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Redlands Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Former Redlands teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, recently pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges of sex with a minor.

Whitehurst allegedly gave birth to a child police say was fathered by her student. Whitehurst was an adviser at Citrus Valley High School to the then-16-year-old boy, who is now 17, and believed to be the father of her child.

The victim’s mother reported the relationship to school officials, who contacted Redlands Police. The sexual relationship allegedly began in the summer of 2012 and continued for nearly a year. Two more students have been identified as having been in sexual relationships with Whitehurst, but other charges have not been filed.

There were questions about whether the school district violated the state’s “mandated reporter law” because it did not notify police about an unsubstantiated rumor about the teacher prior to her arrest. However, no charges were filed against the Redlands Unified School District by the District Attorney’s Office.

During the sentencing, the courtroom heard from the victim and his mother. Both asked the judge not to grant Whitehurst the plea deal, though both the victim and his mother had been in agreement with the district attorney’s plea deal prior to the hearing.

Whitehurst pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex charges. Under the deal, Whitehurst will receive one year in jail and must register as a sex offender for life. She will also be under probation for five years, and she will have to forfeit her teaching credentials. 


If you are accused of a sexual offense, you may not only serve jail time, but you may also be required to register as a sex offender. If charged you or a loved one is charged with a sexual crime or offense, it is important to be represented by an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney

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

Chris Brown Will Not Face Charges in Alleged Anaheim Club Assault

In June 2013 the famous R&B artist Chris Brown was accused of allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old Anaheim club-goer, Deanna Gines, inside the Orange County nightclub, Heat Ultra Lounge.

Gines alleged that Brown pushed her during a June 22 concert at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim. The case, which could have resulted in a misdemeanor charge, was referred to the Anaheim city attorney’s office for review.

In July, Gines sued Brown and Royal Entertainment Inc., which owns the nightclub, claiming that she had been battered, assaulted and suffered emotional distress. She claimed Brown shoved her to the ground, injuring her left knee. After the incident, security kicked her out of the club, she claimed.

As of August 27, Anaheim prosecutors have decided not to file charges against singer Chris Brown over allegations that he assaulted a woman at a nightclub near Disneyland in June, according to a city spokeswoman.

As reported by the Orange County Register, the office “declined to file charges in this case based on review of the circumstances and evidence,” city spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said in a written statement. According to Sgt. Bob Dunn, a factor that motivated the decision to decline to file charges was that two women who were with Gines when the alleged incident occurred failed to contact detectives.

Brown was famously convicted of assaulting on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He was sentenced to five years probation for the attack and 1000 hours of community service. 



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. 

OC Man Arrested After Police Find $1.3 million in Marijuana and Cocaine

An Orange County resident was arrested when Fountain Valley Police discovered marijuana and
cocaine worth more than $1.3 million during a search of two homes in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley.

Jace Remington, 34, who was free on bail on narcotics charges, was booked Tuesday on suspicion of possession of marijuana and cocaine for sale after authorities recovered 115 pounds of pot valued at $1.3 million and 1.5 pounds of cocaine worth $64,000 in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Remington was released from custody after posting bail on Wednesday, according to Orange County sheriff’s department website.

Fountain Valley police served the search warrants in relation to a narcotics investigation, according to the release. Remington was previously charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, sale or transport of a controlled substance, possession for sale of marijuana, sale or transport of marijuana, and possession of concentrated cannabis, all felonies, in connection to a June arrest.

Remington also faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and on a suspended or revoked license, as well as sentencing enhancement for committing a secondary offense while released from custody, according to court records.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, or possession of drugs or narcotics, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf. Individuals charged with drug offenses in California can face severe consequences, ranging from a fine and community service to years in prison. Effective legal representation is important to ensure that your rights have not been violated and to provide an aggressive defense. Contact Don Ho Law to speak to an attorney to fight for your rights!

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

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Long Beach DUI Checkpoint This Weekend!

What: DUI checkpoint administered by Long Beach Police

When: 7:00pm Saturday, August 10, 2013 to 3:00am Sunday, August 11, 2013

Where: East Division Area

Everyone drive safe and be responsible this weekend!

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf. A DUI can be costly – you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and may have to pay hefty fines. Contact Don Ho Law to speak to an attorney to fight for your rights!

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 
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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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Drunk Driver Leads Police in a Pursuit through Orange County

A drunken man led Orange County Sheriffs from Stanton to Anaheim in a pursuit that began in a fast-food restaurant drive through lane and ended when a deputy opened fire on the suspect. The pursuit ended on Ball Road and Gilbert Street in Anaheim early Saturday morning.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies chased a drunken man Saturday morning after he passed out in a fast-food restaurant drive-through lane and rammed a patrol car trying to escape, authorities said.


Deputies arrived at a McDonald’s, 11097 Beach Blvd., at 3:07 a.m., and found the man, Lt. Joe Balicki said.


When authorities attempted to talk to the driver, he woke up and became uncooperative, authorities said. The man then hit an occupied patrol car, escaping the drive-through lane.

Authorities said the man drove north on Beach Boulevard, turning east on Ball Road. Deputies managed to stop his vehicle near Ball Road and Gilbert Street in Anaheim.


During the pursuit on Ball Road, an officer fired one or more shots at the driver just before Dale Street, Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Doan said.


Authorities did not confirm whether the man was shot, but Orange County District Attorney officials are investigating at the scene, as it is protocol for all officer- involved shootings, Doan said. No deputies were injured, but the driver was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive. Upon being released from the hospital, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested him on felony DUI and assault with a deadly weapon charges for ramming the patrol car.

 

If you are facing a criminal charge in Riverside or Orange County, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting and/or reducing your charges. Do not hesitate and contact Don Ho, today!


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


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