Criminal defense

If you or a family member has been charged with a crime it is imperative you seek legal representation to protect your rights and defend your future.

Conviction of a crime comes with real, long-term consequences. Just one criminal charge or conviction can turn your and your family’s life upside down. How much is one year, five years, or ten years worth to you and your loved ones? And the consequences do not end after you have paid your fines and/or served jail time. Your future may also suffer as a result. A conviction for a crime may limit your future choices such as attending school, obtaining a loan, and your future career choices. A criminal conviction is also hard to shake and comes with a lifetime of social judgment.

McDowell & Associates will properly investigate the facts surrounding your case, research potential legal defenses and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. Once all the facts are gathered, the attorneys at McDowell & Associates will aggressively represent you in negotiations with prosecutors – many times resulting in charges being dismissed or dramatically reduced. Should trial be necessary, McDowell & Associates will devise a strategy that preserves your rights while forcing the prosecutor to prove each and every element of the charges filed against you.

Don’t wait! The Prosecutors are building their case. You need to start taking proactive steps to develop a strong defense.

If you have been arrested call McDowell & Associates 213-401-2322 or 702-900-2798.

We represent clients in all types of criminal matters including:

Theft Offenses

Burglary – armed or unarmed
Larceny – the taking of another’s property i.e. shoplifting
Robbery – taking of another’s property by force.
Identity Theft.
Drug Offenses

Drug laws in California are increasingly prosecuted aggressively, with harsher consequences.

Sex Crimes

  • California sex offenses carry harsh penalties including fines, jail time and the requirement that you register as a sex offender for life.
  • Lewd Acts
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public solicitation
  • Domestic Violence

If you or a family member has been involved and arrested for misdemeanor or felony Domestic Violence it is imperative that you retain aggressive legal counsel who will fight for your rights. Domestic violence isn’t just physical; the charge also includes threats, emotional abuse, harassment, the stalking of a spouse of loved one. Domestic violence doesn’t just include spouses; it covers children, former partners, roommates, and parents.

Disorderly Conduct

  • Loitering
  • Begging
  • Peeping or using optical instruments (can also be charged as a sex crime)
  • Squatting
  • Public Drunkenness
  • Prostitution

It may be considered “the world’s oldest profession” but it is still a crime that is prosecuted heavily throughout California. And even though it is “only a misdemeanor offense” the consequences of a conviction are far reaching.


It might sound like a silly offense, but prosecutions of sexting as a sex offense are on the rise in California. Unfortunately, sexting is popular amongst teenagers and middle school children who do not realize the serious consequences that can result. Like any sex crime, the penalties for sexting are harsh, and can affect you or your child’s future for years.

DUI Defense Services

A conviction for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense can have a devastating impact on you and your family. Often referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), a DUI conviction can hurt your employment prospects and may leave you with a criminal record that could haunt you for years.

California and Nevada laws are very strict with drunk drivers, and the penalties can be quite severe. If you are facing charges for a DUI offense, don’t think that you have no choice but to accept the conviction and live with the consequences. You have the right to fight, and the assistance of the experienced Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorneys at McDowell & Associates can give you a chance to win.

Providing Comprehensive DUI Defense Services

The Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers at McDowell & Associates represent people charged with a drunk driving offenses in not only the Los Angeles area but all of Southern California and Las Vegas areas. We have helped countless clients to completely avoid or minimize the impact of DUI charges either through dismissal, litigation or negotiation. We have been successful in previous cases challenging the validity of the stop, the accuracy of field sobriety or blood alcohol concentration tests and many others.

We provide comprehensive DUI defense services, including:

  • First-offense DUI
  • Felony DUI/repeat offense
  • DUI hit-and-run accidents
  • DUI driver’s license suspension
  • DUI plea negotiations
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Blood test evidence
  • Roadside DUI checkpoints
  • Defense for those accused of a DUI in Las Vegas

Family Law Attorney

We pride ourselves in providing the client with personalized representation. Your case is important to us, and we understand that it is also an intense emotional situation for you. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the process as we strategize the best method to proceed with your case.

Family law is a wide variety of issues from Divorce, Child Custody & Support, to domestic partnerships, property division, and restraining orders. We are dedicated in providing an affordable and personalized service regardless of the issues that you are facing.

We limit ourselves to the following areas of family law:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Paternity
  • Divorce, nullity and legal separation
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Spousal support
  • Modification of child custody/visitation
  • Modification of support
  • Mediation
  • Adoption
  • Premarital, marital, and marriage settlement agreements
  • Property division
  • Restraining orders