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June 2017 Archives

Orange County man allegedly assaults, kidnaps store associate

A 47-year-old Portola Springs man was taken into custody at his home on Monday, June 19, 2017, at around 4:30 p.m. He is suspected of having assaulted and attempted to kidnap a 20-year-old associate at an Irvine baby boutique over the weekend.

You deserve a strong defense, no matter what

Even in cases where it seems as though the guilt of a suspect is clear cut, it is crucial for any person charged with a crime to obtain the strongest criminal defense that he or she can get. Mounting a strong criminal defense, even when the evidence seems strong for the prosecution, helps keep the sentencing fair, and also recognizes the possibility that everything about the circumstances may not be as they seem. Even if a person is legitimately guilty of an act, when he or she fights for his or her freedom, he or she is also fighting for the rights of those who cannot afford strong representation.

Early morning raids net a dozen involved in identity theft ring

A multi-year probe into an identity theft, credit care fraud, and drug smuggling ring resulted in the early morning arrests of more than a dozen different individuals on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The round-up, which required the collaboration of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other Los Angeles and Orange County law enforcement agencies to effectuate, involved several simultaneous raids in the early morning hours that same day.

Orange County woman pleads guilty to embezzling $1.5 million

A 34-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.5 million from her accounting clients on Monday, June 12, 2017. According to documents filed in federal court, she will be receiving a reduced sentence in exchange for her signing a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office on May 15.

Are search warrants limited?

There is a lot of competing, conflicting information in the media about the role of search warrants in law enforcement. Each and every day, it seems that the rights of citizens roll back a little further, and law enforcement receives a little more room to violate your Fourth Amendment rights. You may wonder if search warrants even apply to the criminal justice system anymore. While your rights may be under attack in any circumstances, a search warrant is still not a blank check for law enforcement officers to do whatever they want to you or your property.

How do burglary and robbery differ?

Burglary and robbery are very similar, but legally distinct concepts that carry separate sentences in a courtroom. Often, the difference between one charge or the other comes down to a some small details, but those details could be the difference between facing fines or community service and facing jail time. It is always wise to know the differences to help protect your rights.

What are considered white collar crimes and how they're punished

Crimes such as fraud, corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion and environmental law violations all fall under the umbrella of white collar crimes. This term was first used in 1939 by the then-head of the American Sociological Society in a speech.

2 Orange County men arrested for possessing counterfeit money

Two Orange County residents, one a 42-year-old and the other a 27-year-old, were arrested on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. They had been under surveillance by the Norco Special Enforcement Team and the United States Secret Service after at least one of the agencies had received an anonymous tip that the two men had potentially been in possession of counterfeit currency.

Fullerton police receive specialized drugged driving training

Fullerton Police Department recently became one of only three different California law enforcement agencies to be trained in offering a drug recognition program. The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department are the only only two police forces that received this training aside from them.The funding for this highly specialized training was made possible with the help of California's Office of Traffic Safety.

Saddleback Church mentor is accused of molesting two 14-year-olds

A veteran student mentor with Saddleback Church was arrested on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He's being held in the Orange County Jail on suspicion of having engaged in both inappropriate conduct and lewd acts with minors after two teenage boys came forward and reported having been molested by the 32-year-old Lake Forest man.

What is theft?

Understanding the nature of property laws, and theft in particular, is sometimes a bit more complex than it may seem. In general, theft occurs when one party takes or withholds someone else's property or right to that property.

Bakersfield attorney arrested for $22 million in insurance fraud

A Bakersfield attorney, several of his family members, and two area doctors have been arrested and charged with having conspired in defrauding health insurance companies out of $22 million. A press release issued by the Orange County District Attorney's on May 23, 2017, alleges that the defendants registered fake employees for insurance, but had these individuals take daily urine tests they could bill for.

Attorney General stands up to call for harsher drug sentencing

It is rare to see criminal defense professionals and state prosecutors landing on the same side of an issue, but these are surprising times, to say the least. Recently, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra took on the Trump administration's urging for states to pursue harsher drug crime sentences. In a statement to the Sacramento Press Club, Becerra called the notion of pushing for the harshest achievable drug sentences "crazy," claiming that the policy would adversely affect people of color and underprivileged communities.

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