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Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving San Diego for More than 30 Years

Law Offices of Elliott Kanter AVVO BadgeIf you’ve never needed a criminal defense attorney before today, attorney Elliott Kanter can help you. With more than thirty years of experience defending the accused, his philosophy is a simple one. Elliott Kanter takes the time to understand every client’s situation and to represent fully and diligently every client’s best interests. The fact is that most criminal cases are decided – before a trial can even take place – through your defense attorney’s negotiations with the prosecutor. Elliott Kanter is dedicated to working for your best interests when you face criminal charges in the state of California. If that means going to court, he’s ready to do that. With three decades of experience and a focus on San Diego criminal defense, attorney Elliott Kanter has built a reputation for legal excellence and an impressive record of success on behalf of his clients.

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Elliott N. Kanter is also considerably experienced in the field of personal injury law
and he is available to represent you if you have been injured by the negligence of
another person – in an auto accident or any other kind of accident – in the San Diego area. When you need criminal defense representation or an experienced personal injury attorney in or near San Diego, call The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter 619-330-5881 today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.


One of The Most Experienced, Tested and Proven Attorneys in Southern California

Some of Elliott Kanter’s practice areas include DUI, domestic violence, theft, sex crimes, drug crimes, and white collar crimes. If you are facing charges in San Diego County, call the Law Offices of Elliott Kanter. Unlike many criminal justice and personal injury attorneys, Mr. Kanter can give you legal advice and handle every aspect of your case including defending your rights after you have been arrested and negotiating with prosecutors. Contact our law firm as soon as possible after an arrest to begin work on your case.

Our Law Firm Provides a Unique and Aggressive Approach to Criminal Justice

If you have been charged with a crime in California, it is important that you understand California’s criminal court process. There are several stages and different times when you will be required to appear in court, and it is essential you have an experienced criminal justice attorney by your side when you do. Here is what you can expect if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in California:

Arraignment: This is when you will first appear in court. You will be formally notified of the charges and your rights. Your attorney will enter a plea on your behalf of either not guilty, guilty, or no contest. By entering a plea of not guilty, you are telling the court that you deny the allegations and are requiring the prosecution to prove that you committed a crime. A guilty plea means that you admit to committing the crime, and the prosecution does not need to prove in a trial that you broke the law. No contest means that you do not admit that you are guilty, but admit that the facts of the criminal complaint are true. Bail may be set at this time, or there may be a separate bail hearing.

Bail Hearing: Bail is an amount of money that you pay as a security to the court that you will return for future court proceedings. Sometimes the court will accept your promise to return without requiring that you pay money. At the bail hearing, you are asking the court to release you from custody while you await trial.

What happens next depends on whether you are being charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If you are charged with a felony, there will be a preliminary hearing, followed by a felony arraignment, and then the pretrial conference. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, the next step will be the pretrial conference.

Preliminary Hearing: At this court hearing, the prosecution is required to show that there is probable cause to proceed with a trial. Probable cause means there is enough evidence that a jury could find you guilty. The prosecution does not have to present all of the evidence that it has against you. If they cannot show probable cause that you committed the crime, the case may be dismissed.

Felony Arraignment: If the prosecution has shown probable cause to proceed to trial, there will be a second arraignment. You will be notified of the charges against you and of your rights. You will be given the chance to enter a plea.

Pretrial Conference: This is a meeting between your lawyer, the prosecution, and the judge. They will discuss if it is possible to resolve the case without going to trial; for example, making a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an agreement that you will enter a guilty plea, typically in exchange for a lighter sentence or the admission will be for a lesser crime than the one you were charged with committing.

Pretrial Motions Hearings: Motions hearings can occur at any stage of the case. A motion is a request that the court rule on a particular issue before trial. For example, there may be a motion to prevent the prosecution from using evidence against you that may have been illegally obtained.

Trial: If no plea bargain is entered or if the case is not dismissed, you will go to trial. You have the right to a jury, but may choose to have your case heard only by a judge. If there is a jury, the first part of the trial is jury selection. In both jury and judge trials, there will be opening statements, the presentation of evidence, and closing arguments. If there is a jury, then there will be jury deliberations. The trial ends with the verdict. The verdict is the decision about whether you are guilty.

Sentencing Hearing: If you are found guilty, there will be a sentencing hearing. This is when the judge informs you of your penalty. You will have the opportunity to present information to try to convince the judge to set a low penalty.

Appeal: If you have been found guilty, you have a right to appeal the decision. An appeal is a request for a higher court to review your trial for errors. It is not a new trial in which you get to argue that you are not guilty. Instead, you are trying to show that the trial court made a mistake in finding you guilty.

What Our Past Criminal Defense Clients Say About Us

This attorney works very hard for the client. He is always very patient, comforting, and treats you with respect. Throughout the entire process he was available, made things easy and clear, and gave advice on legal matters. Recommended with complete confidence.

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2017 Elliott Kanter Scholarship – $500

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The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter are proud to inspire students to pursue an advanced education and receive a college degree. We believe undergraduate and graduate students should focus on their studies instead of the financial burden of their education. Many college students do not complete their bachelor’s or master’s degrees because of the high cost of tuition and supplies. If a student does not receive financial aid, it is nearly impossible to afford these expenses without the support of scholarships or private loans. With this contribution, we want to stop rising student debt and help you receive the education you deserve.

The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter want to offer you the gift of a $500 scholarship. We have established the 2017 Elliott Kanter Scholarship to help any student with a financial need pay for school. We hope this scholarship gives college students the funds to succeed this year and pursue their future careers. The scholarship does not need to be repaid, and there is no fee to enter. This is our law firm’s small way of giving back to the community while protecting a student’s ability to learn and help others. Use this scholarship to improve your life and change the future of our nation.

Requirements Of Eligibility

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify for the 2017 scholarship award:

  • Applicants are American citizens, OR they maintain a permanent (legal) residence in the U.S.
  • Applicants made less than $35,000 (annual salary) in 2015.
  • Applicants must provide their current Facebook page and email address
  • Applicants are undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a part-time or full-time degree program at a college or university.

Requirements Of Scholarship Application

To apply for the scholarship, applicants will need to submit an essay about one of the topics provided below. Essays must be originally written in their own words and cannot include any plagiarized material. No works cited page is required.

Required Essay Topics

The essay should represent you and demonstrate your ability to write at the college level. Applicants must select an essay prompt from the topics below:

  1. How has college changed your perspective of school?
  2. What benefits have you experienced since pursuing a higher education?
  3. What types of challenges have you overcome and how did it affect you?
  4. What was your greatest accomplishment in high school or college?
  5. Describe your favorite teacher, coach, or mentor? How have they inspired you?
  6. How will a college degree change your life and impact the community?

Video Submission

You also have the option of submitting a video instead of a traditional essay. Follow these criteria if you send a video submission:

  • The video must be about one of the essay topics.
  • Upload the video and include a link or URL to the hosting site in the application.
  • Video submissions must be at least 3 minutes, but not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Visual effects, music, pictures and charts are permitted.

Winner Selection

The winner will receive an email announcing they have won about a week after the scholarship deadline. The winner will be mailed a check once they have confirmed their identity with the proper documentation (ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.).

Application Deadline

Deadline for the scholarship application is: June 1, 2017.

How To Apply

Essays must be in the applicant’s own words and contain original ideas or content. All essays must be formatted as either a PDF or Word Document, and be typed (single-spaced) in a 12-point font of your choice.

Application Submission Guidelines

  • Email your completed video or essay to elliottkanterscholarship@yahoo.com.
  • In the application, include your name, address, age, GPA, and the URL for your Facebook account and the URL for your video.
  • All applications must have the subject line “Scholarship Submission.”
  • The scholarship winner will be sent an email that will include instructions for claiming the $500 award. All correspondence and inquiries must be directed to the above-referenced email address.

FAQ About The Scholarship

  1. How many times can I can submit my application?

Students can only submit their application once every academic year.

  1. Does a student need to meet any GPA requirements to apply?

No. Although we prefer a student with a 3.0 or higher, anyone can apply if they meet the scholarship requirements.

  1. Will you contact me on Facebook if I win the scholarship?

No. The winner will be contacted through the same email address that is used to send the application.

  1. If I already have help paying for college, can I still win this scholarship?

This scholarship is intended to help someone with financial need. However, any student can be selected if they qualify for the award.

  1. I made changes to my essay or video. Am I permitted to submit a revised copy?

Yes. Send all your changes before the deadline using the subject line “Edited” following the same guidelines as the original submission.