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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.

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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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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2 Murrieta Football Players Charged with Alleged Rape of Six Victims



Sex-related criminal charges have been filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office against two Vista Murrieta High School football players in an investigation involving allegations of the rapes of six underage female victims.

Kishawn Tre Holmes, 17, and Byron Keith Holt, 17, have both been charged with sex related crimes. Online player profiles list both Holmes and Holt as members of the 2012-2013 Vista Murrieta varsity football. However, neither players are listed on the team’s 2013-2014 roster. 

Holmes, a Vista Murrieta High senior, has been charged with eight felony counts involving a total of six victims in incidents dating back to 2012, with the most recent being in August, said John Hall, spokesman for the DA’s office.

The arrests of two students on suspicion of rape were confirmed Monday morning by Murrieta police and officials with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. According to Murrieta Police, the alleged rapes did not occur on school campus. Pending the outcome of the charges, the suspects were not on campus, according to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, who said privacy laws do not allow the district to comment further on the charges or disciplinary actions taken.

Both teenagers will appear Tuesday for a detention hearing. While Holmes’ proceedings are allowed to be public, due to the charges of rape by force or fear, the charges against Holt do not qualify under the law as those that would permit public knowledge of the court proceedings or case outcome.

Don Ho Law will be keeping this legal blog updated as the case proceeds. 

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

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

San Bernardino Marijuana Operation Bust, 188 plants and 2 arrests

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department has made numerous drug busts this year, the largest thus far being a raid in which Sheriff’s netted 2,000 marijuana plants and stolen guns in Helendale. The Sheriffs Department has continued this trend with a recent bust of a marijuana-grow operation in Apple Valley.

Two loose dogs and a report of shots fired brought about the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in the backyard of an Apple Valley property. Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley station received reports of shots fired Sunday morning in the area of Pahute and Mesquite roads.

When officers arrived on scene, they learned that a large dog had escaped from a property on Minnetonka Road by digging under the fence. That dog attacked a smaller dog at a property on Pahute Road, where the homeowner shot that dog to stop the attack. While deputies were on scene conducting their investigation, a second large dog escaped from the same Minnetonka Road property and was taken by animal control.

Deputies discovered that the two large dogs were guarding a marijuana growing operation in the back yard of that Minnetonka Road property. Investigators with the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team were called to the scene to help deputies search the residence. Authorities found a large marijuana grow that was not in compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws.

Officials seized 188 large marijuana plants and 4 pounds of processed marijuana. Investigators arrested two individuals in connection with the drug bust – Carlos Moreno and Felipe Delrio. The investigation has been submitted to the district attorney for review.

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 drugs, it is important to obtain 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, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

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Television and NBA Star Lamar Odom Arrested for DUI

After a week of rumors swirling Lamar Odom’s recent troubling behavior, the basketball player has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving too slowly on the 101 Freeway.

The arrest occurred in a rumor filled week which centered around allegations that Odom is cheating on wife Khloe Kardashian, which later developed into allegations that the basketball star had been using crack cocaine.

Early Friday morning, Odom was going about 50 mph when he was pulled over on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. California Highway Patrol officials said he was driving in a “serpentine manner” and actually continued past three exits while authorities tried to pull him over. He showed signs of intoxication and couldn’t pass field sobriety tests, a CHP report said. He refused all chemical tests at Van Nuys jail.

A year ago, Khloe reportedly pressured Lamar into rehab in San Diego, TMZ reports, where he stayed for only three weeks but managed to clean up in time for his season with the Clippers. Kardashian Odom has reportedly kept the alleged circumstances a secret from her notoriously close family until recently.

Odom was arrested just before 4 a.m., booked around 5 a.m. and not released until around 8:30 a.m. Odom’s bail was set at $15,000, according to L.A. Sheriff’s Department records. Odom is due in court September 27 for the DUI arrest.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence or for possession of drugs, 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 and fight your charges!

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

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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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. 

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