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Friday, August 28, 2015

Officers and Agents Seize Marijuana Grown in Warehouse

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On Thursday, August 27, 2015, officers from LAPD’s organized crime and narcotics units, along with federal Homeland Security and Customs agents, seized what was allegedly illegally grown marijuana at Herbal Relief Care Givers on Clybourn Avenue.

It is reported that law enforcement authorities seized over 1000 marijuana plants, along with other edible marijuana products, including gummy worms and doughnuts.

After obtaining a search warrant, the officers searched the premises of the facility and discovered a marijuana cultivation operation in a rear warehouse environment in Sun Valley.

LAPD issued a statement after their search and preliminary investigation, asserting these types of unlawful marijuana growing facilities is not only corrupt, but hurts local legitimate businesses in the area.

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures of their person and property.

While there are some exceptions to the rule, police should ordinarily obtain a search warrant prior to conducting a search. In order to get a search warrant, police must show that there is a probable cause to search a particular place or person.

The Constitution provides important rights to people accused of committing a crime. If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been charged with a crime, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California. He represents individuals accused of all types of crimes in Southern California.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower today.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wealthy Businessman Arrested in Sherman Oaks


Los Angeles police arrested Michael Bernback, a wealthy businessman from San Fernandino Valley, last Thursday after several women accused him of raping them.

Mr. Bernback, 62, was arrested at his home where police arrived with a search warrant. Bail was set for $300,000, which Mr. Bernback—a one-time contestant on a television show called “Millionare Matchmaker”—was able to make.

Mr. Bernback is alleged to have raped different younger women in his home whom he originally met online. Reports claim that police seized computers and other potential evidence from his home.

Originally from Brooklyn, Mr. Bernback is reported to own a golf shop in southern California. According to various sources, Mr. Bernback has boasted about his personal worth and assets.

Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California. Attorney Brower represents individuals charged with crimes, including the most serious criminal offenses such as murder or rape.

The Law Office of Ronald G. Brower may be reached at 714-997-4400.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summers Trial Begins in L.A. Superior Court


The trial of Tobias Dustin Summers began last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Summers is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in March 2013.

Mr. Summers is charged with over 30 counts of various sexual assault crimes, as well as kidnapping, burglary, and other sex crimes specifically related to minors.

The prosecution called the alleged victim, now 13-years-old, as a witness on the first day of the trial. She testified about the encounter and provided the jury with details about the alleged incident.

Mr. Summers’ lawyer, Jeff Yanuck, told the jurors not to be swayed by their emotions and to listen to the facts of the case, which he asserted would show inconsistencies in the accuser’s story.

Mr. Summers was arrested in Mexico approximately one month after the alleged incident occurred. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that a $25,000 reward was heavily advertised in Mexico concerning Mr. Summers’ whereabouts.

Mr. Summers’ original co-defendant, Daniel Martinez, was convicted of burglary last October, but acquitted of the young girl’s kidnapping.

Mr. Martinez was sentenced to six years imprisonment. If convicted, Mr. Summers will almost certainly face many more years in prison.

Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California. He represents criminal defendants charged with all types of crimes, including rape and kidnapping.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower today.

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Former Football Star, Wrongfully Convicted, Speaks Out


Wrongful convictions send people to prison for crimes they did not commit. Wrongful convictions take months and years of liberty away from innocent men and women.

On this past Thursday, local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel learned first-hand about wrongful convictions from a man wrongfully convicted in 2002 and exonerated a decade later in 2012.

Brian Banks, a former local high-school football standout with scholarship offers from Division I colleges, was convicted of rape in 2002 based on allegations made by a high-school acquaintance. 

Facing a potential forty-one year sentence, Mr. Banks entered a plea no contest to the charges and was sentenced to six years and forced to register as a sex offender. He served five years in prison and five years on probation.

In 2011, Banks’ accuser, Wanetta Gibson, recanted her allegation that Mr. Banks raped her. Eventually, in 2012, Mr. Banks was formally exonerated.

Speaking to a forum of prosecutors and police, organized by a Long Beach City prosecutor, Mr. Banks discussed his experience, his wrongful conviction, and the criminal justice system.

Mr. Banks encouraged prosecutors to scrutinize the facts of cases more closely and to remember that every defendant charged with a crime is a human being. After his exoneration, Mr. Banks was hired by the NFL’s corporate office to work as an ambassador to young players and the general public.

Mr. Banks also works with the California Innocence Project.

The criminal justice system is not a perfect institution and criminal convictions carry serious consequences.

If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been charged with a crime, then contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

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