Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers for Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley Courts

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Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP, is a top-rated juvenile criminal defense firm. Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers have been helping minors throughout Southern California to obtain superior results for over 50 years. We fight for your rights, question the government’s case, and do everything possible to make sure that you receive aggressive representation in and out of court. That is why we have been rated a Top 5% U.S. Pre-Eminent Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, a national Lawyer Review Service, annually since 2003.

Our experienced and tenacious Los Angeles criminal lawyers aggressively present Motions to Suppress Evidence based on police violating your child’s constitutional rights. Our goal is to prevent illegally obtained evidence from being used in court against a client, pursuant to the provisions of California Penal Code Section 1538.5. There are special search and seizure rules that apply to juveniles. An officer may arrest a juvenile without a warrant for a misdemeanor or felony offense as long as probable cause exists. Further, rules regarding police or administrative searches on school grounds are less restrictive, due to a greater need for the state to protect and monitor unlawful activities at elementary, junior, and senior high schools. Accordingly, a search at school does not require probable cause in most instances to be lawful. Outside school grounds, on the street or at

Most often arrests and evidence used to support a conviction are the result of a search and seizure by the police or school officials. Under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution our individual rights are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of our person or property. Any inspection of the person, the immediate area surrounding a person, or a person’s property is deemed a search. Seizure refers to the actual taking of the person or property into the custody of the police. If a search or seizure is deemed unconstitutional and thus unlawful, then the evidence or arrest resulting out of such police action is inadmissible in court.

When our defense lawyers demonstrate in Los Angeles juvenile courts that the government violated your child’s constitutional rights pursuant to a Search and Seizure motion, the entire juvenile petition and criminal case may dropped or dismissed. Our juvenile defense lawyers have defended numerous cases including Violent Crime, Sex Crimes, Theft-Fraud, Burglary, Vandalism, Weapons Charges, Bench Warrants, Drug Offenses, and other serious criminal offenses.