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Orange County DUI Checkpoints, February 15, 2014

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! So, while you and your significant other are out there celebrating love, remember that its a busy weekend for the police of Orange County! Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! Be safe out there!




Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Saturday, February 15, 2014:

  • Huntington Beach - Magnolia Street and Yorktown, 7:00 pm – 2:30 am. 
Inland Empire DUI Checkpoints for Saturday, February 15, 2014:

  • Fontana: Two Checkpoints have been reported. The first on Foothill B;vd and Citrus Ave, the second on Foothill Blvd and Sierra Ave, both from 7:00 pm – 3:00 am. 
Check back with Donholaw.com for updates on the DUI Checkpoint locations.
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.

Orange County DUI Checkpoints, January 31, 2014



This Super Bowl weekend will be a busy one for the police of Orange County! Here’s the latest general Orange County DUI Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information! Be safe out there!

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, January 31, 2014:

  • Garden Grove - Location Undisclosed, 8:00 pm – 2:30 am. 
  • Westminster – Beach Blvd., between McFadden and Bolsa, 7:30 pm – 2:00 am. 
  • Costa Mesa: Baker Street, between Bristol and Bear Street near Shark Club, 8:00 pm – 3:00 am.
Check back with Donholaw.com for updates on the DUI Checkpoint locations.
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.

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on DUI This Holiday Season

More than 1,700 people have been arrested in the winter holiday DUI crackdown in LA County, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles County law enforcement officers have arrested nearly 1,700 motorists on suspicion of intoxicated driving during the last 15 days as part of an annual holiday crackdown.
Between Friday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 25, officers from 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 1,700 people – almost 100 more arrests this year than during the same period in 2012.The DUI crackdown is part of the Avoid the 100 DUI Campaign and involves checkpoints and directed patrols.
This New Year’s Eve, a Maximum Enforcement Period will be in effect beginning Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. until midnight Jan. 1. One hundred law enforcement agencies are participating in the campaign, and the patrols will continue through New Year’s Day.

For the 17th year, AAA is offering it’s free Tipsy Tow service to help drunk drivers stay off the road.
Between the hours of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan 1, AAA will tow you and your car home – up to seven miles – whether you’re a triple-A member or not. Simply call 1-800-400-4AAA and tell the operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” A truck will be dispatched, and will tow both the driver and their car.


If you are thinking of driving, call AAA instead. Even if you’re unsure whether or not you’re over the legal limit, with a service such as the one offered by AAA, it’s better to be safe.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges on your 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 experienced 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.

Black Friday Violence is Seen Throughout the Nation

Shoppers eager to take advantage of Black Friday deals early Thanksgiving night left the holiday cheer at home. Several incidents of violence and theft occurred throughout the country Thursday night. 

 
In Las Vegas, a shopper was shot by a suspect who attempted to steal a TV from him. The suspect brandished a gun, took possession of the TV, and tried to return to his vehicle. The victim followed the suspect and was shot in the leg while trying to recover his property. 
 
In Chicago, a police office was dragged several feet by a car. An officer responding to a call of alleged shoplifting followed the suspect to his car when the car started to move as the officer was half inside it. A backup officer then shot the driver of the car. 
 
Closer to home, at least three people got into a fight in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Rialto, California because shoppers were cutting in line. More than a dozen police officers swarmed the retail giant at the Wal-Mart on Riverside Ave after an officer was injured trying to break up a fight between two men. 
 
All the people involved in the fights were taken into custody, but one of the men involved in the fight outside was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony assault on a peace officer. Police said he was allegedly kicking the other man in the head when he was on the ground.
 
Raymond Rice, 25, of San Bernardino and Chennel Smith, of Fontana, were arrested after the confrontation outside the store. 

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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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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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.


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