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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Operator of Boot Camp Charged With Sexual Assault

Pictured Above: Boot Camp. Source: KTLA-TV Channel 5.

This week, Kelvin Bernard McFarland pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of assaulting two 14-year-old girls in 2004. McFarland is an operator of a boot camp in Pasadena and these felony charges are the result of alleged sexual assaults against two girls at the camp. McFarland has also been charged in a separate case with abusing children at another boot camp. In the abuse case, McFarland is being charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping and extortion. McFarland is currently being held on $275,000 bail.

In California, sexual assault or battery is the touching of the intimate part of another, against their will for sexual arousal, gratification or abuse. Penalties for sexual assault include jail/prison time, probation, fines, and registration as a sex offender. Registering as a sex offender allows the public to find out if any people convicted of sex crimes reside in their area. Registering as a sex offender affects one's personal and professional reputation. Therefore, if you are charged with a sexual offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Man Convicted of Federal Crimes & Tax Fraud Scamming IRS out of $14 Million

Source: IRS.gov.

Ronald L. Brekke was convicted of conspiracy and fraud and could face twenty years in federal prison for his crimes. Brekke, a former Orange County resident, convinced approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. and Canada to file $763 million worth of bogus federal tax refund claims. Brekke told these people that they can receive a federal tax refund equal to the amount of their total personal debt by filing these claims. This tax refund scam cost the Internal Revenue Service $14 million.  Brekke's accounts will now be subject to forfeiture because the money in the accounts were generated through criminal activity.

Federal courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving federal law or involving litigants from different states. Crimes heard in federal court include tax crimes, terrorism, export/import crimes, computer crimes, Internet fraud, and many other crimes. Federal crimes are generally more serious crimes and carry harsher penalties. In this case, Brekke committed tax fraud and conspiracy within several states and countries. Because of this, he was charged with these crimes in federal court. If you are charged with a crime in federal court, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Man Kills Homeless Man With Concrete Boulder

Pictured Above: Jorge Alejandro Lopez. Source: Orange County Register.


This week, Jorge Alejandro Lopez was convicted of one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. Lopez was convicted of murder after an incident occurring on July 17, 2010 while Lopez was homeless. That day, Lopez walked up to a homeless encampment in Santa Ana and punched Marco Rojo Nieto in the face. Nieto fell to the ground and Lopez kicked and stomped on Nieto's head and then slammed a concrete boulder into the victim's chest before fleeing the scene. Nieto died at the scene. Lopez now faces 16 years to life in prison for the incident.

Second degree murder is the willful killing of another, that is not premeditated or deliberated. A possible defense to murder includes self defense. Self defense requires that you reasonably believe that you are in imminent danger of being killed, suffering great bodily harm or being raped, maimed or robbed. In these instances, you may use whatever force is reasonably necessary to protect yourself. However, the threat must be imminent and a threat of future harm will not suffice.

If you are charged with murder or homicide, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.

 

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Man Guilty of Forcing Women to Commit Sex Acts in Secluded Areas in Orange County

Pictured Above: Rulin Hernandez Loaeza. Source: Orange County Register.

This week, Rulin Hernandez Loaeza was found guilty of forcing two women to perform sex acts on him and assaulting a third woman. In 2007, Loaeza followed a woman home from work and grabbed her by her hair. He fled when she screamed for help. In 2009, Loaeza picked up two woman on two separate occasions, took them to secluded areas in Orange County, pulled out a knife and threatened to kill them if they did not perform sex acts on him. Loaeza was arrested and charged with two felony counts each of forcible sexual assault and criminal threats, one misdemeanor count of physical assault and a sentencing allegation for sexual crimes against multiple victims. Since he was found guilty, he now faces 15 years to life in prison for committing these crimes.

Sexual assault/sexual battery is when one touches the intimate parts of another with force or fraud for sexual arousal. Sexual assault/battery becomes a felony if the alleged victim was unconscious, disabled or unlawfully restrained. If convicted of felony sexual assault/battery, you face jail/prison time, probation, fines, and you will be forced to register as a sex offender. Defenses to sexual assault/battery include consent, insufficient evidence, and false allegations. If you are charged with sexual assault, battery or any other sex crimes, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Groom Convicted of Felony DUI for Wedding Day Accident

Pictured Above: Christopher Paul Shore. Source: Orange County District Attorney's Office.


Christopher Paul Shore was convicted of felony drunk driving with injuries for an accident occurring on his wedding day. On July 7, 2011, Shore was driving home from his wedding celebration with his bride in the car while under the influence of alcohol. He then veered his car through four lanes and the car fell off of a dirt embankment and crashed into a tree. His wife was injured and he was arrested. Shore had four prior misdemeanor DUIs and was convicted of felony drunk driving with injuries for this incident. Shore now faces up to three years in prison.

Under California law, it is unlawful for any one who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to drive a vehicle. If you are arrested for driving under the influence, the officer will make you take field sobriety tests and a chemical test. If you are convicted of driving under the influence, your license will temporarily be suspended, you will be ordered to take an alcohol education program, you will be forced to pay fines, you will be put on probation and you face jail time. If you are convicted of more than one DUI, you face steeper fines and longer jail/prison time. Being convicted of a felony DUI can also be a strike on your record. Therefore, if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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