Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman

We handle all types of criminal defense issues. From traffic tickets, to DUI, to serious felony defense, if the cops are involved we can help. We also handle landlord-tenant matters, whether you are being evicted or the one doing the evicting.

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Firm Overview


The Law Office of Veronica Guzman provides personalized attention for each client, as each situation is unique. Our experience allows us to handle cases in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible.
With the Law Office of Veronica Guzman you will:
- Have an attorney who stands as the voice of reason to protect and defend you
- Have an attorney who focuses on victory to deliver uncompromising solutions
- Pay a reasonable flat fee
- Reach an attorney directly, anytime
Main Office

Main Office
3780 Kilroy Airport Way Suite 200
Long Beach  CA  90806

Phone
  • (562) 256-7022
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

sometimes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All criminal defense cases are fixed fee.
All unlawful detainer (eviction) cases are fixed fee.

Hourly Rates

$195-$295

Office Information

Office Hours

generally 9am-5pm, but flexible for after hours appointments

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Criminal Defense
What would you do if you or someone you care about has been charged or is about to be charged with a crime? You would call a lawyer dedicated to helping clients in the toughest situations of their lives. You would call us!
We will fight your DUI case because did you know there are more than 100 interfering substances, and conditions that can cause breathalyzers to generate falsely high readings? We know DUI blood testing is prone to error; and police officers are supposed to follow a standardized set of procedures in DUI roadside investigation and very few do them. We handle cases ranging from simple misdemeanor drunk driving to DUI causing injury, California felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and gross vehicular manslaughter.

We know it is important to scrutinize your case for police mistakes and misconduct because we want to get your case dismissed by having the court suppress the evidence. The most common types of drug offenses we handle are – possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, ketamine, GHB, Vicodin or codeine if not prescribed to you), possession for sale of narcotics, sale or transportation of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and many others. CALIFORNAI MARIJUANA LAWS: California law still makes it a crime to cultivate, sell, possess or use marijuana. Medical marijuana laws provide limited exceptions. Cultivation, sale or transportation of marijuana are serious felonies and can land you in prison.

Even those children lucky enough to be sent home on probation will still have to deal with the lasting stigma and repercussions of having a juvenile criminal record. There are many options within the California juvenile court system that do not involve confinement. If your child has a run-in with the law, we can help – whether its avoiding confinement or sealing his juvenile record.

Under California law, assault is simply performing an act that is likely to result in the application of force to another person. It does not require any actual injury, and this gives rise to the potential for false accusations. If that is the situation you are faced with call us today, we know how to investigate and defend against these injustices. However, assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) will be filed if you use a deadly weapon or other instrument capable of producing great bodily injury and/or the alleged victim is seriously injured. We will still try to get this reduced to a simple assault charge. California law also punishes assault with a firearm separately. You commit this offense if you shoot someone with a gun, fire a gun at someone, point a loaded gun at someone in a threatening manner, or bludgeon or pistol-whip someone with a gun.

Battery in California takes place when you willfully and unlawfully use force or violence upon another. You can be convicted even if you do not harm or injure the other person, as long as there is unwanted contact. There are also several offenses that relate to battery. Battery causing serious bodily injury is a felony that can be reduced to a misdemeanor. However, if convicted of this felony you are subject to a “strike” under California’s three strikes law. Domestic battery requires that the victim be your intimate partner which include your fiancé or fiancée, current or former spouse, someone with whom you live, the parent of your child, and anyone you are or were dating. Sexual battery is the nonconsensual touching of the intimate part of another for sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse.

We aim to get reductions or outright dismissals in such cases as petty theft, grand theft, identity theft, appropriation of lost property, receiving stolen property, burglary, grand theft auto, grand theft of a firearm, auto burglary and embezzlement. If you have been charged with a crime in the Los Angeles or Orange County area, you should know that working with a passionate attorney could make a difference between imprisonment and keeping your freedom. Do not make the mistake of forgoing legal representation. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Veronica R. Guzman.
Sex Crimes
What would you do if you or someone you care about has been charged or is about to be charged with a crime? You would call a lawyer dedicated to helping clients in the toughest situations of their lives. You would us!
State and Federal prosecutors have become increasingly aggressive in the manner in which they charge individuals. Hiring the right defense attorney to help is the most important decision you can make. As a Southern California criminal defense lawyer, I will take great care to make you and your case stand apart from the others and obtain the best possible outcome. If you are charged with a crime, from petty theft to assault, from domestic violence to DUI, in Los Angeles County and Orange County or at the federal court level, I can help you.

Registering as a sex offender under Penal Code 290 is one of the most devastating penalties you face if convicted of a California sex crime. If convicted of a sex crime, your local law enforcement agency forwards your information to the California Department of Justice where they maintain California’s list of registered sex offenders. This information is then available over the internet on the DOJ’s “Megan’s Law” website. Whether your information is publicly displayed on this site depends on the specific California sex offense for which you were convicted. This public shaming is exactly why it is so important to hire the right attorney, we can help get you the best possible outcome.

California domestic violence laws make any assault, battery or criminal threat allegation much more serious. Almost every prosecutor’s office has a special unit dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence cases. They may proceed with the case even if the accuser recants or insists she doesn’t want to press charges. Most counties impose jail time for domestic abuse conviction, even in first-time misdemeanor cases. Whatever the situation, we know how to investigate the facts and present your side of the story in court – to the prosecutor, to the judge and (if the case goes to trial) to the jury.
Expungement
The Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman assists those who are seeking a fresh start and improved opportunities for employment, professional licensing or consumer credit.
If you’ve been convicted of a crime you may be eligible for relief through a relatively simple legal process. Some convictions can be modified on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. Other convictions may be reduced from felony to misdemeanor status in certain situations. Also, if you who have completed a term in prison may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.

SEALING ARREST RECORDS
To seal an arrest record, the following must be true: 1) you were arrested and NOT convicted; 2) you are factually innocent of the charges for which you were arrested; 3) no reasonable cause exists to believe that you committed the offense for which you were arrested; and 4) if more than 2 years has passed since your arrest, you have a valid reason for not requesting to seal the arrest record earlier and the prosecutor is not prejudiced by the delay in time. If all four of the above conditions are true, we may be able to seal and destroy the record of your arrest.

EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION
If you are still on probation and would like to terminate your probation early, we can help. In seeking this relief, you must have a good reason to make this request. For example, you have an offer for a job or are seeking a job that requires that you are not currently on probation or that as part of your plea agreement you were promised an early termination of probation upon the successful completion of certain terms and conditions of probation.

FELONY REDUCTION
You may be eligible to have your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor pursuant to 17b of the California Penal Code. If you are still on probation and as part of your disposition (plea) in your case, you were advised that after the fulfillment of certain terms and conditions you would receive a misdemeanor, we can help. Not all felonies are eligible for reduction to misdemeanors. Only felonies that are deemed to be “wobblers” may be reduced.

EXPUNGEMENTS/PETITION FOR DISMISSAL
A conviction may be set aside and dismissed on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. In order to qualify you must not be on probation or parole, you were not sentenced to state prison on this case, you are not currently charged with a crime and your conviction is from a county in California

REHAB AND PARDON
Charges and convictions that resulted in a state prison sentence cannot be expunged (dismissed). You may however qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. You are eligible to apply for this relief if you currently reside in a county in California, it has been seven (7) years since your release from State Prison on Parole and you have NOT suffered any NEW convictions/violations since your release on Parole and you have resided in one California county for the past five years. Once a Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted by an Superior Court judge, it is forwarded to the Governor’s Office as an application for a pardon.
Landlord and Tenant
The Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman practices substantially in landlord-tenant law and has handled a variety of landlord-tenant matters for clients throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, and Orange County.
Landlord-tenant law is one of our areas of passion; we have assisted landlords, tenants, and lawyers, with their landlord-tenant questions. The Law Offices of Veronica R. Guzman does not shy away from difficult cases including matters involving post foreclosure evictions, and/or habitability concerns.

To save clients time and money, we offer candid advice. When we feel that our services are not necessary or legal action is not prudent, we are open with clients about our concerns. Our philosophy of putting client’s interests first has enabled us to thrive and prosper. It is not always necessary to litigate your disputes, especially when there are other less expensive means of finding a satisfactory solution to your disputes.

Our success in landlord-tenant cases is a result of hard work, understanding of the law, persuasive advocacy and experience.

Unlawful Detainer
An Unlawful Detainer is a civil action in which a landlord/owner brings suit against a tenant to obtain a court order giving the holder of property the right to regain possession of the property from the tenant. Simply put, it is the procedure an owner uses to evict a tenant.

While the steps are simple, the process can be confusing and, in some cases, result in the tenant taking advantage and living virtually rent free for some time. A skilled Landlord/Tenant Attorney can be invaluable in reducing the stress and improving the likelihood of success for property owners forced to traverse the difficult system.

Bankruptcy delays the process. Federal Bankruptcy law automatically “stays” (stops) an eviction action requiring the landlord to go into bankruptcy court to lift the stay – essentially asking for permission to continue the eviction process.

Credit Reporting Agencies: these companies inspect the court records and write down the names of all defendants for their records, unless the court record has been sealed.

Security Deposits
Under Civil Code Section 1950.5, the landlord can charge no more than 2 months’ rent for an unfurnished apartment as a security deposit, and 3 months’ rent for a fully furnished unit.

Within 21 days after the tenant leaves the unit, the landlord must give the tenant an accounting of the security deposit and refund the balance, if any. The landlord may deduct from the tenant’s security deposit damages that the tenant caused beyond normal wear and tear.

The Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman can help you either prosecute or defend an unlawful detainer. We are available for security deposit disputes as well.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

The Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman devotes our time, energy and resources to fighting for your rights in California. We are committed to providing our clients with individual attention and obtaining outstanding results. Whether as a criminal defendant, or a landlord or tenant seeking justice, we are here to answer your questions and start the process to resolve your situation. Hablamos Espanol! Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation
With offices located in the South Bay, we handle matters in all the cities surrounding the courts, from West L.A. to Pomona and throughout Orange County California. We make it a personal goal to maintain excellent communication with our clients to explain the often confusing legal process.

The Law Office of Veronica Guzman provides personalized attention for each client, as each situation is unique. Our experience allows us to handle cases in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible.

Veronica R. Guzman Willis

Mrs. Guzman Willis has been involved in landlord-tenant work for several years. Her experience stems from assisting in the management of her father

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