Santa Monica, California

The City of Santa Monica is known for its world-famous pier, its broad beaches, its beautiful hotels, the Third Street Promenade shopping mall and its homeless population.  The city was home to the Academy Awards show for decades before yielding to Hollywood. 

The population of Santa Monica itself is just under 100,000.  It is an equal mix of college aged men and women, young professionals and a significant retired population.  It is well-known for having one of the most educated and liberal populations in the Los Angeles area.  With its proximity to Hollywood, dozens of movies, commercials and TV shows are filmed in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica has its own police department.  Crime is relatively low in Santa Monica, although it has its share of white collar crime, as well as alcohol-related crime with its active nightlife that attracts a younger crowd.  Santa Monica is known to have a small amount of gang activity (most notably the Santa Monica 13 gang, Venice Shoreline Crips, Sotel 13 and the Culver City 13 gangs), although in recent years this has decreased substantially.

Legal disputes arising in Santa Monica involving civil issues are heard in the  Airport Courthouse. 

With the closure of the Culver City Courthouse, the Airport Courthouse assumed handling of legal disputes arising in the Culver City area as well.  Our office is well-acquainted with each of the judges in the Airport Courthouse.  We regularly have cases Airport, which draws jurors from Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Culver City, Venice, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey and of course, Santa Monica.

The Airport Courthouse handles criminal cases arising out of Santa Monica, as well as those from the Beverly Hills.

We handle quite a few DUI matters (misdemeanor DUI is Vehicle Code § 23152 and felony DUI is Vehicle Code § 23153) arising out of the Santa Monica area, as well as a fair number of domestic violence matters (Penal Code §§ 243(e)(1) and 273.5) and public urination (Santa Monica Municipal Code § 5.08.110(D)) and public intoxication (Penal Code § 647(f)). 

The judges in the Airport Courthouse are generally very good.  They see a wide variety of cases, so their perspective is broad and they know when a small misdemeanor case does not need to be treated like the second coming of Charles Manson. 

Parking at the Airport Courthouse can be tough.  There are about 75 metered parking spots at the courthouse itself.  These are expensive spots, generally charging $0.25 for each six minutes.  There is also a larger lot to the west of the courthouse, which is somewhat expensive.  One ought to budget for $15 if one parks all day along.

The Airport Courthouse does have a cafeteria on the first floor.  One can order a hamburger from their grill and have lunch there, although it is quite expensive.

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 Domestic Violence?
  2. What Punishment Do I Face for a First-Time DUI?
  3. What Punishment Do I Face for Public Urination?
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