EXPLOSIVES MANDATORY PRISON- Lancaster

Client charged with unlawful possession of explosive devices. Conviction would result in Mandatory State Prison as the only allowed judicial sentence. D.D.A., not wanting to try the case against Mr. Bernstein, allowed the Client to accept responsibility for illegal possession of fireworks, which is only an infraction. Client accepted & paid fine of $200.00.

ATTEMPTED MURDER FACING TOTAL 160 YEARS – Van Nuys

Client charged with 4 separate charges of attempted murder involving 4 victims & gun enhancements, facing total time of 160 years-Life. D.D.A. offered a resolution to avoid trial.  Client accepted responsibility for 1 count of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, 5 years State Prison. Client accepted & to serve approximately 18 months.

ROBBERY – IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Los Angeles

Using a Public Defender, conviction of numerous armed robbery counts & 3 strike enhancements. Mr. Bernstein requests new trial, but denied, client sentenced 70 years-Life.  Court of Appeals granted a new trial. Resulting in all charges being dismissed, before trial,  &  immediate release, & the front pages of the L.A. Times.

ATTEMPTED MURDER – Ventura

Charge: driving during gang drive-by shooting, person shot & two others shot at. Great bodily injury, gang & gun enhancement plus  multiple attempted murder counts or DEATH in Prison. D.A. offered a plea of guilty to PC 32, being an accessory after the fact, credit for time served awaiting trial, & immediate release.

MURDER LIFE TO 6 YEARS- Los Angeles

Charge: 1st degree Murder plus gun enhancement. Mandatory 50 years-Life. Client gave 4 video taped statements/confessions wherein she admitted her husband was out all night & cheating on her & she shot him fatally once in the head.  Defense claimed accidental shooting sufficiently &  D.A. accept a plea of involuntary manslaughter. Sentence: 6 years.

MURDER – Salinas

Charge: Gang & gun charges, 1 count Murder & 1 count attempted Murder, shooting at 2 brothers.  Client gave a full video taped confession & wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s family. Witnesses all co-operated with police, giving statements that corroborated his confession. Normally 90 years-Life; pled to 18-Life & eligible parole.

EMBEZZLEMENT by IMMIGRANT – Beverly Hills

Client, NOT an American citizen, accused of embezzling in excess of $40,000 from the Doctor’s office where she was working as a receptionist/assistant. Patients’ checks deposited directly to her personal checking account. Case settled: misdemeanor, helping her find an Immigration Law Specialist who assisted in pleas that would not affect her immigration status, & probation.

EMBEZZLEMENT – Riverside

Riverside County employee, accused of embezzling in excess of $55,000 from the County. Prior attorney able to get a 3 year State Prison offer as client had made damaging admissions. Bernstein settled with 6 months home detention on electronic monitoring.

FRAUD with PRIOR CONVICTION-Riverside

Client was accused in Federal Court of running a Ponzi scheme that took down over $20 MILLION DOLLARS from in excess of 600 victims. Client had an extensive prior fraud conviction history. Client accepted responsibility & 6 years Federal custody.

BATTERY – Los Angeles

Client accused of a fight in a parking lot,  injuring attendant. Client bailed out, retained Mr. Berstein, advising both the Police & District Attorney’s office of this representation, it was decided that the case was not sufficiently strong enough to take to trial & not filed. Case: DISMISSED.