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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Snowboarder Bandit Robs Several Orange County Banks

Pictured Above: Snowboard Bandit. Source: Anaheim Police Department.


Authorities are searching for a serial bank robber known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" because of his youthful apperance and casual ski clothing worn during the robberies. The last robbery took place at a Chase bank in Laguna Niguel on Tuesday. The robber handed the teller a note and escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities also beleive the Snowboarder Bandit is responsible for at least seven recent bank robberies in Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch and Corona Del Mar. Several banks in the area are offering rewards for the bandit's capture.

In California, robbery is defined as the felonious taking of personal property of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear. Defenses to robbery include lack of intent to take the property, lack of force or fear, and claim of right. If convicted of robbery, you face prison/jail time, probation, and you could obtain a "strike" against you, as robbery is conisdered a violent felony. Therefore, if you are charged with robbery, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Traffic Stop Leads to One Million Dollars Worth of Marijuana

Pictured Above: Map of Traffic Stop & Surrounding Area. Source: Los Angeles Times.


Last week, Los Angeles police conducted a routine traffic stop and pulled over Harry Kaladjian. Authorities discovered that Kaladjian had been driving with a suspended license and was on probation. Because he was on probation, police followed Kaladjian to his home and did a probation compliance check. At Kaladjian's home, officers found a large scale marijuana operation. Approximately 800 marijuana plants filled the house and several large plastic bags of marijuana were found. Kaladjian and eight other people were arrested and over $1 million worth of marijuana was confiscated.

California law makes it a felony to possess illegal drugs for the purpose of selling them.  Further it is also a felony to sell, furnish, administer, give away, transport or import an illegal narcotic. If charged with either crime, you face jail/prison time, probation and will be required to pay large fines. Possible defenses to drug crimes include illegal searches and seizures by the police, police misconduct, entrapment, mistaken identity by the police, lack of intent and lack of knowledge. If you are charged with a drug crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Husband Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Prison Guard Wife

Pictured Above: Anaheim Police Department at a news conference. Source: Orange County Register.

Elizabeth Wheat Begaren, a prison guard, was shot and killed in 1998 after stepping out of her vehicle on the 91 freeway. Begaren was in the car with her husband, Nuzzio Begaren, and her step daughter. Nuzzio claimed that a car full of gang members had followed them out of the mall, made them stop on the freeway, robbed them, and then shot Elizabeth because she worked for the Department of Corrections. Anaheim police were suspicious of Nuzzio after they found out that he had taken out a $1 million life insurance plan on his wife six months before the murder. On Monday, fourteen years after the murder, police arrested Nuzzio on suspicion of murder for financial gain. Louis Sandoval and Rafael Garcia Miranda were also arrested on suspicion of murder and street terrorism. Authorities are still searching for another suspect named Guillermo Espinoza.

If a murder is willful, premeditated and deliberated, it is considered a first-degree murder. Capital murder is murder in the first-degree with a special circumstance. Murdering someone for financial gain is a special circumstance and if Nuzzio is convicted of his murder charge, he will face the punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. In addition to prison time, Nuzzio faces fines, probation/parole, and a strike on his record. If you are charged with murder, please call an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dodger James Loney Will Not Face Driving Under the Influence Charges

Pictured Above: James Loney. Source: Los Angeles Times.

James Loney, a Los Angeles Dodger's baseball player was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Loney was arrested in November of 2011, after allegedly sideswiping several cars in his Maserati on the 101 Freeway. The officer that arrested him after the accident stated that he appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of "something". On Wednesday, the City Attorney stated that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against Loney since his alcohol and drug tests came back negative. Because of this, Loney will not be criminally charged for the incident.

California law states that it is against the law for any person to operate a motor vehicle while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are pulled over because a police officer thinks that you are intoxicated, you will be given field sobriety tests. If you fail the field sobriety tests, you will be arrested and taken to jail. In addition, your license will likely be suspended or revoked and you will be forced to pay penalties and fines.

If you are charged with drunk driving, contact an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges. Possible defenses to failing field sobriety tests include instrument malfunctioning, environmental conditions or physiological conditions.

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