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Orange County Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Pin Scheme

When visiting Disneyland, it’s not hard to notice the extensive trading occurring between park visitors and with park employees. Disney pins are sold in many gift shops, and some of the most collectible pins come with a heft price. The pins are extraordinarily popular among collectors, with some rare pins selling online for more than $1,000.

Larry James Allred, a twice-convicted rapist, ran a counterfeit pin scheme in which he illegally imported counterfeit Disney pins from China and sold them on the Internet. From January 2010 to April 2011, Allred and his co-conspirator, Robert Smyrak, sent actual, collectible Disney pins to a manufacturer in China. The manufacturer copied the pins and shipped the fakes to Allred and Smyrak, which the pair sold online. The pair sold more than a million pins in bulk for less than $1 a pin. 

Authorities uncovered the scheme in February 2011 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment at Los Angeles International Airport containing more than 150 pounds of fake Disney pins. Anaheim police arrested the two in April 2011. 

Allred was sentenced to eight years in prison this week and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution, authorities said. Symark, of Anaheim, was sentenced to one year in jail and to three years probation. Each pleaded guilty to one felony count of trademark infringement. Allred also pleaded guilty to sentence enhancements for property loss of more than $200,000.

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

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132 Arrests in Newport and Costa Mesa over July 4th Holiday

Police made 132 Fourth of July-related arrests in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Newport Beach police arrested 123 revelers between Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. The arrests were largely related to alcohol and parties, although specifics were not immediately available, police said.

This year’s arrest total was similar to those of the past few years. Newport Beach made 119 arrests last year, according to Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

In Newport Beach there were 943 events logged from midnight on the Fourth of July to 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to Newport Beach Police Lt. Jon Lewis. Those events include self-initiated police activity and citizen calls for service, Lewis said. A more specific breakdown was not available.

Newport, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Irvine Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit, had 200 safety personnel on patrol Thursday,, Manzella said.



Costa Mesa police said they arrested nine people from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday — four for impaired driving, one for drug possession, one for being drunk in public, one for an arrest warrant, one for an arsonist failing to register with the Police Department and one for a fireworks-related citation.

 

The Costa Mesa Police Department deployed 14 to 26 officers throughout the city on the Fourth of July, police said. Costa Mesa authorities received 224 fireworks calls, and officers were dispatched to 40, police said. Authorities received 47 calls in Costa Mesa related to disturbances or fights that were handled by officers, police said.


 

This Fourth of July Orange County celebrated with fireworks, barbeques, sparklers and sunshine. It was a great day to celebrate our nations independence to remember those who serve and protect our country. However, oftentimes the celebration does not end with applause at the fireworks bursting in the sky but rather handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser.


 

If you or a loved one were charged with driving under the influence or with other crimes, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI or criminal conviction can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. DonHo, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight the charges on your behalf.

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

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Orange County Caregiver Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Client

Aliso Viejo resident, Robert Ligayo, 62, has been arrested and is in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his client, a 66-year-old woman from Laguna Woods.

Orange County detectives arrested Ligayo Monday night after the woman called deputies. He was later charged with one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object.

Prosecutors allege the defendant worked for a company called Salus Home Care. The woman hired him through an agency to care for her and her husband. The woman says Ligayo sexually abused her for six months.

Investigators say he allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting her, but Ligayo’s family members who went to court say the allegations are not true. Ligoya’s family says they’re stunned by the allegations, describing Ligayo as a family man who has a close relationship with his wife, six kids, and grand kids. Investigators say Ligayo, a licensed caregiver since 2001, has worked for several companies in south Orange County. He has no prior criminal history, and his wife says his previous clients loved him.

Ligayo appeared in court Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea to the sexual abuse charge. He remains in Orange County Jail. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail. If convicted of the current charges he could face up to eight years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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 attorney. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County who can fight for your rights, contact our office today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County.

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UC Riverside Student Arrested for Solicitation of Murder

Often times relationships come with several ups and down, verbal arguments, and heated break ups. A University of California, Riverside student has been recently charged with taking a break up one step further by soliciting a boyfriend to kill her ex.

Barbara Wu, 21, has recently been charged with soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism and stalking, among other crimes. Dennis Lin, who dated Wu, sought a restraining order against Wu on May 24, two days after she allegedly asked him to kill an ex-boyfirend. In his request for a restraining order, Lin wrote that Wu made him promise on May 22 that he would break the man’s legs with a baseball bat, kill him, and discard the body. At the request of police, Lin recorded Wu discussing the alleged murder plot, leading to the arrest of the 21-year-old student. 
Four months before her arrest, Wu sought a restraining order against a former boyfriend. She contended she suffered physical and emotional trauma. The temporary restraining order was granted for two months, but a no permanent restraining order was issued as Wu withdrew her request for a permanent order. 
“Passions and emotions are a scary thing,” Wu tweeted before her arrest.
Wu is being held on $500,000 bail. She is order to appear in court on July 9 for felony sentencing conference. 
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Don How Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout the State of California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 
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DUI Checkpoints - Garden Grove, Laguna Beach, Santa Ana

Orange County DUI Checkpoints Saturday, June 8th

  • Garden Grove – Magnolia between Chapman and Lampson, 7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 
  • Laguna Beach - Saturation points announced all over city, 6:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.
  • Santa Ana - Fourth Street between Grand and Main, 7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


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Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Orange and Riverside County, California. 

Man Arrested for Murder in Pitbull Attack

Los Angeles County authorities announced the arrest of Alex Jackson, 28, at his Littlerock home on suspicion of murder in connection with a deadly pit bull attack in Littlerock. The pit bull attack killed an Antelope Valley jogger Pamela Devitt, 63, who was walking on May 9 when she was attacked by a pack of four pit bulls.
Authorities believe there was evidence that he was aware the dogs were vicious and they have attacked before and he knew of the danger they posed.
A deputy found one of the dogs still attacking the victim when he arrived on scene. The deputy was able to chase the dog away and called paramedics. Devitt died en route to the hospital as a result of blood loss. Coroner’s officials said they found 150 to 200 puncture wounds and sharp force trauma across her body.
Later that same day, homicide investigators seized eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, from Jackson’s home. Four of the dogs were believed to be involved in the attack. What appeared to be blood was found on their coats and muzzles./While investigating the pit bulls at the house, deputies also found a marijuana growing operation.
Jackson faces up to life in prison if convicted, a Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman said. Jackson had been booked for murder at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, and his bail was set at $1,050,000, according to the release.
If you or a loved one had been accused of a crime, it is important that you contact an attorney who will fight zealously for your rights and try to reduce your fines. Don Ho is an experienced and aggressivecriminal defense attorney in Orange County who can represent you during this difficult time.
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County. 

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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Orange County DUI Checkpoint - Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach

A DUI checkpoint will occur in the following locations:

Costa Mesa Newport Blvd and E 17th St Fri Apr 26, 2013
Huntington Beach Slater Ave Fri Apr 26, 2013
Newport Beach Jamboree Rd And Santa Barbara Dr 8:30pm – Fri Apr 26, 2013
Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside and Orange County. If you or a loved one has received or charged with a DUI, contact an attorney who can fight for you. 

NTSB Recommends Lowering Alcohol Limit to .05

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday all 50 states reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for driving from the existing .08 to .05, saying the level is too high and leaves some drivers still impaired even though they are operating legally. The recommendation is part of a package of 10 new suggestions and nine renewed ideas to lower the number of alcohol-related crashes. The board is also calling for more high-visibility enforcement including sobriety checkpoints and to require ignition locks for those who have been convicted or first-time offenses, said Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.


The package of recommendations are designed to work together, but Hersman said she is hoping reducing the legal limit for alcohol consumption will serve as a deterrent to people who may be thinking of drinking while driving. 

Local business owners, lawyers and even law enforcement officials questioned if changing the limit is necessary and could cause other problems. In the United States driving laws are set state by state and currently all 50 states and all of Canada call for an alcohol limit of .08 to drive legally.

Because alcohol affects people in different ways, it is difficult to say exactly how many drinks in what time period it would take to reach an .05 level. According to one website, a 180-pound man who drank three 12-ounce beers in an hour would have a blood alcohol level of .04. A fourth beer would push him over the legal limit at .06. 

“One person can be at one drink in one hour and still be impaired but they are still not intoxicated…but some people with alcohol addiction can build up a tolerance and appear to be not as impaired,” said Baxter Chandler, a licensed social worker and the director of behavioral health at Holyoke Medical Center. 

Chandler said he feels most people are impaired at .08 blood alcohol level and some are not legally impaired at .06 but still are driving dangerously because they are too drunk.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight your charges and/or lower your sentence.

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

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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