Kraut Law Group

Los Angeles, California Criminal and DUI Defense Law Firm

Kraut Law Group

6255 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 1480

Los Angeles, California 90028

Phone(323) 464-6453 or(888) 334-6344

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Other Offices: Beverly Hills, CA  Burbank, CA  Glendale, CA  Pasadena, CA  

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Kraut Law Group is a Los Angeles, California-based criminal defense firm serving clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area including Long Beach, Glendale, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Pasadena, and the surrounding communities throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. Our practice area includes DUI and driving offenses, white collar crimes and fraud, theft related crimes, drug offenses, lewd conduct, homicide, domestic violence, and other felonies and misdemeanors as well as expungements.

Attorney Michael E. Kraut completed his legal studies at Harvard Law School and worked for more than 14 years as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles. He understands the inner workings of investigations conducted by law enforcement and how prosecutors assemble their cases against a suspect. We will conduct a thorough and independent investigation of the criminal charges against you, separate and apart from law enforcement.

As your zealous legal advocates, we ensure your rights are protected and plan your best strategic defense.

Languages: Spanish, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Worker's Compensation Criminal Fraud; Health Care Fraud; Lewd Conduct; Elder Abuse Defense; Violent Crimes; Criminal Threats; Kidnapping; Medical Marijuana; Welfare Fraud; Extortion; Grand Theft; Auto Insurance Fraud; Conspiracy; Petty Theft; Misdemeanor/Felony Hit and Run; Check Fraud; Cycling Under the Influence (CUI); Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License; Drunk in Public; Driving Offenses; Insurance Crimes; Violating a Restraining Order; Driver’s License Suspension – Police; DUI of Drugs; DUI with Injury; Vehicular Manslaughter; Felony DUI; Receiving Stolen Property; Forgery; Insider Trading; Mail Fraud; False Financial Statement; Income Tax Fraud; Financial crimes; Mortgage Fraud; Larceny; Tax Evasion/Tax Fraud; Securities Fraud; Child Endangerment; Stalking; Carjacking; False Imprisonment; Child Molestation; Indecent Exposure; Pimping and Pandering; Alcohol Crimes; Negligent Operator Law; Accessory After the Fact; Offenses at the Airport; Fireworks Offenses.


Michael Kraut Mr. Michael E. Kraut
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Drug Crime, DUI, DWI


Mr. Robert A. Hankoff
Criminal Defense, DUI

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 What Police are Looking for in a DUI Driver

Under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, police are not allowed to simply stop any car in order to investigate the driver for a DUI offense. Both the U.S. and California Supreme Courts have held that officers must have reasonable or probable cause that the driver is violating the law before pulling a vehicle over. A traffic stop based on a mere suspicion or idle curiosity is not valid, and an officer needs an objectively reasonable basis for stopping a vehicle.

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 What Constitutes Probable Cause for a DUI Stop?

Many people are surprised to learn that law enforcement officers are not simply allowed to stop any vehicle they see on the road.

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 Pleading No Contest to DUI

When a person is charged criminally with a DUI offense there are several different pleas that he or she can enter in court.

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 What is Retrograde Extrapolation?

Retrograde extrapolation is the scientific and mathematical process used by chemists and toxicologists to estimate what a person’s blood alcohol content was at a specific time based on test results obtained at a later period of time. In the context of DUI cases, it is often used to determine whether or not a driver had a BAC of 0.08 or higher at the actual time of driving based on what the BAC was at the time of testing.

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 Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know

An Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) is a device that connects to a vehicle’s ignition and requires a breath sample from the driver in order to start the vehicle and to keep the car operating.

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 Field Sobriety Tests

Before a driver can be arrested for a DUI offense, the investigating officer must be able to form a reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating substance. This will be based on the officer’s observations of the driver’s appearance and demeanor and information about drinking or drug use the driver voluntarily provides when asked.

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 DUI and the Military

One frequent concern that those arrested for driving under the influence may have is what effect a DUI conviction would have on a potential military career.

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 Missing a DUI Court Date

When someone is arrested and cited for a DUI offense, the driver typically is released from jail the next morning and given a citation with a future court date. Generally, the arrested driver must sign a notice to appear showing that he or she is aware of the future court date and that he or she promises to appear in court on the scheduled arraignment date. Missing this court date can carry serious consequences.

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 Is a DUI Fatality Manslaughter or Murder?

A DUI accident that results in a fatality is a tragedy for all parties involved and their families. However, the particular factual circumstances surrounding the fatality will impact what type of criminal charges are ultimately filed.

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 When Is A DUI Considered a Second DUI in California

How much time must pass between DUI convictions before a new charge is no longer considered a "second DUI"? Many people who have old DUI convictions on their record may not realize that the old conviction can be used to enhance the penalties on any subsequent conviction for driving under the influence. However, there is a limit to how long a prior DUI conviction can affect the mandatory sentencing requirements on a new DUI charge.

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 Do DUI Checkpoints Violate the Fourth Amendment?

For many people who are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence after going through a DUI checkpoint, a very common question is whether or not these checkpoints comply with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The U.S. Supreme Court has previously held that an officer must have probable cause that the driver is engaged in some sort of illegal activity before he or she can legally pull that vehicle over.

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