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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.

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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Santa Ana City Councilman Arrested, Faces Sexual Assault Charges


Charges of sexual assault are life changing as they can ruin reputation, relationships, and careers.

On July 2, 2012, Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante, 47, was charged with sexually assaulting seven women, while working for the Orange County Public Works,  in what prosecutors said was an abuse of power and public trust. The allegations against the Councilman include luring women into his office during business hours, under pretenses of discussing business matters, only to hug, kiss, and grope them. 


The alleged sexual assaults are said to have occurred between 2003 and last year. However, statute of limitations restrict additional charges with twelve other women from being filed. The victims are said to have faced intimidation tactics and were fearful of losing their jobs if they were to come forward. As a result, a judge has ordered Bustamante have no contact with the seven women he is alleged to have sexually assaulted before and during the trial.

Bustamante’s defense attorney is asking for dismissal of all charges, accusing the Office of the Orange County District Attorney of deliberately hindering his client’s opportunity to have a fair trial. Specifically, he accuses the District Attorney of excessive comments that crossed the line of acceptable legal conduct to tarnish Bustamante as a “sexual offender of the worst sort.” 

Bustamante’s arraignment has been re-scheduled for July 26. If convicted on all counts, Bustamante faces a maximum of 26 years in state prison, and would be subject to lifetime sex offender registration

If you have been accused of sexual assault, the experienced Orange County Criminal Law firm of Don Ho, LLP can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

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