Criminal Defense Lawyer | Restraining Order Attorney
Personal Injury and Civil Litigator

Now In Our 28th Year Serving Californians - Since 1994

Attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian built his law practice on a foundation of commitment to the strongest client advocacy.

Sarkis works closely and personally with each client to resolve cases creatively and efficiently, and without sacrificing quality. He is committed to honest, accessible, conscientious service, always with the goals and needs of clients in mind.

Count on Sarkis to serve you with skill, integrity and compassion, and to always talk straight with you about your case.

Attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian
Sarkis Jacob Babachanian

What Clients Say

I don't know if you're paying it forward or you're just that kind of guy, but you're a Godsend.

- Steven

Heart of gold! Mr. Babachanian is one of the nicest and caring people I have ever met. Although I was unable to afford him he answered all of my questions (whenever I called) and even did research for me to help me out with my case. He took time out of his busy day to help someone that wasn't even able to pay him...not many people would have done what he did and for that I am truly's not only a paycheck that drives him...he actually wants to help people out. Sarkis is very smart and he knows the legal system like the back of his hand.

- Natalie

Sarkis Babachanian is my hero!!! On our first meeting, he spent time getting to know me and explaining the process to me, making sure that I understood everything. He was kind, funny, and compassionate. I was highly impressed. Upon hire, he worked very hard to get the charges against me dropped. He remained positive, but realistic, throughout the weeks before my court date. However, said court date never came, because he got everything dismissed. I feel very, very fortunate to have met him and had him as my lawyer. He believed in me and he fought for me. I will always be grateful for what he did for me and I will recommend him highly to anyone who needs good counsel!

- Sunny

I’m so lucky and I’m SUPER blessed.

- Anna

Thanks a lot sir! Can’t begin to say how appreciative I am! 

- H.A.

Mr BIG man with a BIG heart..! I would definitely recommend this lawyer because he doesn't only work for you as a lawyer-client relationship, but he takes it seriously on what is best for his client. He's been our lawyer for how many years and we really appreciate his BIG help to our family.

- Sheryl

Outstanding counsel -- one of the best A+++. Very helpful and specific; he's one of the best lawyers I've talked with, of many. Intelligent, knowledgeable and provided lots of practical insights on how he might be able to help. A++++ Thank you, Sark! He's top-notch.

- Anonymous

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THE BEST. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW SUPPORTIVE & CARING HE IS!!! The best, trustworthy, supportive, caring, big heart, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional attorney I have ever seen. Whatever I say is not enough to describe him. Always available to help and dedicate himself to his job no matter what day or time is. He is handling a misdemeanor case for us professionally. He could have earned more money by charging us for another civil case and representing us at that case too, but he preferred to not represent us and referred us to another attorney. He still showed up on that civil case, supported us and the other attorney at no charge for 5 hours till late night 11:00 PM. This is really not something any other attorney would do and I dare to say that no one would do that without getting paid for. God bless you and your family big heart.

- A. B.

Sarkis helped me through a very difficult situation. He was very kind and did all he could for me. Made me feel comfortable and hopeful for the outcome of the case. Highly recommendable.

- Aric

I am really happy and blessed to have you as my counsel.

- E.R.

You sir r a godsend. I cannot thank u enough. Let me know what I owe u and once again thank u.

- CM

OUTSTANDING LAWYER!!! Atty. Babachanian has been very nice and reliable from the very first day I got him hired. He's very passionate for what he's doing and shows sincere concern to his clients. It was 11pm when my family had to call him...and he ardently got up from his bed to give immediate assistance. As much as I would want to re-hire him...I would hate to do that would mean I'm in trouble again. Anyhow, I've been very satisfied with the legal services he has provided so far. 2 THUMBS UP for this lawyer!!!

- Jane

You are a hero. I had my full confidence in you and your practice. I also trust my brother's judgement in hiring you. I will leave you a review and I will strongly recommend you. You are the best in every way. I really mean that.

- E.R.

I am so happy about your service!

- Hector

Highly recomended, Great Attorney...Sarkis Babachanian helped me with a criminal case. He is the best attorney I've ever met. He quickly gathered all the information needed, presented with the options how to handle the case and all possible outcomes and resolutions. He knows his job and all the laws to protect his clients in the best of their interest. He is always reachable, will resolve the issue in the timely manner and available any time you need help. Promptly returns calls and responds to emails. A+++ all he does. Professional, trustworthy, powerful, self confident. The best attorney and highly recomended. Thank you very much Sarkis for all hard work.

- Lilit

Thank you very much for your work on my case, I was very happy with the outcome.

- ET

Sarkis is a skillful, intelligent, and ethical attorney. He speaks clearly and authoritatively. He offers sage counsel and great insight into business, the legal process and the law. Sarkis fights fiercely and fairly for the rights of his clients. Sarkis is a great attorney whom I’d recommend without hesitation to anyone.

- Stewart

The experience that we had with Sarkis was outstanding…he kept us informed at every stage of our bankruptcy….we don’t know what we would have done without him representing us…I would let everyone know he’s the go to guy when it comes to professionalism and knowledge in all aspects of his profession…..keep up the good work Sarkis!

- Julie

Most trustworthy guy I've ever met! I was being charged with a hit and run, and a friend of mine recommended Sarkis, so I took his advice and made an appointment. The minute I walked into Sarkis's office I was told to calm down and take a seat, and that everything will be alright. He gave me a quick rundown of the law, what might happen, and the steps we needed to take in order to prevent escalating the situation. To be honest I've dealt with many lawyers in the past, but none were as experienced and trustworthy as Sarkis. I was a little worried that I might not be able to afford his services, but the guy really knows his business and is really willing to work with clients. In the end Sarkis got me out of trouble with the law, and cleared all the charges on me. I'm very grateful to have met him, and will recommend Sarkis to anyone.

- AB

Mr. Babachanian is an excellent attorney. He takes a very caring approach to his client’s legal needs. He helped me resolve my business matter very efficiently. He was able to resolve my issue quickly and saved me alot of money from avoiding a long drawn out court case. I would definitely recommend Sark as my attorney of choice. 

- Sebu

Sark is an exceptional lawyer. He’s advised me on business matters for many years. He cares, he listens, and he gets things done. His advice is always sage and well thought out. His fees are very reasonable and he’s worth every penny and more. If you need a lawyer who is both wise and does exactly what he says he’ll do, he’s your man.

- Stew

I am very fortunate, and honored by being represented by Mr. Sarkis Babachanian in my case. After spending time and money with other lawyers, I couldn’t be happier by switching it to him. He is an expert in law, and a great humanitarian. He will work hard for you, and always keep you posted of every little detail of each step of the process. Looking for the client’s needs. And his fees are very decent for the amount of effort he will put in your case.

- Luigi

Mr. Sarkis Jacob Babachanian helped me with my case and I am very grateful to have met him. He is a devoted and caring lawyer – the way all lawyers should be. He knows what he is doing and truly cares.

- Assia

If you are looking for a kind, ethical and professional lawyer, then look no further. I hired Sarkis to take care of a problem. I was pleasantly surprised at how he took care of it. He treated me just like family. He is the kindest and nicest lawyer I have ever met. I highly recommend Sarkis Babachanian.

- Guy

Excellent Lawyer...Sarkis Babachanian is a great lawyer. I had a consultation and he was so thorough in his research. He gave me the background knowledge and confidence I needed to follow through with my particular situation. I would highly recommend his services.

- Edmond

After interviewing with several attorneys I finally met with Sarkis and instantly knew he was the one for our case. He shines with so much information, knowledge and confidence; Sark has always kept me informed and up to date. He really went above and beyond for us. Overall I was pleased with the outcome of the case. I would never recommend someone who I did not believe in myself and I am now working with Sarkis a second time.

- Anna

There are times when customer service is so exceptional, it warrants special recognition. On a contractual insurance matter, I consulted with Sarkis J. Babachanian. After thoroughly reviewing my documents, Sarkis objectively presented the pros and cons allowing me to make an informed decision whether or not to pursue the case. I was impressed with his assessment and chose to forge ahead. Sarkis filed the motion in superior court, and soon thereafter was successful in obtaining a favorable outcome for me. I am convinced that had it not been for the pragmatic approach and expertise of Sarkis, I would not have prevailed. Thank you once again for a job well done.

- Ed

As a film and video producer, before every new project we have to set the rules for the deliverables and responsibilities of both the Producer and our Client. Telling our client’s stories cinematically is both an Art and Science, and because of that there are thousands of variables to the process of making a film. Babachanian has always been there for us to ensure that both parties completely understand the responsibilities and deliverables, and most importantly Babachanian has always looked in our best interest to make sure that we are well protected in the eyes of law. Starting a project with a solid legal contract completely changes the way we approach the film production process, and as a producer the peace of mind is crucial to our creativity and business survival. Art Simon Productions highly recommends Babachanian’s legal expertise to anyone dealing in the service sector.

- Art Simon, Producer and Director

Sark helped my case last year. He is patient, professional and compassionate. He always answer my questions in prompt manner and provide detailed advice in written format. He went extra miles to further communicate with DAs and reached out to the local police department. After 6 months hard work, my case was dismissed.

If you look for a lawyer who uses law to protect you instead of a sword to hurt people and families, he is the professional I would recommend to reach out to.

- Jie C.

Great attorney! Thank u Sarkis!

- Tamar

Sarkis is one of the best! He combines clear communications, a thoughtful and empathetic approach with incredible knowledge of the law to get the best results possible. He's easy to talk to, strightforward, trustworthy, and won't mince words, or waste your time. I highly recommend him!

- Stewart A.

Mr.Babachanian is a great attorney willing to help in any way. He responded to my call very quickly did not leave me hanging when I needed help with a legal matter. Mr. Babachanian is very professional I would recommend him in a heart beat to anyone who needs legal help.

Thank you again for all your help Mr. Babachanian!

- Susan K.

We consulted Mr. Babachanian for counsel on a complicated matter and he really took his time explaining the strategies and the "bottom line". He was honest and straightforward and did not "promise more than he could deliver" (this motto was displayed on his desk). We are very grateful for his honesty and professional ethics.

- Anna D.

Thank you to Sarkis for representing me in my legal case. Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer.

- Aram O.

I have worked in the court reporting and litigation industry for 10 years now and have had the opportunity to work with many law firms and attorneys. I began working closely with Mr. Babachanian going on 2 years now and I have to say he is professional, ethical, caring and an excellent communicator. You will not be let down by this attorney as he goes above and beyond to meet your needs. Truly an impressive law firm.

- Yvette M.

Sark is a rock solid lawyer, I actually found him on yelp. He helped me with some legal issues I was having as you know the legal system can be quite daunting he helped me step-by-step explained the process and made it very easy and definitely a lot less stressful. He is very personal, caring and I must add humble. Most lawyers have an ego the size of a train. He is truly a genuine person and those in the lawyer field are very hard to find if I ever need legal assistance again I definitely will be going to Sark.
I highly recommend him.

- Jon C.

I met with Sarkis Babachanian for a consultation and was blown away by his knowledge and kindness. I've had so much anxiety about my case, but after talking with Sarkis I've had a sense of calmness. He took some of his valuable time in explaining to me about my case and educating me more about my rights. I highly recommend him to anyone who feels lost or confused. I may or may not need him for an upcoming case, but I'm so happy to know that I have someone like Sarkis that I can trust and feel 100% comfortable with. (if needed)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

- Tracey K.

Sarkis is someone who will take the time to obtain as many details from you to determine what the appropriate next steps would be. I called with a question and he picked up the phone call, giving me the personal touch impression. He's professional and provides options clearly. I highly recommend Sarkis, thank you!

- R.B.H.

Excellent lawyer! Will spend the time with you to make sure that you feel comfortable moving forward. He has a ton of experience and he has the necessary legal mind to go over the strategy of the case and provide a strategy that few lawyers would give you. I know this because I'm a lawyer myself! Thank you again, you're amazing!

- Mark C.

I called Mr. Babachanian on the same day of my court appearance to appear on my behalf for a traffic violation. He could have taken advantage of me, but instead gave quick useful advice about how I would be better off appearing myself instead of paying him and the traffic fine. Thank you.

- Roni A.

Very professional, patient and honest man. Took his time with me and listened to every detail. Very knowledgeable criminal defense attorney and I highly recommend him.

- Samira S.

We recently used Sarkis Babachanian when a family member of mine was being accused for a "hit and run" and charges were about to be filed when in fact my family member was the victim of the "hit and run" as it was the other party that hit our car and did not stay at the accident scene. Sarkis gathered the necessary evidence, started working very diligently with the detective who was investigating the case, had numerous telephone conversations with him, also had a face to face meeting and was able to get the file closed without any charges being filed. He was always accessible either via phone, text or an email. We were happy to hire Sarkis and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Sark!

- Levon Y.

I was recently accused of a crime which I did not commit and turned to Sarkis for counsel. Sarkis responded immediately by issuing a letter to the DA's office and was able to have the case rejected before it was even filed. Sarkis was responsive and knowledgeable, addressed my concerns and represented me with professionalism. I'd recommend anyone who is considering hiring him to do so.

- Adam T.

Thank you so much for your help in its entirety. Thanks for understanding my situation and generously pricing your time. You are very articulate, meticulous, experienced, honest, and nice. I will be sure to mention that in my reviews (probably not on facebook, can't trust them). I am very satisfied with the results and greatly appreciate the peace of mind you provided since this all started. I must admit that you were right, this was the best [$X] grand I have ever spent. I am very grateful for your time, consideration, and help. Wishing you the best of luck in health and your endeavors.

- AA

What Lawyers Say

I’ve read your motion and surrender.

- Alicia C., Esq., Deputy City Attorney

I am impressed. I am speechless.

- Thomas J. Mullen, Esq.

An excellent lawyer. I knew Sarkis when he was just starting out and I could tell then he was going to be a great attorney. I was right. If I ever need a lawyer I’d call Sarkis first…. 

- James Charles Daloisio, Esq.
(Former L.A. County Deputy District Attorney)

I would not hesitate to send one of my own clients to Mr. Babachanian for a matter outside my own practice area. I know him to be one of the truly dedicated servants to the people. He will not let you down. 

- Frances Miller Campbell, Esq.

Sarkis is an excellent and caring attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive in defending the right of his clients. He is a top-notch criminal defense attorney, and I am proud to endorse him.

- John Ksajikian, Esq.

Experienced and knowledgeable to his clients, Sarkis is also courteous and professional to his colleagues, and does not hesitate to extend a kindness without calculation.

- Gina Hogtanian, Esq.

Mr. Babachanian is an attorney who has always placed the needs and interest of his clients above all else. He is diligent, conscientious and extremely professional.

- Roland H. Kedikian, Esq.

Sarkis has tremendous knowledge and a caring attitude when dealing with clients. You can trust Sarkis during your time of need.

- Raymond Hovsepian, Esq.

Huge thanks to Sarkis Jacob Babachanian for an amazing mentorship experience!!! Proud to announce the very FIRST jury trial I second-chaired from start to finish got a 1385 dismissal! The experience was ecstatic: the spectrum of feelings ranged from anxiety to euphoria. Concluding thoughts: ‘We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.’ – Randy Pausch

- Lily Tovmasyan, Esq.

Mr. Babachanian is extremely knowledgeable in many areas of the law. I encourage anyone to seek out his advice and representation when they need legal assistance. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services.

- David Alexander Russomanno, Esq.

Sarkis has tremendous knowledge and a caring attitude when dealing with clients. You can trust Sarkis during your time of need.

- Raymond Hovsepian, Esq.

I have known Sarkis for many years and know he is a highly skilled and detail oriented attorney who will handle your case with diligence and care.

- Hovanes Margarian, Esq.

Excellent attorney, very knowledgeable, efficient, and creative in his defense methods.

- Lily Tovmasyan, Esq.

Core Practice Areas

Injury Law

We go to battle against the government, insurance companies, corporations and others who injure our clients.

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Restraining Orders

We help people needing to file or defend against restraining orders of all kinds in situations involving violence and harassment.

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Criminal Defense

We carefully guide clients accused of crimes through the court process, always keeping their best interests in mind.

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Civil Litigation

We fight your adversaries in court, litigating business and civil claims including breach of contract, fraud, commercial unlawful detainer, police misconduct and other civil rights violations, sexual and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and other matters.   

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Additional Practice Areas

Business Law

We help businesses large and small review and prepare documents, assess risks and efficiently resolve disputes in and out of court. 

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Dispute Resolution

Mr. Babachanian uses advanced mediation and dispute resolution training and cross-cultural abilities to help clients minimize risk.

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Offsite General Counsel Services for Businesses

Stay ahead of potential problems by retaining Mr. Babachanian early as offsite general counsel familiar with how your business operates. We can assess your business and its practices to provide guidance on avoiding problems before they start. If a problem does arise, Mr. Babachanian can orchestrate the use of specialists in law, accounting and public relations to minimize negative impact to your business and your bottom line.

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It's About the Client


We offer flexible client accessibility options including short-notice consultations and convenient telephone, remote video, email, and text communications.


We deploy sophisticated practice management, client communication, mind-mapping, security and trial presentation technology to offer clients outstanding service.

Fee Options

We offer a variety of fee and payment options including charge cards and other forms of electronic payment. We will consider barter and bitcoin in unusual cases.


Mr. Babachanian is a native English speaker, speaks, reads and writes Armenian and can communicate in elementary Spanish (“Spanglish”) and Russian. If necessary, our office can arrange to communicate in virtually any language including Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagolog, Vietnamese, Yiddish and other languages.

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Courts and Geographic Areas Served

Mr. Babachanian is licensed to represent clients in the California Supreme Court, all lower California courts, the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Babachanian practices primarily in Los Angeles County, but also in Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and San Diego County. His "home courts" are Glendale Superior Court, Burbank Superior Court and Pasadena Superior Court, and he frequently appears at Van Nuys Superior Court, San Fernando Superior Court, Alhambra Superior Court, the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (also called the Criminal Court Building or "CCB"), and the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

Mr. Babachanian has appeared in court thousands of times and in virtually every courthouse in Los Angeles County except for the Avalon courthouse on Catalina Island (where he looks forward to appearing some day).