Michael A. Goldstein
State Bar of California Membership Information - Member Since 1996
Michael Goldstein, "Of Counsel" to his father, James Goldstein, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996 and to the United States District Court, Central District in 1997. The Goldstein Law Offices were established by James A. Goldstein in 1975. Michael joined his father in 1996. Jim and Michael have worked closely together ever since and enjoy a reputation as aggressive, compassionate and ethical attorneys amongst their peers and adversaries alike.
Since August 2012, Michael has secured 4 consecutive not guilty verdicts. The last two juries found Michael's client not guilty in 27 minutes and 50 minutes. The first of these significant victories involved an 8-week, 42 defendant complex insurance fraud case tried before the Honorable Lance Ito.
Michael zealously represents individuals charged in both the State and Federal Courts.
He has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, and has represented the interest of clients in the state or federal courts of California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Michael has successfully handled major narcotics cases, assault cases, DUI's, homicide cases as well as several other serious matters. Michael has represented musicians, doctors, lawyers, athletes, entertainers, entertainment executives, career criminals, and foreign nationals facing immigration consequences. On many occasions, Michael's creative work on behalf of musicians and/or performers has made it possible to travel to internationally to perform.
Michael has litigated several highly sophisticated fraud and narcotics cases and recently represented a client who was charged as a co-conspirator in a $45 million muti-ton drug seizure. In another matter, Michael obtained a favorable plea deal for a client charged in one of the largest welfare fraud case in Los Angeles County history. In that case, our client, a county employee, misappropriated more than $700,000 of county funds.
Under the appropriate circumstances, Michael can secure confidential and professional help for clients suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Michael works closely with a network of treatment facilities, intervention specialists and therapists to secure the appropriate care when needed. This knowledge has also proven helpful for family members who may not possess the knowledge to do so, or might be unwilling to take on this difficult task. Where appropriate, time spent in a reputable residential treatment facility or local trustee jail can serve as an alternative to incarceration. In fact, the California Penal Code specifically permits a Judge to credit time spent in a medical or rehabilitation facility against any jail time imposed. (Penal Code sections 2900.5 & 4019) Alternative sentencing can be a viable option if effectively negotiated by your defense attorney. Michael is an advocate of alternative sentencing and his comprehensive network of experts provide his clients with the best chance to avoid incarceration.
Michael currently sits on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Michael has volunteered for for Public Counsel and has provided volunteer legal assistance at the Salvation Army Men's Rehabilitation program in the past.
Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, is married and is the father of two young boys.
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