Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

Barhoma Law P.C. provides top-notch representation in California for clients accused of crimes and those under investigation. The firm is known for its outstanding record in court and its vigorous use of legal motions to strengthen our clients’ cases.

First, Barhoma Law seeks to get the case dismissed and we are known for this. We have an incredibly high dismissal rate and dropped charges. And we are also known to have not-guilty verdicts. Having a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with this type of record makes all the difference when you’re facing any sort of criminal prosecution.

Second, we seek to suppress illegal evidence. What most people do not know is that law enforcement must follow the law if they wish to punish you for breaking the law. What that means is that they have to follow constitutional mandates that prosecution not use evidence that was acquired through illegal action.

Third, we treat all clients with respect. Some people assume that anyone accused of a crime is guilty. But that is not true—we know it. Our clients are treated with respect and dignity.

Criminal defense practiced in Los Angeles

Criminal defense encompasses a wide array of crimes in Los Angeles.

Some of the most common types of cases we defend in the Californian courts include:

  • Muder
  • Assault
  • DUI
  • Fraud and white-collar crime
  • Firearms offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Record Expungement
  • Federal Crimes
  • Plea Deal
  • Restraining Order
  • Sexual Offenses

What defines the severity of my criminal case in Los Angeles?

Because of the wide array of criminal offenses that exist, sentencing and punishments vary greatly.

How harshly your case will be treated will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The level of injury inflicted on another person (if any)
  • The amount of threat or violence used (e.g. with assault)
  • The level of loss of property experienced by the other party (e.g. with fraud or burglary)
  • The extent to which you exceeded legal limits (e.g. with DUI)
  • The extent to which your actions were intentional and could be avoided
  • Whether there were aggravating circumstances (e.g. were firearms used in an assault case?)
  • Whether it is your first offence or not

The above factors will help determine whether your case is treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. Additionally, if your crime is a federal crime (such as bank robbery or tax evasion), different laws will apply. 

Federal crimes are considered crimes against the nation and, as such, harsher laws apply. Instead of prosecution by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and a hearing within the Los Angeles Superior Court system, lawyers in the United States Department of Justice will prosecute in the United States Attorney’s Office court.

Many crimes have mandatory sentencing guidelines imposed but there are usually different degrees of severity in most types of criminal cases.

An experienced lawyer should be the first person you speak to if you are charged with any crime because we can help you navigate the complexities of the state or the federal legal system.

What are the stages of criminal prosecution in Los Angeles?

There are three basic stages of criminal prosecution in Los Angeles:


Law enforcement offers will start the process of prosecution when they have “probable cause” to arrest you, according to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. constitution. This is often based upon information they have received and normally means that they have evidence that would cause a “reasonable person” to believe that you have committed the alleged offense. 

A police report will be submitted to the prosecution, who will then decide whether to charge you. If you are charged, an arraignment date is set.


The arraignment process is when the judge informs you of the charges filed against you. You are given the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges.

If no plea bargain has been negotiated between your legal counsel and the prosecution, you would normally plead not guilty and the judge will determine whether you can be released on recognizance or if bail is to be granted.

The bail review hearing will decide the conditions of bail. 


With the adjudication phase, your criminal defense lawyer will meet with the prosecution and obtain all of the relevant information gathered by law enforcement relating to your charges. There may be negotiations and plea bargaining between your defense lawyer and the prosecution or your case may proceed to trial.

If you are charged with a felony, you have the right to a preliminary hearing held before a judge or magistrate. For a misdemeanor, you must proceed straight to trial, unless there is a plea bargain. 

What is the outcome of having a criminal record in California?

If you are convicted of a crime in Los Angeles, you will have a criminal record that may last a lifetime. This could mean that it is permanently visible on background checks. An employer, educational institution, insurer, or other organization can access this information at any time.

This may affect your livelihood, education, finances, travel plans, and immigration status, as well as other areas of your life.

Can Matthew Barhoma have my record expunged in California?

It is possible to have your criminal record expunged after a certain period so that all record of the crime disappears from background checks.

Expungement is only available if:

  • No incarceration was involved
  • You have fully completed probation 
  • You are not currently charged with a crime

Expungement does not happen automatically – and not all crimes are eligible. To have a record expunged, you need to petition the court in California to dismiss and vacate your case. The court will then make a decision based on the nature of the crime and whether it is in the public interest to retain the record.

For instance, the court may consider that a conviction for fraud might warrant future employers to be aware of this and decide that the record must remain. 

Matthew Barhoma can assist with the process of applying for the expungement of your criminal record.

What next?

If you have been charged with a crime in Los Angeles, remain calm and contact us as soon as possible.

  • We will work with you and the prosecution either to get the charges dismissed or defend you aggressively at trial.
  • We will prepare the best defense for your particular alleged crime after examining all the evidence closely. 
  • We will guide you through the complexities of the Los Angeles local court system.

Start with an initial consultation so that we can evaluate your case and guide you on the steps forward.

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The night I was charged with assault after a night out drinking was the worst night of my life. As a police officer, an off duty assault conviction would have jeopardized my career. I have worked closely with lawyers my entire nine year career. Either directly with Crown on a case or through cross-examination by defence counsel and after a few minutes of speaking with Solomon shortly after my arrest I knew his knowledge and ability to articulate legal principles were unmatched. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me gathering facts and providing clear instructions. Throughout the process he kept me updated as to what was going on and I was extremely impressed with his handling of my case. Solomon did his homework on the accusers and witnesses and prepared an unbelievable defence which ultimately led to the charge being dropped on the first day of trial and allowing me to continue my career as a police officer. I’d recommend Solomon to anybody who is in need of expert legal defence.


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