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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Orange County Lawyer Charged With Second Degree Murder

Pictured Above: Robert Fischer. Source: Orange County Sheriff's Department.

An Orange County family lawyer has been charged with second degree murder in connection with a shooting of a man in Arizona. Robert Douglas Fischer is accused of killing Norman Radder, a former Orange County resident. At first, police thought that Radder had killed himself, but medical examiners determined that the shooting was a homicide. Fischer is currently being held in an Arizona jail without bail.

In California, second degree murder is the willful killing of another, that is not deliberate or premeditated. If charged with second degree murder in California, Fischer would face 15 years to life in prison, a strike on his record and would have to pay fines and restitution. Possible defenses to second degree murder include self defense, lack of intent to kill, and insanity. The insanity defense can be used only if a person could not understand the nature of his act or could not distinguish between right and wrong.

If you are charged with homicide, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Couple Convicted of Faking Husband's Death To Collect Benefits

Source: Orange County Register.

Santiago Carrasco and Rosa Carrasco were convicted of two felony counts of grand theft and sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime. These convictions result from a scam in which Santiago Carrasco faked his death in Mexico and obtained a death certificate. The couple then moved to the United States and Rosa and Santiago collected the Social Security and union pension death benefits from the fake death. They stole more than $413,000 in benefits and are now ordered to pay it back as restitution.

A white collar crime is a financially motivated, non-violent crime. Common white collar crimes include theft, bribery, burglary, embezzlement, fraud and forgery. In this case, the couple was convicted of grand theft which is the unlawful taking of another's property valued at over $950. Sentences for white collar crime convictions include prison/jail time and probation. You will also have to pay fines and restitution. Therefore, if you are charged with a white collar crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Woman Charged With Having Sex With Minor And Having Minor's Child

Pictured Above: Mayra Gonzalez. Source: Santa Ana Police Department.


Mayra Gonzalez, a 32-year-old woman, has been charged with six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years old, and two felony counts of oral copulation with a minor. These charges stem from sexual encounters with a 16-year-old boy starting in December of 2011. Gonzalez met the minor through her daughter, who was dating the minor at the time. Gonzalez claims she fell in love with the minor and starting having a sexual relationship with him. Gonzalez recently gave birth to the minor's child. If convicted of her charges, Gonzalez could face more than seven years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse between two unmarried person, one of which is under 18 years old at the time of the sexual act. These charges can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the age of the victim and the circumstances surrounding the sexual act. A possible defense to statutory rape charge includes the mistakes of fact (you thought the victim was over 18 years old). If convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years old, you face jail/prison time, probation, fines, and may have to register as a sex offender. Therefore, if you have been charged with sex crimes, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Juvenile Arrested For Shooting Near School

Source: Orange County Register.

Last week, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of shooting a 16-year-old boy after a gang rivalry shooting near Santa Ana High School. The victim was not a rival gang member, but was involved in the rivalry. The victim's friend tried to walk the victim home after he was shot in the torso, but the victim collapsed. The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicious of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He may be tried as an adult because of the gravity of the offense.

A juvenile crime is a crime committed by a minor. If a minor is convicted of a crime, the court will focus on rehabilitating the juvenile instead of just punishing them. Once a minor is convicted of a crime, they face jail/prison time, probation, fines, community service, therapy and alcohol/drug classes. Convictions when you are a minor can follow you throughout your life and affect your employment and reputation. Therefore, if you are charged with a juvenile crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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