Legal Case Highlights - Defense Attorney in Los Angeles Steve Levine




People v. Conrad Murray:

Steve Levine represented Matt Alford, a Houston lawyer and partner of Ed Chernoff, who was Conrad Murray's lawyer.  Alford conducted a televised interview with the Today Show, and thereafter Judge Michael Pastor called him into court for a possible contempt hearing as it was alleged he violated the court's standing order for defense lawyers not to publicly discuss the case.  Steve was present when Conrad Murray was sentenced, and thereafter, in a hearing before Judge Pastor, got the possible contempt action dismissed against Matt Alford.



People v. Paris Hilton:

Steve Levine headed Paris Hilton's appellate team and argued before Judge Sauer that Paris Hilton should not have to return to jail after she was released on electronic monitoring.

Paris Hilton's original DUI charges alleging that on September 27, 2006 she was driving under the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug. In January 2007 she subsequently pleaded no contest to reckless driving charges stemming from the incident. A judge sentenced her to 3 years of probation, mandatory attendance at an alcohol education program, and fines of $1,500.

On May 4, 2007, Judge Sauer sentenced Paris to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation. According to prosecutors, she failed to enroll in an alcohol education course by mid-April 2007, and she was stopped for two more traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license. After she was released by the Sheriff's Department and placed on electronic monitoring prior to the completion of her sentence, the City Attorney petitioned Judge Sauer to put her back in jail. The Sheriff's Department picked her up and took her to court, for all the world to see. Steve Levine wrote and argued the motion before Judge Sauer, explaining that he had no authority to put her back in jail as only the Sheriff's Department had that authority.

Paris Hilton's Attorney Beverly Hills, California



People v. Michael Jackson:

Steve Levine represented Defense Attorney Mark Geragos after the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office subpoenaed his attorney-client documents generated during his representation of Michael Jackson.

Steve Levine prepared a motion to quash, and argued to the court that the subpoena was overbroad, requested privileged material, and was unlawful. After argument, the court agreed and pared down the subpoena. No privileged documents were turned over to the prosecution, and the People rested their case. Michael Jackson was thereafter acquitted.



People v. Phil Spector:

Steve Levine represented Defense Attorney Robert Shapiro when the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office attempted to subpoena him to testify as to an item of evidence, a fingernail, that allegedly turned up missing after the defense team searched Phil Spector's home after the crime scene was released by law enforcement. After a hearing in Judge Fidler's chambers, it was decided that Robert Shapiro would not testify.



People v. David Boysen:

In 2006, David Boysen was charged with murdering his parents, on Easter morning in 1982, 24 years earlier. There was no physical or forensic evidence linking him to the crime, just statements from his ex-wife and sister. Now remarried, he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Steve Levine argued to the trial court that his due process right to a fair trial was compromised because alibi witnesses had died and exonerating evidence had disappeared. Steve prepared a 75-page motion to the trial court. After a three-day hearing, the case was dismissed. The San Diego County District Attorney's Office appealed, and Steve Levine represented David Boysen before The Court of Appeal, and the dismissal was upheld. The People again appealed and the case was accepted for review by the California Supreme Court. Steve Levine again prevailed as the Supreme Court ruled in David Boysen's favor.

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People v. DeWitt:

Client, female (see video) was charged with battery stemming from an incident made famous on, wherein she lightly "bipped" the victim on the back of the head with some papers during a City Council meeting, and the victim fell to the floor in mock agony. Client was charged with civil contempt for walking near the victim during a scheduled court appearance. Steve Levine argued the contempt motion, and the contempt was later dismissed.

Steve Levine represented woman who was accused of a attacking another at a Carson City Council meeting, but the attack was caught on video revealing the true circumstance of the events as they occurred.

People v. DeWitt case seen on YouTube



People v. Hernandez:

Client shot a man six times in a crowded Target parking lot. Client was with his wife and child, and the victim was with his daughter. Victim survived. Client faced charges carrying a term of 35 years-to-life. The offer by the People was 29 years. Steve Levine convinced the jury that the shooting was in the "heat of passion," and the jury agreed. Client received 18 years, which Steve Levine was able to reduce to 10 years based on a motion he wrote after the California sentencing laws changed, in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's Cunningham decision.



People v. Gzoyan:

Client, a father, and his son were charged with murder after the son shot and killed his sister's ex-boyfriend in broad daylight. Both fled the murder scene after the shooting. Boyfriend was stalking the sister. Steve Levine convinced the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to dismiss the murder charge against the father and let him plead to charge of accessory after the fact.



People v. Martinez:

Client and wife were suspected of committing federal mortgage fraud. Client talked to the FBI without counsel, and withheld information. At the time, he was not a citizen. Steve Levine was able to convince the the U.S. Attorney's Office to continue the case for over one year, during which time client obtained citizenship. Steve Levine also convinced the federal prosecutors to drop charges against the wife, and drop the mortgage fraud charges. Client eventually pleaded no contest to lying to a federal agent and received 40 hours of community service.



People v. Genislow:

The client, a 69-year-old woman, tried to burn down her condominium while her 10-year-old daughter was inside. She was charged with arson and attempted murder. Steve Levine worked out a disposition in which she received probation and mandatory court ordered counseling.



People v. Wallace:

Client, an attorney, was charged with 25 counts of insurance fraud, stemming from a "capping" scheme, in which accidents were staged, and monies collected. The cases were old, lacked proof, and were filed just before the statute of limitations expired. The case was then further delayed for a year, during which time the statute of limitations expired. Just before the preliminary hearing, Steve Levine filed a motion to dismiss for violation of the statute of limitations because the documents in support of the probable cause finding (which tolled the statute) were missing from the court file, making it impossible to review that finding. The trial court agreed and all 25 counts were dismissed.



People v. Babaali:

Client, a doctor, was convicted of felony sexual battery because he performed an allegedly unauthorized breast exam on a female employee. The statute, however, did not fit the crime, and Steve Levine filed a 27-page motion for acquittal. The trial court agreed and the felony convictions were dismissed.



People v. Coffee:

Client was charged with drug possession after Garden Grove police officers entered his camper without permission and found a small quantity of drugs inside. Steve Levine filed a motion to suppress based on the illegal entry. Thereafter, the Orange County District Attorney's Office agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.



People v. Turner:

Steve Levine obtained a reversal on appeal after Mr. Turner was convicted of residential burglary on the grounds that the trial court improperly excluded a 911 call from the victim, which could have proved his innocence.

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