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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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Suspect Arrest in Disneyland ToonTown Explosion


English: Sign at the Entrance to Mickey's Toontown

A 22-year-old Disneyland outdoor vending cast member, Christian Barnes, has been arrested in connection with a dry ice explosion in Mickey’s Toontown area. Anaheim police say Barnes, of Long Beach, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of possessing a destructive device.
A small explosion from an apparent dry ice “bomb” at Disneyland’s Toontown on Tuesday afternoon forced officials to evacuate people from the popular area, law enforcement authorities said.
No injuries were reported from the blast, which rocked the theme park about 5:30 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department said. Toontown, a popular area for families with small children, was reopened about two hours later, police said.
The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can and the explosion was confined to the can, police said.
The device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
He said police were investigating whether there was any connection between those explosions and the blast at Toontown. Investigators planned to review video surveillance footage and examine Internet postings and social media to try to find out who was responsible, Dunn said.
Disneyland said on its Twitter account that Toontown was evacuated “in an abundance of caution.”
Barnes is being held on $1 million bail. Police say he is cooperating with investigators and has indicared that this was an isolated incident with “unanticipated impacts.” If convicted, Barnes could be responsible for paying for the police response.
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison and have to pay a fine. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout the State of California. 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.


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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. 

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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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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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. 

DUI Checkpoint - Lake Forest, February 15, 2013

A DUI checkpoint announcement has been issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for the City of Lake Forest on February 15, 2013 from 6:00pm to 2:00am.

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.

Backyard Bones, Santa Ana Man Charged with Murder

A Santa Ana resident, Larry Thomas Dominguez, 65, was charged with fraudulently collecting more than $100,000 of his deceased father’s Social Security benefits, after bones believed to be those of his father were found in the backyard of his former home. The bones were found when a family in the neighborhood had bought the home and begun renovations. 

Dominguez was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a felony count of theft by embezzlement, with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white-collar crime over $100,000. Dominguez lived in the home with his father and mother since the late 1960s. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office allege that Dominguez collected more than $1,100 a month between his father’s death in May 2005 and January of this year. If convicted, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Construction Workman.

Authorities began investigating Dominguez on Sunday after a human skeleton was discovered during a renovation project at a home he used to own. Though an autopsy did not immediately identify the remains, they were believed to be those of Dominguez’s father, Wallace Benjamin Dominguez.


There is no death certificate for Wallace Dominguez and authorities do not know how he died. Investigators were able to pinpoint May 2005 as his date of death but did not elaborate as to how. Larry Dominguez’s mother also lived at the home, but investigators have a death certificate for her.


Larry Dominguez was originally arrested on suspicion of homicide, but prosecutors filed the embezzlement charges as authorities continue to investigate the manner of death.


If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, 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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12-Year-Old Charged In Murder of Neo-Nazi Father

A judge ruled Monday a 12-year-old Riverside boy was found responsible for the second-degree murder of his father, a regional director of a neo-Nazi organization. Along with the murder count, Riverside Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard found true sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. A “true” or “not true” verdict is the juvenile-court equivalent of guilty. The case was heard without a jury.

Leonard acknowledged the boy’s “long history of abuse and neglect.” Leonard agreed with a psychologist who testified during trial that for the boy, “the potential for violence could have been predicted” based on prenatal substance abuse by the mother, domestic violence between parents and the father’s neo-Nazi philosophy. Leonard said she considered the boy’s age, the circumstance of the crime, the boy’s experience, including family and mental condition, and his understanding of the crime.

The judge laid out the morning of the crime: Before dawn on May 1, 2011, the boy got the family’s .357 Magnum out of his parents’ room while everyone was asleep. He walked downstairs to where his father, 32-year-old Jeff Hall, was sleeping on the couch. He put the gun to his father’s head and pulled the trigger with both hands. The boy then went up to his room and hid the gun under the bed.

Through the course of the trial the young boy admitted that he knew what he was doing wrong at the time of the crime, and that he knew about hate. Leonard said the boy’s statements made within the first 24 hours following the crime were “the most believable.” Those statements gave “a clear picture of whether he understood whether what he did was wrong,” the judge said. The judge said after the crime, the boy – who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity – told police, “if you want to kill someone, you shoot them in the head.”

Prosecutors maintained Hall’s white supremacist beliefs had nothing to do with the crime. The father was a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement, which promotes white separatism. His other children have been taken into protective custody. Prosecutors noted the boy had a history of violence that dated back to kindergarten when he stabbed a teacher with a pencil. The boy was expelled from approximately eight schools, Leonard said. Prosecutors also said the boy told his younger sister two days before the shooting that he planned to kill his father.
The young boy’s defense attorney said his client grew up in an abusive and violent environment and learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. Hardy contended the boy thought if he shot his dad, the violence would end.

“He was kept in an environment where he was conditioned to use violence. He learned that from his dad,” Hardy said, referring to Hall’s neo-Nazi activities and alleged penchant for “slapping, hitting and yelling” at his oldest child. “This young man never had a chance,” the attorney said. “He was genetically programmed to commit violence.”

A dispositional hearing was scheduled for Feb. 15. The county Department of Probation was directed to draw up a pre-sentencing report listing options for the 12-year-old’s placement. The boy is expected to be incarcerated to age 23. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights! Call Don Ho Law at 714-748-7715.


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

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