THE LAW OFFICE OF CHESTER & LEWKOWICZ
Ira Chester and Melissa Lewkowicz are Los Angeles, California based criminal defense attorneys dedicated to providing zealous and aggressive representation for clients located in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Chester & Lewkowicz’s legal practice focuses on defending individuals accused of or charged with criminal offenses, or those people being investigated by law enforcement. When you hire Ira Chester and Melissa Lewkowicz to handle a criminal case you can be sure that they will make every effort to help you or your loved one avoid a criminal conviction and stay out of custody.
You have the RIGHT to remain SILENT. You’ve heard this warning during every arrest scene on primetime television – “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney.” This warning is based on a case called Miranda v. Arizona (384 U.S. 436), which requires law enforcement officers to advise arrested suspects of certain rights, including the option of remaining silent. Because anything YOU say can and WILL be held against you in a Court of law, the ONLY words you should say if you are approached by law enforcement are, “I WANT A LAWYER”
Why is an expungement important?
A criminal record can prevent you from getting a good job, obtaining credit, voting, obtaining certain professional licenses, affect your ability to become a United States citizen, and obtaining other social benefits. Expungements and clearing your criminal record dismisses your prior criminal convictions from the public record.
This makes a person eligible for employment, the ability to run for political office, and apply for and obtain credit. You will not have to walk around as a "criminal" and will not have to worry about applying for that next job!
Are your convictions eligible for an expungement?
Not all criminal convictions can be expunged. Most misdemeanors as well as some felonies qualify for expungement and dismissal. Felony convictions may be expunged as long as the defendant did not serve time in State Prison and successfully completed all the terms of probation.
While it does not determine whether a person is eligible to apply for an expungement, the number of convictions a person has on their criminal record and the dates of those convictions are factors the court will consider when deciding whether to grant an expungement and dismiss a defendant's past conviction.
What is an Expungment?
Expungements will dismiss your prior criminal convictions from the public record. However not all criminal convictions
Ira Chester and Melissa Lewkowicz have an exceptional record assisting their clients who have been charged with a vast array of criminal offenses, including DUI’s, Sex Crimes, Drug Crimes
Often the best and most powerful defense for a drug bust or drug-related crime is examining the evidence and how it was