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Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan Beach 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 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.

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 shows in the results they achieve for their clients in courthouses throughout the Los Angeles area.

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

Manhattan Beach Criminal Defense Case Histories

Case History #1

Charges: Illegal Possession and Transporation of Marijuana

Defending clients who face criminal charges involving controlled substances are a large part of my practice. With the laws relating to marijuana in flux, it is my duty as a criminal defense attorney not only to master the changes in the laws but to continue to be on the cutting edge of how these issues are dealt with by law enforcement in varying cities.

A client living in Manhattan Beach was charged by the Manhattan Beach Police Department located at 420 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA with violations of Health & Safety Code §§ 11360(A) and 11357(A). These charges allege illegal transportation of marijuana and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana respectively.

His story was compelling. He worked in manual labor in Manhattan Beach. A few years prior to his arrest by the Manhattan Beach Police Department, he suffered a serious work injury of ruptured discs in his back. After this, he was unable to work in manual labor in Manhattan Beach and continued to endure serious pain in his back.

One remedy he was given by a Manhattan Beach physician was a pain patch, which caused severe lethargy and a sleep disorder. In attempt to subdue these side-effects from the patch, he turned to marijuana. In addition, he had been issued a medical marijuana card from a separate Manhattan Beach physician. On the date of his arrest, my client was transporting marijuana during a temporary time where his medical marijuana card was expired.

Case Resolution:

After providing the Torrance Deputy District Attorney with documentation supporting the above facts, both charges were dismissed in the interests of justice.

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 Manhattan Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach is one of the three cities in Los Angeles County that make up the South Bay. An affluent area, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the average income per household was $139,259.

The racial makeup of Manhattan Beach in 2010 was:

  • 84.5% White/Non-Hispanic
  • 8.6% Asian
  • 6.9%% Hispanic or Latino
  • .8% African American
  • .2% Native American
  • .1% Pacific Islander
  • 1.2% other races

Some of the safest neighborhoods in Manhattan Beach include the following: (1) N. Valley Drive and Maple Ave; (2) N. Sepulveda Blvd. and Manhattan Beach Blvd.; (3) N. Ardmore Ave. and Elm Ave; (4) N. Sepulveda Blvd. and 10th Street; and (5) Sepulveda Blvd. and Rosecrans Ave.

A 25-mile sidewalk called “The Strand”, from Torrance Beach in the south to Santa Monica in the north, runs along the entire 2 miles of the town’s beachfront property. Downtown Manhattan Beach is one of the most popular areas for residents and visitors alike boasting many fine restaurants and shopping establishments.

Manhattan Beach is also known for its great schools, with Mira Costa High School ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally.

Manhattan Beach is host to nationally renowned volleyball tournaments, festivals, concerts, and events throughout the year. However, DUI Checkpoints often accompany these events. Ernenwein & Johnson have over 40 years of combined experience as criminal defense attorneys, and Robert Ernenwein is a criminal law specialist. DUI matters often require such expertise to obtain the best results in court.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is located near the Manhattan Beach City Hall at 420 15th Street. Per year, Manhattan Beach City has had approximately 73 violent crimes and 955 property crimes. The average amount of crime per 1000 residents is 2.04, as compared to the average amount of crime per 1000 residents in California at 4.26.

Should a client’s arresting agency be Manhattan Beach Police Department, the case will be submitted to the Torrance Deputy District Attorney’s Office for filing. Ernenwein & Johnsons have over 40 years of experience working in the Torrance Courthouse and an exceptional rapport with Deputy District Attorneys and City Attorneys in this court.

City of Manhattan Beach website:

Manhattan Beach, California

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach.
Area: 3.94 sq mi
Population: 35135


Courthouses near Manhattan Beach, CA

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

Manhattan Beach City Police Department

Website: Manhattan Beach Police Department
Phone Number: (310) 545-4566

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