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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two Men Arrested For Burglary After Several Auto Break-Ins

Pictured Above: Juan Morales and Aldo Manriquez. Source: Covina Police Department.

Early Monday morning, a woman heard her car alarm go off and then saw two men driving away in a van. She noticed her car had been burglarized and called the police. The woman gave the police a description of the van and after police stopped the car, they arrested Juan Morales and Aldo Manriquez. In the mens' van were items from the woman's car that had been burglarized. Also in the mens' car were items from several other auto break-ins in the area. The men were arrested in connection with several auto break-ins and are currently in jail pending their hearing.

A person can be convicted of auto burglary if they break into a car to steal the car or items inside of the car. Depending on what was taken and the circumstances surrounding the break in, a person committing auto burglary can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Petty theft is the taking of items worth less than $950. Grand theft is the taking of items worth more than $950. Defenses to auto burglary include lack of intent to take the items or mistaken identity. If you are charged with auto burglary or theft, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Orange County Man Convicted of Sexual Assault After Home Invasion

Pictured Above: Dexter Villanueva. Source:Orange County Register. 

This week, Dexter Tagudin Villanueva was convicted of six felony counts after he illegally entered into the home of a woman who was home alone and sexually assaulted the woman at knife point. Jurors found Villanueva guilty of burglary, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, sexual assault, making a criminal threat, and several penalty enhancements.  He now faces over 100 years in prison for the crimes he was convicted of.

Sexual assault or battery is the non- consensual touching of the intimate part of another for sexual arousal, gratification of abuse. Villanueva assaulted the female victim likely for all three reasons. He also committed the sexual assault after committing another felony, burglary. Villanueva will now face prison time, fines, probation/parole and he will have to register as a sex offender. There are many defenses to sexual assault and battery crimes including consent, insufficient evidence, or false allegations.  

If you are charged with any sex crimes, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Man Drinks 24 Beers Before Hit & Run Vehicular Manslaughter Accident

Pictured Above: Angel Alberto Cruz Perez. Source: Los Angeles Times

Angel Alberto Cruz Perez is charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and hit-and-run with permanent injury or death. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving without a license. These charges stem from an incident last week in which Perez drank 24 bottles of beer at a restaurant with a friend before driving home. While driving, Perez hit a mother who was holding her one-year-old daughter and holding the hand of her two year-old-son. The two-year-old was killed and Perez was arrested. If he is convicted of all of his charges, he faces sixteen years in prison.

In order to be convicted of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, you must have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you must have negligently committed an unlawful act, or a lawful but dangerous act, and your negligence must have caused the death of another person. Depending on the facts, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony vehicular manslaughter charge. If convicted of a felony, you can be sentenced to jail or prison and be fined. If you are charged with driving under the influence or vehicular manslaughter, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Man Charged With 30 Felony Counts of Embezzling from Elderly

Pictured Above: Victim Margaret Abo. Source: Orange County Register.

Last week, Hitomi Tsuyuki pleaded guilty to around 30 felony counts, including the use of untrue statements in the sale of a security, theft from an elder and grand theft. Tsuyuki was a financial planner who targeted vulnerable people, especially the elderly, and told them to invest in a made up tax-free municipal bond scheme or to purchase interest in a money-market account. Instead of investing the money, Tsuyuki was taking the money and using it for his personal expenses. Many of the victims knew and trusted Tsuyuki since he was a popular local minister's son.  In total, Tsuyuki stole roughly around $2.8 million. He was sentenced to eighteen years in jail and will be ordered to pay restitution to all of his victims.

white collar crime is a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation. Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime that occurs when a  person wrongfully steals or misappropriates property entrusted to him by the rightful owner. As a financial planner, many people trusted Tsuyuki with their money, but Tsuyuki wrongfully stole the money and used it for his personal gain. Punishments for white collar crimes include jail time, restitution, fines and negative effects on your reputation. If you are charged with a white collar crime or theft, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Man Robbed & Beat Veteran to Death

Pictured Above: Curtis James Hill. Source: Orange County District Attorney's Office.

In 2003, Curtis James Hill attempted to rob Cecil Warren, a handyman that was cleaning a bank parking lot. Hill and John Kirk McKinney kicked Warren in the head, robbed him of his wallet and left him in the parking lot to die. Warren was beaten so badly that he was in a coma for three years. In 2007, Warren, a World War II veteran, was taken of life support and died. Hill and McKinney were charged with murder. Today, Hill was convicted of murder and now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

California Penal Code section 187 defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. If a person commits a serious felony, like robbery, that results in a murder of another human being, they are charged with felony murder.  Hill beat and then robbed Warren and even though Warren did not die right away, the felony committed by Hill caused the death of Warren. 

A common defense to murder is self defense. Self defense is an effective defense if a person killed another because they felt that they were in imminent danger of being killed or suffering great bodily injury or being raped, maimed, robbed, or the victim of some other forcible and atrocious crime. If you are charged with murder, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.

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