450 N Brand Blvd, 6th floor
Glendale, CA 91203
Surrounding areas we serve include Glendale, Long Beach, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, Torrance, Pasadena, El Monte, Pomona, Palmdale, West Covina, Norwalk, Downey, and more.
Proactive criminal and DUI defense
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys believe the best defense is a good offense. As former prosecutors and law enforcement officers, we know how to outsmart the Los Angeles District Attorney to achieve the best resolution available for our clients. A sampling of the cases we handle are:
- Bail reduction hearings
- Criminal record expungements
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes, such as possession of drug charges (HS 11350)
- Driving under the influence
- Fraud, such as credit card fraud
- Hit and run (VC 20002)
- Lewd conduct criminal offenses
- Probation-violation hearings
- Sex crimes
- Shoplifting and other theft crimes
- Traffic tickets
- Violent crimes, such as assault and battery (PC 242)
- White collar crimes
People arrested in Glendale are booked at the Glendale City Jail, the third busiest jail in Los Angeles County. The address is:
131 N Isabel St
Glendale, CA 91206
One of the more interesting aspects of the Glendale City Jail is that it offers a “pay-to-stay weekender program.” Qualified inmates willing to pay the fee of $90/day in advance may be able to serve their sentences at Glendale City Jail instead of the Los Angeles County Jail.
Approved participants in Glendale’s “pay-to-stay” program are housed in separate sleeping quarters from other inmates. They are given access to day room areas, showers and inmate phones. They may also be required to work in the inmate laundry and janitorial service within the jail.
Call 818-548-3124 for inmate information.
Criminal cases are heard at the Glendale Courthouse–a branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The address is:
600 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91206
For case information click here.
Criminal court justice system
When arrestees get released from jail on bail or their own recognizance, they agree to show up to all required court appearances. If they miss any court appearances, the judge will order that a bench warrant for their arrest be issued. Though in many cases, defendants can miss court as long as their private attorney appears in court for them.
Following the arraignment, the defense attorney will try to persuade the district attorney to reduce or dismiss the charges. This negotiation period can take minutes or months, depending on the case. But most cases do resolve with a plea bargain because both sides would prefer to avoid trial.
Note that defendants with felony charges are entitled to have a preliminary hearing. (Only defendants indicted by grand jury do not get preliminary hearings.) The purpose of a preliminary hearing is for the District Attorney to show the court that there is enough proof to continue prosecuting.
In practice, prosecutors usually win prelims. But they can be beneficial because they show the defense attorney how strong – or how weak – the case is. And it may help the defense attorney prepare for trial.
If the criminal charge gets dismissed, then the case ends. But if the defendant gets convicted, then he/she faces a sentencing hearing. If the defendant took a plea, then the judge will usually impose whatever sentence the two sides agreed to. If the defendant was convicted at trial, then the judge decides the terms.
Many first-time offenders are eligible to go on probation as a way to avoid jail. Typical terms of probation include attending classes, paying fines on time, not drinking, going to rehab, and avoiding further arrests. Then if the defendant completes all these terms, he/she can remain out of jail.
Our Glendale criminal defense lawyers create attorney-client relationships throughout northern, central, and southern California, including Los Angeles, Burbank, Encino, San Francisco, San Bernardino, and more. Our practice areas include personal injury in addition to criminal law. Our trial lawyers appear in both state and federal courts. Contact our criminal defense and DUI lawyers by phone or through our contact form. The law office of Shouse Law Group offers free consultations on our legal services.
Disclaimer: Past results and client reviews and testimonials do not guarantee future results.