September 29, 2008

San Bernardino Birthday Party Clown Pleads Guilty to Molesting Girls

A birthday party clown pleaded guilty to molestation in San Bernardino County, the Daily Breeze reports. David Albert Lemus aka Trim-Trim the Clown, reportedly agreed to the plea deal at the San Bernardino Superior Court in Fontana. He faces up to 12 years in prison. Lemus’ sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.

The clown, who is now 51, was arrested in costume in 2005 after two girls – ages 12 and 14 – told police that Lemus molested them during the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Lemus has pleaded guilty to charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and oral copulation by threat. Both are felonies.

California child sex abuse cases are among the most serious crimes that can land a defendant in big trouble. If you have been charged with raping or molesting children, you face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, stiff penalties and registering for the rest of your life as a sex offender. With such sex offender databases being public record in California, you will have a tough time getting a job or even a place to live.

Don’t let this happen to you. If you have been accused of sex crime, please get in touch with a Southern California sex crime defense attorney to learn about your rights and discuss the best possible course of action. Our attorneys and investigators have decades of experience defending clients against serious charges and a great track record for acquittals. Please call our law offices for a free consultation today.

September 22, 2008

Los Angeles Medicare Fraud Case Ensnares 18

Federal authorities have arrested 18 people in the Los Angeles area on suspicion of filing more than $33 million of phony Medicare bills, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Officials arrested the suspects Sept. 17 after searching six locations including a clinic in South Los Angeles, the article states.

The Los Angeles Medicare fraud charges against these clinic owners, medical professionals and owners of medical equipment companies involve allegations that fake claims were submitted for motorized wheelchairs, beds and other equipment. If convicted, some of those who have been charged with these federal crimes could face “dozens and even hundreds of years in prison.”

This story is a good example of how complicated and serious federal offenses can be. If you have been indicted, you need to find a criminal defense attorney who knows and understands how the federal courts work. Our Southern California federal crime defense attorneys have experience as former district attorneys who have prosecuted white collar crime. We have that rare ability to see a case from different points of view and use that experience to your advantage.

We understand how police and federal prosecutors investigate theft and fraud cases. So we are better able to identify the factors that can help build a strong defense. If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a federal crime, please call a Southern California Criminal Defense attorney for a free consultation.

September 15, 2008

Police Arrest Parolee-at-Large After High-Speed Chase

Police in Boyle Heights arrested a parolee-at-large after a chase, which ended in a crash. According to an article in the Pasadena Star News, Lepoldo Monarrez, 28, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest and being a parolee-at-large.

The incident reportedly began when an officer pulled over Monarrez’s GMC Denali sport utility vehicle in the 300 block of South Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park. Officials said Monarrez did not have a driver’s license and drove off when the officer went back to his patrol car to look up some information. What followed was a high-speed chase, which ended in Boyle Heights when Monarrez crashed into a parked car. He tried to flee on foot, but was caught by officers.

Criminal felony charges can have serious consequences on a person’s life. It could have a particularly high impact when a person has a prior criminal record and prior “strikes.” According to California’s “three strikes law,” a person faces life in prison for the rest of his life if he commits a “third strike.”

That’s why it’s really important for you to retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable Southern California Felony Defense attorney, who knows and understands “three strike” cases and consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged with a felony in the state of California, call us for a free consultation. We will conduct a thorough and independent investigation and build a strong defense for the best possible result in your case. Call us today.

September 8, 2008

Sitcom Actress Arrested In LAX On Suspicion of Drug Possession

Mackenzie Phillips, former sitcom actress and star of “American Graffiti,” has been charged with the possession of drugs after she was arrested at LAX, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Phillips, 48, was reportedly arrested Aug. 27 after she went through a security check at the Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4 and officials allegedly found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia such as hypodermic needles.

Phillips has been charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, heroin and cocaine and one misdemeanor possession of needle or syringe. She is currently out on a $20,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned next month.

Possession of narcotics, recreational drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs is a serious crime in California. But as Southern California Drug Crime Defense attorneys who have successfully defended numerous people charged with drug crimes, we know that many of these cases involve illegal search and seizure – which means the arresting officer did not follow state law when he or she searched your vehicle, residence or person for the drugs. In such situations, it’s extremely difficult for the state to prove to whom the drugs belong.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime in Southern California, please call Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Neil Shouse to discuss your case for free. We have the background, the experience, the knowledge and the expertise it takes to keep you out of jail and get you the help you need.

September 4, 2008

DUI Suspect Attempts to Flee, Injures Sheriff's Deputy

A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy was injured after his holster got caught on the door of a vehicle he had just pulled over and the driver tried to flee the scene, dragging the deputy. According to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Deputy Robert Gibson had stopped the 46-year-old man on suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County after seeing him drive his truck on the bike lane for several blocks.

Gibson had reportedly spotted beer on the bed of the truck and smelled alcohol. Gibson stood by the driver’s door and asked him to turn off the engine and hand over the vehicle’s keys. But, the driver suddenly drove off and dragged the deputy with him. The truck jumped over a curb on the center median. Gibson was thrown and landed on some bushes where he hit a tree. The man was eventually arrested shortly afterward in a parking lot nearby.

How many times do we see people trying to evade police or start a chase? It always ends exactly the same way – with the fleeing driver being apprehended. Always remember that if you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, it does not mean you will get arrested. Even if you do get arrested, there are many ways to prove that you were not driving drunk.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a truly experienced Southern California Drunk Driving defense lawyer, who will independently investigate the case and help you fight your DUI. Call us today to discuss your case.