Other Crimes

Catch a Fire – Arson and Resistance to Gentrification in Oakland (CA Penal Code 451 & 452)

On July 7, 2017, a fire tore through the Alta-Waverly building, a seven-story, mixed-use building under construction in downtown Oakland. The heat from the fire was so intense, it was picked up on local weather radar and there was significant concern that an industrial crane, which was being used during the construction, might collapse onto adjacent buildings. I could feel it on my drive to the Summit Defense Law office in Downtown Oakland.  The fire destroyed the structure at 2302 Valdez Street, at the corner of 23rd Street, threatening homes and other businesses in the residential-commercial area northwest of Lake...

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ICE Arrests at Courthouses

ICE has been making immigration arrests in the hallways of state courthouses recently.  ICE had previously discontinued this tactic after getting bad press about arresting women applying for restraining orders, people paying traffic tickets, and even immigrants trying to get married in Kern County. The practice has resumed, at least in Los Angeles and other parts of the country.[video width="406" height="720" mp4="https://www.summitdefense.com/wp-content/uploads/ICE-arrests-Summit-Defense-San-Jose.mp4"][/video]If you see or hear of ICE arrests in SF Bay Area courthouses, please email or call Scott Mossman at 510-835-1115.  He is collecting this information to share with other immigration attorneys.Source: http://mailchi.mp/bd4d730ab59b/ice-arrests-at-courthouses?e=ab1038d52a Summit Defense Criminal Attorneys has 6 bay area offices to better serve you....

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Alameda County Court still Struggling With Computer System

Alameda County Court still Struggling with Computer SystemIt has now been over six months since the Odyssey computer system was implemented in Alameda County.  Over the last six months there have been reports of inmates staying in jail pass their sentence, individuals arrested for probation violations  that had been recalled and a host of other delays and complications.   Whether this is a terminal software issue or what that can be fixed remains to be seen, however, there have been, to be fair, some advantages of the new system including cost cutting, ability obtain information immediately across the various courts as well...

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DA Office Found Arrest Disparities in Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office found disparities in the percentages of Latino and Black individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies. These findings confirm anecdotal impressions and data from the San Jose police department.Disparities were found across all charges beginning with the following points of encounter: car stops, 911 calls, in person street encounters, results of police investigations and resisting a police officer.This final category reveals a disproportion that is both notable and troubling. The proportion of people charged with resisting arrest (CA Penal Code 148) were 50% Latino and 14% Black. Latinos make up 26% of the county’s population, Blacks...

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East Palo Alto Landlord Arrested for Vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) and Dissuading a Witness (CA Penal Code 136.1)

An East Palo Alto landlord was arrested for vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) on October 21, after the Office of the District Attorney for the county of Santa Clara issued warrants stemming from his alleged destruction of tenant’s property in order to intimidate them and cause them to leave the premises.  It is alleged that the landlord, Nemat Matt Malek Salehi vandalized property belonging to tenants because he hoped they would leave the premises, and he would be able to charge higher rent at the East Palo Alto residential building.His son, was arrested on the same warrant for dissuading a witness (CA Penal...

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