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Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney – Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP

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

Being arrested for a crime in Riverside, 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 Riverside 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:

  • They 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 Torrance, 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 Riverside 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 me. 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.

Riverside Criminal Defense Case Histories

Case History #1

Charge: Felony

As human beings, we are imperfect. Today I represented a client on a serious felony matter in Riverside, our 6th appearance.

The Riverside Attorney’s Office insisted on a state prison commitment of 16 months. My client, a resident of Riverside County, supports a wife and 3 children through his work. State prison would have been a devastating blow. I obtained proof of my client’s family situation and his employment in Riverside County. I explained his willingness to pay restitution and comply with any condition that would allow him to continue to work.

Ultimately, I was able to convince the assigned Judge in Riverside County to allow for a probationary sentence with full restitution and a work program allowing for him to continue to work in Riverside and support his family.

Sometimes I am asked what “my winning record is” or how many cases I “win”. In the great majority of criminal cases, good attorneys do not completely exculpate their client or have the case entirely dismissed. Rather, in most cases, good counsel is provided through mitigation evidence that allows for a resolution of a case without devastating consequences. That is what I was able to secure for this man.

This probationary sentence will allow for the complaining witness to receive full restitution, save taxpayers the significant expenses of incarceration and support for a family in distress and allow for my client to continue to support his family in Riverside County. All the while, he will be monitored on probation in Riverside to keep him on a good path.

Finally, because he was given a probationary sentence by the Riverside District Attorney and assigned Judge in Riverside County, at the end of three years he will be eligible to apply for a reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor and the expungement of his criminal record. This I hope will be another reason beyond possibly going back to jail if there is a violation for him to walk a straight path.

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 Riverside, CA

The city of Riverside is located in Riverside County, approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Riverside is home to the following Federal Courts: (1) United States District Court, Central District of California, Eastern Division; (2) United States Bankruptcy Court, 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel; and (3) United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. Riverside also contains two state courts including the California Court of Appeal, Forth District, Division Two and the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside.

Frequently defending matters in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, the Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP are well versed in the unique practices and procedures of this county.

The Riverside County Police Department has two main locations. The first location is 4102 Orange Street, Riverside, California and the second is 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California. Interestingly, of the largest police departments in the U.S. in 2015, the Riverside County Police Department is the only department whose police have not killed anyone.

In 2016, Riverside’s crime rate was 4.51 per 1000 residents and is higher than the state average of 4.26 of 1000 residents. Despite these statistics, Riverside’s crime rate is steadily falling.

In effort to further prevent gang-related offenses, Riverside’s Park and Recreation Department developed “Project BRIDGE.” BRIDGE stands for “Building Resources for the Intervention and Deterrence of Gang Engagement.” It is a gang suppression program which strives to reduce the number of Riverside youths engaging in gang-related activity. Generally, this program provides multiple services to participants between the ages of 12 and 22. Project BRIDGE is located at 2060 University Avenue, Riverside, California in the Cesar Chavez Community Center.

Furthermore, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics database reported that violent crime fell to 1,389 from 2026 events from the years of 2002 to 2012.

City of Riverside website:

Riverside, California

Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area.
Area: 81.54 sq mi
Population: 303871


Courthouses near Riverside, CA

Website: Superior Court of California, Riverside
Phone Number: (951) 955-2300

Riverside Police Department

Website: Riverside Police Department
Phone Number: (951) 354-2007

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