someone convicted of a crime to petition the court to re-open the case, set aside the plea, and dismiss the case.

In order for one to qualify for expungement he or she must have completed probation, paid all fines and restitution, not served a sentence in state prison for the offense, and not currently being charged with a crime. If the requirements are met for eligibility, a court may grant the petition if it finds that it would be in the interest of justice to do so. A successful expungement will not erase the criminal record. However, the finding of guilt will be changed to a dismissal. The petitioner can then honestly and legally answer to a question about his criminal history, with some exceptions, that he has not been convicted of that crime.

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Appeals, Writ and Post-Convictions

A criminal appeal can be filed when someone is convicted of a crime and feels there was a mistake in the trial. Trial errors are unintentionally made in a number of ways by attorneys, jurors and/or judges:

When an error is discovered, it could be overturned or overruled so that the court’s decision is reversed.

If the conviction is reversed, the convicted person may get his/her sentence reduced or get anew trial.

California Law
Under California law, a criminal appeal can be filed by a convicted individual or his/her lawyer within 60 days of the conviction. Usually, the individual will hire an appellate lawyer to file the appeal.

The entire process starts when a notice of appeal is filed in the court where a conviction or ruling occurred. After that, a copy of all the criminal trial papers and testimony are gathered and filed with the appropriate California Court of Appeals.  

An Appeal Requires Expertise
The California criminal appeal process is a very specialized, complicated process that demands appellate expertise on the part of the attorney. It involves extensive research and written and oral arguments, and can often take a year or more.

The procedures are different from the trial court process and include the following steps:

If an appeal loses in the California Court of Appeals, it may be taken to the California Supreme Court. But, these cases are rarely accepted (approximately 125 per year).

Work with an Experienced Appellate Lawyer
In the California Court of Appeal, you need the best representation possible to help you win.

At the Law Offices of M Ramallo-Young, your case will be handled by a respected California appeal lawyer with more than 20 years of experience.

Don’t let your right to a criminal appeal slip away. Contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense NOW for a free evaluation.

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