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Rescued Hiker Charged with Possession

One of two hikers rescued from Trabuco Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest has recently been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and his friend, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, went missing while hiking on Easter
Sunday on what was supposed to be an easy hike, the pair were found separately sever days later. Cendoya was rescued first and Jack was rescued the next day. Each hiker told reported having suffering hallucinations and lucid dreams.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said methamphetamine was found on or around March 31st in Cendoya’s parked car in the Cleveland National Forest. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was searching his car looking for any information that might help them locate the two missing hikers and while they were looking in the car they found 497 mg, or a small useable amount, of methamphetamine, reports the ABC News. Investigators did not ask the hikers to submit to toxicology testing after their rescue.

Cendoya was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bards. Jack is not charged at this time, according to the district attorney’s office.

Orange County officials said earlier they would not seek reimbursement for the more than $160,000 spent rescuing the hikers, but a request for an investigation to determine if the hikers set in motion a series of events in which they should be held legally and financially responsible has been made.

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 narcotics, it is important to find 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 and Orange County, California.

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Bus Driver Helps Arrest Riverside Robbery Suspect

A Riverside bus driver, Bob Owens, is credited with helping police catch a violent robbery suspect who boarded his bus in Corona when he recognized Erick Cunningham’s, 45, face from posters. 

Police said that on April 16, Cunningham, used a hammer or mallet to bludgeon a 52-year-old owner of a Riverside tobacco shop and then grabbed cash from the register. The victim was hospitalized in serious condition. 

On Thursday morning, Cunningham boarded Owen’s bus in Corona and took a window seat at the front of the bus, according to the Riverside Transit Agency.

Owens calmly waited, taking care not to appear nervous, for his opportunity to alert law enforcement that Cunningham was on his bus. 

Owens waited until he could quietly ask another bus driver to alert police during a stop. Minutes later, Owens made a stop on his route at the Galleria at Tyler, and officers were waiting.

Cunningham was being held on $1 million bail. He is expected to appear in court Monday to face felony charges.

If you are facing a criminal charge, you will need an aggressive and comprehensive defense by an experienced criminal attorney. Attorney Don Ho is deeply rooted in the Southern California legal community and has established relationships with several deputy district attorneys and judges in Riverside and Orange Counties. Contact Don Ho Law today for help fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California. 

Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested for D.U.I.

As law enforcement begin to set up more drunk driving check points, thanks to newly established government funding, the number of DUIs increases as well.

Early Sunday morning, Los Angeles traffic police arrested the stand-up comic Kevin Hart on suspicion of drunk driving. California Highway Patrol observed Hart speeding down a freeway at 90 mph in his black Mercedes, weaving across traffic lanes and almost running into a gas tanker truck. Hart admitted to being drunk to police prior to taking field sobriety tests, according to the comedian’s twitter.

Through the year, officers have set up checkpoints in both Riverside and Orange Counties, contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. At these checkpoints, officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

“Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI class, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000,” said Sgt. Peter Giannakakos, of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Department.

Funding for checkpoints is provided to local police departments by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one is being charged with driving under the influence, it’s important to be represented by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. Don Ho is a leading criminal defense attorney in Riverside and Orange Counties and can help fight your charges and/or minimize your fines and sentence.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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O.C. Doctor Sentenced for Selling Illegal Prescriptions

The thought of a drug dealer usually brings to mind an image of a street dealer pushing drugs to young kids and adults. Today, that image now includes a licensed doctor distributing drugs from a coffeehouse venue.

An Orange County doctor who often saw patients at Starbucks coffeehouses has agreed to serve at least eight years in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other drugs, according to court records.

Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 44, of Mission Viejo routinely wrote prescriptions for highly abused medications to patients with no legitimate need for them, authorities have alleged in court papers.

Yee was arrested in October 2011 at his Irvine office and was released on bond. He was charged with 56 counts of illegally distributing a controlled substance and was accused of selling prescription for cash after cursory examinations often conducted in coffeehouses and other unusual locales.

At least one patient, a 21-year-old Huntington Beach woman, died of a drug overdose in August 2011 after he prescribed drugs for her, according to a preliminary finding by the Orange County coroner’s office, according to a federal search warrant affidavit. Authorities said Yee met up to a dozen people almost every evening in Starbucks throughout Orange County.

According to an agreement with prosecutors, Yee will plead guilty to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner and will agree to serve eight to 10 years in prison.

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important that you contact an attorney who will fight for your rights and/or try to reduce your sentence. Don Ho is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can represent you during this difficult time.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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Orange County DUI Checkpoint - Santa Ana April 5, 2013

A DUI checkpoint will occur at the following location:

City:  Santa Ana, CA
Date:  Friday, April 5, 2013
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location:  Area of 300 N. Main St. (between 17th Street & 1st Street)
Agency:  Santa Ana Police Department
 
A DUI conviction is costly and disruptive to your life. It is important to make sure that if you are facing a criminal conviction, you receive competent representation. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime contact an experienced an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, CA.

LAPD Officer wins $1.2million Discrimination Lawsuit

A black Los Angeles police officer was awarded $1.2 million by a jury this week in a suit alleging racial discrimination and harassment against the city and department.
 
Officer Earl Wright, a 23-year veteran on the force, said he faced discrimination and harassment at the department dating back to 2009, but that the department didn’t take complaints seriously, which caused him to be hospitalized and miss seven months of work because of stress and anxiety.
 
Alleged instances of discrimination include those from high-ranking officers. In November 2009, Sgt. Peter Foster, a white officer, called Wright back from the field to present him with a cake for his 20-year anniversary with the department. The cake was topped with a fried chicken leg and a slice of watermelon. In September 2009, photos of Wright and his partner’s faces were superimposed on a “Sanford and Son” poster that was plastered around the department and called a family portrait.
 
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated less than four hours before announcing its verdict following Wright’s four day trial. In Wright’s case, the jury awarded $600,000 for past economic damages and $600,000 for future damages, Smith said.
 
The case is the latest in a series of big figure settlements and jury awards in cases brought by LAPD officers against the department. Last week, City Council approved a $1.25 million payout to a current and a former officer who said their supervisor repeatedly harassed them because they are lesbians.
 
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination based on your race, sex, or gender and fearful of speaking out because of employer retaliation, Don Ho Law can fight for you!
 
Published by DonHo Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California. 

Three Arrested in Yorba Linda Burglaries

Over 100 burglaries have taken place in Yorba Linda since October 2012, and police believe they finally have the thieves. Thieves broke into 35 homes last month alone, stealing mainly jewelry and electronics. Authorities say most of the burglaries happened during the say between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Due to the increased number of burglaries, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had taken over law-enforcement duties in Yorba Linda, leading to an increase in patrols.  On Friday, authorities arrested Howard Arca, 36; Don Nguyen, 32; and Vu Doan, 21, in the East Lake Village area of Yorba Linda.

Neighborhood residents reported suspicious activity, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Residents said three men were knocking on doors in the neighborhood. If residents answered, the men asked for someone who did not live at the residence.

Sheriff’s deputies located the three men sitting in two cars in the area. Their stories were found to be inconsistent and after searching the cars, deputies found crowbars, gloves and screwdrivers. The three men are believed to be part of a larger burglary ring responsible for more than 100 area burglaries.

A criminal conviction is costly and disruptive of your life. It is important to make sure that if you are facing a criminal conviction, you receive competent representation. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime contact an experienced an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, CA.

DUI Checkpoints Planned for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

This St. Patrick’s day and weekend, police and CHP will be boosting their presence on several Orange County roads and freeways, in an attempt to curb what has been a rise in the numbers of incidents of drunk driving and fatalities.

Specifically, CHP officers are focusing on speeding and aggressive driving on Santiago Canyon Road through Sunday with extra patrols funded by a federal grant. Other DUI enforcement will include saturation patrols around the county.

The stepped-up enforcement is part of the Avoid the 38 DUI task force’s crackdown on drunken drivers and its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to a statement released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department is one of 38 law-enforcement agencies expected to increase patrols during the weekend.

As of Saturday night there are several Orange County DUI Checkpoints, one checkpoint location is currently Beach Blvd. and Slater in Huntington Beach and in Irvine at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway from 7:00PM – 3:00AM.

In Riverside County, checkpoints include Corona on South Lincoln Ave. & West 6th Street.

If you or a loved one is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights. Don’t hesitate and contact Don Ho today!

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, CA.

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Pregnant Woman Fired For Premarital Sex

A San Diego woman is suing San Diego Christian College, alleging the school fired her once it was revealed she was pregnant out of wedlock. Teri James, 29, alleges she was let go from her job as a financial specialist at San Diego Christian college because her pregnancy revealed she had premarital sex.

Upon employment James signed a two-page long “community covenant”, a solemn agreement between the students and employees at San Diego Christian College, which outlined, among other restrictions, a covenant that she would abstain from sexual behavior and if she engaged in such behavior, she may face disciplinary action.
James claims that she was humiliated. She claims she was called into her supervisor’s office, interrogated about rumors surrounding her pregnancy, and subsequently fired when she confirmed that she was pregnant. Shortly after being fired, James’ position at San Diego Christian College was offered to her then fiancé, they are now married, even though it was known that he, too, engaged in premarital sex.
James is suing for wrongful termination in addition to gender discrimination and is seeking damages from the school in an unspecified amount. 
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination based on you sex, gender, age, or race, contact Don Ho Law today for assistance with your case. Don Ho is an an experienced employment law attorney who can focus on your case and who will fight for you!
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California. 
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Fullerton DUI Arrests On the Rise

In Fullerton, there have been 121 DUI arrests from the start of the new year to Sunday, 586 arrests in 2012, and 831 arrests in 2011. 
Fullerton, CA Police patch
The increase in DUI arrests in 2013 is due to the Fullerton Police Department putting to use a $146,222 state grant for programs related to drunken-driving suppression, along with a $50,000 grant earmarked for sobriety checkpoints. The grants were awarded last year by the state Office of Traffic Safety. 
 
Since Oct. 1, the department has tapped into the larger grant to implement 35 saturation patrols – six-hour operations involving two officers patrolling the bar-heavy downtown area looking for suspected drunken drivers.The operation has netted an average of one DUI arrest per patrol, said Capt. George Crum. Fifty-five more saturation patrols are planned through Sept. 30.
 
Five undercover court-sting operations have also been budgeted through the grant. The second took place on Feb.19 at the North Justice Center, where police followed 35 drivers with suspended licenses from the courthouse to their vehicles. Most had alternate transportation, but police did cite six drivers who’d had their licenses suspended for DUI convictions but still got behind the wheel and drove away from the courthouse. Another driver was arrested on a DUI warrant. The first court sting netted seven citations and one arrest.
 
Through the $50,000 grant, the department has staged one sobriety checkpoint, has a second planned for March, and will hold three more by Sept. 30.
 
The City Council in August voted unanimously to accept the $146,222 grant but initially turned down the $50,000 grant. Then-Councilman Travis Kiger said checkpoints violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment – which guards against unreasonable searches – and are ineffective and merely a tool used by police unions to garner overtime pay.
 
Family members of people killed by drunken drivers, along with officials from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, criticized the council for turning down the checkpoint grant. The council then revisited the issue and approved the grant after being informed that the state Office of Traffic Safety would not award either grant unless the council accepted both.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, California leads the nation in the number of sobriety checkpoints with more than 2,000 conducted annually. Almost 90 percent of California drivers support sobriety checkpoints, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the agency. Of the 14 motor-vehicle deaths in Fullerton since 2009, seven were alcohol related, Chief Dan Hughes has said.

If you or a loved one is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights. Do not hesitate and contact Don Ho today!
 
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Orange County, California. 


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