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KAREN HUNTER BIRD

Karen Bird has over 30 years of experience practicing criminal law in the state of California.
She attended UCLA for her undergraduate work, receiving a cum laude Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1981 and a Secondary Teaching Credential in 1982.
She then attended Loyola Law School where she was a member of the Scott Moot Court
and Traynor Trial Advocacy teams. She competed at the National level in Trial Advocacy.
She worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as a certified law student.

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LEGAL DEFENSE SERVICES



CRIMINAL APPEALS



DRIVING OFFENSES



DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES



MISDEMEANORS



FELONY



WHITE COLLAR CRIMES



CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS



CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY



JUVENILE



OTHER AREAS

WHY DO YOU NEED A CRIMINAL
ATTORNEY NOW?
If you are arrested and released from custody, you have been given a
date to return to court. Even though that court date may be several
months away, you need to contact an attorney immediately. There
may be work that can be done prior to the court date to make sure no
charges are filed against you.

ABOUT OUR FIRM

KAREN HUNTER BIRD
Bird & Bird has been located in the South Bay since 1990. The firm was started by Karen
Hunter Bird in 1990. In 1993, Karen was joined at the firm by partner George Bird. Karen and
George practiced together as a “husband and wife team” until 2015 when George was
appointed as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Karen has over 30 years of experience in handling criminal law cases. She began her
career as a certified law student with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Immediately after passing the bar, she worked at the Los Angeles County Public
Defender’s office. Since 1990, Bird & Bird has represented thousands of clients in the
South Bay area and other parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San
Bernardino Counties.

Not only is Karen experienced in handling criminal cases, she prides her firm in client
communication and client relationships. If you are her client, you will always speak with
her if you have questions and see her in court handling your case. Karen will not ask you
to write reviews and will avoid media attention to your case.

OUR SERVICE
We believe communication with our clients is of paramount importance; that is why we go
above and beyond to be available to answer any and all questions you may have about
your case.
With the combination of our extensive knowledge, years of experience, caring and
understanding, we can proudly say that the service you receive from Bird & Bird is
unparalleled.
Bird & Bird generally handle clients that have been referred to our firm by an attorney,
judge, prosecutor, or former client. We do not send directed advertisement (“jail mail”), or
make outrageous promises just to get business. Nor do we share information about past
clients on our website, as we strive to keep our clients out of the press and handle their
privacy with the utmost respect; which is also why we never ask our clients to give a public
endorsement.
We are available to analyze your specific needs during a one-on-one personal meeting.
Karen Bird personally handles all cases, and our clients are never passed off to an
associate lawyer or paralegal that may have less experience.
Our law firm not only practices in the Torrance area, but serves clients all around the
Southern California region. South Bay cities include: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach,
Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills
Estates, El Segundo, Gardena and many other cities in the Southern California area. We
also service Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside and Ventura Counties.
If you believe we are capable of handling your criminal defense case, and worth further
consideration, please call our office at 310.371.7711 for a free consultation, today.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
We do not dabble in other practice areas such as family law, personal injury, tax or
probate. Our commitment to clients in need of criminal defense is evident in our
experience with virtually all types of adult and juvenile criminal matters, including serious
and violent felonies, misdemeanors, infractions, traffic, and appeals. The practice
encompasses state and federal court matters and related administrative proceedings as
well.
Over the years, Bird & Bird has helped thousands of clients at all stages of the criminal
legal process, including pre-filing / investigation, pre- and post-indictment / preliminary
hearing, pre-trial, trial, sentencing, post-conviction and appeal.
We believe so strongly in our commitment to criminal defense that we dedicate valuable
time and resources each year to the cause of improving the criminal justice system.

Our longstanding memberships and involvement with organizations such as the Los
Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, California Attorneys for
Criminal Justice, and California Public Defenders Association demonstrate our
seriousness and commitment to our field.
At Bird & Bird, we believe a criminal defense firm should focus on just that: Criminal
Defense.
Most importantly, we believe in providing exceptional and unparalleled customer service
to all of our clients, because attention and care are often most-needed and hardest-tofind when you are dealing with a criminal problem.

CRIMINAL APPEALS
After you are convicted of a criminal offense, you may have the right to appeal that
conviction. If you are found guilty after a court or jury trial, you have a short period of time
– 30 days for a misdemeanor and 60 days for a felony – to file a notice of appeal in the
court where you were sentenced.

TYPES OF APPEALS


Misdemeanor



Felony



Writ of Habeas Corpus



Writ of Mandamus

Additionally, in some instances, even if you plead guilty you may be able to appeal certain
issues in your case. If you fail to file a timely notice of appeal, you may lose your fight to
appeal. Your trial attorney should prepare and file the notice of appeal but make sure you
receive a copy which is stamped with a court filing date.
After the notice of appeal is filed, the court will prepare a record on appeal which includes
relevant transcripts of court proceedings and the court file.
The entire appeal process is usually quite lengthy. Between the preparation of the record,
filing of the briefs and presentation of oral argument, it could easily be a year or more
before your appeal is final. If you were sentenced to custody you can request a stay of
that portion of your sentence while the appeal is pending but a stay, especially in serious
cases, is rarely granted.
If you are looking for an appellate attorney for yourself, a family member or a friend, call
Bird & Bird at (310) 371-7711 for a free consultation.

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR
VEHICLES
If you have been charged with a driving offense it can cost you thousands of dollars in
fines and possibly your driving privileges. In the event that you are required to attend a
hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), it is prudent to have an attorney
present to make sure that you are treated fairly.

ADMINISTRATIVE PER SE HEARING
When you are arrested for DUI with an allegation that your blood alcohol content is over
a .08, you will be given a “temporary license.” This form allows you to continue to drive
for 30 days after your arrest and informs you of DMV actions which will result from your

arrest. If you do nothing, your driving privilege will be suspended 30 days after your arrest.
However, if within 10 days of your arrest, you request a hearing, the suspension can be
stayed until the DMV conducts a hearing and makes a finding that there is sufficient
evidence to support a suspension. When you retain Bird & Bird, we will immediately
contact the DMV to make sure you can continue driving for as long as possible. We will
represent you at the DMV hearing and you may not even need to appear. We will review
the DMV documentation with you to discover any available defense to suspension.
Potential suspension times vary depending on your record and the facts of your particular
case.

NEGLIGENT OPERATOR HEARING
Every traffic offense, including DUIs, result in points assessed on your license by the
DMV. Different offenses result in different points. The DMV website lists points assessed
for every possible offense. If you receive too many points in a given period of time, the
DMV will send you a written notice that your driving privilege is subject to suspension.
You are entitled to a hearing during which the DMV can evaluate your need to drive and
the mileage you normally drive. Bird & Bird will help you avoid a costly and inconvenient
suspension of your driving privilege.

SENIORS
The DMV will reevaluate a person’s ability to drive if a request is submitted by law
enforcement, a medical professional or a family member. If a senior citizen is stopped for
a traffic infraction or involved in an accident and appears to be confused or disoriented,
the police officer may submit a form to the DMV requesting that the driver be evaluated
for either medical or physical inability to drive. The officer will give the driver a form which
describes the potential action by the DMV. It is important to not ignore that form.
If you receive, either personally or in writing, notice of an inquiry into your ability to drive
you must call the DMV immediately – in some cases within five days – to request a
hearing. The hearings are complicated because they require completion of a medical form
by your doctor evaluating your ability to drive. Sometimes it is necessary to have several
different doctors complete the form to address all of the potential issues. While the
hearings are informal, the procedure can be very confusing and stressful for anyone,
especially a senior who may be confronting the life-changing possibility of losing his or
her ability to drive. Our attorneys will gently guide you through this confusing and
frustrating process.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITIONS HEARING
The DMV will reevaluate a person’s ability to drive if a request is submitted by law
enforcement, a medical professional or a family member. If you are stopped for a traffic
infraction or involved in an accident and appear to be confused or disoriented, the police
officer may submit a form to the DMV requesting that the driver be evaluated for either
medical or physical inability to drive. The officer will give the driver a form which describes
the potential action by the DMV. It is important to not ignore that form.
If you receive, either personally or in writing, notice of an inquiry into your ability to drive
you must call the DMV immediately – in some cases within five days – to request a
hearing. The hearings are complicated because they require completion of a medical form
by your doctor evaluating your ability to drive. Sometimes it is necessary to have several
different doctors complete the form to address all of the physical or mental issues. While
the hearings are informal, the procedure can be very confusing and stressful for anyone


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