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Gardena Criminal Defense LAwyer

Enduring legal issues is difficult. Most people feel intimidated by the legal system. They feel lost or confused when they need to hire representation, go to court, or endure negotiations. Although these feelings are difficult in any scenario, they are amplified in criminal cases.

Criminal law is distinct from civil law and is a serious area of the legal system. If you lose a criminal case, you can face jail or prison time, along with fees, probation, and other serious, life-altering punishments. In civil cases, most losses result in a simple settlement payment.

If you are facing criminal charges, it is important for you to understand what is at stake and what the outcome may be in your case. Although the situation may seem hopeless, you can fight and win your case with the help of a qualified Gardena criminal defense lawyer.

Call Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP today at (310) 361-3068.

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Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP: Your Gardena Criminal Defense Attorneys

In the Gardena area, no criminal defense firm is more qualified than Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP. Our team has been working on criminal cases for many decades, and we have a thorough understanding of the complex laws surrounding them. No matter what crime you are charged with, our team has the experience and education to properly represent you in your claim.

Although many criminal cases settle outside of court, our criminal lawyers do not shy away from courtroom litigation. If we believe that your case would benefit from a jury’s perspective, we can take your case to the courts and fight diligently on your behalf. Our attorneys are passionate about achieving a fair and just outcome in your case. We can do everything in our power to protect you.

We understand that it can be intimidating or difficult to find legal help after you have been charged with a crime. Our team provides high-quality, nonjudgmental legal advice for all of our clients. You can trust us with your truth and your future.

  • "Character, class, calculated, charm, and charisma are words that describe Robert."
    I cannot thank Robert enough for his efforts, knowledge, and execution in my case. He gave me a second chance.
    - Kevin Q.
  • "I trust this powerful team with my life, because they have saved it time and time again."
    Michelle has had a profound impact on my life. She not only has a firm grasp of legal matters, but also of human emotions. This dynamic duo worked all hours of the day and night on my case. They exerted effort way beyond the amount that I had paid them.
    - Khadijeh K.
  • "No other lawyer will have more integrity than Mr. Ernenwein."
    He has been there with me in the hardest of times. No other lawyer will have more integrity than Mr. Ernenwein.
    - Christopher G.
  • "Thank you for being our family’s advocate and the best lawyer that we could have asked for!"
    Now, my brother is able to FINALLY move on with his life and utilize the education he acquired and work in a field where he will be able to succeed.
    - Carol L.
  • "I can’t say enough about how grateful we are and how fortunate we were that someone we trusted recommended him to us."
    The respect from his many years of experience and integrity in his community is for certain why we are whole again today.
    - Karen D.
  • "5 stars across the board."
    If you are in need of a great attorney with an abundance of experience as well as a very professional office staff who constantly will keep you updated, call Ernenwein & Mathes!
    - Jake L.
  • "Top notch legal counsel and representation."
    They are the gold standard for defense attorneys. A+
    - Former Client
  • "From the moment we met Robert and shook his hand, he made us feel at ease."
    When you need an attorney, do yourself a favor an call Robert Ernenewein. I’m so glad we did.
    - Krystine R.

    What Is a Criminal Case?

    It can be difficult to understand the difference between criminal and civil cases. Nevertheless, it is essential that you do so if you are facing criminal charges.

    Civil claims, such as personal injury claims or car accident cases, are brought forward by an individual or business that acts as the prosecution. The aim of these cases is to get compensation for damage that another person has caused them through negligence or an accident. Because the prosecution chooses to bring the case forward, they are permitted to drop the case at any time if they choose to do so.

    Criminal cases are the government’s way of enforcing the law while instituting fair punishments. In criminal claims, the state or federal government acts as the prosecution, and the person who allegedly committed a crime is the defense. Both sides present their stories, and the jury decides whether the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As the defense, your attorney’s main job is to infuse the prosecution’s story with doubt so that the jury cannot convict. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. You do not have to prove your innocence, but discrediting the prosecution’s claims helps you maintain your innocence.

    Just as in a civil case, the prosecution is the only party that can drop charges in a criminal case. Because the government is acting as the prosecution, it is rare for charges to be dropped in a criminal case. This will only happen if new information arises that definitively proves that you did not commit the crime that you are being charged with.

    Recognized as a Top-Tier Law Firm

    • California Board of Legal Specialization
    • CDLA
    • LACBA
    • Super Lawyers
    • Avvo 10.0
    • Avvo Michelle
    • Avvo Robert
    • Avvo Robert
    • NACDL
    • SBBA

      Do I Need a Criminal Attorney?

      It is extremely important that you hire a criminal attorney for your criminal case. Although you may be innocent, the prosecution will do everything in their power to make you seem guilty. If you do not have a way to properly discredit the prosecution’s claims, the jury will likely accept the prosecution’s argument as truth. This means that they will believe you to be guilty and convict you of the crime. It will not have mattered whether you really committed the crime or the situation progressed as the prosecution claims.

      Many innocent people are incarcerated every year. This often happens because they did not have a qualified defense attorney or relied on a public defender to help them. Public defenders often handle many cases at once, making it extremely difficult to properly represent each client. You have far better chances with a private attorney who has the time, expertise, and resources to build a strong case in your favor.

      Types of Criminal Offenses

      Criminal law is a large category in the legal system and encompasses many types of cases. This makes each criminal claim vastly different. The punishments and consequences for each claim vary as well. Therefore, it is important to understand what is at stake when you face criminal claims.


      Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or drunk driving is illegal both at the state and federal levels. A driver can be charged with a DUI if a police officer discovers that they have a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher or are under the influence of any type of drug. Depending on the situation, DUI offenders can face, among other penalties:

      • Jail or prison time
      • Fees
      • License suspension
      • DUI classes

      Although these cases seem straightforward, a DUI attorney can use one of many different arguments to help you avoid serious consequences.

      Violent Crimes

      Violent crimes such as assault and battery, murder, domestic violence, robbery, and similar offenses carry significant consequences. Individuals convicted of these crimes usually face time in prison along with probation and other restrictions. Some of these offenders will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

      A criminal defense attorney ensures that your side of the story is heard. They can give you the best chance of avoiding unfair consequences from your charges.

      Drug Offenses

      Although marijuana is recreationally legal for adults in California, other drugs are not. In all situations, the creation, distribution, or sale of drugs without a license is strictly prohibited. Depending on the substance and the situation, drug manufacturing, dealing, or trafficking can result in serious consequences.

      Drug cases are serious, and it is especially important to find an attorney if you are charged with a drug crime.

      Felony vs. Misdemeanor

      Usually, the law categorizes criminal offenses into felonies or misdemeanors. Although both are serious, felonies usually involve more serious offenses and carry stricter punishments. For example, misdemeanors may result in jail time, while felonies almost always carry prison time as part of their punishments.

      Some offenses, such as DUIs, are considered “wobblers.” This means that, depending on the circumstances, they can be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor.

      Gardena Criminal Defense Lawyer FAQs

      Q: How Much Is a Local Criminal Defense Attorney?

      A: An attorney’s charges will depend on their experience, expertise, and the nature of your claim. Because of this, it is important to ask any potential attorneys about their fee structure before you begin to work with them. This ensures that you can afford their help for the duration of your case. If you discover that you cannot afford their services while your case is being negotiated, you may lose your chances of winning.

      Q: What Makes a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

      A: A good criminal defense lawyer has a significant amount of experience in their field. This individual understands the complex criminal laws that accompany your case and feels confident in their ability to represent you. A good attorney will listen to your story without judgment. They will ask questions to help develop a convincing and strong argument for the court. A good attorney will be willing to go to court if they believe that a settlement would do you a disservice.

      Q: What Are 3 Questions You Should Ask a Lawyer Before Hiring?

      A: Before hiring an attorney, you should ask them:

      1. What are your fees? How much do you estimate that my case will cost?
      2. Have you represented cases like mine? What were the outcomes of those cases?
      3. Do you have time to devote to my case? How many other cases are you currently handling?

      These questions can help you determine whether potential attorneys have the time and experience to help you win your case. This can also ensure that you can do so without jeopardizing your budget or financial standing.

      Q: What Is the Hardest Question to Ask a Lawyer?

      A: Asking an attorney about their fee structure is difficult for many people. Finances are important but can also be viewed as taboo or tacky to discuss. However, if an attorney is professional, they should be accustomed to discussing costs with their potential clients. Although it may be difficult, do not shy away from discussing finances with your potential attorneys.

      Contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP

      For many years, our team has been helping individuals and families fight back against criminal charges. We understand how difficult these situations are and the emotional toll they may have on your family. You can trust us to build a convincing case in your favor.

      For more information about our firm, contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, today.

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      Why Choose Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP?

      • Client Focused Representation
        Our clients have direct communication with their legal team from start to finish.
      • Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney
        Attorney Robert Ernenwein is a certified specialist in criminal law, by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
      • Over 60 Years of Combined Criminal Defense Experience
        Our team has decades of experience and a strong track record of success.
      • Former Prosecutor on Your Team
        We have experience on both sides of the courtroom.
      • Providing Service in Spanish
        Work with a criminal defense attorney who speaks your language.
      • We Provide Free Consultations
        Learn how our defense lawyers can help during a free consult.