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Lomita Criminal Defense Attorney – Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP

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

Being arrested for a crime in Lomita, 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 Lomita Criminal Defense Attorneys

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 Lomita, 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 to be your Lomita 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 is a husband and father to five children and is vested in this community. He is a compassionate advocate for his clients.

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.

They also have over 40 years of combined 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 shows in the results they achieve for their clients in courthouses throughout the Los Angeles area.

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.

The offices of Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP are located at 1405 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA.

Lomita Criminal Defense Case Histories

Case History #1

Charge: Grand Theft Auto – Penal Code Section 487

A client living in the South Bay was arrested by the Lomita Sherriff’s Department located at 26123 Narbonne Avenue in Lomita, CA, for allegedly violating California Penal Code Section 487, commonly known as grand theft auto. However, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Torrance Branch located at 825 Maple Avenue in Torrance, CA, never filed an accusatory pleading arising out of this arrest.

A month or two after the client’s arrest, she forwarded me her request to seal and destroy her arrest record pursuant to Penal Code section 851.8(a) to the Los Angeles Police Department, Lomita Sheriff’s Division. However, her request had been denied pursuant to penal code 851.8(a) which mandates that a request will be denied should the Sherriff’s department, in this case, the Lomita Sherriff’s Department, fail to respond to the request.

The facts of the case lead me to believe that her request should have been granted by the Lomita Sherriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Torrance Branch.

On the day of her arrest, my client had been arguing with family members. One family member threatened that if she took the vehicle, they would call the Lomita Sherriff’s Department. However, the car was my client’s for all intents and purposes to drive throughout the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Lomita.

That day, the Lomita Sherriff’s Department called my client and ultimately was arrested.

Case Resolution:

My client was completely innocent of the charge of grand theft auto, which was further emphasized by the fact that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in Torrance declined to file a case against her. Ultimately, after further persuasion by myself and my client, the Torrance District Attorney’s Office granted her motion and sealed her records. She no longer will face the stigma that the charge of grand theft auto carries.

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 Lomita, CA

Lomita, Spanish for “little knoll,” is a city in Los Angeles County, California and is located just north of San Pedro. A family friendly community, the city of Lomita’s mission statement is to provide a healthy, safe and friendly small-town community where everyone can successfully live, work and play.

Lomita is protected from fire by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It also has ambulance transportation from McCormack Ambulance. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department – Lomita Station patrols the city of Lomita. The Lomita Station is located at 26123 Narbonne Avenue.

According to a recent survey, there have been 29 violent crimes and 212 property crimes in Lomita over the last six months. Aggravated assault is the most common of the violent crimes in Lomita, making up 16 of the 29 reported incidents in the last six months. With regards to the property crimes, theft from a vehicle is the most common, making up 70 of the 212 reported property crimes taking place in Lomita, California over the last six months.

Should a case be referred to the Deputy District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing, all cases occurring in Lomita will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in Torrance. There, the Torrance District Attorney’s Office will determine whether to file charges and if so, the matter will be heard at the Torrance Courthouse. The Torrance Courthouse is located at 825 Maple Avenue.

As a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Robert Ernenwein has the experience, skill, and rapport in the Torrance Courthouse to fight any criminal matter a client living in Lomita, CA is facing with ease and excellence.

City of Lomita website:

Lomita, California

Lomita is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 20,256 at the 2010 census, up from 20,046 at the 2000 census.
Area: 1.91 sq mi
Population: 20256


Courthouses near Torrance, CA

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Lomita Station

Website: LA County Sheriff’s Department – Lomita Station
Phone Number: (310) 539-1661

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