Over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience in the Van Nuys and San Fernando courts

Bob Schwartz

Of Counsel

Bob Schwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for 43 years. In 2012, Mr. Schwartz was honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Garret Weinrieb

Managing Partner

Garret Weinrieb, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), draws on over 20 years of experience as a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney and litigator to aggressively represent and protect his clients’ rights and interests against all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

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Charged with the crime of Rape in the San Fernando Valley?

Rape is an extremely serious crime, punishable by up to 13 years in prison under certain circumstances.  Rape is a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Rape is sexual intercourse without the victim’s consent by force, fear violence, threats or other conduct against the victim’s will.  The most common rape charge occurs when a man uses physical force to accomplish an act of sexual penetration against a woman.  Separate “sexual assault” charges could be filed if the penetration occurs with a foreign object or other body parts.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for rape, it is critical to immediately hire a criminal defense attorney specializing in rape and sexual assault defense.  Rape cases are highly complex and intense prosecutions, and you must have a defense lawyer by your side that knows exactly how to defend these charges. You need a rape defense lawyer that knows how to properly cross-examine and challenge alleged rape victims, work with sex crimes prosecutors and detectives and that understands the science behind rape cases.  A criminal lawyer that does not regularly defend people charged with rape in not qualified to assist you.

Rape Criminal Defense Lawyer in Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley

At the Law Offices of Schwartz & Weinrieb, we regularly defend individuals charged with rape and all other sex offenses. Our track record is unmatched in terms of getting rape charges dismissed or obtaining the best possible resolution for a client given the facts of a particular rape case.  We have walked clients out of court facing serious rape allegations and have reduced prison sentences by substantial years based on our vigorous defenses.

Attorney Robert Schwartz regularly lectures on sex crimes defense and teaches other defense attorneys how to defend their clients against charges of rape and other sex crimes.  We are the lawyers that other lawyers call when their clients are facing rape charges.

Whether you are looking for a Burbank Criminal Lawyer, Glendale Criminal Attorney, San Fernando Criminal Lawyer, Van Nuys Criminal Attorney or an attorney in other parts of Los Angeles, Schwartz & Weinrieb is ready to aggressively defend against your criminal charges.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, contact a criminal defense attorney from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.

Experienced Defense Lawyers

With over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience, the murder defense legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb will immediately review all evidence against you. Your case will be an immediate priority and a defense strategy will be determined and immediately employed.


When you have been arrested and charged with a crime in the Van Nuys or San Fernando courthouses, whether a first DUI offense or a serious felony charge, one rule holds true: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs Sexual Assault and Harassment Allegations, Trial: Our Feedback

Sean “Diddy” Combs Sexual Assault and Harassment Allegations, Trial: Our Feedback

After defending hundreds of sex crime cases/trials over the past 30+ years it’s always interesting when celebrities run into issues then watching how everything plays out and In this particular situation, though we didn’t represent Diddy, it’s still educational to reflect on the situation along with what we would have done differently.