Goldstein Law Group
February 2018 - Santa Barbara Superior Court- 4 Felony Charges Dismissed in Aggravated Domestic Violence Case- Michael’s client was charged with the following felonies: criminal threats, battery with serious bodily injury, violation of a domestic relation restraining order and domestic violence causing great bodily injury. The charges arose out of an altercation while staying at an upscale Santa Barbara hotel. Hotel security contacted law enforcement resulting in the arrest of our client. Through our investigation, we secured prior arrest reports involving violence, theft and felony DUI. In one of those prior arrests, the alleged victim was arrested for assaulting police officers after being escorted off of a commercial airline due to her level of intoxication. After turning over these reports to the District Attorney at the time of the preliminary hearing, Michael negotiated a disposition for a simple misdemeanor battery, 12 months of summary probation and 18 hours of anger management counseling.
December 2017 - LAX Airport Court - No charges filed following Domestic Violence Arrest - Michael’s client, a successful corporate executive, was arrested by Santa Monica Police Department after his live-in girlfriend called 911 and alleged he had put his hands on her. The alleged victim refused a protective order when it was offered by law enforcement. The alleged victim thereafter retained a civil lawyer, sought a restraining order and threatened to sue our client seeking money, a percentage of his real estate holdings and a lifetime of financial support. Our team of investigators immediately got to work and obtained information on prior lawsuits filed by the alleged victim to support our position that this was all driven by money. In the end, the City Attorney decided not to file charges notwithstanding cooperation and a desire to pursue a criminal prosecution by the alleged victim.
November 2017 -San Fernando Superior Court- No Jail in Shooting case resulting in Great Bodily Injury- Michael’s client was initially arrested for attempted murder following a shooting at a party. It was alleged that our client, who had been drinking for hours with the victim and others, was playing around with a gun and fired a few rounds into the ground. The victim, who was urinating nearby, confronted our client who was intoxicated and holding a gun. According to witnesses, the victim punched our client in the face resulting in the shooting. Although bail was initially set at over $1 million dollars, Michael was successful in getting it reduced to $75,000. A plea agreement was reached following the preliminary hearing. The client pled no contest to negligent discharge of a firearm and was sentenced 60 days of community labor and ordered to pay restitution. More importantly, this result will allow the client to seek a misdemeanor following completion of probation.
September 2017 -San Fernando Superior Court- Strike Felonies Dismissed and No Jail - Our client was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon causing great bodily injury and Criminal Threats, both strikes. The client was accused of assaulting a co-worker with a weapon at their place of work over a financial dispute. The alleged victim sustained injuries. Following a preliminary hearing and several pre-trial hearings, Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a disposition that included the dismissal of both charged felonies. The client was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 50 days of community labor and can earn a reduction to a misdemeanor following probation. This was a particularly important for the client given his immigration status.
September 2017 - San Fernando Superior Court - Solicitation of Prostitution Charges Dismissed and No Jail - Our client was charged with solicitation of prostitution following a law enforcement sting. Michael A. Goldstein negotiated the dismissal of the solicitation charge and a disposition that included a no contest plea to trespassing, no jail and a fine. The client, who has a prior felony conviction, was spared a moral turpitude conviction which would have triggered immigration consequences.
August 2017 - LAX Airport Courthouse - Attempted 1st Degree Residential Burglary & Related Gang Enhancements Dismissed - Michael’s client was arrested when plain clothes narcotics officers observed the client and 3 co-defendants engaged in what they believed to be a residential burglary in the Venice area. One of the co-defendants was observed climbing onto a 2nd story balcony and trying to open a sliding glass door while wearing white gloves. Officers then observed the suspect speaking to one of the other suspects while leaning over the balcony. As the suspect noticed the officers, he climbed down and was observed standing next to the other suspects, including our client. All suspects entered a vehicle and were immediately stopped and detained by LAPD. All were charged with multiple felonies and all offers leading up to trial included a “strike” and substantial custody time. While two of the co-defendants agreed to plead to the burglary, our client maintained his innocence and the matter was set for trial. In the meantime, our office prepared an extensive mitigation package that highlighted our client’s academic/athletic achievements, military service and a lack of any criminal history. The District Attorney agreed to dismiss all charges against our client avoiding any record.
May 2017 - LAX Airport Courthouse -
Robbery Charges Dismissed and No Jail - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was charged with Robbery after assaulting two loss prevention employees outside of Macy’s Department Store following the theft of property. According to loss prevention, our client assaulted them and caused injuries after confronting him about a theft they alleged occurred inside the store. After an initial county jail offer, Michael negotiated the dismissal of the Robbery (a serious and violent strike offense) and a plea to a lesser charge of ADW. The DA agreed to a sentence of community service and further reduction to a misdemeanor at 12 months.
May 2017 - Van Nuys Superior Court - DUI Charges Dismissed - Our client was arrested for DUI and hit and run after driving through locked school gates. According to the arresting officers, our client admitted taking several prescription drugs earlier in the morning and had a difficult time maintaining his balance and following instructions. Michael A. Goldstein was able to negotiate a reduction of the charges to a dry (non-alcohol related) reckless driving and the dismissal of the DUI and hit and run charges.
May 2017 - Van Nuys Superior Court - DUI Charges Dismissed - Michael’s client was arrested for DUI following a traffic collision. Her blood alcohol level was .14 and she was charged with DUI. On the day of trial, Michael negotiated the dismissal of DUI charges and a plea to a dry/non-alcohol related reckless driving. Consequently, the client was not required to attend a DUI class, install an interlock device on her vehicle. She will also avoid the consequences of increased insurance costs associated with a DUI conviction.
March 2017 - Glendale Superior Court - Charges to be Dismissed in Marijuana DUI Case - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was pulled over by officers from the Glendale Police Department working a DUI enforcement detail and our client admitted to smoking marijuana earlier. The officers claimed they observed our client to have a green tongue as well as red, watery and glassy eyes. Finally, they concluded that his balance was poor, he failed the FST’s and was operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Our client was arrested, provided a blood sample and charged with a DUI. After initially consulting with a a defense attorney (and former DA) that promised the world and claimed to know everyone, Michael A. Goldstein was retained. The DA offered a “wet reckless” which was unacceptable based on the facts. Michael immediately retained an expert witness in order to rebut the allegations and secure a dismissal or not guilty verdict. After several months of court appearances and discovery motions, we turned over the expert witness report. After initially offering a “wet reckless”, the District Attorney’s office ultimately agreed to dismiss the charges. Hard work pays off.
March 2017 - Van Nuys Superior Court - 1st Degree Residential Burglary Charges Dismissed & No Jail - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was charged with attempted 1st Degree Residential Burglary after getting arrested outside of a home occupied by the victims. Charged with 1st Degree Residential Burglary, a serious and violent strike offense and facing 16 years in state prison given past prison terms and a strike prior, the client retained Michael A. Goldstein to get his best shot at staying out of prison. Given his past history of drug addiction and drug related convictions, Michael suggested that the client check himself into rehab and focus on his sobriety while he works on getting the charges dismissed or reduced. After conducting a thorough investigation which showed the client had been staying at the residence next door and was under the influence of drugs, Michael convinced the DA to dismiss the felony and offer the client a misdemeanor trespass. The client was sentenced to 36 months of informal probation and must attend 1 narcotics anonymous meeting per week for 24 months. The client never did a day in jail after retaining Michael.
March 2017 - Van Nuys Superior Court - DUI Charges Dismissed & No DMV Suspension in 2nd DUI Case - Michael A. Goldstein’s client, a restaurant owner was charged with his 2nd DUI after being arrested for erratic driving. Michael was able to use a marginal BAC (.08 pas and .07/.08 breath) to negotiate a reduction to a speed contest and spare the client the mandatory jail time or other punitive measures of a 2nd DUI. Additionally, there was no DMV suspension in what could have resulted in a 1 year revocation.
January 2017 - Los Angeles Superior Court - No Charges Filed In Sexual Assault Case - Our client was investigated for a sexual assault at a local hotel and two LAPD detectives showed up at his home. After a lengthy and proactive investigation by the defense and full cooperation with LAPD, the District Attorney elected to decline to file charges.
December 2016 - Van Nuys Superior Court - Declaration of Factual Innocence Granted in Marijuana Transportation Case - Michael’s client was convicted of transportation of marijuana at age 19 following his arrest for sales of marijuana to a minor. The conviction prevented him from obtaining a broker’s license for the past 22 years. Michael was successful in obtaining both an order to seal and destroy all records of his arrest and declaration of factual innocence. As a result, our client no longer has a criminal record and will now be eligible to obtain the license he has sought for 22 years.
August 2016 - Van Nuys Superior Court - Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed Against Non-Citizen Client - Michael's client, an Indian citizen, was charged with assaulting his wife. Given the potentially devastating immigration repercussions, Michael had to push the case to trial. On the day of trial, charges were dismissed.
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August 2016 - Glendale Superior Court - Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed Against Registered Nurse - Michael's client, a registered nurse, was charged with assaulting her husband in the presence of her two children. To make matters worse, our client admitted to striking her husband. On the day of trial, all charges were dismissed. As a licensed professional working in a hospital, the dismiss likely saved her job.
December 2015 - Norwalk Superior Court -
Felony Charges Dismissed and No Jail in Assault on Police Officers - Michael A. Goldstein represented a
former LAPD officer that was charged with assaulting 3 police officers outside of a casino. He was also charged with felony vandalism after kicking out the window of the patrol vehicle. The incident started inside of the bicycle casino where the client was kicked out for public intoxication. While the client was being detained by casino security, law enforcement arrived and attempted to handcuff the client. The client head butted one officer causing him to bleed and thereafter kicked another officer in the shin. He thereafter head butted a third officer. The District Attorney filed 3 felonies and two misdemeanors. Michael negotiated a plea that resulted in a no contest plea to a single misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and no jail.
December 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in Cocaine Arrest - In this case, our client was arrested following a Craig’s List sting operation. Our client responded to an ad and believed he would be meeting an attractive woman who was looking for drugs and sent him a photo. The client sent a photo of himself to the person who turned out to be law enforcement. When the client met the other party at the agreed upon location, law enforcement arrested him and he was booked for offering to furnish cocaine. The client could not afford a drug conviction given his employment as a bodyguard for a very wealthy and influential individual which requires him to travel internationally. Michael A. Goldstein worked out a creative disposition wherein the client only had to do 1 NA meeting per week for 6 months and the charges were thereafter dismissed.
December 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in DUI involving Traffic Collision - Our client, a very well know artist, was charged with DUI following a traffic collision. The client offered to take a blood test and the result was .13. Although this was the first DUI in ten years, the client had two prior DUI convictions over the past 13 years. Michael filed a motion for a blood split and LAPD was unable to produce enough of a sample to have re-tested by the defense. Therefore, given the sufficient delay in obtaining a blood sample and the inability to retain a sufficient sample for the defense, Michael was able to negotiate a reduction to a “speed contest” with a minimal amount of community service. As a result of this case settlement, our client avoided an alcohol related conviction, an ignition interlock device in all vehicles and the problems associated with international travel for business.
November 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Not Guilty Verdict in Domestic Violence Case - A woman retained The Law Offices of Michael A. Goldstein to represent her in a domestic violence case. She was accused of beating her husband. Two witnesses claim to have seen her do it, the prosecution presented photographic evidence of the alleged victim’s wounds, and she confessed to the police during questioning. The case was especially hairy because of an ongoing child custody battle between the client and her ex-husband. Not satisfied with the prosecution’s plea offer, associate attorney Kian R. Magaña pushed the case to trial. At trial, despite numerous objections by the prosecutor and consistent sustaining of the objections by the judge, Kian was able to convince the jury that our client was innocent. After closing arguments, during which Kian argued a self-defense theory, the jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning a unanimous verdict of NOT GUILTY. Because of our vigorous representation of our client, and Kian’s handling of the trial, we were able to get our client’s case totally dismissed as a result of the Not Guilty verdict. As a result, she is not subject to any punishment, and she is not prejudiced in her child custody case.
September 2015 - Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building -
Felony Human Trafficking Charges Dismissed - Mr. Goldstein was retained after an arrest warrant was issued for our client’s arrest. Michael reached out to the DA to negotiate the terms of surrender and bail and provided the DA with substantial documentation concerning the funds to be used for bail. However, the DA still demanded a 1275 hearing which would require the defense to make a showing that any funds to be used for bail are legitimate. Thereafter, FBI agents and investigators from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office located and arrested our client. Although the DA wanted to proceed on the bail issue at arraignment, Michael reached out to the DA’s supervisors who agreed to back off of their demand. The Goldstein Law Group mounted an aggressive defense serving the prosecution with multiple discovery motions and locating Instagram posts confirming their victim continued to work as a prostitute. At the time of the preliminary hearing, the DA requested a continuance citing the unavailability of their victim or a law enforcement witness who was engaged in a federal trial in Nevada. Michael argued that the DA did not have good cause, the Judge agreed and the PH moved forward without the prosecution’s alleged victim. A few days before trial, the prosecutor announced that they had located their victim who had been arrested on a new felony in Nevada. On the day of trial, the DA dismissed the charges citing the victim’s 5th amendment rights. If convicted, our client faced 5,8 or 12 years in state prison as well as a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.
September 2015 - Santa Clarita Courthouse -
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed - Our client was arrested concerning an alleged Domestic Violence incident that occurred three weeks earlier. The alleged victim, his girlfried, also sought an Emergency Protective Order. Our client works as a counselor for a City of LA sponsored program that assists reformed gang members in changing their lifestyle. The alleged victim claimed that during one argument, the defendant threatened to kill her and walked into their kitchen retrieving a large knife. She further alleged that in the presence of their young daughter, the defendant grabbed her, put the knife to her throat and told her he would kill her himself. According to the alleged victim, the defendant then pinned her down and told her she was not leaving with their baby before slamming her against the wall several times causing blurred vision and a headache. Finally, the victim recorded the victim wherein he apologized and stated he was ashamed for his behavior. However, in the recording, our client
did not admit to any of the allegations made by the victim and believes the alleged victim used this incident as a way to deprive him of custody of their young child. Our office mounted an aggressive defense and Attorney Kian R. Magaña contacted several witnesses who cast doubt on the credibility of the alleged victim. After preparing a substantial mitigation package that also called into question the credibility of the alleged victim, the District Attorney continued to push the case so Mr. Magaña prepared for trial. On the day of trial, the DA announced unable to proceed and charges were dismissed.
August 2015 - Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building -
Probation & Drug Rehab in 7 Count Residential Burglary Case - In this case, Michael was retained to represent a former client who was charged with 7 residential burglaries in two different courthouses while on probation. If convicted of all counts, our client would have sustained 7 strikes. In some of the burglaries, occupants were home which served as an aggravating factor. After several months of negotiations, Michael was able to get both cases into one courtroom and secure probation, time served and 6-12 months in a residential drug rehabilitation facility. The client was looking at more than 10 years of state prison and the potential of having 7 strike priors.
July 2015 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in Methamphetamine Sales Case - Michael’s client was charged with the sale of methamphetamine after undercover LAPD officers observed what they believed to be a narcotic transaction in a Target parking lot. The offices contacted the client, ordered him out of the vehicle and according to their arrest report, “immediately cuffed him and placed him in custody. They tried to justify the arrest based on officer safety. A search of his pockets revealed 9 separate bags of methamphetamine and cash. According to the officers, the client consented to the search and admitted he was “just selling drugs to pay his taxes.” Our client denied consenting to the search, denied ever being read his Miranda rights and believed the officers were abusive and intimidating. Michael Goldstein filed a suppression motion based on the lack of probable cause for the contact, detention and search of our client. At the time of the hearing, the officer tried to back off his original statement that they immediately arrested our client. However, Michael impeached him with his statements and the court granted the motion and dismissed all charges.
Our client had a prior conviction for the sale of narcotics and was facing deportation if convicted.
May 2015 - San Fernando Superior Court -
Criminal Threat Charges Dismissed - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was charged with making criminal threats. According to the defendant’s mother, our client stated “I’m gonna shoot that worthless son of a bitch, that piece of shit” and then grabbed a bag containing his rifle. The victim also advised officers that he heard his brother threaten to shoot him and then himself. The client initially retained another attorney who could not a favorable result. He then retained Michael and the charges were dismissed on the day of trial.
May 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Felony Charges against Physician Dismissed - Michael A. Goldstein’s client, a medical doctor, was charged with Failure to File Income Tax Return and Supplying False Tax Information. These charges arose of a continuing pattern of medi-cal fraud in excess of $100,000. This was the second arrest for our client who had a prior misdemeanor conviction for tax fraud. After more than a year of litigation and negotiations, Michael negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor with no custody time which enabled our client to retain her medical license. In this case, Michael also secured counsel to represent the client in medical board proceedings early on.
May 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
No Charges Filed in Venice High School Sexual Assault Case - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was arrested with several other Venice High School students based on allegations of sexual assaults. LAPD officers led the students from campus in handcuffs. After a very thorough investigation by both the defense and prosecution, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office concluded there was “insufficient evidence” to file charges against any of the 15 students who had been arrested. This decision by the District Attorney comes just two months after LAPD announced their “high profile” investigation. During the investigation, our office cooperated with law enforcement and our own investigation revealed a video tape that provided clear evidence that any contact involving our client was consensual. As the Los Angeles Times reported, LAPD has now closed the investigation.
February 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in DUI Arrest involving Traffic Collision - Michael’s client was arrested after hitting a parked vehicle. When LAPD officers arrived, our client appeared under the influence of drugs and admitted to taking SOMA and Xanax. The client agreed to a blood draw which confirmed the existence of these drugs. DUI charges were filed by the City Attorney. Michael later negotiated a disposition wherein the DUI charges were dismissed and the prosecutor agreed to a plea to a speed contest and reduced fine. No DUI classes or community service were required.
February 2015 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Judge Dismisses Drug Trafficking Charges Following Motion to Traverse and Quash Search Warrant - Michael’s client was charged with multiple felony counts of drug sales, gun charges, transportation and bringing an illegal substance into a jail. The plea offer was 6 years state prison due to a strike prior. The client was contacted by law enforcement via text using information obtained from an informant. The only description provided by the informant was a telephone number and a general description that his dope dealer was Hispanic. Several text messages were exchanged between the client and law enforcement posing as a buyer. Ultimately, a location was agreed upon and multiple law enforcement officers arrived at the location. Law enforcement made contact with a male Hispanic in an alley and arrested him after they observed him swallowing a baggie of what appeared to be cocaine. Law enforcement then used keys recovered from him to locate his vehicle and what they believed to be his residence. After illegally entering the property through a locked gate, law enforcement purportedly dialed his number and testified that they could hear the phone ringing in the residence. They proceeded to obtain a search warrant on executed the warrant. Drugs, guns, scales and credit card readers were recovered. Michael filed a motion to traverse and quash the warrant based on the initial entry into the car and the yard where they made the subsequent observations arguing that the officers withheld favorable information from the Judge who issued the warrant. Following a brutal cross-examination of the officers, The Judge agreed and suppressed all evidence with the exception of drugs recovered in his jail cell following his arrest. The prosecution was left with a possession charge only. The passage of Prop 47 deemed the possession a misdemeanor and the client got probation and no jail.
January 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
DUI Charge dismissed for Los Angeles County Probation Officer - Michael's client was charged with a DUI following a traffic collision with a BAC of almost 2x the legal limit. Michael negotiated a plea deal that included the dismissal of the DUI charge and a plea to a reduced charge with no jail.
January 2015 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
DUI Charges Dismissed for Chicago Rapper - Michael's client was charged with DUI following a CHP traffic stop and arrest wherein the client was driving 110mph on the freeway while smoking marijuana. The client admitted he had just smoked weed and a search revealed a pocket full of Xanax and substantial amount of cash. Notwithstanding the fact the client told the CHP officer he was a rapper, signed to a major label and financially stable, he profiled the client as a drug dealer and recommended that the prosecutor also file a drug sales charge. As the vehicle was being impounded, our client assured the officer that he "would have his car out immediately as he had the week before." Michael negotiated a plea deal that resulted in the dismissal of the DUI and drug charges and the client pled to an exhibition of a speed with 20 NA meetings and a fine.
December 2014 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
No Charges Filed in Vehicular Manslaughter Investigation - In this high profile case, LAPD and media outlets originally reported the Sunset Blvd collision as a "high speed collision involving an extremely rare and powerful 2005 Ford GT sports car." Our investigation immediately uncovered a video from a nearby residence that provided conclusive proof that Michael's client was traveling at or below the posted speed limit. Following several inspections, our experts uncovered a mechanical defect that had been widely reported in blogs related to this particular Ford GT. The experts concluded that it was this defect that ultimately caused the tragic accident. The City Attorney agreed and declined to file charges.
July 2014 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Drug Charges Dismissed Following Suppression Motion - Michael’s client was charged with possession of methamphetamine as well as possession of a pipe. The client had a prior drug conviction but was offered drug diversion to keep with the conviction off his record. Michael advised his client not to accept the offer. Thereafter, Michael filed a motion to suppress that challenged the traffic stop, detention and search of the vehicle. Upon cross-examination, the two officers contradicted each other about significant facts relating to the stop, detention and search of the vehicle. Specifically, the officers admitted that a pill bottle recovered and used to establish probable cause to detain and handcuff all three passengers was a valid prescription for a antibiotic. The officers failed to include this fact in their arrest report. At the conclusion of the hearing and before the Judge reached a decision, the prosecutor offered the client a “trespass” with no jail or community service. Both drug charges were dismissed.
May 2014 - San Fernando Superior Court -
Attempted Murder & Robbery Charges Dismissed - My client was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Attempted Murder, Assault and Robbery and faced life in prison. The client was accused of placing an ad for iPhone 5 cell phones on Craig's List and thereafter orchestrating the robbery and shooting of the alleged victims once they showed up at a pre-determined location. One of the alleged victims were shot and ended up at Holy Cross Hospital where LAPD were immediately summoned. The client's family retained Michael A. Goldstein after the he was contacted by LAPD regarding a shooting. The client was adamant that there was no Craig's List ad and that he had contacted the alleged victims via Instagram in response to an ad offering employment. He thereafter assisted the alleged victims in the purchase of several iPhones at various stores using his own ID, Social Security number and credit. He was paid $300 and dropped off at home. A couple of weeks later, he was contacted again but did not want to work again. The alleged victims showed up at his house and once again asked the client to help them. However, one of the victims told the client that they had been involved in a altercation with some people just prior to arriving at his house and appeared agitated. As the client walked away from their vehicle, they sped away. The client was contacted by LAPD and he told them he knew nothing about a Craig's List ad or shooting. A few weeks later, the client was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery. Michael advised LAPD that the Craig's List ad was false and provided details as to the cell phone purchases and prior contact between the client and alleged victims which contradicted the version told by the alleged victims. LAPD did nothing and refused to follow up and obtain the video surveillance footage that would confirm their victims were lying. Michael sent his investigator to track down the surveillance footage which ultimately cleared his client of any wrongdoing. Rather than further investigate the alleged victims or arrest arrest them for lying to police officers or engaging in cell phone fraud or identity theft, LAPD Detective John Guerrero told the LA Times: "They are all guilty of something." Go figure.
May 2014 - United States District Courthouse - Western District of Washington - Client sentenced to 12 months & 1 day - Michael's client was charged in a 21 count indictment in the Western District of Washington along with 3 other defendants. Our client was faced with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of more than $1.2 million dollars. The client's offense level and criminal history called for a sentence of between 78-87 months. After much work and extensive negotiations with the US Attorney, the US Attorney agreed to dismiss the most serious charge which resulted in a negotiated disposition. After bringing to light our client's post offense rehabilitation and favorable contributions to society, Michael convinced the Federal Judge to sentence his client to just one year & one day in custody.
April 2014 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Drug Charges Dismissed after 26 Years - Michael negotiated the dismissal of all charges against his client 26 years after he fled the jurisdiction following his initial court appearance fearing deportation. For the past 26 years, the client lived a crime and drug free life with only occasional visits by his children and grandchildren who reside in the United States. Given this result, he can now seek a visa and be reunited with his family. Another classic example of how the "war on drugs" has failed us miserably.
March 2014 - San Bernardino Superior Court - Charges dismissed in Felony Explosives case. Michael's client was arrested twice in a one week period for transporting dangerous fireworks with a weight in excess of 7500 grains or more of explosive material. The charges were dismissed in one matter and reduced to an infraction on the other. There was no probation or jail.
March 2014 - Burbank Superior Court -
No Jail in 3rd DUI with .34/.35 blood alcohol level - Michael's client, just 12 months into her probation for her second DUI was arrested while passed out behind the wheel of her car in the middle of an intersection. With a blood alcohol level of .34/.35, the officer asked her why she was driving and she responded "because I am stupid." Though creative negotiating, Michael resolved the case without jail and some much needed time in rehab and sober living.
March 2014 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Charges dismissed on 4th DUI with .32 BAC. In this complicated case, Michael's client, a prominent television producer, was arrested for his 3rd and 4th DUI's within a 5 month period. Of course, the 4th DUI would have constituted a felony. Aggravating the situation even more was the fact the 3rd DUI involved an accident and the 4th included a .24 BAC. Michael negotiated a favorable settlement of the 3rd DUI. He thereafter provided the prosecutor in a different courthouse to reduce the 4th DUI to a misdemeanor drunk in public charge and settle the case for probation and community service. As a result, Michael's client avoided a felony, a prison sentence and spent only 1 night in jail.
December 2013 - San Fernando Superior Court -
Felony Hit & Run case involving Serious Bodily Injury - Michael's client was charged with felony hit and run causing serious bodily injury, DUI and Child Endangerment. Additionally, the client had his 13 year old daughter in the car at the time he struck a bicyclist. The DA's offer was 2 years in state prison and the case was litigated for a year before Michael resolved the case for 30 days of community labor. Michael also got a favorable ruling from the DMV.
October 2013 - San Bernardino Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in Marijuana Cultivation & Sales Charges - Michael’s client was charged with multiple felony counts following the seizure of 484 marijuana plants, multiple pounds of manicured marijuana, pay owe sheets and a loaded gun. After more than one year of litigation, Michael negotiated a plea deal that resulted in the dismissal of all cultivation and sales charges, a plea to a lesser charge and no jail.
October 2013 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Mayhem and Assault Charges Dismissed - Michael’s client was arrested for felony Mayhem following the assault of her former roommate who sustained serious injuries. The prosecutor dismissed all charges on the day of trial.
October 2013 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Prosecutor Agrees to dismiss all charges in Marijuana Cultivation Case - Michael's client was charged with the cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana at his warehouse. Prior to the filing of charges, Michael initiated discussions with the DA and presented materials in support of his client's position that was based on a medical marijuana defense. The DA elected to file charges but later agreed to dismiss all charges following further discussions and presentation of documents. If convicted, the client, a contractor would have faced serious consequences with regard to his license.
July 2013 - Lancaster Superior Court -
Probation and No Jail in Marijuana Cultivation Case - In a marijuana cultivation case involving more than 300 plants and the theft of power, Michael negotiated a no jail sentence for his client notwithstanding a prior drug sale conviction and prison prior sentence. Each of the co-defendants took 2 year prison deals before the preliminary hearing.
July 2013 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Misdemeanor and No Jail in Marijuana Case - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a misdemeanor deal with no jail or community service in this marijuana case involving approximately one pound of marijuana. Michael’s client was originally charged with possession for sale and transportation of Marijuana given the recovery of 6 cell phones, $6000 in cash and what the law enforcement alleged to be text messages relating to drug transactions. After initially seizing the cash, Michael also convinced the DEA to return the $6000 recovered from his client.
June 2013 - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Not Guilty Verdict in Domestic Violence Case - After deliberating for just 37 minutes, a jury returned a not guilty verdict following a 2 week trial. Michael A. Goldstein mounted an aggressive defense that accused the victim, (an Emergency Room Physician) of using the criminal courts to gain an advantage in a child custody battle. Just prior to making the domestic violence allegations, Michael’s client had won an important ruling in family court following a 4 year custody battle. Two weeks later, his wife made allegations of child abuse which were investigated and deemed to be unsubstantiated. A conviction for domestic violence would have resulted in the loss of child custody and most likely his medical license.
May 2013 - Los Angeles Superior Court -
Dismissal of all charges in Residential Burglary Case - Michael A. Goldstein’s client, the bodyguard for a prominent entertainer, was charged with the residential burglary of an apartment unit within the same building he resided. Following the incident, the victim assisted LAPD in the preparation of a composite drawing of the suspect. Thereafter, another tenant in the same building contacted law enforcement and reported seeing a person that resembled the composite that was posted within the complex. LAPD arrested Michael’s client. Michael immediately sent his investigator to request surveillance video and interview security guards who believed the wrong person was arrested. Michael immediately advised LAPD and the District Attorney that they had the wrong person but they refused to dismiss the charges. After 4 months of court appearances and an aggressive investigation by the defense team, the victim cleared Michael’s client and all charges were dismissed.
February 2013 - San Fernando Superior Court -
1st Degree Murder Charges Dismissed in Gang Killing - Michael Goldstein's client, an admitted gang member, was charged as the shooter in an two defendant execution-style murder. Michael moved for a separate trial for his client. The co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to 55 years to life. After 4 years of litigation, Michael's negotiated an agreement whereby his client pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter and received a 16 year sentence.
September 2012 - Beverly Hills Superior Court -
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed - In this case, our client was charged with assaulting her husband in a hotel room in Beverly Hills and had a prior arrest for similar conduct. After a thorough investigation, Michael approached the DA concerning the husband’s past criminal history and continuing substance abuse problems. Michael worked out a plea deal that resulted in the dismissal of all charges after completing 26 hours of counseling.
September 2012 - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Probation & No Jail in Possession of Cocaine for Sale case - Michael A. Goldstein’s client was arrested with an ounce of cocaine, 2 ounces of marijuana and several prescription pills following the execution of a search warrant at his place of business. The client had a prior conviction for sales of marijuana. The client retained Michael because his previous attorney could not get the cocaine charge dismissed or keep him out of jail. Michael met with the DA and a disposition was reached wherein the cocaine charges were dismissed and the client entered a plea of no contest to an alternative charge that will be reduced to a misdemeanor following the completion of community service.
May 2012 - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Probation in Felon with Firearm with Strike Prior - Michael A. Goldstein was retained to represent his client after the previous attorney was unable to secure a plea deal better than 32 months in State Prison. The client was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and had a juvenile robbery strike prior that he suffered at age 16. The previous attorney never sought out the juvenile records to investigate the nature of the prior robbery conviction even after the client explained that it was nothing more than a theft of a video game from another student at school. Michael spent 6 months obtaining the juvenile records and investigation the prior conviction. When the records finally confirmed the facts of the prior conviction, Michael convinced the Supervising DA to strike the prior and offer 90 days in county jail.
May 2012 - Van Nuys Courthouse -
DUI Charges Dismissed - Michael A. Goldstein secured the dismissal of DUI charges for his client and negotiated a plea to a speed contest with no requirement that she enroll in a DUI class. This negotiated disposition also saved the client's ability to drive and retain her job.
May 2012 - Long Beach Superior Court -
Probation & No Jail in Complex Bank Fraud - Michael A. Goldstein's client, a currency trader, was charged with 11 felony counts of check fraud on Wells Fargo Bank. The District Attorney also filed an enhancement alleging a loss in excess of $100,000. Michael negotiated a plea that resulted in no jail deal that includes the ability to earn a misdemeanor in 18 months upon the payment of restitution.
April 2012 - Ventura County Superior Court -
Probation in Marijuana Cultivation and Sales Case - Michael A. Goldstein's client was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and subsequently arrested while in transporting 18 pounds of marijuana. Michael negotiated a probationary sentence which included 120 days in county jail.
April 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Probation in Methamphetamine Manufacturing and Marijuana Cultivation Case - Michael A. Goldstein's client was charged with
manufacturing methamphetamine, cultivation of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine while armed with a firearm and faced a sentence of more than 12 years. Although more than 2200 grams of methamphetamine and a firearm was recovered, Michael negotiated a plea resulting in 90 days in county jail and the dismissal of manufacturing and cultivation.
March 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Malibu Superior Court -
Not Guilty in Felony Animal Cruelty Case - Following 8 days of trial, a Malibu jury returned a not guilty verdict in an hour and acquitted Michael A. Goldstein's client of killing his girlfriend's 7 pound dog and disposing of it in a dumpster. The jury completely rejected the testimony of the dog's owner, her claims of prior abuse and the DA's theory that the defendant was jealous of the dog and killed it to gain the affection of the woman. On cross-examination, the veterinary doctor called by the DA contradicted the testimony of the pet owner and conceded that he was unable to conclude that the death was an intentional act. Several jurors were surprised that the case was even pursued at the taxpayers expense. Prior to trial, the DA offered a plea to a felony with no jail time which was rejected by the court and the defendant.
Read full article in the LA Times:
"Man Charged with Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Dog Found Not Guilty"
March 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Probation & Time Served in Home Invasion Robbery Case - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a time served deal for his client who was charged with home invasion robbery. It was alleged that the client was involved in a poker game and assaulted the victim after losing money. According to the victims, the defendant returned to the residence with the co-defendants, broke into the home and assaulted the victims with a baseball bat. In addition to the robbery charge, the defendant was charged with theft of an access card.
February 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Not Guilty in Jail House Murder - A Los Angeles jury acquitted Jim Goldstein’s client of 1st degree Murder where Goldstein’s client was charged with multiple counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder of an inmate in the Los Angeles County Jail. The jurors acquitted Jim’s client on 1st degree murder, hung 11-1 (not guilty) on 2nd degree murder and hung 11-1 (not guilty) on conspiracy to commit murder.
February 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Court -
Felony Drug & Assault Rifle Charges Dismissed in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case - Pursuant to a plea agreement, the District Attorney dismissed felony charges of possession for sale of marijuana and possession of an assault rifle. Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a plea deal resulting in no jail time and a plea to a lesser charge that will be reduced to a misdemeanor in 12 months.
February 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Alhambra Superior Court -
Charges Dismissed in Child Cruelty Case - Michael A. Goldstein's client was charged with assaulting her child in a parking lot. According to an alleged witness, the defendant was engaged in an altercation with her child and kicked and pushed her child. The witness reported the incident to San Gabriel Police and the DA charged the defendant. At the arraignment, the DA requested a complete stay away order from her son notwithstanding the fact there were no injuries and the child denied what had occurred. The DA was demanding a plea of guilty to Child Cruelty, 52 weeks of counseling and community labor. Michael’s client refused to plead guilty and the matter proceeded to trial on Michael’s advice. The case was thereafter sent to Burbank where the DA ultimately dismissed the case prior to jury selection.
January 2012 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Not Guilty Verdict in Battery Case - Michael A. Goldstein's client was charged with batter following an altercation with his neighbor. A criminal protective order was thereafter issued by the Judge. The City Attorney offered a deal wherein Michael’s client could enter a guilty plea to a lesser charge and avoid community service and jail. Michael’s client rejected the offer. During trial, Michael impeached the LAPD officer with her report that included statements by the alleged victim admitting that he had been drinking all morning and was intoxicated when he confronted the defendant. Michael impeached the alleged victim with his own prior statements and the jury returned a not guilty verdict in less than 20 minutes.
November 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Misdemeanor & No Jail for Medical Doctor in Tax Evasion Case - Michael A. Goldstein's client is a medical doctor who was charged with felony tax evasion. The client had a prior conviction for the same charge. In this, the DA alleged a loss in excess of $500,000. With a medical license at stake, Michael negotiated a disposition whereby the DA dismissed the felony counts and added a single misdemeanor charge. The client was placed on summary probation and retains her medical license.
November 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Superior Court -
Felony Drug, Cultivation and Gun Charges Dismissed - Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Michael A. Goldstein secured the dismissal of all felony drug and gun charges at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing. In a 2 defendant case, the charges were cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm. LAPD officers arrived at the defendant's home looking for a 3rd party. After LAPD officers were refused permission to enter the home, they opened the gate, entered the property and arrested Michael's client when he exited the residence. According to the officers, they obtained consent from the defendant while he was handcuffed. Arguing that this was a violation of his Miranda rights, Michael objected to the admission of any statements, including the consent. The Judge agreed. More importantly, just prior to starting testimony, Michael advised the DA that the defense was in possession of videotape that would impeach the statements made by officers in their reports and would likewise impeach their credibility if they testified consistently with the facts contained in their reports. A new offer was thereafter made by the DA and rejected by the defense. Calling the case a "complete mess", the judge dismissed all charges following cross-examination.
October 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Hung Jury in 5 Defendant Robbery Case - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with robbery. In this case, Michael's client admitted to being present at the time of the robbery but denied involvement. LAPD officers recovered property belonging to the victim from his house at the time of his arrest. The DA called two co-defendants to testify again the remaining 3 defendants. On cross-examination by Michael, the Detective admitted that his report contained conclusions based on his own opinion. Those statements misrepresented the statements of the victim. Following 7 days of trial, the jury found a co-defendant guilty but could not reach a verdict as to our client.
September 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Superior Court -
Felony Charges Dismissed in Marijuana Cultivation Case - Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Acting on a anonymous tip, LAPD narcotics officers set up surveillance of our client and thereafter conducted a traffic stop based on a ruse. The client was detained outside of the post office and interrogated while handcuffed and refused to consent to the search of his residence. After approximately one hour, he consented after being advised that officers would go into his home like "gang busters". Officers recovered what they listed as more than more than 30 pounds of marijuana, U.S. Currency and 3 firearms. After filing a motion to suppress statements made by our client at the time of arrest, a disposition was reached on the day of trial. The felonies were dismissed and our client entered a plea to one misdemeanor and was placed on summary probation with no jail.
August 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Superior Court -
Probation in Attempted Robbery Case - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with the attempted robbery. The victim alleged that he was at an ATM when approached by the client who demanded his property. The victim was not sure whether the defendant had a weapon.
August 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Not Guilty after 9 Week Trial in Complex Auto Insurance Fraud Case - Los Angeles criminal attorney Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged in a 42 defendant fraud case involving staged automobile accidents spanning over three generations. In this case, Judge Lance Ito granted pretrial motions brought by Michael to exclude the DA from introducing prior arrests and convictions of his client. After 9 weeks of trial, Michael's client was acquitted. 3 other defendants were convicted of almost all charges and face substantial prison sentences.
June 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Pasadena Superior Court -
Felony Assault Weapon Charge Dismissed - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael A. Goldstein's client was charged with a felony charge of possession of an Assault Rifle. During cross examination by Michael during the preliminary hearing, the police officer admitted that the particular weapon would be lawfully possessed but for the technical failure to register the firearm by the defendant. Michael's motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor was thereafter granted.
May 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Not Guilty Verdict in First-Degree Murder Charges - In another stunning victory, Los Angeles criminal attorney James A. Goldstein, secured not guilty verdicts for his client who was charged with 1st degree murder in the stabbing death of another inmate. The DA alleged the hit was ordered by way of a "green light" at the direction of the mexican mafia. The DA presented an eyewitness informant who received leniency in exchange for his testimony. After 2 1/2 weeks of trial, the jury returned not guilty verdicts as to all charges.
March 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Charges Dismissed in Identity Theft Case - Michael A. Goldstein, represented a client charged with forgery and identity theft. The client worked full time as a medical assistant. Prior to trial, the City Attorney agreed to dismiss all charges against the client after Michael presented documentation that our client was likely at work at the time the crime was committed.
February 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Dismissal of First-Degree Murder Charges - James A. Goldstein, defending a first degree murder case in San Fernando gained a dismissal by way of a Motion to Dismiss (1118.1 Penal Code) at the close of the defense case. Judge Harvey Giss granted the motion. Goldstein was able to get his client's confession suppressed as the result of the coercive tactics employed by LAPD Homicide Detectives. What was left of the People's case was a tentative ID of the Defendant which was retracted during the cross-examination by Goldstein and accomplice testimony that was called into question by the incentive(s) given to the accomplice by the prosecution (plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter). Read article in the
Los Angeles Times.
February 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Probation & No Jail Time in Marijuana Sales Case - Michael A. Goldstein's, client was charged with transportation and possession for sale of marijuana. In addition to the marijuana, the law enforcement recovered two scales, US Currency, a box of baggies and some paperwork depicting evidence of sales.
February 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Compton Courthouse -
Charges Dismissed in Marijuana Sales Case - Michael A. Goldstein's, client was charged with the sale of marijuana to an informant which was recorded on audio and video tape. The calls setting up the purchase were also recorded. Through our investigation and a motion to produce the informant, we learned that the informant had been involved in several State and Federal cases and was currently incarcerated and receiving leniency for his cooperation. Michael negotiated the dismissal of felony and the client entered a plea to a misdemeanor transportation of marijuana with no jail.
February 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Probation and No Jail Time in 5 Pound Methamphetamine Case - Michael A. Goldstein's, client was arrested during a controlled purchase of 5 lb's of methamphetamine. Michael negotiated a plea resulting inno jail time and 60 days of cal trans community labor.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Not Guilty Verdict for Attempted Murder! - James A. Goldstein won a not guilty verdict by jury for his client who was charged with 6 counts of premeditated attempted murder with gang allegations plus great bodily injury and a weapons charge. This case involved a total of three defendants. The other two defendants were convicted in a separate trial while represented by other criminal defense attorneys. During the jury trial, Mr. Goldstein was faced with a prosecution witness who testified that his client was responsible for the shooting. However, during cross-examination, James was able to throughly discredit the witness. First, he pointed out to the jury that the testimony contradicted other witness testimony. Second, he closely analyzed the physical evidence and proved to the jury there was only a total of two individuals involved in the shooting. Finally, James A. Goldstein was able to prove that the hostile witness had a close personal connection to one of the defendants, thus proving the witness was attempting to protect his friend at the expense of his client. By the conclusion of the cross-examination, Mr. Goldstein was able to convience the jury that the prosecutions main witness was lying and not credible. His client was an admitted gang member and was facing 60 years to life in prison. Today, his client is now a free man.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Torrance Courthouse-
Probation and No Jail Time in Cocaine Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with possession for sale of cocaine following his arrest during a sting operation. The client answered an ad on Craig's List and transported the cocaine to the female posing as a girl who wanted to get high and have sex. Michael negotiated a deal that permitted his client to participate in drug diversion and earn a complete dismissal.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse-
Probation and No Jail Time in Marijuana Cultivation Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with the possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana and the cultivation of more than 850 plants. The client was also charged with the theft of more than$39,000 of power from DWP. Michael negotiated a plea to a less serious charge that will ultimately be reduced to a misdemeanor. The cultivation and possession for sale charges were dismissed. The client was sentenced to 60 days of cal trans and no jail.
January 2011 - Riverside County Superior Court - Indio Courthouse -
Probation and No Jail in Felony Hit & Run with Great Bodily Injury Case -
James A. Goldstein represented a client charged with Felony
DUI after hitting a crossing guard who sustained great bodily injury. At the time of offense, the client was out on bail awaiting trial on separate DUI and petty theft cases. In addition to the DUI and felony hit and run charges, the DA filed a great bodily injury allegation which carries an additional 3 years in state prison and makes state prison mandatory absent a finding of unusual circumstances. The DA refused to extend a probationary offer. James convinced the Judge to find unusual circumstances existed and the Judge offered a probationary sentence with no jail time over the objection of the DA. In this case, our office assisted the client in procuring a live in rehabilitation program for the client pending the outcome of the case. Consequently, the Judge agreed that this time in rehab would substitute for any jail time pursuant to Penal Code Section 2900.5.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Probation in Marijuana Cultivation Case While on Felony Probation - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client arrested and charged for the cultivation of 415 plants and possession of 28 pounds of marijuana. The client was also charged with the theft of more than $19k in electricity from DWP. The client was still on felony probation for a 2007 cultivation conviction. Michael represented the client in that matter as well and negotiated a no jail deal where more than 700 plants were recovered. In the prior case, the client entered a plea to a wobbler offense.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Probation and Time Served in Stalking & Criminal Threats Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with Criminal Threats and Stalking. The District Attorney original demanded state prison given the nature of the offense. It was alleged that our client was stalking his girlfriend, making threats and hacking into her email account. Michael negotiated an alternative disposition that resulted in a probationary sentence and time served.
January 2011 - Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Probation in Multiple Offense DUI - Michael A. Goldstein represented our client who was charged with a 3rd DUI while still on probation for his last DUI. Our client also had a high blood alcohol level as well as a 4th DUI that fell just outside of the 10 year time period. Michael negotiated a 30 day jail sentence and a 30 month alcohol program in lieu of the 270 days in jail initially demanded by the prosecution. Michael also negotiated a no jail deal on the probation violation. As a result, our client was able to retain his employment on a television in the entertainment industry.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Lancaster Courthouse -
Summary Probation & No Jail in Lewd Conduct Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with Indecent Exposure. In addition to incarceration, the District Attorney was seeking lifetime registration as a sex offender. It was alleged that the defendant exposed himself to a female salesperson when she arrived at his front door on a business related matter. The jury hung in the first two jury trials and the court gave an indicated ruling that testimony from a prior similar conviction would be permitted at the third trial. However, prior to starting a third trial in this matter, the client retained Michael A. Goldstein and the District Attorney eventually offered a plea to a lesser misdemeanor charge, no jail or community service and only 12 months of registration.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Felony Charges Dismissed in Case involving Assault with Deadly Weapon - Michael A. Goldstein obtained a dismissal following the preliminary hearing for his client who was charged with 5 felony counts of ADW. In this 4 defendant case, one of the defendants fired a shotgun during a gang related disupte striking 5 victims. The DA's theory was one of aiding and abetting. Following the cross-examination of two police officers, the Judge dismissed all charges.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Probation and Time Served in $123,000 Mortage Fraud Case - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a probationary sentence for his client who was charged with multiple felony charges involving fraud, grand theft and identity theft. In this case, it was alleged that our client obtained a mortgage on a property belonging to a relative using a third person who posed as the property owner and signed loan documents. Due to the significant amount of loss to the victims, a special allegation was also filed requiring additional time in state prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Charges Dismissed in Domestic Violence Case - Michael A. Goldstein obtained a dismissal of all charges against his client on the day of trial. Our client was accused of punching his girlfriend with a closed fist. When LAPD officers arrived, they were met by the witness who called 911 and observed swelling on the victims face. The client had several prior arrests including an arrest for Domestic Violence.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated the dismissal of two domestic violence charges for his client, an Indian citizen in the United States on a work visa. At the time of arrest, the client admitted to assaulting his wife because his "dinner was not on the table when he arrived". An ICE (immigration) hold was placed on our client. However, our client entered a plea to trespassing, a non-deportable offense.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Compton Courthouse -
Drug Charges Dismissed on the Day of Trial - Michael A. Goldstein obtained a dismissal for a client charged with Possession for Sale of Cocaine. According to the arrest report, several males were observed standing in front of a residence in an area of high volume narcotic activity. Specifically, Michael's client was observed conducting several hand to hand drug transactions wherein he would go over to vehicle where a "stash" was kept and thereafter facilitate the transaction. At the time of arrest, Michael's client had $82.00 but no drugs in his possession. However, cocaine was recovered from the stash spot in the vehicle. During the preliminary hearing, the officer concluded that the money was consistent with sales. However, under cross examination, this same officer conceded that it was just as reasonable to conclude that the money was not consistent with drug proceeds much to the frustration of the DA. Our investigator obtained a statement from one of the alleged "purchasers" who was named in the arrest report. According to this witness, she said the two arresting officers were bickering over whether to write that she dropped or swallowed the dope since they could not located anything in her possession. The DA finally saw the light and dismissed the case on the day of trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
Jury Returns Not Guilty Verdict in Murder Case - James A. Goldstein represented an admitted gang member who was charged with the murder of a gang member and two counts of attempted murder of two LAPD gang officers. In this case, testimony was presented that LAPD officers had picked up a rival gang member and transported him into rival gang territory controlled by the defendant's gang. According to testimony, the officers stopped in front of the defendant and his fellow gang members showing them the rival gang member in the back seat while still wearing his rival gang attire. According to the officers, the defendant and fellow gang members opened fire on the patrol vehicle injuring the passenger and the officers and ultimately killing one of the defendant's fellow gang members in return fire. Notwithstanding the evidence, the officers denied "trolling" the passenger gang member into rival territory and also denied stopping in front of the defendant and his cohorts. Our investigator located a witness who was watching the events from the corner and offered a version which contradicted the testimony of the officers. Jim presented an alibi defense for his client who denied being present during the shooting even though his car was parked at location of the shooting. The jury rejected the version by the officers and found our client Not Guilty of all charges. This case was prosecuted by the elite Crimes Against Police Officers division of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Malibu Courthouse -
Charges Dismissed in Statutory Rape Case - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated the dismissal of statutory rape charges against his client who faced a potential jail sentence and requirement to register as a sex offender.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Long Beach Superior Court - No Charges Filed in Sexual Abuse Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client arrested following accusations that he sexually abused his niece. After a thorough investigation and discussions with the District Attorney, the DA decided there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. As a result of our investigation and the decision by the DA not to file charges, the Department of Child Services decided not to take action after initially commencing an aggressive investigation of our client.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Burbank Courthouse - Charges Reduced to Misdmeanor Following Kidnapping Arrest - Michael A. Goldstein was retained to represent a college student arrested on allegations of stalking, attempted kidnapping, vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime. Immediately following the arrest and before charges were filed, Michael had discussions with the DA about the nature of the case and the DA elected to file a single charge of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, a "wobbler". The District Attorney declined to file the more serious charges of attempted kidnapping. At the time of arraignment, Michael convinced the court to reduce bail from $1 million to $100,000, over the objection of the Detective who appeared in court to express his concern for public safety. Ultimately, Michael negotiated a plea deal that included 2 days in custody and community service. The felony was thereafter reduced to misdemeanor after a period of time on probation. An expungement is pending.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse - Charges of Violating Criminal Protective Order Dismissed- Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with knowingly violating a family protective order on multiple occasions. Michael negotiated a plea that resulted in a plea to lesser charge of trespass, a $300 fine and no community service. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the more serious charge, a substantial issue given the immigration status of our client.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building -
7 Years in $45 Million Cocaine Conspiracy - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a 7 year sentence for his client charged in a 13 defendant conspiracy case that netted more than $45 million in cocaine. The arrests followed a three year investigation which originated out of Mexico and San Diego. Our client was charged with multiple counts and faced a sentence of more than 20 years in State Prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
No Jail in Possession for Sale of Cocaine Case - Michael A. Goldstein negotiated a plea to a reduced charge of possession in a case involving almost an ounce of cocaine, $4000 in cash and a digital scale. Our client, a green card holder, was charged with possession for sale of cocaine and faced a state prison sentence and deportation. The negotiated plea agreement will result in the dismissal of criminal charges following the completion of an out-patient drug program and an 18 month period.
Ventura County Superior Court - Ventura Courthouse -
Charges dismissed in 3rd Strike Domestic Violence Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a third striker in a domestic violence matter who on active parole at the time of an altercation with his wife. At the time of the parole hearing, Michael cross examined the police officer and victim about specific facts relating to the case and disputed the account related by the officer. Following the testimony, the hearing officers dismissed all serious charges and simply violated the client for failure to maintain contact with his parole officer.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - Charges Dismissed in Massive $5 million Auto & Mortgage Fraud Case -In this multiple defendant case, our client was charged with 33 felony counts of fraud, including identity theft, grand theft and filing false financial documents. After more than 2 months in trial, James A. Goldstein brought a motion to dismiss all charges based on several discovery violations by the District Attorney, including the failure to turn over potentially exculpatory evidence, also referred to as a Brady violation.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Compton Courthouse - Probation in 2nd Strike Drug Sales Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client with a prior "strike" conviction. The client was arrested after officers recovered 18 grams of methamphetamine in multiple bags and $810 in cash. To make matters worse, our client wrote out a statement admitting to selling the methamphetamine in order to make extra money. The DA's offer was 2 years on state prison before Michael was retained. Michael mounted an aggressive defense, conducted a thorough investigation and filed a motion challenging the search and seizure. On the day the motion was to be argued, the DA agreed to a probationary sentence notwithstanding the prior strike conviction.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Pasadena Courthouse - Charges dismissed in Vehicular Manslaughter Case- Michael A. Goldstein represented a juvenile who was involved in a traffic collision resulting in one pedestrian death and serious injuries to another. Our client was a honors student with no prior criminal record. Michael negotiated the dismissal of all charges and our client is now attending college at a major University.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse - Charges dismissed in Complex Internet Fraud Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a man who got involved in a Nigerian Internet scam after falling for a series of emails received over a period of time. Our client was finally arrested after opening bank accounts and attempting to cash fraudulent U.S. Postal money orders. As a result, Washington Mutual Bank suffered a loss in excess of $103,000. The DA refused to offer any deal that did not include an agreement to pay restitution up front and a felony conviction. This would have resulted in the loss of our client's professional license. Michael mounted an aggressive defense which resulted in the dismissal of all charges after being sent out for trial. The DA refiled the original charges and once again prosecuted our client. After two years of litigation, a Judge granted a defense motion and dismissed the case. Our client retained his professional license.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building-
Case Dismissed in Prescription Drug Case - In this case, our client was charged with a felony charge of unlawful possession of drugs. In the arrest report, LAPD officers claimed to observe a drug transaction between our client and the co-defendant and thereafter recovered Vicodin. At the time of the preliminary hearing, MIchael A. Goldstein presented evidence of a valid prescription which cast doubt on the observations made by law enforcement. Michael argued that this negated any need for our client to have to purchase drugs illegally and the charges were dismissed.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courthouse - Medical Marijuana Cultivation - Michael A. Goldstein represented our client who was charged with cultivation after a narcotic taskforce served a search warrant and recovered more than 1380 marijuana plants, a sophisticated grow operation, video surveillance cameras, police scanners, pay/owe ledgers and a bypass allowing the theft of power from DWP. Our client had been placed on formal probation just 17 days before this arrest in another cultivation case where several guns and poisonous illegal snakes were recovered. In that case, Michael also represented him. After litigating several search and seizure issues, Michael negotiated a deal for probation and time served, including the probation violation.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - Not Guilty Verdicts in Domestic Violence Case - Michael A. Goldstein represented a client charged with Domestic Violence following a 911 call by the victim's father while the alleged assault was occurring. The Judge permitted the prosecution to play the damaging 911 tape which enabled the jurors to hear the events as they were occurring. The victims Father could be heard providing details about the alleged assault. The jury returned not guilty verdicts as to the Domestic Violence charges and a guilty verdict on the lesser charges of driving on a suspended license.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - Not Guilty in Attempted Murder -In a recent case prosecuted by the DA's elite Hardcore Gang Unit, James A. Goldstein represented a documented gang member in a drive-by shooting. The client was charged with attempted murder and discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle. Our client faced a possible life sentence if convicted of the attempted murder. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the attempted murder and a guilty verdict on the lesser charge.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse -
Judge dismisses 43 pound medical marijuana at preliminary hearing. Our client and a co-defendant were arrested with 43 pounds of packaged marijuana and 22 plants. They were subsequently charged with possession for sale and cultivation of marijuana. After presenting an affirmative medical marijuana defense, the court granted our motion to dismiss. A motion for the return of all marijuana was thereafter filed.
Ventura County Superior Court - Ventura Courthouse - Dismissal of Charges in Prescription Drug Case -During the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement seized more than 250,000 oxycontin pills prescribed by same Physician. All charges were dismissed just prior to trial following two years of investigation and litigation. During cross-examination by Michael A. Goldstein, the investigating officer conceded that the pills appeared to be possessed pursuant to a valid prescription and that he did not attempt to contact the prescribing physician to confirm the validity of the prescriptions.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Torrance Courthouse - Probation in Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury- Michael A. Goldstein represented our client who works for a local professional sports team. The client was charged with a felony DUI following an auto v. motorcycle traffic accident. The DA filed a GBI allegation which mandates a 3 year consecutive prison sentence. According to the arrest report, the victim was dragged approximately 60 feet before paramedics removed him from under the client's vehicle. He was then rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung and required several skin grafts. With a blood alcohol level of.23, we were left with little to work with. Our client declined the initial offer of 5 years in state prison. During Michael's cross-examination of the victim at the preliminary hearing, the victim admitted that his personal injury attorney, who was also present in court, had advised him what to testify to regarding his injuries. Following this hearing, the DA agreed to dismiss the GBI allegation and Michael negotiated a probationary plea deal, including one weekend in private jail in addition to a period of community service. Consequently, our client retained her job and will earn a misdemeanor during the term of probation.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Lancaster Courthouse - Time Served and Probation in Massive Prescription Drug Fraud.Our client was charged in a five defendant case with producing counterfeit medical prescription scripts and thereafter using them to obtain large amounts of prescription drugs from several different drug stores. During the execution of search warrant, more than 750 prescription scripts were recovered as well as a large amount of illegal prescription drugs. Michael A. Goldstein was retained to take over the case after the previous attorney was unable to secure a deal of less than 7 years in state prison. Michael negotiated a plea bargain for probation, time served and 120 days in a drug rehabilitation program.
Los Angeles Superior Court -
Criminal Courts Building -
No Jail in Marijuana Cultivation Case - Client was arrested following the recovery of 498 plants and 40 pounds of packaged marijuana. Client was also charged with the theft of $21,000 in stolen power from DWP. In this case, prosecutors originally demanded 2 years in state prison. Ultimately, Michael Goldstein negotiated a plea deal for no jail time with an agreement for a reduction to a misdemeanor after 18 months.
Los Angeles Superior Court - LAX Airport Courthouse -
No Jail in Gun Case for Rapper - Michael was retained to represent a superstar rapper. In that case, guns were recovered from the vehicle occupied by our client and his brother. Michael Goldstein negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor with no probation for his client. This deal included an immediate Expungement which allowed the client to continue to travel and perform internationally.
Los Angeles Superior Court -
Criminal Courts Building
- Election/Voter Fraud. Felony charges dismissed in highly political case involving voter fraud during 2008 presidential election. Client was arrested on suspicion of switching voter registration cards from democrat to republican. This arrest came on the heels of the ACORN investigation. Several news agencies and political organizations noted that the arrest was politically motivated in an effort to deflect attention away from the ACORN investigation pending at the time. See Related Article:
Inland Empire Weekly - Scape Vote
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - Hung jury in murder case. After two weeks of trial, James Goldstein hung the jury. In this case, the DA presented taped confessions as well as a "rap song" by our client bragging about the killing. During Jim's cross-examination, the Detective admitted that the interrogation of our client lasted several hours but only about 10% of the interview was recorded. Jim convinced the jury that a guilty verdict would be unacceptable based on just 10% of the evidence and that they would no make any major decision in their own life under the same circumstances.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Santa Clarita Courthouse - No Jail in Felony DUI w/ Serious Injuries - Michael A. Goldstein represented our client, an engineer, who was arrested for DUI following a tragic car accident that left him in a coma and his female passenger seriously injured, requiring more than 300 stitches in her head. Our client spent several months in a physical rehabilitation hospital to treat his brain and physical injuries. In the meantime, the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed felony charges and had him arrested in San Luis Obispo County and transported by bus in this fragile condition. Enraged at the conduct of the supervising DA, Michael convinced the Judge to immediately release his client without posting bail. Michael thereafter negotiated a probationary plea deal with no custody time. A reduction to a misdemeanor was followed by an expungement.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- Not guilty verdicts in Murder and Conspiracy to commit murder. After two week trial, our client was acquitted on murder and conspiracy to commit murder and the jury hung on the evading charge.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - No Jail in Medical Marijuana Grow -In this case, attorney Michael A. Goldstein's client received no jail time in case involving sophisticated marijuana grow. At the time Michael was retained to replace the previous defense attorney, the DA was demanding a state prison sentence. Following the filing of a motion to suppress evidence, a creative deal was negotiated for no jail time and the dismissal of the cultivation charge following the completion of community service and a period of probation. More importantly, the DA agreed to allow the client to continue to smoke and possess marijuana consistent with his valid medical marijuana prescription.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse-
Charges dismissed in Domestic Violence Michael Goldstein obtained a dismissal of all charges against his client at the time of trial. In this case, the alleged victim claimed she was attacked by our client in his home. A witness, who was a friend of the victim, was also present and took video of the alleged assault. After a thorough investigation by our investigator, Michael convinced the City Attorney that the video was manipulated and that the victim had lodged prior allegations against other men, including, an ex-boyfriend who we located and interviewed. Michael also suggested that the victim was simply using the federal violence against women action (VAWA) to obtain her citizenship which often permits victims of domestic violence to remain in the United States as a result of such violence. The victim had previously worked for an immigration law office.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Alhambra Courthouse-
Felony gun charges and negligent discharge dismissed. Client arrested for Felony Discharge of a Firearm with Gross Negligence after firing several rounds outside of his residence. Upon arrival, the arresting officers concluded that our client had been drinking and also recovered a bag of marijuana. Just prior to trial, Michael negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor city ordinance with no jail which included the return of all 5 firearms recovered. In negotiating this plea deal, Michael presented documentation that his client worked in the motion picture industry and possessed the firearms for that reason.
Los Angeles Superior Court -
- No jail deal reached in DUI where client struck two parked cars and had blood alcohol level of.32/.33. Upon arrival, the arresting officers located three empty vodka bottles in our client's vehicle.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Burbank Courthouse -Dismissal in resisting arrest case where officers alleged that client refused to comply with their instructions following traffic stop and search of vehicle. Client refused to consent to search and was thereafter detained. Our investigators tracked down a witness who was working in a nearby restaurant who confirmed that our client was physically assaulted by one of the arresting officers. This information resulted in the dismissal of all charges.
San Bernardino Superior Court -
$112,000 Cash Seizure - Armed with a search warrant, San Bernardino Sheriff's executed a search warrant of our client's residence and offices in Los Angeles, seizing more than $112,000 in cash and other valuable property believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales. Client immediately retained Michael and no charges were filed. Ultimately, attorney Michael A. Goldstein negotiated the return of 100% of the proceeds seized and filed a motion for property damage caused during the execution of the search warrant.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys Courthouse-
Charges Dismissed in Bomb Threat Case - Client, who was on probation, was arrested for making a false bomb threat at Fry's electronics and charged with a felony. Following a preliminary hearing and motion to dismiss, the court reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and a client received no custody time.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse-
Charges Dismissed in 2 Pound Marijuana Case- Client was arrested at his residence following the seizure of two pounds of marijuana. Los Angeles Narcotic Detectives received an anonymous tip that our client had recently come into possession of the marijuana. Following a motion to suppress evidence, Michael negotiated a plea to an infraction, no probation and a $100 fine.
Los Angeles Superior Court -
Van Nuys Courthouse
- Drug charges dismissed in Methamphetamine Case - Our client was charged with possession of Methamphetamine. Michael Goldstein filed a motion to suppress evidence to challenge the constitutionality of the detention and search of his client. At the time of the hearing, a deal was reached where client entered a plea to trespassing and received no jail time or community service.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building - In a recent 25 pound methamphetamine case, attorney Michael Goldstein negotiated a 3 year deal for his client prior to trial in Los Angeles. In that case, our client was arrested following a traffic stop and drug seizure at which time he admitted to receiving payment for transporting the narcotics. Our client was charged with transportation of methamphetamine and possession for sale of methamphetamine. Given the large amount of drugs, our client faced a maximum term of 19 years in state prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court - LAX Airport Courthouse - In a recent DUI case, Michael negotiated a plea resulting in a plea non-alcohol related reckless driving. Our client, a pharmaceutical salesperson, was arrested after colliding into three parked cars and had a blood alcohol level of.10.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Torrance Courthouse- Michael Goldstein obtained a dismissal of charges against our client who was charged with downloading online child pornography. In this case, our client was charged with downloading pornography on computers that were rented by his company.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- A plea deal of only three years was obtained by attorney Michael Goldstein for social worker charged in $700,000 welfare fraud embezzlement case, the largest in Los Angeles County history. Client was a social worker who allegedly collected welfare funds for relatives and children who did not exist.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse -
Not guilty verdict in felony battery case.In this case, the victim sustained serious and permanent injuries following a bar fight, including a partial loss of sight and hearing. In this case, Michael and Jim were retained to represent two defendants. An aggressive defense was mounted where Michael and Jim presented a self-defense theory. After a hung jury in the first trial, a jury in the retrial finally found our clients not guilty of all charges. Jim and Michael were also successful in their motion for the recusal of the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- No Jail time for man charged with cultivation of marijuana in sophisticated grow.
Los Angeles Superior Court - San Fernando Courthouse- Dismissal of attempted murder charge against documented gang member. Client pled to simple possession of methamphetamine and received drug diversion with no jail time.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- Not guilty verdicts in attempted murder of Los County Sheriff Deputy while incarcerated. In this case, Jim's client was accused of using a knife in an attempt to stab a Sheriff Deputy while detained in the courtroom lockup. Following his unwavering cross-examination, the jury had doubts about the credibility of the officer and returned not guilty verdicts.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- Life sentence in death penalty case notwithstanding death verdict for co-defendant. In this case, Jim's client was charged in a murder-for-hire beating death of an elderly couple in their home. Although Jim saved his client's life, the co-defendant, who hired Jim's client, was sentenced to death following the penalty phase of the trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- Plea deal of 3 years for client charged with the possession for sale of more than 25 kilos of cocaine. In this case, Michael's client was arrested following the sale of 25 kilos of cocaine to law enforcement. Michael filed a motion challenging the DA's conspiracy theory prior to the preliminary hearing. Although he was facing more than 25 years in prison, Michael negotiated a 3 year prison term.
San Joaquin County Superior Court - Stockton Courthouse - Michael Goldstein obtained the dismissal of charges in an $11 million cocaine seizure. In this case, our client and his wife were arrested following a traffic stop on the 5 freeway near Tracy, CA. Michael filed a motion asserting the denial of a speedy trial for his client.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Malibu Courthouse- Not guilty in DUI case where client was a.14 blood alcohol level and defense was no driving notwithstanding admission by client at time of arrest.
Los Angeles Superior Court - Criminal Courts Building- Not guilty in gang killing where defendant allegedly walked up and shot victim at close range. In this case, Jim presented evidence that his client was merely present at the time of the shooting.
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