The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller

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Geller strives t0o provide all their clients with aggressive, personalized, and effective legal representation. Their criminal defense attorney in Pasadena is extensively experienced and highly skilled. Backed by nearly two decades of in-depth legal experience, Mr. Geller and his team of legal professionals have a comprehensive understanding of criminal defense law. In addition, they are all intimately familiar with all of the laws, procedures, policies, and paperwork associated with DUI and criminal defense law. Most clients are able to notice the difference between them and other legal firms from the moment they walk through the front doors of The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller. This is because their personalized method of care is evident in everything they do. They are there to help you with all your legal problems and make your legal experience as comfortable and efficient as possible.

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DUI Sentencing – If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you will need to hire a compe...
10/29/2020
About DUI Sentencing in California - The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, P.C

DUI Sentencing – If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you will need to hire a competent Pasadena DUI lawyer to represent your legal rights and interests. Depending on the charges you are facing, if you are convicted, you could face several DUI penalties. Learn more: https://www.criminallawdefender.com/dui-defense/dui-sentencing/

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If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you will need to hire a competent Pasadena DUI lawyer to represent your legal rights and interests. Depending on the charges you are facing, if you are convicted, you could face several DUI penalties.

DMV Hearings – When an arrest for a DUI has taken place, the arresting officers typically take the person’s driver’s lic...
10/16/2020
About California DMV Hearings - The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, P.C

DMV Hearings – When an arrest for a DUI has taken place, the arresting officers typically take the person’s driver’s license and provides them with a pink piece of paper that serves as a temporary license (DS 367). The importance of this is that the arrested person has 10 days to contact the DMV to schedule an Administrative Per Se Hearing (APS Hearing). This is an extremely valuable hearing, in that a victory at this hearing could result in no suspension of the driver’s license. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to question the witnesses in the case, such as the arresting officers. The transcript of this proceeding could then be used in court to help negotiate the DUI case with the prosecutors. Learn more: https://www.criminallawdefender.com/dui-defense/dmv-hearing/

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When an arrest for a DUI has taken place, the arresting officers typically take the person’s driver’s license and provides them with a pink piece of paper that serves as a temporary license (DS 367). The importance of this is that the arrested person has 10 days to contact the DMV to schedule an...

Understanding BAC in California – At sobriety checkpoints, or when you have been pulled over under the suspicion of driv...
09/03/2020
Understanding BAC in California - The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, P.C

Understanding BAC in California – At sobriety checkpoints, or when you have been pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), law enforcement officials may ask you to consent to a breathalyzer or blood test to determine your blood alcohol content or concentration, also known as BAC. While this is a common way to try and convict someone of drunk driving, the results are not always correct. If you or someone you care about has been arrested for DUI based on the results of breath and blood tests, it is imperative that you obtain the services of a competent Pasadena DUI lawyer to protect your legal rights and interests. There are a number of ways the results could be flawed and you will need a legal representative to help make that determination and prove it in court. https://www.criminallawdefender.com/dui-defense/bac/

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At sobriety checkpoints, or when you have been pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), law enforcement officials may ask you to consent to a breathalyzer or blood test to determine your blood alcohol content or concentration, also known as BAC.

Understanding Field Sobriety Tests – Field sobriety tests are tests the arresting officer uses to check for the driver’s...
08/27/2020
Understanding Field Sobriety Tests - The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, P.C

Understanding Field Sobriety Tests – Field sobriety tests are tests the arresting officer uses to check for the driver’s ability to physically perform the given test and to see how well the driver follows directions. The major problems with these tests are that the officers give these directions very quickly, very poorly, often not following proper procedure, and they’ve had plenty of experience performing and instructing these tests. The driver who is pulled over, usually in the middle of the night, hearing these instructions for the first time while being interrogated by law enforcement, often on the dangerous side of the roadway, will naturally have trouble understanding and following each and every minute detail. This ‘failure to follow directions’, however, may be presented as evidence that the driver was therefore under the influence of alcohol, thereby justifying the arrest. Learn more: https://www.criminallawdefender.com/dui-defense/field-sobriety-tests/

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Field sobriety tests are tests the arresting officer uses to check for the driver’s ability to physically perform the given test and to see how well the driver follows directions. The major problems with these tests are that the officers give these directions very quickly, very poorly, often not f...

Pasadena Domestic Violence Attorney – Are you facing serious charges for domestic violence? Domestic violence charges ar...
08/07/2020
Pasadena Domestic Violence Lawyer | Domestic Violence Charges

Pasadena Domestic Violence Attorney – Are you facing serious charges for domestic violence? Domestic violence charges are among the most disruptive and emotionally challenging criminal charges. At The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, we help people who may have put themselves in a bad position, made a mistake, or had their actions misinterpreted by law enforcement. You do not have to face these accusations on your own! Our Pasadena domestic violence lawyer will vigorously defend your rights and protect your legal interests. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Geller has handled thousands of criminal cases and is ready to help you every step of the way. https://www.criminallawdefender.com/criminal-defense/domestic-violence/

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Facing violent accusations? Contact The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller for a FREE review with our Pasadena domestic violence attorney. 20+ years experience.

Though most are staying home, many still need legal advice and have questions during this difficult time. My office is s...
05/01/2020

Though most are staying home, many still need legal advice and have questions during this difficult time. My office is still offering free consultations, meetings and even court appearances when necessary throughout southern California - adjusting with the times. Free Zoom consultations, call directly 24-7: Paul S. Geller (626) 792-2280. https://www.criminallawdefender.com

12/03/2019

I've seen some prosecutors say, "Well we just do it that way here" too many times. A case came down today invalidating a probation condition that the defendant submit his electronic devices to search and seizure anytime, without a showing of the nexus with the underlying crime and because of the intrusion (especially nowadays) into the privacy of mobile phones. So lawyers out there - don't just acquiesce to the prosecution demands, and fight the urge to go along "just because it's always been that way". Fight the fight! (People v. Bryant).

11/04/2019

Our latest case result was for a 6 count Robbery case pled to grand theft with NO JAIL TIME.

10/28/2019

Newest case result: Filing a False Police Report – CASE DISMISSED!

10/21/2019

Short trial, quick work led to our latest case result: Felony and misdemeanor False Imprisonment - NOT GUILTY. Felony sexual assault on a minor - 10-2 vote for NOT GUILTY. Bring on the next trial!

05/07/2019

It's been a busy couple of months! Bring on the summer.

“Sexual Assault, Juvenile Court - CASE DISMISSED” - LA COUNTY
“Statutory Rape - CASE REJECTED" - LA COUNTY
“Child Abuse - CASE REJECTED" - LA COUNTY
“Convicted Felon with a Firearm - CAL TRANS, NO JAIL AFTER INITIAL 16 MONTHS PRISON OFFER” - LA COUNTY
“2nd time DUI and Probation Violation - REDUCED TO WET RECKLESS, NO JAIL” - LA COUNTY

01/02/2019

New DUI laws 2019. Be aware - there are new rules for all whether a first time or multi offense DUI, requiring ignition interlock installations, how to avoid the 30 day hard DMV suspension, etc. Ignition Interlock is here to stay, so contact a knowledgeable DUI attorney if you need help.

12/28/2018

Holiday Help and Case Results:
1. LA County: Domestic Violence arrest against a battered wife: NO CHARGES FILED
2. LA County: Drug Transportation Charges -DISMISSED
3. LA County - Sexual Assault - NO CHARGES FILED
4. LA County - DUI License Revocation - REVERSED AFTER APPEAL

ALWAYS HIRE AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY RIGHT AWAY TO TRY TO PREVENT CHARGES, THEN FIGHT IF YOU HAVE TO!

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-prosecutors-police-witnesses-20180228-story.html
12/28/2018
For years, L.A. prosecutors failed to disclose misconduct by police witnesses. Now the D.A.'s office is trying to change that

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-prosecutors-police-witnesses-20180228-story.html

Los Angeles County prosecutors failed for years to notify defendants about accusations of wrongdoing against police witnesses in their cases even when the district attorney's office had evidence about the allegations, records show. Now the office is trying to improve such disclosures.

11/22/2018

PASADENA POLICE ABUSE IN A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP

In a report obtained by the Pasadena Weekly, a former San Bernardino undersheriff hired as a use-of-force expert concluded that two Pasadena police officers used reasonable force when they repeatedly struck an Altadena motorist with their fists and a police baton during a traffic stop last year.

In the report, Robert Fonzi said that Pasadena police Officers Lerry Esparza and Zachary Lujan did not violate any laws during their violent arrest of 21-year-old Christopher Ballew on Nov. 9, 2017.

The incident began when Lujan and Esparza followed Ballew’s late-model Mercedes into a gas station on Woodbury Road and Fair Oaks Avenue. The encounter turned violent after Ballew refused to let the officers handcuff him. Video footage of the incident recorded by a passerby showed Ballew being hit in the head with fists and across his legs and ankles with an extended metal police baton.

“It is my opinion that a police officer acting consistently with standard police practices and training would conclude that there was reasonable suspicion for [Esparza and Lujan] to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Ballew, which had no front license plate … and [had] dark tinted windows,” wrote Fonzi.

Fonzi further concluded that the officers acted in self-defense during the incident and punches and baton strikes were consistent with standard police practices and were reasonable given “the totality of the circumstances.”

The officers were reassigned after the incident, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. That investigation has not been completed.

Ballew is suing the city, the Pasadena Police Department, Mayor Terry Tornek and former Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.

“The report is not complete,” said Ballew’s attorney John Burton of Pasadena. “[Fonzi] took their reports and what he could use out of the videos. He might as well be Lujan and Esparza’s lawyer.”

Police made contact with Ballew as he walked toward the cashier at the gas station. They then walked Ballew back to his vehicle and attempted to handcuff him. Ballew resisted as Lujan repeatedly hurled profanities at the Altadena resident, demanding Ballew to give him his “f–king hands.”

“Shut the f–k up,” Lujan screamed at Ballew after pushing his face into the parking lot asphalt. Ballew repeatedly requested the officers to call their commanding officer. Esparza also repeatedly told him to “stop acting like a dummy.”

Moments later, Ballew managed to make it to his feet and was struck twice by the baton. Ballew grabbed the baton and began struggling with Esparza for the weapon.

As a scuffle ensued, Lujan hit Ballew and Esparza drew his service revolver, while Ballew was close to his partner. Esparza did not fire and holstered the handgun instead.

By then, Ballew had been knocked to the ground by Lujan and had dropped the baton. At that point, Lujan jumped on Ballew’s back and started punching him on the side of his head.

After holstering his weapon, Esparza picked up the retractable metal baton and struck Ballew three times in the legs and ankles while his partner slammed Ballew’s head into the asphalt.

Ballew suffered facial abrasions and a fractured fibula during the encounter.

Several of Fonzi’s opinions appear to be contradicted by video footage of the encounter.

According to Fonzi’s report, Ballew eventually ripped the baton from Officer Esparza’s hands. Video footage appears to show Ballew never had control of the baton and only had it for a split second after Esparza let go of it to draw his weapon. The baton fell to the ground after Lujan punched Ballew in the head.

“He was not trying to gain control of the baton,” said Burton, Ballew’s lawyer. “He was trying to stop them from hitting him with it.”

Burton also pointed out that the report does not mention the verbal threats the officers made against Ballew. After police wrestled him to the ground, Ballew asked them several times what he had done. He can also be heard asking to speak to a commanding officer. The officers told him to “Shut the f— up.” When Ballew complained about a knee in his back, Esparza responds, “You are about to get a knee to the face.”

Fonzi does not address those verbal encounters.

The responses were made before Ballew grabbed the baton.

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The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller strives to provide all their clients with aggressive, personalized, and effective legal representation. Personal service specifically from Mr. Geller as your criminal defense attorney in Pasadena will show he is extensively experienced and highly skilled. Backed by nearly two decades of in-depth legal experience, Mr. Geller and his team of legal professionals have a comprehensive understanding of criminal defense law. In addition, they are all intimately familiar with all of the laws, procedures, policies, and paperwork associated with DUI and criminal defense law. Most clients are able to notice the difference between them and other legal firms from the moment they walk through the front doors of The Law Offices of Paul S. Geller. This is because their personalized method of care is evident in everything they do. They are there to help you with all your legal problems and make your legal experience as comfortable and efficient as possible.

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