Rolling Hills, California

Rolling Hills is a gated community of approximately 1,900 residents on the top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  It is a city marked by horse trails, curvy and narrow roads alongside steep canyons.  From its relatively high elevation, Rolling Hills residents enjoy great views of the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor.  

Real estate prices are steep within Rolling Hills, surpassing its bordering cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates.  According to the 2000 census, it is the fourth richest city in the U.S. based on per capita income for cities over 1,000 or more residents.  Many of the homes are built in the “ranch style” that causes the house to seem quite sprawling.  Very few of the houses have a second story.

Rolling Hills has its own fire station and security guards and there is almost no crime, as there are only three gates (Crest Road, Eastfield Drive and Portuguese Bend Road) from which one may drive into and exit the city.  However, there are occasional white collar crime cases, incidents of domestic violence, alcohol abuse cases and a rare residential burglary.  

The Lomita Sheriff’s station patrols the roads within Rolling Hills.  Their station is nearby off Narbonne Avenue, approximately two miles away from the Portuguese Bend gatehouse that allows motorists to enter and exit the city.  

The population is older and almost entirely Caucasian, although there is a growing number of Asians.  There are virtually no first-generation Hispanic or any African American households.  There are no schools within Rolling Hills.  

Legal disputes arising in Rolling Hills are heard in the Torrance Superior Court.  Such cases, both criminal and civil, draw jurors from Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale, West Carson, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Lomita, parts of Harbor City and of course, Rolling Hills.  

Our office does the majority of its work in the Torrance courthouse.  We are experienced with all of the judges, almost all of the city prosecutors and almost all of the district attorneys.  We like to think of the Torrance courthouse as our “home court.”

Misdemeanor matters arising in Rolling Hills start in Department 3 on the second floor with Judge George F. Bird, himself a former mayor of Palos Verdes Estates, a sister city to Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  If the case is not resolve there, it moves next door to Department 5 with Judge Nicole Bershon. The Torrance District Attorney’s office then handles the prosecution of the case.

Felony matters arising in Rolling Hills begin in Department 4 of the Torrance Courthouse.  Judge Thomas Sokolov presides in Department 4.  His calendar district attorney is Candace Foy Smith.  If the case does not resolve in 4, it proceeds to a Preliminary Hearing in Department 8 with Judge T.K. Herman.  After the Preliminary Hearing, the case is randomly assigned to one of about five judges.

Parking for the Torrance Courthouse is free to the north in a large lot that rarely fills up.  One can also park along Maple Avenue.  

The Torrance Courthouse used to have a cafeteria within the building, but it no longer has any place from which to buy even coffee or a soda.  There are not even any vending machines.

For more information about common cases that one might face if arrested in this city, click on the following articles:
  1. What Punishment Do I Face for a First-Time DUI?
  2. What Punishment Do I Face for Shoplifting?
  3. What Punishment Do I Face for Domestic Violence?
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