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Orange County DUI Checkpoints, Friday November 15, 2013

Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! 

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, November 15, 2013:

  • Placentia - Yobra Linda Blvd and Kraemer Blvd, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be patrolling the city all day Saturday and Sunday, with an emphasis on motorcycles. This enforcement operation is part of a $270,264.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It is a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. 
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on you behalf. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, to fight for your rights!

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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OC DUI Cases Could Be Affected by Lab Error

The Orange County Crime Lab error has led to some inaccurate alcohol blood level test results that could affect hundreds of DUI cases. 
The Orange County Crime Lab produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year.
Prosecutors in recent days sent letters to people charged with driving under the influence, including 900 whose cases resulted in convictions. The letters advised them that their cases were among those with miscalculations.
Crime lab officials said the “human error” occurred over nearly five months and led to mistakes in the forensic examination of blood alcohol content. But they insist the miscalculations were so few that they affect only about 200 cases. As few as 20 people could see their blood alcohol test levels drop below 0.08%, California’s legal definition of DUI impairment.
However, flaws with the lab’s basic testing probably will affect many more cases because sentence enhancements and negotiations are often based on how far over the legal limit a motorist was determined to be.
Orange County Crime Lab Director Bruce Houlihan said the facility, which serves the entire county, discovered flaws in its analysis Oct. 10 while conducting an audit. In reality, a small human error led to an instrument to be wrongly calibrated. The lab tests each blood sample twice using two machines and then averages the results. The error affected one of the machines beginning May 29. The machine uses five calibrator data points for levels of alcohol in the blood; one was entered incorrectly. As a result, the machine was off by 0.003 percentage points.
About 200 cases will have the blood alcohol average change by 0.01 points. Twenty people will have their blood-alcohol content dropped from 0.08% to 0.07%, below the DUI legal limit. 
However, Farrah Emami, a District Attorney spokeswoman, said that though the changes may affect some cases, drops in blood alcohol content below the legal limit do not guarantee that charges will be dropped.
If you or a loved one believe that you may be a victim of the miscalculation in your blood alcohol level by Orange County Crime Labs, it is important to contact an experienced and dedicated criminal attorney at Don Ho Law today to fight your conviction. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.


Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 
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Teen Sentenced in Murder of Jeff Hall

Earlier this year, Don Ho Law posted an article concerning regarding charges filed against a 12-year-old Riverside boy who allegedly murdered his neo-Nazi father. 

 
Most recently, the now 13-year-old Riverside boy who fatally shot his neo-Nazi father as he slept in 2010 was sentenced to 40 years to life. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard ordered the teenage boy to be placed with the Division of Juvenile Justice. 
 
In January the court found the teen intentionally murdered his father, Jeff Hall. The boy allegedly put a gun to his father’s head as he slept and pulled the trigger. The teen’s attorney argued he belonged in an alternative treatment center to deal with his learning disabilities and other special needs. 
 
The Riverside District Attorney’s Office has stated that, with good behavior, the teen could be eligible for parole in about seven years. The maximum time he would spend at the juvenile detention center would be 10 years. 
 
The teen’s attorney has filed an appeal in the hopes of overturning both the boy’s conviction for second-degree murder and his placement in a juvenile facility, accusing everyone from the D.A.’s office to the judge of neglecting key evidence in the case such as abuse from the boy’s father and mishandling of the child’s case by Child Protective Services. The teen’s attorney has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to pardon her client, and his attorney has also called on the attorney general to investigate alleged corruption in the D.A.’s office, the sentencing judge and Child Protective Services.
 
Don Ho Law will continue to update it’s readers on this story from Riverside, California
 
A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
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Halloween DUI Checkpoints - Inland Empire

The Riverside Police Department has announced a county-wide DUI enforcement campaign. “Avoid the 30″ is a joint program between the CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and over two dozen police departments in the Inland Empire.

Yesterday, Riverside county announced the award of a $439,388.00 grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety to the RPD.

Please be safe tonight and have a designated driver!

Click here for more information on “Avoid the 30.”

A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

San Bernardino Councilmen Pleads Guilty to Perjury, Another Investigated On Stalking Charges

Two San Bernardino city councilmen are under investigation in two separate cases. One of the men pleaded guilty and resigned Thursday, October 17.


Councilman Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to felony perjury for lying about misusing campaign funds. According to the complaint, Kelley knowingly submitting false information related to campaign contributions he received from July 2006 to June 2012. The investigation into Kelly began in October 2011 after an anonymous person came forward. The allegations come in the midst of the city’s ongoing bankruptcy crisis.


In court, Kelly said, “On numerous occasions, I committed perjury by falsely stating as true the amount money I was depositing and withdrawing from my Friends of Chas Kelley account.”


Kelley, who pleaded guilty, has struck a plea deal with San Bernardino County prosecutors. Under the terms of a plea deal, Kelley will be placed on probation for five years and will serve 90 days in county jail. He also resigned his seat and will no longer run for mayor. Kelley will also be ineligible to hold any public office as a result of his conviction.





Unrelated to Kelley’s investigation, San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins was charged by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office with 30 counts in a case involving identity theft and stalking charges.


Jenkins is accused of placing online sex ads using his ex-boyfriend’s information and directing those who responded to the ads to his ex’s address and that of another man. According to an arrest declaration, Jenkins allegedly forged police documents in an attempt to make it seem he was also a victim in the online scheme.


Jenkins represents the second ward in the city. He was in court Thursday, October  17, where he posted $25,000 bond. He is due back in court on Dec. 17.




A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

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Teens Arrested for Robbery and Assault in Costa Mesa


Four Costa Mesa teenagers face serious charges after an atempting to shoplift from a Ralphs supermarket escalated quickly to a hostile confrontation with police and an attempt to remove an officer’s handgun.


The Costa Mesa Police Department received a report of “uncooperative, hostile” shoplifting suspects from a Ralphs supermarket on 17th Street Tuesday afternoon. Allegedly, three males and one female attempted to grab beer and run toward the exit. Store security captured one of the teenagers and held him in a secure office. Four accomplices later returned and attempted to break down the door.


The first responding police officer found a male and a female suspect physically fighting with the store’s loss-prevention personnel. While the officer was handcuffing one female assailant, a second female suspect approached the officer from behind and attempted to forcibly remove his handgun from his belt holster, police said.


Luckily, an off-duty female Orange County sheriff’s deputy, who happened to be in the store, assisted the police officer in physically restraining and handcuffing the second female suspect. The situation took a turn when the officer grabbed a nearby uncooperative male suspect. The male suspect then allegedly punched the officer in the face. The officer and a second arriving officer wrestled the suspect to the ground and detained him.


The four suspects were booked for attempting to forcibly steal liquor from the store, police said. Two Costa Mesa girls, ages 15 and 16, and two Costa Mesa boys, ages 14 and 15, were booked on various charges including conspiracy to commit robbery, resisting an officer, assaulting an officer and attempting to take an officer’s firearm. They were held without bail.



A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 


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Toddler Mauled, Uncle Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment

A grandmother and her son are behind bars on Tuesday for felony child endangerment in the death of 2-year-old Samuel “Eli” Zamudio. Eli was at his grandmother’s house, in Colton, being watched by his uncle, Marco Zamudio, on September 23, 2013 when he climbed out of the window and was fatally attacked by his grandmother’s pit bull.
Samuel’s grandmother, Eustulia Zamudio, 42, and his uncle, Marco Zamudio, 23, were booked Tuesday morning on suspicion of child endangerment leading to death. The San Bernardino County District Attorney dropped charges against Eustulia on Wednesday because she was not home at the time of the mauling. Marco Zamudio pleaded not guilty to child cruelty charges Wednesday.

Samuel was attacked when he leaned out a window of the home and was then dragged across the backyard. His grandmother, who owns the home, discovered him later. Marco was at the home with Samuel and was in charge of watching over him, prosecutors contend.

Family members believe the death was merely an unfortunate accident, claiming that Marco fell asleep after working all night. The search for Samuel began around 5 p.m. on September 23. It ended about 30 minutes later Samuel’s grandmother found Samuel’s body with bite wounds to his head and neck in the family’s backyard.

Animal Control officers took custody of five pit bull mixes at the scene of the attack. It was not immediately clear how many of the dogs were involved.

California Penal Code 273a PC punished acts of child endangerment. In California, a child endangerment conviction does not require that any child suffer an actual injury. Therefore, it is easy for innocent people to face prosecution under California child endangerment laws. 


A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.

Orange County DUI Checkpoints, Friday September 20, 2013

Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! 

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, September 20, 2013:

  • Huntington Beach – Exact location has not yet been disclosed, 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Irvine - Culver Drive and Walnut Ave, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Dana Point - Multiple Checkpoints will be held, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on you behalf. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, to fight for your rights!

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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2 Murrieta Football Players Charged with Alleged Rape of Six Victims



Sex-related criminal charges have been filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office against two Vista Murrieta High School football players in an investigation involving allegations of the rapes of six underage female victims.

Kishawn Tre Holmes, 17, and Byron Keith Holt, 17, have both been charged with sex related crimes. Online player profiles list both Holmes and Holt as members of the 2012-2013 Vista Murrieta varsity football. However, neither players are listed on the team’s 2013-2014 roster. 

Holmes, a Vista Murrieta High senior, has been charged with eight felony counts involving a total of six victims in incidents dating back to 2012, with the most recent being in August, said John Hall, spokesman for the DA’s office.

The arrests of two students on suspicion of rape were confirmed Monday morning by Murrieta police and officials with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. According to Murrieta Police, the alleged rapes did not occur on school campus. Pending the outcome of the charges, the suspects were not on campus, according to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, who said privacy laws do not allow the district to comment further on the charges or disciplinary actions taken.

Both teenagers will appear Tuesday for a detention hearing. While Holmes’ proceedings are allowed to be public, due to the charges of rape by force or fear, the charges against Holt do not qualify under the law as those that would permit public knowledge of the court proceedings or case outcome.

Don Ho Law will be keeping this legal blog updated as the case proceeds. 

If you are accused of a sexual offense, not only may you serve jail time, but you may be required to register as a sex offender. If charged with these offenses it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorneyDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can fight for your rights, contact our office today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

San Bernardino Marijuana Operation Bust, 188 plants and 2 arrests

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department has made numerous drug busts this year, the largest thus far being a raid in which Sheriff’s netted 2,000 marijuana plants and stolen guns in Helendale. The Sheriffs Department has continued this trend with a recent bust of a marijuana-grow operation in Apple Valley.

Two loose dogs and a report of shots fired brought about the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in the backyard of an Apple Valley property. Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley station received reports of shots fired Sunday morning in the area of Pahute and Mesquite roads.

When officers arrived on scene, they learned that a large dog had escaped from a property on Minnetonka Road by digging under the fence. That dog attacked a smaller dog at a property on Pahute Road, where the homeowner shot that dog to stop the attack. While deputies were on scene conducting their investigation, a second large dog escaped from the same Minnetonka Road property and was taken by animal control.

Deputies discovered that the two large dogs were guarding a marijuana growing operation in the back yard of that Minnetonka Road property. Investigators with the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team were called to the scene to help deputies search the residence. Authorities found a large marijuana grow that was not in compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws.

Officials seized 188 large marijuana plants and 4 pounds of processed marijuana. Investigators arrested two individuals in connection with the drug bust – Carlos Moreno and Felipe Delrio. The investigation has been submitted to the district attorney for review.

A criminal conviction can be costly, and serve as a permanent scar on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or sale of drugs, it is important to obtain an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

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