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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Former "Deadliest Catch" Producer Killed Outside Pasadena

On Friday, July 24, Joseph McMahon was shot to death outside his home near Pasadena. Mr. McMahon was twenty-four.

The following day, authorities identified the man they believe is responsible for Mr. McMahon’s death, Brandon Rafiepour.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau, Mr. Rafiepour was found dead inside his car in the West Los Angeles area from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Rafiepour was also twenty-four years old. Mr. Rafiepour is suspected of having shot Mr. McMahon outside the latter’s home shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday. Neighbors reported gunshots and police arrived and found Mr. McMahon’s body in the street.

Mr. McMahon was a former associate producer on the television show, “The Deadliest Catch.”

Mr. Rafiepour’s criminal history is reported to not contain any violent offenses. However, authorities have not yet identified any motive for the crime.

Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orange County. He practices throughout Southern California. If you or someone you know is under investigation or has been charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Creator of Obama "Hope" Poster Arrested

With a warrant out for his arrest, artist Shepard Fairey was arrested by police last week at the Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Fairey is known for his “Hope” poster used in Barack Obama’s initial presidential campaign.

Mr. Fairey, 45, was wanted by Detroit police in connection with charges for malicious destruction of property.

Two days ago, on Monday, Mr. Fairey returned voluntarily to Detroit to face the charges. The next day, he plead not guilty.

Mr. Fairey was commissioned to paint a mural in Detroit in May. Authorities contend that Mr. Fairey completed other graffiti projects at the same time without permission, which is the basis of these charges.

Mr. Fairey was previously arrested in Boston in 2009 for tagging; he was sentenced to probation and a fine. If convicted of the charges in Detroit, Mr. Fairey is said to face five years in prison and substantial fines.

When arrested in one state for an outstanding warrant from another state, criminal suspects face the possibility of extradition back to the state from which the warrant stems.

The more serious the crime, the more likely the charging state will extradite the suspect back to its jurisdiction.

Sometimes it can be unclear if one has a warrant out for his or her arrest. However, it is important to clarify so that one is not unexpectedly picked up after an unanticipated encounter with any sort of law enforcement authority.

If you or someone you know has a warrant out for their arrest, it is important to talk with a criminal defense attorney before taking any action with police or the courts.

Ronald G. Brower is knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California with over 30 years of experience. His office can be reached at 714-997-4400.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tujunga Resident Pleads Not Guilty to Hit-and-Run

Sang Won Jung (26) was arrested last month in connection with an alleged vehicular hit-and-run incident Echo Park that resulted in the death of one teenager and minor injuries to another.

This past Thursday, July 9, Mr. Jung — a resident of Tujunga — plead not guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge and a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge. Christian Donis (15) and his cousin, Adam Donis (13), were struck by a car around 10pm on June 12, 2015 while skateboarding across an unmarked crosswalk on Alvarado Street in Echo Park.

News reports provide conflicting accounts about the details, but multiple sources indicate that Mr. Jung initiated contact with the police after the incident.

It was originally reported that Mr. Jung went to a police station to report he was the victim of a hit-and-run and wanted to file a report.

However, the District Attorney’s Office has recently asserted that Mr. Jung went to police to claim he did not run over the boys because he had lent his car to another person when the incident occurred.

At this time, Mr. Jung has been released on a $50,000 bond; he is scheduled to be in court on August 11 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause to support the charges. More information about Mr. Jung’s self-reporting to the police should become clear at that time.

The criminal justice system is complicated to navigate, even with the best of intentions. Legal procedures are difficult to understand and require the guidance and representation of an attorney.

This is particularly true in criminal cases given the enormous consequences of a criminal charge, including the loss of civil rights, barriers to employment and housing, and potential deportation for non-citizens.

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

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kings Player Pleads No Contest To Charge

Slava Voynov pleaded no contest last Thursday to a domestic violence charge, resulting in a
misdemeanor conviction and a 90-day jail sentence.

The domestic violence charge arose out of an incident last October when Mr. Voynov allegedly engaged in a physical altercation with his wife, Marta Varlamova. Ms. Varlamova required stitches for injuries incurred during the dispute.

Mr. Voynov was originally charged with a felony, but the charge—as often occurs during plea negotiations—was reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for Mr. Voynov’s plea. While Mr. Voynov will have to serve at least half of his jail sentence, the Sheriff’s Department will determine how much time he will serve after that.

In addition to the jail time, Mr. Voynov will have to complete probation and a domestic violence counseling program, as well as pay fines and perform community service.

The trial of Mr. Voynov was scheduled to start next week. It is unclear whether Ms. Varlamova would have testified against her husband, if the case proceeded to trial.

Criminal convictions have immigration consequences, including the risk of deportation, for non-citizens. The immigration consequences Mr. Voynov’s plea will have for him personally remains to be seen.

Because criminal convictions have many consequences and can result in the deprivation of many important civic rights, it is critical to talk with a criminal defense attorney if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower to speak with an experienced Southern California criminal defense attorney.

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