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A Whittier man reportedly impersonates a pharmacist twice

A 58-year-old Whittier man was arraigned on charges of identity theft and related offenses at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in Van Nuys on Aug. 7. He stands accused of having engaged in unlawfully impersonating a licensed pharmacist not just once, but twice during the last decade. That individual claims he knew nothing of the alleged theft.

Defendant to face charges he attempted to kill Van Nuys couple

A 27-year-old Castaic man is scheduled to make an appearance in Los Angeles District Court on August 14, 2017, to face firearms, assault, and attempted murder charges. The man is accused of having brandished a weapon and attempted to inflict harm on a Van Nuys couple in February.

Van Nuys woman strikes police car, leads them on high-speed chase

A 23-year-old woman from Van Nuys was arrested and charged with felony assault on a peace officer among other charges in the early morning hours of June 22, 2017. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had begun pursuing the woman earlier that same morning after they noted the car she was driving allegedly had been reported as stolen.

Granada Hills man is accused of inappropriate conduct with minor

A 35-year-old Granada Hills man was arrested on June 2, 2017, on suspicion that he engaged in inappropriate communication with a minor. The man was arrested earlier that day after it was discovered that he had allegedly made contact with a student at Patrick Henry Middle School. He had supposedly met the child while chaperoning a field trip the previous week.

The different ways of negotiating a plea deal

When a client is charged with a crime, it's not all that uncommon that a prosecutor will offer a defendant a plea deal in order to avoid having to chance a case by taking it to trial. At the same time, for clients, they tend to take plea offers because of their potential to face reduced charges or more predictable sentences in doing so.

Van Nuys sex offender arrested for assaulting woman

A registered sex offender was arrested on Monday, April 17, 2017, by Los Angeles detectives, suspected of having sexually assaulted a Van Nuys woman the previous day. It's believed that the man could have previously assaulted other woman that have yet to come forward as well.

How plea negotiations work

Despite the number of court dramas on television that give the impression that virtually every case gets heard in court, that's far from the case. In fact, the large majority of criminal cases brought do not go to trial, but instead end with a plea bargain.

Can a DUI be expunged from your record?

A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest or conviction can be devastating to many areas of your life. Aside from having to pay all the court fees associated with a DUI, you could have your license suspended and maybe even serve some jail time. A DUI arrest or conviction will make it difficult to pass a background check which creates issues finding a steady job.

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