Criminal Defense Advice and Representation

With his knowledge, passion and experience, criminal defense attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian carefully guides clients accused of crimes through the criminal court process, always keeping their best possible interest in mind.

Serving clients at courts in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Alhambra, Van Nuys,
Los Angeles, San Fernando and throughout Southern California.

Buses at Los Angeles County Jail

Attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian

exaggerated charges, illegal searches,
lying witnesses and false evidence

dismissal of charges, lower bail and fines,
jail alternatives and less — often no — jail time

you keep your job, calm your family,
get treatment if appropriate and stay out of jail or prison.

Anything you or your loved one say to the police will be used (and sometimes twisted) in court — and the lifelong consequences can be devastating. 

There's no time for delay.

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 was represented by Mr. Babachanian on a misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license. From our initial telephone consultation through our in-person meeting through to his ultimate attainment of a sound plea offer for a minimal fine, Mr. Babachanian conducted himself with the utmost warmth, accessibility, professionalism, and excellence. I was so impressed with his wide-ranging legal knowledge and versatility that I have repeatedly returned to his practice with inquiries on a variety of topics. Invariably, his input and guidance are marked by knowledge, wisdom, high value, and unmistakable good instincts. Any person in need of top legal counsel would benefit from Mr. Babachanian’s service. Not only is he exceptional in and of himself, but he stands out in a field that tends to be characterized by distant and aloof professionals. Sarkis Babachanian is outstanding.

- Eric

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

Mr. Babachanian is an outstanding attorney. My particular situation was a bit complicated, so naturally I was a little nervous on picking the right person for the job. Sarkis impressed me right away with his knowledge and familiarity of the courthouse I had been issued to, which is important for anyone to consider. Not only that, but he was extremely patient and thorough in answering all of the questions one has while going through such a legal ordeal. The legal fees were always fair and he let me know in plenty time what I could be potentially facing financially. When dealing with the prosecution, he always took any extra steps he could take to further defend my case. To put it in terms one can understand, I was facing a 3rd DUI, 6 months in Los Angeles County Jail (and possibly more time for a probation violation). My license would have inevitably been revoked about 3-5 years and I would have had to complete 3 years of alcohol classes. But like I said, Sarkis is an outstanding attorney! Thanks to Sarkis, I walked out of court with what is called a ‘wet reckless’, no jail, a minimal fine, 9 months of alcohol classes, and only a few short months after my disposition, I am able to drive with a restricted license. So in short, Sarkis knows the law, and he has excellent people skills, his confidence in the courtroom is unparalleled and he is a person I would recommend to have in their defense when facing a legal battle.

- Thomas

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

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 hep 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

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

My past experiences with some public defenders weren’t always the greatest, so the next time I got myself into a bind that was a little bit more serious I decided to look into a private attorney. A family member referred me to Mr. Babachanian. It turned out that not only was his style and knowledge very professional, but he had a deep concern and made my future his main concern. He is the kind of attorney anybody would be blessed to have represent them in a case. Thank you very much Mr. Babachanian for all you have done.

- AP

I am so happy about your service!

- Hector

Your Trusted Guide and Protector

Criminal defense lawyer Sarkis Jacob Babachanian — Sark — carefully guides clients accused of crimes through the criminal court process, always keeping their best possible interest in mind. When you retain Sark as your criminal defense attorney, know he’ll work tirelessly to protect your rights to the fullest extent of the law. 

Sark explains the criminal justice process to help you understand what’s going on around you so you can be part of the team — as is your right.

The way Sark sees it, just because you’re accused of a crime doesn’t make it true. Innocent people are caught up in the nets of mistaken or overzealous police officers and prosecutors more often than people think. Even if you have committed a crime, it’s not necessarily the one charged. Law enforcement officers routinely hit criminal defendants with exaggerated charges — usually to get themselves a strategic advantage when it comes to plea bargaining. For example, persons shoplifting items worth less than $50 are often arrested for felony commercial burglary instead of misdemeanor shoplifting.

The government also has plenty of resources – officers, investigators, cutting edge technology and skilled prosecutors. Sark levels the playing field through dedication to client interests, technological expertise, courtroom skill, a tenacious desire to protect clients to the extent of the law and the willingness to make a stand to ensure the government doesn’t run roughshod over clients’ constitutional rights.

Whether the charge is state or federal offense, felony or misdemeanor, and whether the defendant is an adult or juvenile, criminal defense attorney Sarkis Jacob Babachanian can help you deal with that dark cloud over your head. Just call him and see for yourself.

  • Access Device Fraud
  • Annoying or Molesting a Minor
  • Arson of Forestlands
  • Arson of Structures
  • Assault
  • Assault on a Peace Officer
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW)
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Attempt Crimes
  • Auto Theft
  • Bad Casino Marker Fraud
  • Bad Check Fraud
  • Battery
  • Battery on a Minor
  • Battery on a Cohabitant or Spouse
  • Brandishing a Firearm
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Commercial Burglary
  • Commutation of Sentence Applications
  • Computer Crimes
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Threats (formerly known as Terrorist Threats)
  • Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ)
  • Delaying a Peace Officer
  • Dirk or Dagger Possession
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • DMV License Hearings
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Marijuana (DUI/DWI)
  • Driver License Suspension
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Sales
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Transportation
  • Domestic Violence (Spousal/Cohabitant) & DV Restraining Orders
  • DUI Alcohol
  • DUI Drugs
  • DUI Marijuana
  • DUI Under 21 Years Old
  • DUI Refusal
  • Drunk in Public
  • Early Termination of Probation
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungement
  • Extortion
  • Firearm Possession by Convicted Felon
  • Forgery
  • Fraud (including Federal Frauds)
  • Fugitive Counseling
  • Grand Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Grand Theft Firearm
  • Gubernatorial Pardon Applications
  • Homicide (Justifiable, Manslaughter, Murder)
  • Identity Theft
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Interfering with a Firefighter
  • Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Internet Crimes
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Joyriding
  • Kidnapping
  • Loitering
  • Machine Gun Possession
  • Malicious Mischief
  • Marijuana Possession
  • Marijuana Sales
  • Marijuana Trafficking
  • Mayhem
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Legal Counsel
  • Medical Hashish (Hash Possession Cases
  • Medical Marijuana Possession Cases
  • Municipal Code Violations
  • Murder
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Pandering
  • Parole Violations
  • Petition to Seal and Destroy Arrest Records
  • Petty Theft
  • Pimping
  • Probation Termination
  • Probation Violations
  • Prostitution (including Solicitation and Loitering)
  • Proposition 47 Relief
  • Record Sealing
  • Reckless Driving (“Dry” Reckless)
  • Residential Burglary
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Robbery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Suppressor (Silencer) Possession
  • Taxicab Offenses (including LADOT review)
  • Theft (Grand and Petty)
  • Three Strikes Offenses (3-Strikes)
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Warrant Problems
  • Weapon Possession (Assault Weapon, Gun, Knife, Dirk, Dagger, Blowgun, Shuriken, etc.)
  • “Wet” Reckless Driving Involving Alcohol
  • White Collar Crime