Two women, aged 27 and 26, were acquitted of second-degree murder but convicted of voluntary manslaughter and assault following the death of a 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman. According to a KTLA news report, they were found guilty by an Orange County jury in July and sentenced last week to six years in state prison.
During the trial, it was revealed that the victim threw the first punch elevating the verbal argument to a confrontation. The two women joined in and their actions were caught on film. The fight was described during the trial as mutual combat, but the two women were convicted because they fatally kicked the victim in the head. She died in January, three days after the melee. Read the rest »
If you or a loved one is facing charges for heroin possession in Orange County, you are probably experiencing significant stress and fear. The charges you face are serious and the consequences of a conviction are severe. It is important that you do not face significant challenge alone and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
First, it is important to review the charges you are facing. If you were arrested with a small amount of heroin, you are likely facing possession charges. If, however, you stored the drugs in a manner that appears as if you planned on selling the drugs, or if you had more drugs than you could use on your own, you may face possession with intent to sell charges. There is no set quantity of heroin that automatically changes a simple possession case to a possession with intent sell case. Therefore, it is at the discretion of officials to determine the severity of your charges. Read the rest »
The rights afforded to all individuals under the constitution are different for minors in juvenile court than adults in criminal court. For example, juveniles do not have the right to face a jury of their peers. Only judges oversee juvenile cases. Juveniles also do not have a right to bail. They are typically released to their parents or guardians prior to their arraignment.
There are, however, a number of constitutional rights that juveniles do have in Orange County. Here are a few protected rights that all juveniles have: Read the rest »
If you have been arrested for a drug-related offense in Orange County, there is a chance that you will face a lengthy jail or prison sentence. With the right legal guidance, however, you may be able to resolve your case outside the traditional criminal justice system. In Orange County, certain non-violent drug offenders can secure a place in California drug court, which focuses on rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
The drug court system in California is an alternative to criminal prosecution. The goal of the drug courts in Orange County is to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to reduce the chances of repeat offenses. There are a few different drug courts that are available for non-violent offenders, including: Read the rest »
California marijuana laws have changed dramatically in recent years. Now, residents of Orange County can legally obtain a prescription for medical marijuana use. Individuals with a medical marijuana card may possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis. Furthermore, the courts have shifted in recent years to avoid harsh punishment for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Many defendants are able to avoid a sentence and heavy fines with the help of an Orange County criminal defense attorney.
A conviction for simple marijuana possession typically results in a fine of $100. Defendants under the age of 21 may also face a yearlong license suspension. However, each case is different and there are still severe punishments that can result from marijuana-related convictions. Individuals who possess over an ounce may face misdemeanor penalties that include jail time or mandatory participation in a deferred entry of judgment program. Read the rest »
Facing criminal charges is a serious matter, whether you are a juvenile or an adult. There are significant differences, however, between juvenile court and Orange County adult court. While the adult criminal justice system serves to prosecute and penalize individuals for breaking the law, juvenile court tends to provide more opportunities for rehabilitation.
Here are a few of the many differences between juvenile court in Orange County and the adult criminal justice system: Read the rest »
Computer crimes, often referred to as cybercrimes, involve the use of computers to carry out illegal activities, such as fraud and identity theft. Computer crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement in Orange County. You can face felony charges for cybercrimes if the authorities believe you carried out a fraudulent scheme on the Internet, used email to obtain sensitive information or accessed a computer without permission.
You can also face charges for selling prescription drugs online, promoting Internet gambling or for soliciting a minor online. These are all serious allegations that can tarnish your reputation and result in years of incarceration.
If you are facing computer crimes in Orange County, you will have to act quickly. Officials in Orange County and California are known for aggressively investigating and prosecuting computer crimes. California even has an eCrime unit tasked with prosecuting large-scale technology crimes. This is the largest unit of its kind in the United States. Read the rest »
Last year, the body of a 36-year-old female Army veteran was found in the Santa Ana Mountains. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, her 55-year-old male roommate was found guilty for her death on July 29, 2014. During the trial, the jury listened to a 911 call from the victim in which she said that she was afraid of her roommate. They were also showed video of the man entering a library where he allegedly researched how long it takes a human body to decay. Jurors convicted the man of second-degree murder and his sentencing was scheduled for September 12, 2014. He faces 15 years to life in state prison.
Murder in California is defined as “the unlawful killing of a human with malice aforethought.” Murder is the most aggravated type of homicide. Murder is always unlawful, and unlike manslaughter, it involves malice. Under Penal Code 187, malice is when the “killing resulted from an intentional act” or when it was deliberately performed with a conscious disregard for human life. Read the rest »
Two consultants and a marketer are facing federal fraud charges for falsely billing health insurance programs for over $50 million. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a federal grand jury indicted the three individuals on multiple counts of mail fraud. Officials believe they lured patients to an Orange surgery center for medical procedures that they were told were covered by their health insurance plans. These allegedly unnecessary procedures such as tummy tucks, nose jobs, liposuctions and breast augmentations resulted in false bills.
This alleged scheme resulted in over $50 million of claims to union and PPO health-care benefit programs. The 30-year-old marketer from San Pedro and the 31- and 44-year-old consultants from Placentia and Tustin respectively, could each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for every count of mail fraud. Read the rest »
In 2010, an Orange County man was convicted for a gang murder and sentenced to life in prison. According to a recent news report in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County prosecutors have agreed to vacate that conviction because they say crucial evidence was not provided to the defense at the time. The defendant will now face a new trial.
During the original trial, the prosecution relied on testimony from three informants including a “jailhouse snitch” who provided information with the hope of receiving an early release from prison. The defense attorneys for the convicted Seal Beach man say that the prosecution routinely utilizes snitches and then conceals their work from the defense. In this case, they only provided four out of 300 pages of notes! Read the rest »