Criminal Law: State



At Shevin Law Group, our experienced and dedicated attorneys fight for the best possible outcome in your case.  With over a combined 40 years of courtroom experience, we do everything we can to protect you and your future.  We work hard and care deeply about achieving results for our clients. If you’re not sure where to turn after your arrest, call @ 818.784.2700 for a consultation.


In California, the possession of different drugs comes with varying penalties. In recent years, there has been a major push toward decriminalization, with many officials arguing that a focus on treatment over incarceration will help more people and solve some of the major issues associated with drug crimes. 

We use our knowledge of California criminal matters, laws and precedents to fight the accusations being made against you and to seek dismissal or reduced charges in exchange for treatment or community service. Our criminal defense experience includes:







We specialize in defending cannabis and drug cases of all kinds. We boast a stellar track record of results. We are specialists in cannabis related offenses in California and throughout the country.

No matter what the circumstances of your drunk driving-related arrest — or if you were driving with a suspended license — we advocate for you in court and with the DMV.

Are you a minor, or is your child in trouble with the law? We help you with drug charges, theft-related charges, violent crimes, weapons-related incidents and anything else a juvenile might encounter.

California law takes crimes of violence and weapons offenses seriously. We take your defense just as seriously, and explore every possible angle to resolve your case.

Prosecutors and law enforcement look for criminal activity in places far beyond their local street corners. Businesses and financial transactions are often a source of criminal activity, typically without the parties involved ever being aware. If you or your business is facing criminal charges, our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the maze of criminal liability that can arise in the professional world.



The penalties for possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other substances for personal use have been greatly reduced in recent years, however the penalties still involve substantial jail time.  

Any drug conviction may dramatically affect your rights as a citizen of the United States, including the loss of your 2nd Amendment constitutional right to own a firearm.  Felony drug convictions can also negatively affect a person's ability to vote, secure employment or receive financial aid.


There are many proven, successful resolutions that our skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys can help you achieve. Deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) and Proposition 36 drug diversion programs provide options for non-violent drug offenders if they can fulfill certain obligations to the court and keep their records clean for a  period of time. 


California also has drug courts, where cases can be transferred if the defense, prosecution and court can agree that the matter lends itself to treatment rather than incarceration. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys will assist you in examining all the options available to you, and fight for the best possible outcome for your future.  

Additionally, Shevin Law Group specializes in fighting cases resulting from illegal search and seizure in violation of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.



Under California law, possessing illegal drugs with the intent to sell is punishable as a felony. Whether or not a person intends to sell the drugs is typically determined by the presence of packaging, sales paraphernalia and drug quantity.  

Manufacturing drugs of any kind on any level carries some of the harshest felony punishments of all California drug crimes, in addition to issues involving trafficking and distribution.

You’ve probably heard the expression “Don’t make a federal case out of it.” This phrase comes from the fact that federal prosecutions are serious business. While state police will arrest you immediately upon discovering criminal activity, federal law enforcement takes the opposite approach.


Federal authorities will sit, watch and wait, sometimes for years, until they have identified everybody involved in a crime and feel that they have a bulletproof case. In most cases, white collar crimes are considered federal offenses. Additionally, federal prosecutors can elect to prosecute state cases that also constitute federal crimes.




The federal government has the ability to prosecute any case that falls under a federal criminal statute. These include violent crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, interstate crimes, international crimes, conspiracy crimes, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, and many others.  


Scholars studying the U.S. federal criminal code have often commented that the code can be used to prosecute almost anybody for anything.  If you find yourself facing one of these serious matters, you need the best possible representation at the earliest stage of the problem. Our attorneys are here to help.


If you have been accused of one of these crimes, you may face a long prison sentence, large fines, restitution and other penalties. Our

Los Angeles attorneys are experienced with an unmatched track record in assisting their clients in a variety of federal criminal matters, including:









This involves taking money with which you were entrusted, usually over a long period of time.

If you failed to pay taxes or hide assets to avoid taxation, you may face charges of tax evasion, structuring or other tax-related crimes.

If you are being accused of using the Internet to commit a crime, we can help.

This is the deceiving of another person with the intent to cause damage, often financial in nature.

Passing money through a variety of entities of bank accounts to conceal the illegal source is called money laundering.  Failing to report cash transactions is called structuring.

Manufacturing, distributing and trafficking illegal drugs are often considered federal crimes, particularly when they involve large quantities, interstate or international operation

Punishment for white collar crimes can be severe. Some activities are prohibited by specific laws while others are prohibited by a series of laws more generally addressing dishonest behavior.  Knowledge of white collar criminal activity can be inferred through unusual business practices that support criminal activity, such as accepting large amounts of cash and failing to report receipt of cash proceeds in excess of $10,000.00.

One defense strategy is entrapment. Another, used by bigger businesses, is to claim that one individual committed the crime without the knowledge or authority of the company. Under California law, if a corporation or company manager becomes aware of a seriously concealed danger within the company, that person is required to immediately report the danger. Failing to do so may result in criminal consequences for the manager and the company.

Make no mistake about it — criminal laws in the state of California are complex. If you’ve been accused of a crime, whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, it is vital to consult with a skilled lawyer who gives you options and provides a robust defense strategy.  


At Shevin Law Group, we have provided comprehensive criminal representation for people throughout Southern California since 1992.  

Clients turn to us because they know we personally fight for the best outcome, working hard and exploring every legal avenue. We care deeply about you and your future.


Federal criminal charges are some of the most serious charges a person can face, so it’s important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney working on your behalf. With a reputation for providing a vigorous defense and working toward the best possible results, Shevin Law Group has served individuals throughout the country since 1992.  


We focus on doing everything we can to protect our clients.  We take a personal interest in your case and want nothing more than the best possible outcome for you, your life, your family, and your future.




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