Los Angeles Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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Do I need a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer?

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Los Angeles, it is important to reach out to an attorney who can help you navigate the process. Hiring an attorney soon after arrest (or even in anticipation of an arrest) may keep you from making mistakes that could cost you your freedom.

Some examples of crimes that may require strong legal defense include, but are not limited to: DUIs, drug charges, white collar crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, theft offenses, hate crimes, domestic violence, child abuse and juvenile crimes. Some Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys focus on certain types of offenses, whereas other attorneys handle a variety of criminal defense cases.

What rights do I have if I have been accused of a crime in Los Angeles?

In every criminal case, the person accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. This means that the government is required to prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The “reasonable doubt” standard is the highest standard in the American legal system and it is deliberately designed this way because an individual’s liberty is at stake in these cases. Thus, even if a prosecutor leads you to believe they have a “slam dunk” case, they still have to prove every element of the crime(s) of which you are accused.

Under California law, proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you with an “abiding conviction” that the charge is true. The evidence does not need to eliminate all possible doubt because anything is technically possible or susceptible to imaginary doubt. Rather, the fact finder should properly consider and compare all of the evidence that was presented throughout the trial. It is important to note that the accused has the right to cross-examine all the evidence presented by the prosecution to establish its case.

Bring charged with a crime is a serious matter and should be handled as quickly as possible. A Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can help you defend your rights and your freedom.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
(213) 388-7505
3250 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 710
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Criminal, Divorce and Family

Central American Resource Center, Los Angeles
(213) 385-7800
2845 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family and Immigration

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
(800) 399-4529
1550 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Criminal, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Domestic Violence

Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California
(888) 349-9695
1145 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 2nd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Criminal, Consumer, Divorce and Employment

Immigration Center for Women and Children
(619) 515-2200
427 C Street, Suite 208
San Diego , CA 92101

Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family and Immigration

Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Domestic Violence Project
(213) 624-3665
261 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Criminal, Divorce and Family

Pepperdine University School of Law Legal Aid Clinic
(213) 347-6300
545 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Criminal, Family and Tax

Los Angeles LGBT Center
8475 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Criminal, Civil Rights, Divorce and Estate Planning

Break the Cycle
P.O. Box 811334
Culver City, CA 90081

Criminal, Divorce and Family

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 East Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205

Criminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Employment

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
(323) 980-3500
5301 Whittier Blvd., 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Criminal, Consumer, Divorce and Family

Pasadena Human Services Department Consumer Action Center
(626) 744-7300
1020 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

Criminal, Consumer, Divorce and Family

Community Legal Services
(562) 864-9935
11834 Firestone Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650

Criminal, Civil Rights, Consumer and Divorce

If you cannot find legal aid and pro bono services in your area or do not qualify for their services, you may consider Los Angeles Private Practice Criminal Lawyers.

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