Federal Charges Filed: Dodgers’ Star Shohei Ohtani’s Ex-Interpreter Accused of $16 Million Theft

  Ippei Mizuhara, trusted as Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter since Ohtani joined the Los Angeles Angels, exploited his access to Ohtani’s financial accounts to illegally transfer millions to cover his gambling debts. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that Mizuhara manipulated account settings to hide these transactions, ensuring that Ohtani remained unaware of the unauthorized withdrawals. […]
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Anaheim Police Seek Man After Disturbing Animal Abuse Caught on Tape

In a disturbing instance of animal cruelty in Anaheim, California, law enforcement officials are currently seeking a man involved in a severe case of animal abuse. Captured on surveillance footage on April 7th, near Brookhurst Street and the 5 Freeway, the suspect is seen engaging in the violent act of dropkicking a small puppy, in […]
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Can You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in California?

if you’re pulled over for suspected DUI, law enforcement is likely to request a breathalyzer test to assess your BAC. While complying is often advised, should you choose to refuse, it’s vital to understand the resulting legal and practical consequences. Refusing a breathalyzer under the state’s implied consent law, which you agree to by driving, […]
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Legal Insight: Navigating the Intersection of AI, Privacy, and Law in the Laguna Beach High School Incident

The Laguna Beach Unified School District and local law enforcement are investigating the circulation of AI-generated nude photos of students online. This incident raises significant legal questions, particularly regarding the creation and distribution of explicit images using artificial intelligence. The investigation began after it was discovered that nude photos of students, generated by artificial intelligence […]
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Three Mexican Nationals with Over 1 Million Fentanyl Pills Plead Guilty in Los Angeles

Guilty Plea to Federal Narcotics Charge In Los Angeles, three men from Sinaloa, Mexico, admitted their roles in a drug trafficking operation. Florencio Camacho Allan, Gerardo Gaxiola Patiño, and Alex Valdez Oroz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. This charge implicates them in a scheme to distribute over […]
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Comprehensive Guide to California DUI Penalties

DUI Defense at The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi Facing a DUI charge in California can lead to significant consequences, including fines, license suspensions, and possible imprisonment. The DUI laws are extensive and strictly applied by both the criminal justice system and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). At The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, […]
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What to Expect During a Criminal Trial in Los Angeles

Defendant’s Right to Have a Lawyer In California, every criminal defendant has the right to legal representation. This right is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If a defendant cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one. This is known as a public defender. Defendants can also choose to hire a […]
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Is Pleading ‘No Contest’ Different From ‘Guilty’?

Understanding ‘No Contest’ Versus ‘Guilty’ Pleas Pleading “no contest” in California lets a defendant accept court punishment without admitting guilt, offering legal neutrality. It’s strategic, especially when trial outcomes are uncertain or evidence is strong. A guilty plea, however, is a direct admission of guilt, accepting all charges and court-determined punishment. Legal Nuances of ‘No […]
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California Ignition Interlock Devices: What DUI Drivers Need to Know

Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices in California An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a breathalyzer installed in vehicles to prevent operation by drivers under the influence of alcohol. In California, IIDs serve as a measure to curb repeat DUI offenses. The device requires the driver to provide a breath sample before starting the car. If alcohol […]
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Key Elements Required for Establishing Conspiracy Charges

Understanding Criminal Conspiracy Charges A criminal conspiracy charge arises under the following conditions: You and at least one other person agree to commit a crime. You intend to commit the crime. You or a co-conspirator perform an overt act towards committing the crime. Liability for conspiracy does not require you to personally commit an unlawful […]
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Police Allege California Pastor Paid Hitmen to Murder Daughter’s Boyfriend

Samuel Pasillas, a 47-year-old pastor from Victorville, California, got arrested on March 13 amid severe legal issues. Accusations against him include orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot targeting his daughter’s boyfriend, sparking significant public interest. The attack happened on October 21, 2023, in Riverside’s Orangecrest neighborhood. The target, shot at several times while driving, survived and got […]
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Matthew Wolfe Receives 14-Year Sentence for GirlsDoPorn Conspiracy

Matthew Isaac Wolfe received a 14-year prison sentence in San Diego’s federal court. His crime involved a conspiracy with Michael Pratt, GirlsDoPorn’s owner, deceiving and coercing young women into porn videos. Highlighted for severe trust violations and exploitation, this case reaches a critical legal milestone. The court has scheduled a restitution hearing for May 7, […]
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How the Fourth Amendment Protects You During Vehicle Searches in California

The Fourth Amendment’s Influence on Vehicle Searches in California The Fourth Amendment requires probable cause for law enforcement to search vehicles, aiming to prevent unreasonable searches and seizures. Vehicle searches in California adhere to this, with laws allowing adaptations due to vehicles’ dynamic nature. In California, searches need probable cause, in line with the Fourth […]
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Former Law Firm Office Manager Sentenced for Embezzling Over $1.1 Million

Jairo Tomas Santos, ex-office manager of a San Francisco law firm, received a 36-month prison sentence for embezzling over $1.1 million. The Hon. William H. Alsup, United States District Judge, also ordered Santos to pay $1,191,638.64 in restitution. United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp announced this. […]
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Former Attorney for Foster Children Charged with Child Pornography Crimes in Los Angeles

Charles Aghoian, 61, previously a supervising attorney for a nonprofit, faces charges related to child sexual abuse material (CSAM). He voluntarily surrendered to federal law enforcement and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in downtown Los Angeles’s United States District Court. Specific Charges Against Aghoian The indictment charges Aghoian with three counts of distributing and […]
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Unlawful Search and Seizure in California

Unlawful Search and Seizure California’s search and seizure laws strive to harmonize law enforcement practices with the protection of individual rights, safeguarding against unlawful search and seizure without valid legal grounds. Both the Fourth Amendment and state legislation in California provide these safeguards. However, not every search and seizure is illegal. Law enforcement is permitted […]
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Orange County Resident Admits Guilt in Planned Parenthood Firebombing

Tibet Ergul, a 22-year-old from Irvine, California, admitted to orchestrating a series of planned attacks, including a firebombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa in March 2022, plotting against an electrical substation in Orange, and targeting Dodger Stadium during an LGBTQ pride event. His guilty plea encompasses one felony count of conspiracy to […]
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Criminal Statute of Limitations in California

Statute of Limitations in Criminal Cases California law defines a time limit for prosecutors, both federal and state, to bring criminal charges against someone. If charges come after this time limit, courts will dismiss them. This rule protects people from the anxiety of facing charges for long-past actions. It promotes prompt legal action while upholding […]
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Ex-NBA Player Rashid Byrd Sentenced to 90 Years for Sexual Assaults

In 2019, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Assault Section began investigating former NBA player Rashid Byrd for sexual assault. Their investigation uncovered a 2010 conviction and a 2005 arrest for assaulting a woman in Washington State. Victims Detail Assaults by Byrd Victims reported that Byrd initially used his charm and status to manipulate them […]
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Underage DUI In California: Laws and Penalties

Understanding Zero Tolerance Laws in California California enforces zero tolerance laws to address underage drinking and driving, prohibiting individuals under 21 from operating a vehicle with any detectable alcohol in their system. These laws reflect a stringent approach to prevent the risks associated with underage drinking. Under California’s zero tolerance policy, it is a criminal […]
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Encino Tax Prep Company Owner Admits to Filing False Tax Returns

  Bijan Kohanzad, a 62-year-old from Calabasas and owner of an Encino-based tax preparation company, has pleaded guilty to aiding in the filing of a false tax return. This admission comes after accusations of underreporting a client’s income, resulting in a tax loss exceeding $400,000 to the IRS. Guilty Plea and Charges Kohanzad was charged […]
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Third DUI Offense in California: Legal Penalties and Processes

Understanding a Third DUI Offense in California In California, the severity of driving under the influence (DUI) charges escalates with each arrest. If you commit a third DUI offense within a 10-year period, you face incredibly serious consequences, such as fines, jail time, and restrictions on your driver’s license. DUIs Count as Prior Offenses in […]
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Over Six Years in Prison for Drug Dealer Arrested with 15 Pounds of Fentanyl

  Melvin Alexis Diaz Arteaga, 30, from Oakland and a citizen of Honduras, received a 78-month federal prison sentence for six drug charges. These charges were related to his activities in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where he was involved in the sale and intent to sell fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. The sentencing, announced by […]
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Home Improvement’s Zachery Ty Bryan Detained on Felony DUI and Contempt Charges

Zachery Ty Bryan, known for “Home Improvement,” faces legal challenges after his DUI arrest in La Quinta, California. This document breaks down the incident, charges, and potential legal outcomes, focusing on specific penal codes and dates for clarity. Incident Details: Date of Arrest: In the early hours of Saturday, February 17th Location: La Quinta, California. […]
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Honduran Fentanyl Dealer in Tenderloin Sentenced to Six Years for Ghost Gun Possession

United States District Judge James Donato sentenced 28-year-old Honduran national Esmun Moyses Moral-Raudales to 6.5 years in prison. He received this sentence for distributing dangerous drugs in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Moral-Raudales pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl. Charges and Admission Moral-Raudales pleaded guilty in October 2023 to charges under 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) […]
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COVID-19 Fraud and Auto Title Theft Land Granada Hills Man 17.5-Year Sentence

  United States District Judge Josephine L. Staton sentenced Eduard Gasparyan, 38, from Granada Hills, to 210 months in federal prison for leading a scheme that fraudulently obtained over $1.5 million in COVID-19 unemployment benefits and stole dozens of car titles. Judge Staton also ordered Gasparyan to pay $2,232,767 in restitution. In February 2023, Gasparyan […]
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Federal Sentencing of San Bernardino Brothers for Armed Robbery and Homicide

A court has sentenced two brothers, Martrell Patrick Shaw, 20, and Rontrell Brainell Shaw, 22, to federal prison for their roles in the armed robbery and murder of a marijuana dealer in San Bernardino in July 2021. Along with their cousin Dillion Jones, the Shaw brothers meticulously planned and carried out the robbery, which tragically […]
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San Jose Man Accused of Masterminding Bicycle Theft for Resale in Mexico

San Jose Man Accused of Masterminding Bicycle Theft for Resale in Mexico

A federal grand jury has indicted 53-year-old Victoriano Romero from San Jose on charges involving a sophisticated scheme to steal high-end bicycles in the Bay Area and resell them in Mexico. Unveiled on January 23, 2024, the indictment outlines Romero’s alleged involvement in this international operation. The indictment accuses Romero of orchestrating nighttime burglaries to […]
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Stockton Man Faces Federal Charges for Cocaine Distribution and Illegal Firearm

Phillip Maurice Allen, a 49-year-old from Stockton, California, faces federal indictment charges for his involvement in cocaine distribution and illegal firearm possession. U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced these charges following a detailed investigation into Allen’s activities. Charges and Legal Implications Cocaine Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute: Allen is charged under 21 U.S.C. […]
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California Penal Code 29810 PC – Relinquishment of Firearms by Convicted Persons

California Penal Code 29810 PC – Relinquishment of Firearms

Penal Code 29810 PC Overview Effective January 2018, Penal Code 29810 PC requires individuals convicted of certain crimes in California to surrender their firearms. This law is a critical component of Proposition 63, aimed at strengthening gun control. Key Provisions: Court Directive: Upon conviction, the court must inform the defendant of their firearm ownership ban […]
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Imperial County Dentist Dr. Javad Aghaloo Sentenced for Medicare Fraud

In San Diego, a federal court sentenced 50-year-old Indio dentist Javad Aghaloo to 37 months in prison for committing Medicare fraud. Melissa Rosas, 42, from Calexico and Aghaloo’s former billing manager, received a sentence of three years of probation, including one year of home confinement, for her role in obstructing a Medicare audit. Fraudulent Scheme […]
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California Penal Code 211 PC – Robbery

Understanding Robbery Under California Penal Code Section 211 California Penal Code Section 211 defines robbery as forcefully or fearfully taking property from someone against their will. For an act to qualify as robbery, it must involve: Taking property directly from the person or in their immediate presence. The use of physical force or a deadly […]
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Monterey Caterer Charged for Allegedly Defrauding $4M in COVID-Relief Funds

  Dory Lindsay Ford, a 57-year-old caterer from Monterey, California, faces serious charges for defrauding the government of $4 million in COVID-19 relief funds. A federal grand jury indicted Ford for bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. Background and Charges Ford operated Aqua Terra Culinary, Inc., a catering company in Monterey. During the COVID-19 […]
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San Fernando Valley Drug Trafficking: Cocaine, Meth, and Fentanyl Ring Busted

Law enforcement officials arrested four individuals in Los Angeles for operating a drug trafficking ring in the San Fernando Valley, as detailed in a 15-count federal grand jury indictment. This operation involved distributing cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. The Operation The indictment reveals a structured drug trafficking network. Giselle Buraye, 23, from Van Nuys, along with […]
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Former Los Angeles Councilman José Huizar Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy and Tax Evasion

Former Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar, was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday in a high-profile corruption case. He was found guilty of accepting at least $1.5 million in cash and benefits. These were in exchange for his assistance in approving various real estate projects in downtown LA. A year ago, Huizar pleaded […]
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California Three Strike Law: Penal Code Section 667

California Three Strike Law: Penal Code Section 667

California’s Three Strikes Law significantly impacts sentencing for repeat felony offenders. It mandates doubled sentences for individuals with one prior serious or violent felony upon any new felony conviction. For those with two such prior convictions, a third felony conviction leads to a minimum 25-year to life sentence, with parole eligibility determined by the Parole […]
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Understanding the Difference Between Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in California

In California, people often use “Restraining Orders” and “Protective Orders” interchangeably, but understanding their specific applications and legal implications is crucial. Both orders, which are judicial decrees, aim to protect individuals from unwanted behaviors like stalking, harassment, threats, or physical abuse. The court directs these orders at specific individuals, named in the orders, to stop […]
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Koreatown Lawyer Faces Federal Indictment for Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, and Obstruction

Koreatown Lawyer Faces Federal Indictment for Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, and Obstruction

A federal indictment accuses 67-year-old Koreatown lawyer Paulinus Iheanacho Okoronkwo of complex financial and legal misconduct. His charges relate to a $2.1 million transaction involving Nigerian and Chinese state-owned oil companies. Detailed Charges and Legal Provisions Money Laundering Charges: Incident: Okoronkwo allegedly received a $2.1 million bribe from Addax Petroleum for influencing drilling rights negotiations […]
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Violating a Restraining Order: California Penal Code Section 273.6 PC

Violating a Restraining Order: California Penal Code Section 273.6 PC

Violating a Restraining Order Violating a restraining or protective order is a serious offense under California Penal Code 273.6. This crime occurs when an individual intentionally and knowingly disobeys a court-issued protective or restraining order. Such orders, including temporary restraining orders (TROs) in civil cases and protective orders in criminal court, are designed to safeguard […]
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 The Arrest and Charges Against Bruce Edward Bell in Los Angeles Bank Robbery

The Arrest and Charges Against Bruce Edward Bell in The Sun Valley Bank Robbery

Photo: (Photographs of Bell are being released in order to identify and speak with additional persons who may have been victimized)/ www.lapdonline.org Bruce Edward Bell’s arrest on December 21, 2023, for a high-stakes bank robbery in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, marks a critical development in a series of criminal activities. Bell, facing charges for allegedly […]
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California Penal Code § 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery

California Penal Code 243(e)(1) PC – Domestic Battery

What is Domestic Battery? Under California Penal Code Section 243(e)(1), domestic battery is a misdemeanor offense that involves the use of force against an intimate partner. This charge is commonly applied in cases of spousal abuse, cohabitant altercations, or other domestic violence conflicts. Key Elements of Domestic Battery: Willful and Harmful Touching: The defendant must […]
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San Fernando Valley Police Arrest Convicted Felon for Ghost Gun and Counterfeit Watch Sales

San Fernando Valley Police Arrest Convicted Felon for Ghost Gun and Counterfeit Watch Sales

Photo: (photograph of the handgun recovered/photograph of the seized watches) / www.lapdonline.org   The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division, specifically the Illicit Pharmaceutical and Counterfeit Unit (IPCU), recently made a significant arrest in the San Fernando Valley. Albert Bantug, a 33-year-old ex-convict, was apprehended for selling counterfeit Rolex watches. His bail was set […]
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Violating a Court Order | California Penal Code 166 PC

Violating a Court Order | California Penal Code 166 PC

Definition and Elements of the Crime Under California Penal Code Section 166 PC, various behaviors are classified as contempt of court. This includes disruptive conduct during court proceedings, refusal to comply as a witness, and notably, the intentional violation of a Court Order. This statute is particularly relevant in cases involving Protective Orders, Restraining Orders, […]
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Moreno Valley Man Confesses to $24 Million Ponzi Scheme

Paul Horton Smith Sr., 59, from Moreno Valley, California, has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of wire fraud in connection with a Ponzi scheme. This scheme, which spanned nearly two decades, defrauded over $24 million from at least 200 investors, many of whom were elderly or retired. Case Overview Charge and Penal […]
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California Penal Code Section 240 PC – Assault

In California, the crime of assault is defined under Penal Code 240 PC as the unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on another person. This law, commonly addressing what is known as “simple assault,” is fundamental in the state’s criminal justice system. It highlights the legal boundary not only […]
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Second Aryan Brotherhood Prison Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Second Aryan Brotherhood Prison Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murder in Aid of Racketeering

Photo: (Pat Brady, 53, of Lake Forest (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California) Pat Brady, a 53-year-old Aryan Brotherhood member, confessed to a murder within a Northern California prison, as part of a significant investigation into the gang’s activities. This announcement was made by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. Details of the Prison Murder […]
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California Penal Code Section 186.22 PC: Gang Enhancements

Often referred to as ‘Gang Enhancements,’ California Penal Code Section 186.22 PC deals with criminal street gangs. It’s integral to the “Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act”(STEP) in California, addressing gang-related issues. Active Participation in a Criminal Street Gang Subsection (a) of Penal Code Section 186.22 PC defines the consequences for individuals actively participating in […]
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California Man Pleads Guilty to Major IRS Fraud: Nearly $900,000 in Unlawful Tax Refunds

California Man Pleads Guilty to Major IRS Fraud: Nearly $900,000 in Unlawful Tax Refunds

Richard Jason Mountford, a resident of Monterey County, California, confessed to a substantial tax fraud, cheating the IRS out of nearly $900,000. His guilty plea, recorded in a federal court, acknowledges his role in a sophisticated tax scheme from 2016 to 2020. Court documents reveal that Mountford, alongside unnamed accomplices, submitted fraudulent income tax returns. […]
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