January 27, 2009

Man Faces Vehicular Manslaughter in Fatal Street Racing Incident

Erin Mua, a 21-year-old, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a speed racing auto accident that killed Mua’s cousin, 25-year-old Lee Liu Chan. According to this ABC news report, the two cousins were on their way home from work when they decided to race each other along Alondra Boulevard in Norwalk. Chan was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree and light pole. Apparently Chan had run a red light when another car turned in front of him. Both cars were reportedly traveling at more than 100 mph.

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious crime that could have serious consequences. In this case officials say Mua invited his cousin Chan to a street race, which is why Mua is facing the vehicular manslaughter charge. Los Angeles officials recently have been increasingly cracking down on street racing. If convicted of vehicular manslaughter, Mua is looking at serious jail time and hefty penalties.

If you or someone you love has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, please contact a Southern California criminal defense attorney, who will listen to your side of the story and conduct a thorough and independent investigation to determine the truth. Facts are not straightforward. For example, in this particular case, both men were participating in the street race simultaneously. So the question is: Who really challenged/invited whom to the race? That’s a question that remains unanswered.

If you have been charged with a felony and are looking to an experienced and knowledgeable Southern California criminal defense attorney to represent you, please call us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

January 20, 2009

LAPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion of Sexual Assault

Eduardo Bermudez, a 29-year-old Los Angeles Police Department officer, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, according to this NBC news report. The arrest was made in connection with an LAPD holiday party at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport. The alleged sexual assault victim is also an LAPD employee, officials said. The investigation is being handled by LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division investigators.

The consequences of sex crime charges are extremely serious. Especially in cases where the defendant is in a position of responsibility, the individual stands to lose everything. A sex crime conviction will almost always result in jail or prison time, probation and mandatory registration as a sex offender. It could destroy your career. If you are a law enforcement officer convicted of a sex offense, you can forget about ever getting a job in law enforcement again. If you’re a teacher and are convicted of sexual behavior with a student, you will not ever be allowed to work with children. You could lose your career and everything you have been working for your entire life.

Sex crime defendants need a solid criminal defense lawyer on their side because the stakes are simply too high. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Southern California, you need a skilled Southern California Criminal Defense attorney, who has a proven track record of getting sex crime charges reduced, rejected or dismissed. We understand that often times, allegations of sexual assault or sexual conduct may be fabricated. Our attorneys believe in early intervention -- getting to the heart of the case very early in the game so we can stop charges from even being filed against you. If you or someone you love has been charged with a sex crime or is being investigated in connection with a sex crime, please call us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

January 13, 2009

Three Men Arrested In Connection with Robberies

Police have arrested three men in connection with a string of armed follow-home robberies from casinos in Gardena and Commerce, the Daily Breeze reports. John Atkins, 21, of Barstow and his cousins – 18-year-old Raymond Little Jr. of Duarte and Gary Smith, 20, of Hacienda Heights – were arrested after they reportedly followed a Hollywood man home from the Commerce Casino.

The alleged crimes have been happening since Sept. 10, officials say. According to reports, in one of the incidents, one of the men punched a woman when she reached her home, knocked her to the ground and grabbed her purse with $10,000 of casino winnings. Most of the victims were women. The men were arrested after Orange County sheriff’s deputies reportedly used surveillance photos from a toll road to get the license plate number of one of the men’s vehicles.

Robbery is considered a violent crime because it implies force and physical intimidation. In this particular case, all three men are facing serious charges because most of these incidents involve assault and use of a deadly weapon – a handgun. If convicted, these men are looking at a very long time in prison.

Under Penal Code 211, robbery law in California is defined as the taking of property from the immediate possession of another, accomplished by means of force or fear. The California penalties for robbery are up to 5 years state prison per count, with an additional 10 years prison if a gun was used.

Whatever the nature of the violent crime you are charged with, you need an extremely skilled and knowledgeable Southern California criminal defense attorney to thoroughly and independently investigate your case. Our attorneys are former prosecutors and our investigators are former law enforcement officials. We know what it’s like to be on the other side. We know and understand how cops and DAs think and how they put a case together. We have an impeccable track record when it comes to getting acquittals for our clients or getting charges reduced. Call us today to discuss your case and legal options.

January 6, 2009

Man Pleads Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

Miguel Ramos, a 28-year-old Chino man, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he murdered his cousin after finding out that his wife and cousin had an affair. According to this news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ramos shot and killed 25-year-old Valentin Barria at a house party in front of Barria’s wife and the couple’s 5-year-old son.

Ramos pleaded both not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to a murder charge. Ramos will be tried on the murder charge first. If convicted, then the trial will move to the next phase where the same jurors will determine whether Ramos was “legally sane” at the time of the shooting.

“Legal insanity” is very much different from the psychological definition of mental illness. For a person to be punished for his or her crime, the prosecutor must establish during the trial that he or she possessed the mental capacity to justify intent. The prosecutor must prove that the defendant set out to commit a crime and then went through with it. In other words, without the “intent” to commit a crime, a crime is not considered a crime at all. Although prison is ruled out, the defendant who is determined to be “legally insane” at the time of committing the crime, will serve time in a mental institution until physicians declare that he or she is capable of returning to society.

If you or someone you love has been accused of murder, please contact a Southern California criminal defense attorney for a free consultation and case evaluation.