I imagine you are faced with the same attitude we encounter when a friend or acquaintance suddenly finds out what we do for a living. They raise their eyebrows in disbelief or openly express their uneducated opinion “why would you want to get involved with “those people”?”
For every one of “those people”, predators on society, that we encounter, there are dozens of others – lost souls, contrite individuals who acted in a moment of weakness or stupidity who need our help, yours and ours, and where we are most grateful to have the opportunity to perhaps make a difference and perhaps save a life.
CLICK HERE to see a letter from an inmate who was charged with a terrible crime as a result of a horrific traffic accident – emphasis on accident – and is currently serving a 7 year sentence at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi.
The next time I am confronted with “an attitude”, I would like to waive this letter before my accuser and see how quickly their attitude reverses.
Those of us in this field of helping those unfortunate individuals who require our services, in the case of Chickie’s Bail Bonds, our 29th year, do not really need a reminder that what we do is perform a necessary service and, who knows, may save a life or two in the process, possibly even someone close to that critical person “with an attitude”.
I salute you and all of us, each in our own way, trying to make a difference.
PAUL TAKAKJIAN and
The Making of Beloved Legal Icons
The following is not intended by Chickie’s Bail Bonds to suggest in any manner the name of or recommend any attorney to any arrestee or person acting for an arrestee. The arrestee or person acting for an arrestee should and is encouraged to seek the services of a qualified attorney, as deemed necessary, and access the California State Bar website for a referral at www.calbar.ca.gov.
Your roving reporter, Chickie Leventhal, had the recent pleasure of interviewing not just one, but two of Chickie’s Bail Bonds most beloved criminal defense attorneys for this month’s edition of “Scoop From The Coop”.
Paul Takakjian has been an active member of our bail bond family for over two decades. Paul created his law office in 1987 in West Los Angeles where he continues to practice today, the name Takakjian and Sitkoff commands respect from the entire legal community. Chickie could not have been more pleased when Steve Sitkoff entered private practice and became a member of this most prestigious firm.
Paul was born and raised in Los Angeles, attending UCLA and Loyola University. His first law position was in the civil arena, followed by working in the District Attorney’s office where he served as ADA from 1981 through 1987. He met Steve Sitkoff in 1983 when they were both with the Compton District Attorney’s office and today they work closely together as business partners and close friends.
Steve was also born and raised in Los Angeles, also attended UCLA and Loyola University, although several years after Paul. Steve fondly recalls the many friendships formed when he was in the Compton office, friendships he holds dear today, two decades later. It was in that office that Steve’s strong friendship with Paul began. Steve also became friends with several other defense attorneys, friendships he strongly values today. He speaks fondly of Steve Cron, John Yzurdiaga, Alvin Michaelson and Michael Nasatir, all of whom “took Steve under their wing” and became his mentors. As an ADA in the South Bay Court in Torrance, Steve prosecuted sex crimes, followed by his appointment to Commissioner, sitting in Children’s Court in Monterey Park.
The sluggish economy has left many of us shaking our heads and wondering where have all the cases gone? After all, when asked “How is business?”, and we reply “Very slow”, people ask incredulously – “How is that possible when there is so much crime being committed?” Logic would tell us that there should be business raining down on top of criminal defense attorneys and bail agents alike and yet, we are hearing from all our attorneys that business has never been worse.
The following article from the July 5th Santa Clarita Valley Signal gives a complete, thorough and unbiased overview of how budget cuts and restructuring have severely impacted the courts and those of us that depend on the system to run smoothly and efficiently.
Budget Threatens Justice for All
By Jim Holt
Signal Senior Staff Writer
July 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Several people accused of major crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley are facing a long summer of delays as recent cutbacks and layoffs in the court system threaten to keep alleged killers, rapists and sex offenders from getting their day in court.
At least a half-dozen cases involving people charged with serious local crimes, such as murder and manslaughter – crimes committed months ago – have yet to be heard in court.
Two weeks ago, the Superior Court system in Los Angeles County saw widespread layoffs and further budget cuts, possibly adding to court delays.
Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon announced June 14, “431 court employees will be adversely affected as reductions in state financial support for the California judicial branch force us to cut our budget by $30 million.”