Los Angeles County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense AttorneyIf you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony charge in Van Nuys or elsewhere in Los Angeles County, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation immediately. Representing yourself or allowing a public defender to do so may seem like a good idea, but you are statistically far more likely to beat your charges or get them dismissed or reduced by partnering with an aggressive and experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. As our clients know, a good criminal defense lawyer can often bring to light details of a case that may make the difference between a walking free and going to prison for years.


At the Law Offices of Mark Daniel Melnick, we provide fearless legal representation for our Van Nuys Criminal Layerclients in all kinds of criminal defense matters, including but not limited to those involving drunk driving, domestic violence, drug crimes, weapons crimes, theft and other property crimes, federal crimes, juvenile crimes, fraud and other white collar crimes, murder, sex crimes, prostitution, BUI, and habitual offender violations. Remember: you have the right to remain silent as well as the right to an attorney after an arrest. If you are questioned about your alleged crime, you should certainly be polite to law enforcement officials in order prevent your situation from becoming worse, but you are not obligated to answer their questions. Tell the police that you are unwilling to make any statements until you have spoken with your criminal defense attorney. Any other approach can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to criminal defense.


DUI/Drunk Driving

 Many drivers think that you have to blow .08% or higher on a breathalyzer test to be arrested for DUI. Nothing is further from the truth. A law enforcement officer can charge a driver with DUI as long as they have probable cause to suspect impairment. Individuals who drive erratically or demonstrate signs of impairment, such as slurred speech, can be arrested on this evidence alone; in fact, you can be charged with drunk driving if your BAC is well under .08% as long as you are exhibiting other signs of impairment.Drivers may also not know that an arrest for drunk driving involves both California’s criminal justice system and the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are arrested for DUI or refuse to consent to a roadside preliminary breath test, you can expect that the DMV will suspend your license unless you take steps to prevent them from doing so. This so-called administrative suspension is a completely different matter than any license revocation you may be subject to as a result of a conviction. When you’re seeking legal representation to help you resolve your DUI case, make sure you are working with a drunk driving attorney who can assist you with both your criminal defense and the administrative aspects of your case. By seeking legal representation as soon as possible after an arrest for DUI, you can be sure you’re doing everything possible to avoid prison time, expensive fines, license suspension, mandatory counseling, and other penalties associated with a first-time or repeat DUI conviction.Learn More »

Domestic Violence

Drug Crimes

Weapons Crimes

Theft & Property Crime

Federal Crimes

Juvenile Crimes

All Other Crimes 


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Van Nuys, CA 91401

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