Apkarian Defense, APC

"Uncompromising and aggressive Representation. That's what I offer as a defense attorney."

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Firm Overview

Charged With A Crime In Orange County?

When facing criminal charges, it is critical that you have strong legal representation. Our state has very harsh penalties for most crimes, and if you or a loved one is convicted, your life could change forever.

Gassia Apkarian, prides herself on an aggressive approach in defending her clients, even when they think their case is hopeless. She knows just how traumatic it can be when accused of a crime but she makes it her job to put your mind at ease from the moment you walk into the office.

We recommend that you contact her for a FREE CONSULTATION before you make a decision of how you want to proceed on your case. Contact the office to schedule a confidential meeting with an experienced attorney. From the moment you contact our criminal defense firm, we will take care to address your unique concerns in an honest and straight forward way. And be sure to ask us about our interest-free payment plan!

We carefully review every aspect of the case, and individualize the best defense strategy for each client. We provide aggressive legal representation, and pride ourselves on our individual attention to each case. No matter your particular needs, if you are looking for a criminal attorney in the Orange County area, we are confident that we can provide the level of counsel you need and deserve.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle

-Drug Charges
-Sex Crimes: Child Molestation, Rape and Sexually Violent Predators
-Theft Charges: Burglary, Petty Theft, Grand Theft and Robbery
-Assault and Battery, including Aggravated Assault
-Homicide, Manslaughter, Special Circumstance Homicide
-Gang Charges
-Three Strikes
-Parole and Probation Violations
-DUI's, driving under the influence including DMV hearings
-Domestic Violence
-Fraud

Practice in Orange County
Gassia Apkarian has been practicing criminal law in Orange County for over 10 years. As a result, she is very familiar with the courts, the system, the District Attorney's Office and other important personnel. This gives the client an advantage in hiring a lawyer who knows her way around in the county.


We proudly serve Orange County. If you have been charged in: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, Lake Forest, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, or Yorba Linda contact us today.

Main Office

Main Office
918 E Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana  CA  92701

Phone
  • (714) 550-0309
Sex Crimes
About Sex Offenses
One of the most tragic types of criminal cases are sex counts. The consequences are overwhelming to the defendant. Most sex charges now involve life time registration as a sex offender. Whether placed on parole or probation, it will affect the rest of your life both in your community and in your work.

We have worked on numerous extremely difficult cases in this area. Gassia Apkarian has completed many jury trials involving multiple child molestation, rape as well as sexually violent predators. This area of the law requires substantial work with experts such as psychologists. We have established our reputation in the field and have many experts that we trust and work with, who can help you mitigate your case.

The penalties for sex crimes vary greatly depending on the circumstances involved. Some are charged as felonies and some as misdemeanors. We understand your need for privacy regarding this issue and will do everything in our power to keep the matter private to protect you and your family. We can provide resources to clients that may greatly improve the outcome of their case. If you have been accused of any of the following types of crimes:

-Lewd Acts
-Sexual Battery
-Indecent Exposure
-Prostitution
-Solicitation
-Rape
-Child Molestation
-Child Pornography
-Sexually Violent Predator

Or any other type of sex crime, speak with us immediately. There are a number of defenses that can be used in sex crimes and you will want to begin building your case as soon as possible.
DUI and DWI
About DUI's
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in California can have very serious consequences, even for first-time offenders, including but not limited to jail time, fines and penalties, suspension of your driver's license, mandatory classes and meetings, and probation. There can also be a long list of collateral consequences, including a 10-year DMV conviction record, higher auto insurance premiums, and employment challenges.

Depending on the circumstances of the DUI offense, charges could be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In felony DUI cases, there are much stiffer fines, penalties and the possibility of prison time. If this is your second or third offense, these penalties can escalate even further.

It's important to understand that a DUI charge can result from driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The legal alcohol limit for adults is 0.08%, if you are a minor, there is zero tolerance in the state of California.

Penalties for multiple DUI offenses

The penalties for subsequent DUI convictions are severe. The severity of penalties depends upon the number of DUI offense you have been convicted of in the past 10 years. These penalties are as follows:

-2nd offense up to 2 years in county jail, license suspension of up to 2 years
-3rd offense 4 months to 1 year in county jail, license suspension up to 3 years
-4th offense 6 months to 3 years in county jail or state prison

These may include counseling or alcohol abuse classes, fines up to $1,000 and probation.

Our primary concern is protecting your rights and your future. During the initial consultation concerning your case we can answer your questions and will work with you to plan a solid defense strategy. A standard DUI retainer will cover, not only court appearances for the DUI, but also the DMV hearing, which needs to be requested within 10 days of the arrest in order to avoid suspension of your license.
Criminal Defense
About Theft Charges
If you have been charged with a theft crime, you should understand the penalties you are facing. Depending on the severity of the crime, a theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, which means you could be facing the possibility of prison, large fines, and a criminal record.

When you hire Apkarian & Associates to fight your theft charges, the first thing we will do is try to get the charges dismissed to make sure your record is not tainted. In the alternative, we will try to negotiate a civil compromise to reduce the charges. Finally, we make sure you do not have to go into custody if you are to serve any type of sentence for your charges.

We at Apkarian & Associates have been handling theft charges for many years and know all the avenues to fight for you and protect your rights and your record.

Gassia Apkarian

Gassia Apkarian has been practicing criminal defense for over 10 years exclusively in Orange County. Though an admitted member of the California State Bar since 1994, she spent her initial 8 years working in Washington, DC and overseas for non-profit organizations. She wrote and managed grants for humanitarian programs and refugees abroad. Her last post prior to her return to California was press secretary to the former President of the Republic of Armenia.

Her years working with the US Congress, State Department, foreign governments and international organizations have prepared her well as a shrewd negotiator and defender of the underdog.

As a criminal defense lawyer she has handled cases from simple misdemeanors to complicated felonies. She has tried serious and violent felonies to a jury including child molestations, gang charges, Ponzi scheme/fraud cases and 3rd strike cases.

She believes that everyone deserves a strong defense, regardless of the charges.

Bianca Jimenez

If you or someone close to you is facing criminal charges, you need an advocate who will zealously represent your interests. I have handled a wide range of both felony and misdemeanor matters. As a lawyer, my cases and their litigation have spanned the county and include adult court as well as juvenile court proceedings.

With over sixteen years of experience in criminal law, I will provide the highest quality legal services to assess and meet your individual case needs.

Practice concentrated in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Articles Written

Gassia Apkarian defends wife of man accused of Ponzi Scheme

Created On: 05/15/2014

ANTA ANA - The couple wore all black; the wife drying her tears with a tissue as the jury’s verdicts - more than 500 so far - were handed down over two hours Monday afternoon.

Gassia Apkarian argues penalty phase in death penalty trial of Waymon Livingston

Created On: 05/15/2014

SANTA ANA – The mother of a woman who was sexually assaulted and strangled sh

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