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Karine Basmadjian – Criminal Defense Lawyer.

For nearly twenty years, Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Karine Basmadjian has provided strong legal counsel and fierce advocacy for clients on both sides of the criminal justice system. In that time, she has resolved more than 10,000 state and federal cases including grand jury indictments, RICO violations, fraud, drug violations, and violent crimes.

Ms. Basmadjian holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Southern California, and obtained her Juris Doctor at the University of La Verne College of Law in 1992. During her training, she was mentored by a retired California Supreme Court Justice, and she began her career working for the Pasadena branch of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After being admitted to the California state bar in 1994, she was quickly promoted to the rank of Deputy District Attorney and served in that capacity before leaving to co-found her first private criminal defense practice. From 1995 to 2005, Ms. Basmadjian held the position of Senior Managing Partner at Nam & Basmadjian, P.C., the firm she co-founded.

Ms. Basmadjian formed Basmadjian Law in 2005 after her first eleven years in law, which included stints in both the DA’s Office and the Indigent Criminal Defense Program (a panel of 330 court-appointed lawyers representing low-income criminal defendants in the Los Angeles County Superior Courts whom the Office of the Public Defender is unable to accommodate). The experience and insight she gained in working with such diverse client bases provided her with her a unique understanding of how to apply policy and procedure to best serve each case; when she left the public sector to practice as a private criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, this knowledge was an invaluable asset.

Basmadjian Law’s case load has steadily grown in the years since its opening, and after eight years as the firm’s sole attorney Ms. Basmadjian recently decided to expand her staff and bring additional lawyers on board to meet client demands.

In 2000, Ms. Basmadjian received a commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich for her contributions to the community, and her exceptional success at the federal level is well documented.

Basmadjian Law Group is conveniently located just one block from the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Glendale branch and offers flexible hours and consultations by appointment to accommodate your busy schedule. Call 818-500-3921 or come into the office today for your free consultation!

Why Choose Basmadjian Law As Your Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you are charged with or under investigation for a crime, you must begin work to build a compelling defense immediately as the prosecution’s case against you is already well underway. That’s not something most people can do alone; while you do have the right to represent yourself, to do so if you are not an attorney helps no one but the prosecution.

As the law grows ever more complex and the resources for those who practice it grow more sophisticated, strenuous representation by a skilled and experienced criminal lawyer is more important than ever. Identifying the best strategy for your case, advocating in your defense, and working within the nuances and complexities of the legal system are abilities developed through decades of education and experience, and that level of expertise makes the difference in whether or not your case ends with prison time and hefty fines or with your continued freedom and well-being.

Karine Basmadjian is a criminal defense lawyer with nearly twenty years of courtroom experience practicing at the state and federal level. As a former prosecutor and seasoned defense counsel, she has the ability to approach your case from all angles and predict the most likely ways prosecutors will try to convict you, stopping their case in its tracks.

The case against you is already in progress – don’t wait to begin your defense. Contact Basmadjian Law Group today for a free consultation.

Attorney is currently registered and in good standing with the following judicial bodies:

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Western District of California

U.S. District Court of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Association of California Public Defenders

Armenian Bar Association


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