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Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney....
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As a criminal attorney in Los Angeles area, Michael Kraut handles all misdemeanor and felony charges. Mr. Kraut has been a top rated defense attorney in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. The Kraut Law Group is well known for the aggressive representation of clients for DUI cases. Mr. Kraut handles white collar crimes, theft related crimes, California expungements, drug offenses, domestic violence, lewd conduct, and all other criminal defense cases throughout Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Orange County. Michael Kraut, and The Kraut Law Group handles the following type of cases.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael Kraut

As a premier Los Angeles criminal lawyer, Michael Kraut was trained and attended Harvard Law School and then spent 14 years as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. He worked in the prestigious Hardcore Gang Homicide Division and the Major Frauds Division. Attorney Kraut tried in excess of 86 jury trials to verdict and has won an unheard of 99% of his felony jury trials.

Drawing on his experiences, contacts and relationships with prosecutors, law enforcement and judges within the criminal justice system, Mr. Kraut opened the premier Los Angeles criminal defense firm, the Kraut Law Group. He knows the inner workings of investigations conducted by law enforcement and how prosecutors assemble their cases against a suspect. Mr. Kraut defends clients accused of criminal charges in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Mr. Kraut is known for "working up" his cases by conducting a thorough and independent investigation separate and apart from law enforcement. He leaves no stone unturned when defending his clients whether they are fighting a misdemeanor DUI, complex white collar fraud case, or a high profile murder case. Attorney Kraut understands that his client's interests and he will work hard to keep them out of jail and free of a criminal record.

Mr. Kraut has lectured to law enforcement on investigative techniques and taught prosecutors on courtroom trial tactics. He has been featured on CNN, Fox News and throughout print media.

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If you or a loved one faces misdemeanor or felony charges, contact Los Angeles criminal attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group for help. The Kraut Law Group has offices throughout the Los Angeles area, and are also available to travel to your home to discuss your personal situation. Mr. Kraut primarily practices in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Michael Kraut

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs under California Vehicle Code 23152(a) VC and California Vehicle Code Section 23152(b) VC is one of the most widely charged criminal offenses in the LA area. Each day and night, law enforcement officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other agencies patrol the streets and freeways of Los Angeles looking for impaired drivers. Under the law it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or above.

Unless the suspected drunk driver is stopped as part of a DUI checkpoint operation, a law enforcement officer must have probable cause that a driver is violating the law before the officer can legally justify stopping the vehicle. This is usually a violation of a vehicle code provision, such as speeding, improperly changing lanes or an equipment violation. Once a driver has been stopped, the officer must then be able to objectively form the opinion the driver is intoxicated. This is typically based on symptoms of intoxication, such as an odor of alcohol, bloodshot or watery eyes or slurred speech. At that point, the officer will usually ask the driver to submit to a series of field sobriety tests designed to determine if the driver is impaired. The officer may also request the driver to breath into a Preliminary Alcohol Screening ("PAS") device to see if the driver has a high blood alcohol content.

Once the officer concludes the driver is impaired, he or she will arrest the driver for DUI and will take the driver to the police station or hospital for further, more accurate chemical testing. The driver will be given the option of providing a breath or blood sample at the station (or hospital for blood). If the driver refuses testing, he or she can still be charged with a DUI offense and can lose their license for a full year.

During the Los Angeles DUI arrest process, the arresting officer will provide a notice of impending license suspension from the DMV. At that point, the driver will spend the night in jail. They may be released and provided a future court date or may have to appear in court for their arraignment the following day.

The case will be sent to a prosecutor to review for criminal filing. For first time DUI offenses in Los Angeles, that will be a prosecutor from either the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office or the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, depending on the location of the incident. The driver is usually charged with one count of driving under the influence in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) VC and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152(b) VC. In addition, the driver would have to deal with a potential driver's license suspension from the DMV. If the driver requests a hearing within ten days of the arrest, they would have the chance to contest the suspension before a hearing officer from the Department of Motor Vehicles. An effective Los Angeles DUI attorney may be able to challenge the stop of the vehicle, the basis for arrest, and the results of the chemical test, both in court and before the DMV. For those convicted of DUI, penalties can include jail time, mandatory alcohol counseling classes, community service/labor, loss of license and substantial fines.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Los Angeles DUI Attorney immediately. For more information about DUI in Los Angeles, and to schedule your 1/2 hour free consultation, contact Los Angeles DUI Attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1480, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 323-464-6453.

Client Reviews
He gave me the peace of mind that my DUI case was going to be resolved. He fought for what it was needed and helped me by answering all my questions. Mike is not an average attorney. He’s a very experienced, honest and straightforward person that is there for you!
I hired Attorney Mike Kraut and I'm am so happy and grateful that I did! I was arrested for a DUI because my BAC level was over the .08 limit. I ended up getting a wet and reckless instead of a DUI. I still have to do some classes and I'm on probation, but I do not have a DUI on my record. If you have a DUI hire Attorney Kraut, he definitely knows his stuff!
There aren't enough positive words to write about Mike, but let me be clear that this is the only lawyer worth hiring in Los Angeles. Mike is professional, caring, and an absolute champion at winning in court.
Mike Kraut is not a typical lawyer. He is a straightforward person with a true heart and a sympathetic ear. He is also smart and connected and he cares about the people who seek out his help. He got my son out of a jam. He did it quickly and painlessly. I recommend Mike Kraut to anyone that needs his services.
Thank you Mike for helping my son.
Michael Kraut is a rock star lawyer. I was really happy and satisfied with the results I received from Michael and his team. A few months back I was being accused of a serious felony. Mike gave me sound legal advice and worked diligently to clear my name. Mike was great at always keeping me updated and returning calls. Great, great lawyer I cant say enough about this man!
How can I express how relieved and pleased I am with Michael's professional abilities to have my Felony brought down to a misdameanor to a possible dismissal with deferment. With his care my life has been turned around and cannot say how helpful he's been not only in my case but life. He, himself has changed how I view criminal lawyers. Thank you so much Michael!
  • Client charged with hit and run----no longer satisfied previous law firm, client hired Attorney Michael Kraut. Result--Prosecution dismissed all charges.
  • Client charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content of .12 and dangerous driving. Result--after investigation and case preparation, all DUI charges dismissed and client pled to a non-DUI offense of simple reckless driving.
  • Client arrested for felony theft, Kraut Law Group hired pre-filing. Result--case investigated by firm and client cleared of all charges. All records of arrest on rap sheet removed.
  • Client arrested for lewd conduct. Result--placed in diversion program and case dismissed with no criminal record.
  • Client investigated and wanted by the police for hit and run. Result-- Attorney Michael Kraut handles investigation with police, no charges filed and client remained in his employment.
  • Client arrested for felony narcotics with threat of imprisonment. Result--after Attorney Michael Kraut filed motion to prove police misconduct, District Attorney dismissed all charges.
  • Client arrested for robbery in a park while a police officer watched. He had several other serious priors and faced 25 years to life in prison. Client retained Michael Kraut to handle case pre-filing. Result--after negotiations with police and prosecutors, the case rejected by the District Attorney, bail exonerated and client is home with his family.
  • Client arrested for felony theft offense, Attorney Michael Kraut hired before case filed and firm intervenes with the police and prosecution. Result--one misdemeanor charge filed and client placed in a theft diversion program on first court date. Upon completion, case dismissed and client will not have a criminal record. Client retains job.
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