Van Nuys Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Anyone facing criminal charges should speak with an attorney immediately. Criminal defense is a complicated area of law and it demands seasoned and knowledgeable legal representation. Entrusting your case to a less experienced attorney could mean putting your future at risk.

At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our Van Nuys attorneys fight zealously on behalf of clients facing all types of charges – from misdemeanors to the most serious felony and federal crimes. If you or someone you love has been charged, you can trust in our proven team.

Why Choose Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP?

  • Award-winning defense attorneys with 5+ decades of collective experience.
  • Highly regarded among past clients, attorney-rating services, and the media.
  • Hundreds of case dismissals and hundreds of successfully handled jury trials.
  • Attorney Lessem is Board Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Close client communication, personal attention, and free case reviews.

Get started on your defense. Call (800) 462-7160 for a FREE case review.

Criminal Cases We Handle

Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting on behalf of clients who need a strong advocate during their legal journeys. As such, we know how to effectively defend clients charged with all types of crimes, as well as individuals who are under investigation but have not yet been charged.

Cases we handle include:

Every case is unique, but every criminal charge has penalties. Protect yourself, your freedom, and your future by working fast to contact an experienced lawyer. Our legal is standing by waiting to help, and we encourage you to request a free and confidential case review.

Felony Criminal Defense

After being arrested on suspicion of a felony, you have 10 days after your arraignment to prepare for your preliminary hearing absent a continuance. At your preliminary hearing, the Judge makes a determination if there is a reasonable suspicion that you committed the crime you have been charged with. While the standard the prosecutor needs to prove at a preliminary hearing is extremely low, with a thorough investigation and cross examination of the prosecutor’s witnesses you can prevail. Our seasoned attorneys at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP are trained to attack the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and in the process achieve the best result for clients just like you.

Help for Injured Victims

In addition to fighting on behalf of the criminally accused, our firm also maintains an active personal injury practice in which we represent victims and families who have suffered harm as a result of another’s negligence. From car accidents to defective products, our Van Nuys personal injury lawyers are available to help you learn more about your right to financial compensation after a preventable injury.

Need Mental Health Defense? We Can Help!

If you have been charged with a crime, odds are that you are facing serious legal consequences if you are convicted of the allegations that have been made against you. Especially as they apply to the field of criminal offenses, California state laws reign down harsh on those found to be in violation of any state -instituted mandate s. For this reason, mental health patients who have been arrested will need more than just an aggressive criminal defense attorney. In addition, they will require the skills of a professional that is familiar with Southern California's mental health courts; one who can confidently stand before a judge and jury to help declare their client's restoration of sanity; or one who can pose a strong argument on behalf of the history of the M'Naghten Rule and how it applies to the definition of insanity, as well as to a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. However, such qualities cannot be found at every law firm. In fact, many criminal defense lawyers will be unfamiliar with the terminology, legal proceedings, and overall approach of a mental health criminal case.

There may be fewer professionals to choose from when it comes to finding an attorney that can tackle your claims of questionable sanity; however, this does not mean that your choices are limited to unworthy or inadequate defenders. At Lessem & Newstat, LLP we have created a firm with thorough knowledge of criminal law as it pertains to the rights of mental health patients. With more than 50 years of combined experience in the field of criminal defense, there is little if anything that we have not seen or handled. This is even true when it comes to the more obscure field of mental health criminal defense. Whether you have been charged with a sexually violent predator accusation or you are looking for an attorney who can assist with pre-filing your case, a Van Nuys mental health lawyer from our firm is here to help.

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