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Identity Theft Attorney Can Seek Reduction of Charges in San Mateo Burglary Wobbler

Marlo Lascamana, Roemo Natan, and Joel Lugtu have been charged recently in connection to an alleged credit card and identity theft scam involving a U.S. Postal Service worker.  Lascamana and his friends took advantage of their access to residents’ mail to use their credit cards to purchase items of their own, thus stealing their identities in the process.  While Lascamana has pled no contest to felony charges, he could face up to three years in the San Mateo county jail.  Natan has been charged with commercial burglary, credit card fraud, and identity theft, which could mean he’ll spend more than...

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Redwood City Teacher Avoids Charges of Child Cruelty under CA Penal Code 11164

Alexia Bogdis was arrested a little over a year ago for allegedly slapping a 5-year-old child, depriving another child of food, twisting the child’s arm, and kicking his chair. Recently, however, all witnesses have recanted their statements, claiming that they must have misinterpreted what they saw. Bogdis has remained on administrative leave, along with 8 others from the Redwood City school district, for the occurrence.The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 prevents the harassment of or discrimination against students on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation.However, it is California Penal Code,  §11164 that makes it...

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Possession of Paraphernalia Charge in El Cerrito with Violation of Penal Code H&S 11364

A 32-year-old unnamed man from El Sobrante was caught by surprise in a women’s restroom in the local El Cerrito Safeway supermarket when a young child reported smelling strange smoke and seeing a pornographic magazine while there.  It seems that the man was smoking a cocaine-laced marijuana cigarette, reading pornographic materials, and had a young child with him.  He also admitted to stealing a soda from the store.Local law enforcement officials charged the man with possession of drugs and of drug paraphernalia.Certainly, it is understandable that the man was arrested for drug possession, but what was the paraphernalia?   California’s Health...

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San Francisco Marijuana Robbery Averted

​A dramatic hostage situation at a San Francisco city-licensed marijuana grow-house ended in the arrest of an unnamed suspect Wednesday. It seems that 4 masked gunmen attempted to rob the warehouse in the Bayview area on Jennings, near Wallace Avenue, but were stymied by a report of the incident.In response, one of the suspects took four of the grow-house workers hostage in an attempt to avoid arrest and held them for several hours before a SWAT team, including a canine unit, was deployed. Upon seeing the police dog, it is said that the unidentified suspect, afraid...

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Alameda County Theft Oakland Museum

Andrea Taray Franklin, a felon with over 10 convictions for crimes related to theft, has been arrested in connection with the burglary of the Oakland Museum of California. The same gold inlaid jewelry box, created by a California artisan somewhere between 1869 and 1878 and worth more than $805,000, was stolen once before – in 1978. Alameda County prosecutors now believe that Franklin was responsible for both burglaries and other items, like a few gold nuggets and historic pistols, have never been recovered. It will not be surprising if the federal government becomes involved in this case as art theft is...

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San Francisco Vehicular Homicide Charge in Teen Drunk Driving Accident

San Francisco police have accused 29-year-old Kieran Brewer of killing 17-year-old Hanren Chang, a student at Lowell High School – they have charged him with a felony DUI and with vehicular manslaughter. It seems that Chang was attempting to cross Sloat Boulevard at Vale, an intersection within 8 blocks of 19th avenue, when she was struck by Brewer’s car.Officer Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police said that the young girl was hit at around 11:20pm on Saturday night. He was quick to add that he did not know what Brewer’s blood alcohol level was at the time that the...

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Drug Charges in San Francisco Target African Americans

Recent studies indicate that African Americans in the San Francisco area charged with drug-related crimes experience an arrest rate more than 19 times higher than any other ethnicity in the area and 7.3 times higher than African Americans throughout the state at large.  Why is this the case?For one thing, this an important statistic to investigate, considering that prior to January 1, 2011, possession of one ounce (28.5 mg) of marijuana was considered a misdemeanor, with convictions under this law expunged from a person’s record after 2 years (CA Health & Safety Code, § 11361.5 & 11361.7).  As of January...

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UC SANTA CRUZ WOMAN MAKES FALSE CHARGES OF RAPE

Officers took the young woman seriously when she claimed she’d been attacked in dark area between classrooms this February 17th – after all, rape is a serious crime and should not be taken lightly.  But what happens when those accusations turn out to be false?  Making false accusations is a criminal offense in the state of California, covered by the California Penal Code, § 148.5 (False Report of a Criminal Offense).Certainly, there is also a stigma that follows even those who have been accused of a rape that they did not commit.  Penal Code 261 PC defines “rape” in California...

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DUI Charge Results from Facebook Post

Recently, Jason Cox-Brown, an Oregon teenage driver hit another car while driving drunk. Since it was early morning on New Year’s Day, he fled the scene, probably thinking he was going to get away it. He then proceeded to post a status update on Facebook to share with over 600 of his closest Facebook friends.  His post said: “Drivin’ drunk…classic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle I hit I am sorry. :P. Unfortunately for this teen, a couple of friends were concerned about his actions and independently forwarded his post to the local police who have an active social media presence on Facebook....

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Drunk Driving Hit and Run in the Mission District

23 year-old Cerena Barros was arrested on charges of drunk driving after injuring a pedestrian walking his bicycle, Aaron Wells, during a chase through the city.  With a blood-alcohol level over .08%, Barros is being held on suspicion of evasion, possession of a controlled substance, felony hit-and-run, and DUI with three priors.Barros’s situation is not necessarily rare in the state of California.  Many people find themselves in the position of being charged with a DUI after prior offenses and penalties and fines can be significant. She may, however, be looking at fines between $390 and $1,000 and 120 days to...

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