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David Dastrup

David Dastrup

Criminal Defense: DUI, Vandalism, Theft, Speed Contest, Suspended License, Drugs
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  • California
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Attorney David Dastrup has had extensive success with criminal defense, especially involving DUI, Reckless Driving, Suspended License, Speed Contest, Hit and Run, Warrants, FTA Failure to Appear, Drug Possession, Drug Paraphernalia, Petty Theft, Public Intoxication Drunk in Public, Trespass, Urinating in Public, Disturbing the Peace, Prostitution and Solicitation, Domestic Violence, and many other criminal defense cases in Los Angeles County Courts and Orange County California Superior Courts.

Trusted by courts, relied on by clients, and organized business practices.

We protect our clients’ constitutional rights. We fight for your driver's license. We fight to keep your record clean. We appear in court for our clients and fight, so they do not have to appear or post bail, saving clients time and money immediately.

David Dastrup is an Attorney with a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Dispute Resolution from the #1 ranked U.S. News & World Report Straus Institute, at the prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu California.

Mr. Dastrup enjoys helping people. Extensive experience from appearing in court virtually every day has produced numerous dismissals and reductions for his clients. Mr. Dastrup saves his clients from criminal records and traffic DMV records, and keeps his clients out of jail. Mr. Dastrup believes in the Constitution of our Nation and of California, especially as they apply to zealously defending the rights of his clients.

Pepperdine University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine
MDR, Master of Dispute Resolution | Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Trial Advocacy
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Professional Experience
Law Office of David Dastrup
Personally represent traffic citation, DUI, and criminal clients in Los Angeles Superior Court and Orange County Superior Court of California
Criminal Traffic Defense Law Firm
Defend clients in traffic court and criminal court in Orange and Los Angeles County, Superior Court of California. Cases included DUI, Petty Theft, Drug Possession, Burglary Tools, Public Intoxication, Hit and Run, Speed Contest, Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Disobey Sign or Signal, Warrants, Probation Violations, and other traffic court and criminal court charges.
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America Bar Association
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State Bar of California  # 276068
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Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
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Q. Can I be fined for a petty theft even if cops were not called
A: First, a "fine" in the criminal meaning is money ordered to be paid by the court after someone is convicted of a crime. And, yes, the cops do not need to be involved at the scene or when it happened. But the fine is not imposed until after a conviction. Here is further explanation: If a person reports to the police that there was a theft, and they provide enough evidence (could just be words, does not have to be video, etc.) for the police to believe you probably did the offense, then the police will file a report with the local prosecutor. The prosecutor has up to a year to file a misdemeanor petty theft case against you. If you are convicted, you would have to pay a fine. Note that a first offense of petty theft as a misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of 6 months in jail and a fine with penalty fees of $4,200. Another issue that is not part of criminal defense, is when a civil law firm mails a letter stating that you owe them about $500 because of dealing with the theft event. As a criminal defense attorney, I have never had a client pay this and still had criminal cases dismissed with some type of deal with the prosecutor. The prosecutor has never cared about this civil law firm letter/claim.
Q. Can police see your warrant if they run the license plates of a vehicle that is not registered under your name?
A: You are right in that it does not make sense that they would find a warrant for you based on looking up someone else's license plates. There are a lot of different reasons police pull people over. Here, if the tags were actually expired, that is a legitimate reason. However, sometimes a police officer will recognize the driver as someone they have dealt with before and then try to find a reason, or make one up, for pulling over the vehicle. One would have to look at the police report to find more information.
Q. My son is being charged with burglary and a strike for attempting to break in to a detached garage
A: What is your question? Are you looking for an attorney or for some information?
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Law Office of David Dastrup (Torrance, Main Office)
18411 Crenshaw Blvd.
Suite 400
Torrance, CA 90504
Telephone: (310) 817-5899
Law Office Of David Dastrup (Long Beach)
444 West Ocean
Suite 800
Long Beach, CA 90802
Telephone: (562) 852-0212