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Hermosa Beach Criminal Defense Attorney – Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP

We know this is a difficult time for you and your family.

Being arrested for a crime in Hermosa Beach, CA is a serious and traumatizing event, but it doesn’t mean that you are automatically guilty and should face harsh punishments. If you have been charged with a crime, you need the experience and guidance of an expert criminal defense attorney to guide you through the process and come up with an effective strategy to fight your charges.

Some important things to remember if you have been charged with a crime:

  • The police and investigators are not on your side.
  • The District Attorney’s Office is not on your side.
  • The court system is complex and seemingly incomprehensible.

Where do you turn? At this difficult time, you need an advocate that will sit with you, listen to you and protect you.

Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP – Experienced Hermosa Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

Robert Ernenwein and Stephanie Johnson have the skills and experience required to get your charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense:

  • Robert Ernenwein and Stephanie Johnson are former prosecutors in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, so they know how the other side operates.
  • They have been in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Hermosa Beach, CA for over 40 years combined.
  • Robert Ernenwein is board certified in criminal law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
  • Robert Ernenwein and Stephanie Johnson are well known in their community.
  • They are both very proud of their reputation with Judges and Prosecutors in the Torrance and other South Bay courts. They know the local system very well and will use this familiarity to your advantage.

Why Choose Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP to be your Hermosa Beach Criminal Defense Attorney?

Choosing a defense attorney is an important decision. At the end of the day, your defense attorney is your advocate and will be your only true friend in the South Bay court system. Please consider calling our office or coming in and talking to us. When you come into our office, understand that it’s going to be a FREE CONSULTATION with NO OBLIGATION or pressure to hire our firm.

We will quietly and intently listen to what happened and give you as much time as you need. We will review the facts of your case, review the law as it applies to your case, and discuss strategies that we might employ to get to a successful result in your case.

And at the end of the day, if you hire our firm, we will join you arm in arm and walk together with you through the legal process to get to the best possible result for you and your family.

Robert Ernenwein and Stephanie Johnson have committed their entire professional life to becoming excellent criminal defense attorneys and effective advocate for their clients. But more than that, they are dedicated to doing their absolute best that they can for their clients each and every day.

Between 1984 and 1987, Robert Ernenwein was employed as a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 75 misdemeanor and felony jury trials. In addition to that, while at the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ernenwein negotiated over 1,500 misdemeanor and felony cases to settlement.

Robert Ernenwein and Stephanie Johnson have over 30 years of experience practicing criminal law in areas including but not limited to Hermosa Beach, Ranch Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Rolling Hills, Carson, Lomita, Riverside, Pasadena and Burbank. This experience has earned them a prestigious reputation in the legal community. Their dedication and devotion as advocates for their clients show in the results they achieve for their clients in courthouses throughout the Los Angeles area.

Hermosa Beach Criminal Defense Case Histories

Case History #1

Charges: Fighting in a public place pursuant to California Penal Code section 415(1) and obstruction of a police officer pursuant to California Penal Code section 148(a)(1)

A client who was visiting Hermosa Beach, California was arrested by the Hermosa Beach Police Department located at 540 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, California.

As is common in the South Bay and in Hermosa Beach, many individuals spend time drinking alcohol at the beach. My client, a resident of Hermosa Beach, was no exception. He had been enjoying an afternoon with his girlfriend in Hermosa Beach when the two became too loud and aggressive.

Another Hermosa Beach resident called the Hermosa Beach Police to the client’s apartment and ultimately, the Hermosa Beach Police Officers arrested both individuals. In many cases, police officers will charge individuals with California Penal Code section 148(a)(1), which is a charge of the “obstruction of a police officer,” if the arrestee acts in any other way but cooperative. While officers should be treated with absolute respect, sometimes the “obstruction of a police officer” can be a relatively arbitrary and certainly a subjective charge based on that police officer’s interaction with the arrestee.

Case Resolution:

After providing a mitigation package to the Hermosa Beach Police Department and explaining the circumstances surrounding my client’s arrest, the Hermosa Beach Police Department formally dismissed all charges and my client never had to appear in court.

We Defend Clients Accused of Most Felonies and Misdemeanors:

  • Assault and Battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Public intoxication
  • Grand theft
  • Petty theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Burglary
  • Hit and run
  • Suspended license
  • DUI
  • Sexual assault
  • Statutory rape
  • Rape
  • Molestation
  • Child molestation
  • Lewd acts
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Juvenile cases
  • Drug possession

Local Information about Hermosa Beach, CA

Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city located in Los Angeles County and is one of three major beach cities in the South Bay. According to the 2010 census, Hermosa Beach’s population was 19,506.

A sidewalk called “The Strand ” runs along Hermosa Beach from Torrance Beach to Santa Monica, approximately 25 miles north of Torrance Beach. One of the most popular areas for fun under the sun as well as for arrests is the street, “Pier Avenue.” This street houses the community’s main eating, shopping, and partying areas.

The racial makeup of Hermosa Beach in 2010 was:

  • 86.8% White/Non-Hispanic White
  • 8.4% Hispanic or Latino
  • 5.7% Asian
  • 1.2% African American
  • .3% Native American
  • .2% Pacific Islander
  • 1.7% other races

The most common crime in Hermosa Beach is theft. In 2015, approximately 7% of crimes in Hermosa Beach were Auto thefts; 4% of crimes in Hermosa Beach were Assaults; 1.9% of crimes in Hermosa Beach were Burglaries; 3% of crimes in Hermosa Beach were “Other”; and a whopping 67% of crimes in Hermosa Beach were theft.

The Hermosa Beach Police Station is located at 540 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA. The Hermosa Beach City Jail offers a “Pay-to-Stay” program for qualified individuals who have been sentenced due to a criminal conviction. This is an alternative program as it allows individuals to serve their jail sentence in a clean and efficiently operated environment located in Hermosa Beach.

Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP strives to make the process of going through the criminal justice system as easy as possible for our clients. Should a jail sentence be imposed, the Hermosa Beach “Pay-to-Stay” is a popular option.

City of Hermosa Beach website:

Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its population was 19,506 at the 2010 U.S.
Area: 3.69 km2
Population: 19506


Courthouses near Hermosa Beach, CA

Website: Torrance Courthouse
Phone Number: (310) 787-3697

Hermosa Beach City Police Department

Website: Hermosa Beach Police Department
Phone Number: (310) 318-0360

If you have been charged with a crime in Hermosa Beach, California, get expert help now. Contact us at 310-375-5858 for a free case review.