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Friday, January 29, 2016

Granada Hills Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

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Andrew Harrison Kramer of Granada Hills pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana—a federal offense. Kramer was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Kramer, a former operator of a medical marijuana dispensary in West Hollywood, was accused of shipping marijuana to persons in other states in exchange for large quantities of money. It is believed that Kramer acted with approximately four other persons in carrying out this illegal enterprise.

At his sentencing hearing in the federal court in Los Angeles, Kramer was given the opportunity to speak and he apologized to the court for his actions and pledged to live a law-abiding life in the future.

Federal criminal cases are serious matters that require the assistance of an experienced lawyer who has handled federal cases before.

If you or someone you know is being investigated or has been charged with a crime, it is critical to speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Attorney Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Southern California. His extensive defense practice includes representing individuals charged with federal crimes.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower today at 714-997-4400.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Arraignment on Winnetka Murder Charges Delayed

The individual accused of killing his former girlfriend and another man last weekend was scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges yesterday, an important event that has been postponed until February 26.

Brian Anthony Gonzales, a/k/a Brian Hammond, 24, is suspected of killing Emily Fox, 22, and Jerrad Scott, 24, last Sunday at Fox’s apartment in Winnetka. Fox is from Winnetka and Scott is from La Mesa.

Authorities responded to calls Sunday afternoon, including one from Fox herself, about Gonzales. On arrival, police discovered Fox’s and Scott’s bodies in Fox’s home. Gonzales was later apprehended on a bus.

Gonzales is currently being held without bail as he waits for his arraignment next month.

Being charged with a crime can be and often is a life-altering event. The potential consequences, depending on the crime, can have major implications on one’s current and future liberty. In the case of murder, the punishment in California can sometimes be death.

For that reason, it is critical if you or someone you know has been charged with a crime to speak with a criminal defense attorney.

The Law Office of Ronald G. Brower has represented individuals charged with crimes for over three decades. Attorney Brower has provided legal representation to people charged with a range of crimes, including murder.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower today at 714-997-4400.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Yeh Pleads No Contest to Sexual Offenses

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Michelle Yeh, a former science teacher at San Pedro High School, was sentenced in Long Beach Superior Court to state prison after pleading no contest to multiple counts of sexual offenses.

Yeh, 29, was accused of engaging in unlawful sexual acts with some of her male students at the school. Yeh was hired as a substitute teacher in February and evidence reportedly indicated that she began to court four students shortly thereafter.

The government contended that Yeh enticed the young boys in her class with promises, gifts, trips, meals, and outings to the movies and Disneyland in exchange for inappropriate romantic or sexual favors.

Yeh was arrested in July 2015 and a preliminary hearing to determine if there was probable cause to charge Yeh was held in November.

If Yeh had not reached an agreement with the prosecutor’s office and instead elected to have a trial, Yeh could have faced up to 9 years in prison if convicted of charges for statutory rape, lewd acts on a child, annoying a child, and violating a court order.

Instead, Yeh pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced for 3 years and 8 months in state prison. However, Yeh will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Deciding whether to enter into a plea agreement or pursue a trial is a significant decision and requires the guidance and expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Ronald G. Brower is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California. His practice focuses on defending individuals charged with a range of criminal charges, including rape and other sexual offenses.

If you are being investigated, have been arrested or are charged with a crime, contact a criminal defense attorney to protect your constitutional rights.

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

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Prosecutor Declines To Prosecute Cosby

Prosecutors in Los Angeles announced their decision today to not file criminal charges against Bill Cosby.

Cosby has been accused of various rape and sexual assault offenses in different jurisdictions across the country. Last week, prosecutors in Pennsylvania filed the first formal charges against Cosby. 

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a combination of reasons led them to decline to prosecute Cosby.

Some of the accusations, the D.A.’s office stated, were barred by the applicable statute of limitations. In other instances, there was simply not enough evidence for the prosecutors to meet their legal requirement and ethical obligation to file charges only when there is probable cause and no reasonable doubt for each offense.

The accusations against Cosby were based on events that allegedly occurred as long ago as 1965 and more recently in 2008. Despite the L.A. District Attorney’s Office decision to criminally prosecute Cosby, Cosby is still subject to liability in a civil lawsuit.

Prosecutors hold a position of extraordinary power in our criminal justice system and wield tremendous discretion in deciding whether to charge someone with a crime and what to charge them with.

It is important to have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who can negotiate with prosecutors if you know you are being investigated and have not been charged with a crime. If you have already been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you have an attorney who can protect your rights. 

Ronald G. Brower is a criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California with over three decades of experience. Attorney Brower has handled criminal cases from murder and rape to trespass.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower to speak with a criminal defense lawyer today.

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