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LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTS

Metropolitan Courthouse

The Metropolitan Courthouse is located on 1945 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. This courthouse is considered one of the most active Los Angeles county locations, in regard to DUI and DUI related offenses. Cases move fast in this courthouse, mainly because the Judges and Commissioners keep a strict timeline on a 90 day fast-track guideline. It is critical to have a skilled DUI attorney represent you in this court because they can drastically improve the type of outcome you face.

The primary prosecuting agency in the Metropolitan Courthouse is the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and the LA District Attorney’s office also handles a limited caseload of DUI and DUI related Misdemeanor charges there. The prosecutors from the DA’s office in Metro tend to be young, and usually part of a rotation of attorneys that shift every few weeks. The City Attorney’s office is different because it is staffed by seasoned attorneys that have been with the office for many years and have litigated many cases.

The reason why your defense attorney can make such an impact on your case in this particular court is because the prosecutors at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office are for the most part extremely experienced, very professional, and understand the various issues pertaining to DUI cases. This sounds odd because it seems to be a negative thing to someone facing DUI charges. But, a skilled DUI attorney knows how to negotiate these issues to lead to very favorable outcomes with a skilled prosecutor. The City attorneys there tend to be somewhat reasonable, usually due to their level of experience litigating cases and large case loads.

Misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic infraction cases are heard in the Metropolitan Courthouse. It is also important to note that the court has a reputation for its distinct entrance lines that wrap around the building every morning. The court is very intimidating to someone facing serious charges like DUI, which is one of the important reasons why you must have a skilled and seasoned DUI attorney on your side.

The prosecutors at the Metropolitan courthouse know that Ben Mironer is a serious DUI attorney that is adamant about helping his clients. He has built many relationships over the years, based on a mutual respect, with various prosecutors and their supervisors. It is important to hire a DUI attorney with that level of expertise and experience in a particular court. Mr. Mironer knows that sometimes you can get a great result in the “arraignment” phase of your case, in the Metropolitan courthouse. This is due to various reasons, most importantly because the prosecutor hasn’t seen all of the discovery evidence and may still have weaknesses in their case.

Other cases require a thorough investigation, which often leads to other types of problems with proof. It is important to request additional discovery quickly because the Judges don’t give you a lot of time to continue a case. These are all reasons why it is crucial to have an attorney that has handled lots of DUI cases in the Metropolitan courthouse. The Law Office of Ben Mironer has well-established relationships with prosecutors, in the Metropolitan courthouse, and they know that Mr. Mironer relentlessly strives to get his clients the best results imaginable.

 

Van Nuys Courthouse

The Los Angeles Superior Court - Van Nuys courthouse is located on 14400 Erwin St. Mall, Van Nuys, CA 91401. The courthouse is one of the main criminal courts in the San Fernando Valley, specifically because the prosecuting agencies in this court handle both misdemeanor and felony offenses. The court also hears traffic infraction cases, which makes it one of the busiest courts in the San Fernando Valley. The Judges and Commissioners keep a strict timeline on a 90 day fast-track guideline, so cases can move very fast in this courthouse.

The District Attorney’s office handles all of the felony matters, and the City Attorney’s office handles most of the misdemeanor cases in the Van Nuys courthouse. The attorneys at The Law Office of Ben Mironer know the subtle nuances about the Van Nuys courthouse because we are experienced in handling criminal cases there. It is critical to have a skilled DUI attorney represent you in this court because they can drastically improve the type of outcome you face.

The District Attorney’s office handles all of the felony cases in the Van Nuys courthouse. They handle cases ranging from serious violent crimes, to felony DUIs. In a felony DUI, it is critical to have a skilled DUI attorney represent you in the Van Nuys courthouse. We are able to utilize our expertise to build a defense in any serious felony DUI case. It is crucial to note that the complexity of a DUI case increases substantially, when it is charged as a felony. Even though the prosecutors are very seasoned, they do not handle a ton of felony DUI cases, in comparison to the other serious cases they must prosecute in the Van Nuys courthouse.

The City Attorney’s office prosecutes most of the misdemeanor cases, specifically the DUIs. The misdemeanor courts are staffed by seasoned City Attorneys that have been with the office for many years and have litigated many cases. They often follow very strict guidelines from their supervisors, and don’t like to deviate or give defendants much leeway. This sounds odd because it seems to be a negative thing to someone facing DUI charges. But, a skilled DUI attorney knows how to investigate and utilize certain issues, to lead to a favorable outcome with a skilled prosecutor. The City attorneys there tend to be somewhat reasonable, usually due to their level of experience litigating cases and our well-established relationships with them.

The Van Nuys courthouse is very intimidating to someone facing serious charges like DUI, which is one of the important reasons why you must have a skilled and seasoned DUI attorney on your side. The prosecutors at the Van Nuys courthouse know that Ben Mironer is a serious DUI attorney that is adamant about helping his clients. He has built many relationships over the years, based on a mutual respect, with various prosecutors and their supervisors. It is important to hire a DUI attorney with that level of expertise and experience in a particular court.

Criminal cases require a thorough investigation, which often leads to problems with proof. It is important to request additional discovery quickly, in the Van Nuys courthouse, because the Judges don’t give you a lot of time to continue a case. These are some reasons why it is crucial to have an attorney that has handled lots of DUI cases in the Van Nuys courthouse. The Law Office of Ben Mironer has well-established relationships with prosecutors there, and they know that Mr. Mironer relentlessly strives to get his clients the best results imaginable.

 

Airport Courthouse (aka LAX Courthouse)

Airport Courthouse (LAX courthouse) is located on 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. The courthouse is amongst the busiest courts in Los Angeles county, specifically because the prosecuting agencies in this court cover an extremely large densely-populated geographic area. There are a couple various District Attorney Offices that handle felony and misdemeanor offenses, in the Airport Courthouse. There are also a couple of City Attorney Offices that handle misdemeanors. The courtrooms are generally divided by prosecuting agencies, which cover specific geographic locations. The attorneys at The Law Office of Ben Mironer know the subtle nuances about the Airport Courthouse because we are experienced in handling criminal cases there. If you were arrested in Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica (Westside), or Los Angeles near the LAX airport, you’re case will likely be heard in the Airport Courthouse. The courtroom that your matter will be heard in depends on whether your case is a felony or misdemeanor, as well as the location of your arrest.

Department 140 - This department is staffed by the District Attorney’s Office, and many various types of misdemeanor cases go to this courtroom from the L.A. area, near the LAX courthouse. The prosecutors in this courtroom commonly rotate out after a few weeks, which makes it difficult for a defense attorney to negotiate with them. Also, these prosecutors are commonly in the early stages of their careers and have little authority to modify offers. It is critical to have an attorney that has handled many criminal cases in the Airport Courthouse, because even a skilled attorney can have difficulties there if they don’t have these insights. The Law Office of Ben Mironer knows what to do for our clients in the Airport Courthouse, which is why we usually discuss our cases with a supervising prosecutor. We know they are generally the only way to make any real headway to improve an offer there. Our office has experience and unique knowledge about the LAX courthouse because we are local Airport courthouse attorneys.

Department 141 - This department is mainly staffed by the City Attorney’s Office, and many various types of misdemeanor cases go to this courtroom from the Los Angeles area. The prosecutors in this courtroom are extremely experienced, for the most part. It is important to have an attorney that has a well-established relationship with the prosecutors, especially in this particular department. A few of the City Attorneys there have worked there a very long time and are very good at what they do. Even though this may seem like a negative thing to someone facing criminal charges, in reality, this makes it easier for a skilled Airport Courthouse defense attorney to work with them. This is because the City Attorney’s there understand the various issues related to a valid defense, which helps the negotiation process for our clients.

Department 143 - This department is staffed by the District Attorney’s Office, and many various types of misdemeanor cases go to this courtroom from the Beverly Hills area. In 2013, the Beverly Hills courthouse transferred all of its misdemeanor and felony cases to the Airport courthouse. The prosecutors in this courtroom commonly rotate, much like Department 140, and it’s important to try to speak with the supervisor to negotiate an offer to plea. The “calendar” prosecutors, in the courtroom, do not have a lot of wiggle room to modify an offer. This is why it’s important to have a local Airport courthouse criminal defense attorney that knows who to speak with, when you are charged with a crime there.

Department 147 - This department is staffed by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, and many various types of misdemeanor cases go to this courtroom from the Santa Monica area. The prosecutors in this courtroom are experienced, for the most part, but often very stringent in negotiations. It is important to have a thorough investigation and to be prepared for trial when the prosecutors here are unwilling to budge. The Law Office of Ben Mironer has handled many cases in Department 147, because we limit our practice area to certain courts. It is crucial to have an experienced, local Airport Courthouse criminal defense attorney on your side, in order to get the best result possible.

Department 144 - This department is staffed by the District Attorney’s Office, and many various types of felony cases start off in this courtroom for the arraignment. The arraignment is a critical time in a felony matter, and the atmosphere of this department can be extremely intimidating on a defendant facing a potential prison term. The Judge is a well respected judicial officer and has a strong command of his courtroom, so defense attorneys and prosecutors know that he is no nonsense and means business. The Law Office of Ben Mironer has handled many felony cases in the Airport Courthouse, and it is imperative to have an experienced Airport Courthouse criminal defense attorney on your side, to get you the best outcome possible.

Department 142 - This department is staffed by the District Attorney’s Office, and this is the courtroom where the preliminary hearings are sent out of. If a defendant’s case does not resolve at the early stages of the case in arraignment, then the case may proceed to a preliminary hearing. If your matter is set for a preliminary hearing, The Law Office of Ben Mironer knows that this is a final opportunity to resolve the case without a hearing. Furthermore, if the matter must proceed to preliminary hearing, then our clients can feel confident knowing that their attorney has the skills and knowledge to challenge to prosecutor to truly prove every element of their case. To get the best results, it is critical to have an experienced Airport Courthouse criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Ben Mironer on your side.

The Airport courthouse could be a very difficult place to get a good result. You need to have an experienced, local Airport Courthouse criminal defense attorney, with a proven track record of success, help guide you through the process. The Law Office of Ben Mironer has consistently been able to achieve incredible results for our clients, in the LAX courthouse, due to the fact that we have so much experience there. A skilled criminal defense attorney from our firm is always available, and will always be available to answer any specific questions you have about the LAX courthouse or your legal matter.

 

San Fernando Courthouse

The San Fernando Courthouse is located on 900 3rd St., San Fernando, CA 91340. This court is particularly busy because they handle both felony and misdemeanor cases. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office handles all of the felony matters, and the City Attorney’s Office handles the misdemeanors. Both offices are staffed with seasoned criminal attorneys that have usually been there a while. Even though this may seem like a negative to someone facing criminal charges in San Fernando court, it’s actually a positive when you retain a local attorney from The Law Office of Ben Mironer because we have established long lasting relationships with various prosecutors there. This gives our clients an advantage because we get more of a prosecutors’ attention, which can lead to more leniency, and more understanding.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, your arraignment will be held in Department M on the first floor of the courthouse. The City Attorneys that staff this department are somewhat reasonable and may often provide a tempting offer to resolve a case at the early stages of the proceedings. However, it is important to have a local criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Ben Mironer because we know how to advise our clients as to offers, based on our legal expertise in the San Fernando courthouse. It is critical to know when to push for trial, and when to resolve a case at the early stage because discovery evidence is still limited. You can trust our attorneys to advise you ethically, and to lay out the various options.

If you have been charged with a felony offense, your arraignment will be held in Department S on the first floor of the courthouse. It is important to note that a bail may be set in your case if you have not already posted a bond. Also, it is important to note that a defendant must be in court for every court appearance when charged with a felony. Unlike a misdemeanor, where your attorney may appear on your behalf, a felony does not have the same rule. It is important to understand the charges against you, the custody time exposure you face, and the defenses your attorney will argue in your case. At The Law Office of Ben Mironer, we know the importance of your case, and we utilize every resource we have to give our clients an advantage in the San Fernando courthouse.

After the arraignment court date, the misdemeanor and felony cases move upstairs for pre-trial, early disposition conferences, and preliminary hearing settings. The City Attorney’s who staff the pre-trial courtrooms are the litigating attorneys that potentially handle the jury trial. They are reasonable for the most part, and our office has been able to secure many favorable results for our misdemeanor clients in the San Fernando courthouse. The District Attorney’s are generally very seasoned litigators and have been with the office for many years. They are mostly very good attorneys, which is why it’s so critical to retain an attorney from The Law Office of Ben Mironer. We have a proven track record of successful results in the San Fernando courthouse, and we fight for our clients in each and every case.

 

                     
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