Wallin & Klarich Criminal Defense Attorney Obtains Positive Trial Results for Client Facing Life in Prison for Allegations of Sex Crimes

A client facing five counts of child sexual abuse was released from custody after our criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich were able to obtain a favorable result at trial.

Criminal Defense Attorney Jon Lynn
Criminal Defense Attorney Jon Lynn

Tustin, Calif. – A defendant accused of sex crimes against minors was released from custody after the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation were able to obtain a positive outcome at trial.

The defendant faced a potential sentence of life in prison for five separate counts of child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1980s.

Our client consistently denied the allegations. To show the jury that our client was telling the truth, our criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich focused on the discrepancies in the alleged victims’ stories and the possibility that another person was the actual perpetrator. After three days of deliberation, the jury came back with an 8-4 vote in favor of an acquittal.

Based on this favorable result and extensive negotiations with the prosecution, our client agreed to plead no contest to two counts of misdemeanor assault. Our client was released from custody with credit for time served and will not have to register as a sex offender.

Wallin & Klarich Attorney Jonathan Lynn, who represented our client in the case, said, “A majority of the jury believed that the prosecution did not prove its case and had a reasonable doubt about whether our client was guilty. As a result of our aggressive defense, my client went from facing four mandatory life sentences to being released from jail. We are extremely pleased with the result we were able to achieve in this case.”

Attorney Lynn is an experienced criminal lawyer who has represented hundreds of clients in cases involving sex crimes, child abuse, murder and other serious felonies. He uses his extensive understanding of the law and aggressive advocacy to provide high-quality legal representation for his clients.

About Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation

Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation has established itself as a premier criminal defense law firm in southern California by successfully representing individuals and families in their time of legal need since 1981. The firm believes that every person is entitled to the highest quality legal assistance and commits to aggressively defending its clients.

To speak to our experienced criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich, contact our office at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245.

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed Against Wallin & Klarich Client

A client facing life in prison will serve only a brief jail sentence and three years of probation after Wallin & Klarich Attorney David Wohl was able to get attempted murder charges dismissed.

IMG_0039Our client was accused of running over a pedestrian with her car in Riverside, Calif. She admitted to running over the pedestrian, stating that she thought the pedestrian was a woman who was having an affair with her husband.

Attorney Wohl investigated the case thoroughly. He recommended our client take a psychological evaluation with an experienced psychologist. The results of the evaluation helped prove that at the time of the incident, our client lacked the criminal intent necessary to convict her of attempted murder.

Using this information, Attorney Wohl convinced prosecutors to reduce the charge to the lesser crime of assault. Assault carries much softer penalties than the crime of attempted murder.

Our client agreed to plead guilty to assault charges, and was sentenced to only a short time in county jail and probation for three years.

“Our client never had the intent necessary to convict her of attempted murder, and we made sure that prosecutors recognized this. This is an outstanding result for our client, who will no longer have the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison hanging over her head,” Attorney Wohl said.

Attorney Wohl is an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation. He has helped thousands of clients throughout southern California in their time of legal need, including in high-profile cases involving child molestation, murder, juvenile crimes, and child abuse. Attorney Wohl also frequently appears on Fox News as an expert legal analyst.

If you are facing attempted murder charges in Riverside, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our knowledgeable attorneys have been successfully defending our clients facing attempted murder and other serious crime charges for more than 35 years. We can help you today.

Contact our offices at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation so we can begin helping you with your case. We will get through this together.

Wallin & Klarich Obtains Governor’s Pardon for 2 Clients

California Governor Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on March 25, including two pardons for Wallin & Klarich clients.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown traditionally issues pardons around the major Christian holidays Easter and Christmas. This year, the Governor’s Office announced 59 pardons on Good Friday, two days before Easter.

Two of the people pardoned by Gov. Brown were clients of Wallin & Klarich.

One Wallin & Klarich client was sentenced for the crime of possession of a controlled substance in 1993. Since completing his sentence in 1996, “he has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen,” according to the pardon issued by Gov. Brown.

Additionally, Wallin & Klarich helped a client previously convicted of transporting or selling a controlled substance obtain a pardon. According to the pardon signed by Gov. Brown, our client, who completed his sentence in 1985, “has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon.”

Receiving a pardon will allow our client to restore his legal right to own, possess, and keep a firearm under California Penal Code Section 4854.

Both of these individuals had previously obtained a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which acts as an automatic application for a governor’s pardon.

Thanks to the help of our experienced post-conviction attorneys, these individuals will no longer have to deal with the life-long effects of their criminal convictions. Their pardons will serve as public record that these individuals have been forgiven for their past transgressions.

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Gov. Brown has now granted 742 pardons since taking office in 2011. Previous governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson issued a combined 28 pardons across 20 years in office.

The Best Time to Apply for a Governor’s Pardon is Now

If your criminal conviction is ruining your life, you should consider applying for a governor’s pardon. With Gov. Brown currently in office, there has never been a better time to apply. You need to act now.

Wallin & Klarich has been successfully helping our clients with post-conviction matters for more than 30 years. Call our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

Wallin & Klarich Wins Not Guilty Verdict in Child Molestation Case

A teacher facing charges of lewd acts on a child and child annoyance was found not guilty in court after his criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich were able to prove his innocence to the jury.

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Our child molestation attorneys won a not guilty verdict.

Our client, a substitute teacher in Orange County, was accused of committing a lewd act against a middle school student. If convicted, our client would have faced up to eight years in state prison and a felony conviction on his criminal record. He also would have been required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

From the beginning of the case, our client stated that any touching was accidental and it occurred during the course of monitoring his students in gym class while playing basketball. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys were able to show the jury that our client was not guilty of all charges.

Through careful investigation and cross-examination, our criminal attorneys showed that the two witnesses who appeared in the police report were unreliable, and that our client had a history of exemplary behavior as a substitute teacher. Witnesses including our client’s wife of six years, a former co-worker, and a medical expert testified that our client did not fit the profile of someone who has a sexual interest in children.

The jury agreed. Our client was found not guilty on both charges.

“Through all witness testimony and through cross-examination, we were able to show the jury that this incident was accidental, and that our client is not the type of person who would commit this crime. We are very pleased with the verdict reached by the jury,” Wallin & Klarich Senior Partner Paul Wallin said.

Child Molestation Charges Against Mission Viejo Teacher Dismissed

Kristen Roush, an eighth-grade teacher at La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo, Calif., will serve no jail time after the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation were able to get all charges of lewd and lascivious acts against her dropped.

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Criminal Attorney David Wohl

Ms. Roush was charged with four felony counts of committing lewd acts with a student under California Penal Code Section 288(c)(1). If convicted of these charges, our client could have faced 5 years in prison, and she would have been required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Represented by Wallin & Klarich Attorney David Wohl, all charges of lewd acts against Ms. Roush were dismissed Friday in Harbor Court.

“We left no stone unturned as we investigated this case and came up with numerous witnesses who refuted the outrageous claims of the young alleged victim,” Attorney Wohl said.

In addition to an extensive investigation, Attorney Wohl was able to produce a psychological report that showed Ms. Roush did not fit the sexual profile of someone who would commit this type of crime.

After providing this exculpatory evidence to the prosecution, all child molestation charges were dismissed. Ms. Roush entered a guilty to plea to one misdemeanor battery charge. She will serve no jail time and a brief period of formal probation.

Wallin & Klarich Gets Charges of Child Molestation Dismissed

David Wohl, an experienced criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich, recently was able to get child molestation charges against our client dismissed.

Our client was facing charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under California Penal Code Section 288(a), sex acts with a child under 10 under California Penal Code Section 288.7, and rape of a minor under 14 years of age under California Penal Code Section 269. If convicted, our client faced life in prison.

David Wohl Case VictoryThrough thorough investigation, Attorney Wohl was able to find that the allegations were fabricated. The client is the alleged victim’s legal guardian. The alleged victim falsely accused our client of these crimes in order to be removed from our client’s home and placed with the alleged victim’s other parent.

During this investigation, the alleged victim admitted to Attorney Wohl that the allegations of child molestation were made up. The alleged victim was then interviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, and acknowledged the claims against our client were false. Our client plead guilty to misdemeanor battery. All child molestation charges were dropped and our client was released from custody.

If you are facing charges of child molestation in California, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you. You should contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, we have been successfully defending our clients facing child molestation charges for over 30 years. We will speak to you about your case and plan a strategy for your defense so you can avoid the serious consequences of a child molestation conviction.

With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free telephone consultation. We will get through this together.

Wallin & Klarich Helps Client Obtain Certificate of Rehabilitation in San Bernardino

A client in San Bernardino recently came to Wallin & Klarich seeking post-conviction relief. Experienced criminal defense attorney Stephen Klarich, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, helped our client obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation.

Attorney Stephen Klarich
Attorney Stephen Klarich

Our client was previously convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon under California Penal Code Section 245. Having a criminal record had devastating consequences on our client. Seeking relief from these consequences, our client called Wallin & Klarich.

Attorney Klarich met with our client and determined the best way to seek relief would be to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. Our skilled attorneys filed a petition for Certificate of Rehabilitation to the court and showed the court how our client had demonstrated rehabilitation since being convicted.

The court granted our client a Certificate of Rehabilitation.

There are many benefits to a Certificate of Rehabilitation in California. Obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation can do all of the following:

  • Relieve some sex offenders from their lifetime duty to register under PC 290
  • Serve as an official document to show that a convicted offender is rehabilitated, which could help when seeking employment
  • Enhance an offender’s ability to acquire a state license
  • Serve as an automatic application for a Governor’s Pardon

If you are seeking post-conviction relief in California, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich immediately. Our skilled attorneys have over 30 years of experience successfully helping our clients obtain relief from the negative effects of a criminal conviction. We will meet with you to discuss the facts of your case and determine which course of action to take so that you can successfully obtain post-conviction relief.

With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, San Diego, Torrance and Sherman Oaks, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.

Call Attorney Stephen Klarich today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.

Wallin & Klarich Gets Vandalism Charges Dismissed for Client

Experienced criminal defense attorney Matthew Wallin, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, recently helped our client get charges of misdemeanor vandalism completely dismissed.

Our client was facing misdemeanor vandalism charges under California Penal Code Section 594. If convicted under PC 594, our client could have faced up to one year in county jail and fines of up to $1,000. In addition, our client’s license could have been suspended for a mandatory period of one year with no allowance for a restricted license.

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Attorney Matthew Wallin

Through frequent contact with our client and early intervention with the prosecutor, Attorney Wallin was able to negotiate a civil compromise, which was approved by the prosecutor and judge. The vandalism charges against our client were dismissed.

If you are charged with vandalism in California, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney today. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys have been successfully defending our clients facing criminal charges for over 30 years. We know the law, we know the prosecutors, and we know the judges. Our attorneys can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.

Call our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 so we can begin working on your case. We will be there when you call.

Wallin & Klarich Attorney Helps Client Obtain Writ of Habeas Corpus

Our client came to us after his sentences for attempted murder and street terrorism convictions were enhanced due to his affiliations with street gang members. We were able to show that evidence used at trial should not have been enough to convict our client of street terrorism and add gang enhancements to his sentence.

writ of habeas corpusObtaining a writ of habeas corpus is extremely rare. The experienced attorneys at Wallin & Klarich were able to convince the judge to grant our client a writ of habeas corpus by presenting facts that our client’s trial attorney, appellate attorney, and first habeas corpus attorney failed to point out.

In order to establish a defendant is affiliated with a gang, the prosecution must prove there was a pattern of criminal activity by showing two predicate acts occurred. Predicate acts are crimes, convictions or attempted crimes committed by members of the gang.

One of the predicate acts submitted as evidence against our client was a conviction of assault with a deadly weapon by a passenger in the same car as our client when the alleged attempted murder took place. Our skilled attorneys were able to show that this should not have been considered a predicate act because the passenger did not commit any acts to further the crime committed by our client.

According to case law, an aider and abettor’s liability in these situations does not rise to the level of a separate act. When there is a single act committed by one person on one occasion, it can only be considered one predicate act.

After extensive oral arguments, the judge agreed with our attorney and granted the writ of habeas corpus for our client. In granting this write of habeas corpus, the judge vacated the judgment and convictions of all gang counts.

If you wish to obtain a writ of habeas corpus, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich today. Call our offices today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 so we can begin working on your case. We will be there when you call.

Partner Matthew B. Wallin Helps Client Win School Expulsion Hearing

Attorney Matthew B. Wallin, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, recently helped a client win a school expulsion hearing in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Expulsion Review Board decided not to move forward with the expulsion, allowing our client to remain in the district.

Our client was facing expulsion due to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual battery.

According to California Education Code Section 48900, a student who commits or attempts to commit a sexual assault or battery will face mandatory expulsion proceedings. In these cases, the principal does not have discretion.

How to Win a School Expulsion Hearing in Los Angeles

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Our attorneys can help you if you face school expulsion.

Due to extensive knowledge of the California Education Code and Los Angeles Unified School District procedures, Attorney Wallin was able to win the school expulsion hearing in Los Angeles. He was able to uncover inadequacies in the school’s investigation of the incident through cross-examination of the school administrator.

“The United States Supreme Court has found that the 14th Amendment’s prohibition on a state’s depriving a person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, applies to education as well,” Attorney Wallin said. “Young people do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.”

Attorney Wallin, who recently became a partner at Wallin & Klarich, is one of the few attorneys in Southern California who has the knowledge and skill necessary to handle school expulsion hearings. You can find out more about Attorney Wallin here.

Call Wallin & Klarich if You are Facing a School Expulsion Hearing in Los Angeles

If you or your child is facing school expulsion, you need to know that all hope is not lost. The skilled attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience successfully handling school expulsion cases. We can help you obtain the possible result in your case.

Our offices are located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich Southern California criminal defense attorney near you no matter where you are located.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.