Palos Verdes Estates, California
“PVE” is a bedroom community for many who work in the general Los Angeles area. There are really only two commercial outlets – one at Malaga Plaza and one at Lunada Bay. The Malaga Cove plaza has a small general store, a Bank of America branch and many real estate offices, as well as a smattering of other office suites. The Lunada Bay plaza also has a small general store, plus a liquor store, a pizza parlor, a Chase bank, a hardware store, a Japanese restaurant and a Mexican restaurant.
The city is bordered by Rancho Palos Verdes to its south and east and Rolling Hills Estates and Torrance to its north. To the west of the city is the Pacific Ocean.
Criminal matters arising in Palos Verdes Estates are heard in the Torrance Superior Court for state court causes of action and in U.S District Court in downtown Los Angeles for federal criminal matters.
The Torrance Superior Court, handling both criminal and civil cases, draw jurors from Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale, West Carson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Lomita, parts of Harbor City and of course, Palos Verdes Estates. Our office does the majority of its work in the Torrance courthouse. We are experienced with all of the judges, all of the city prosecutors and almost all of the district attorneys. We like to think of the Torrance courthouse as our “home court.”
The second most common type of case out of PVE is domestic violence. These can arise anywhere in Palos Verdes Estates.
Our office has also handled vandalism and marijuana cases involving juveniles arising out of PVE. The city does not have too much of a crime problem. The police keep active, however, in issuing traffic tickets and occasionally, finding a person in possession of a controlled substance or marijuana.
One reason the city has a relatively low crime rate is that it only has a few roads into it and out, making a safe exit from the city, perhaps after a residential burglary, tough. To the north, there is just one route in and out and that is Palos Verdes Drive North, as it connects with Palos Verdes Boulevard. To the south, there is only the connection with Palos Verdes Drive West as it connects with Rancho Palos Verdes.
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