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According to a CBS2 report, a 22-year-old man was arrested for felony DUI for causing the death of a 20-year-old woman in Costa Mesa on Sunday, February 15, 2010, at 2:30 in the morning. The accused drunk driver had been driving a Toyota pickup truck, when he went through a red light and slammed into the passenger side of a Corolla sedan at Sunflower Avenue and Sakioka Drive. The passenger in the Corolla died at the scene.

Police suspect that the alleged DUI driver was fleeing the site of an earlier hit and run non-injury crash in Santa Ana when the accident occurred. He is being held in lieu of a $1,050,000 bail and is being charged with murder and vehicular manslaughter in addition to felony DUI. In regards to the earlier crash, Santa Ana police are conducting a separate hit and run investigation.

The driver of the Corolla, a 21-year-old man, was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and was charged with a misdemeanor DUI. He was released from custody at the hospital.
Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is often an overwhelming experienced for an accused individual. A person charged with DUI faces serious penalties that can impose a wide range of life-changing consequences. However, a skilled DUI defense lawyer in California can help determine whether a person’s rights were violated during their arrest or interrogation.
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A Long Beach man has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts, including driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in the death of a one-year-old baby girl, and a serious injury to her two-year-old brother. According to a Daily Breeze report, the accused allegedly drove his Dodge Durango into a wagon carrying the two children. As a result, the wagon was taken a full block before being stopped by a bystander. Fortunately, the bystander was able to grab one child from beneath the car; however, the driver sped off dragging the other child. The man apparently continued driving in spite of numerous witnesses screaming for him to stop. His vehicle dragged the girl for more than a mile before he stopped the car at his girlfriends’ house.

Upon his arrest, the blood alcohol content of the alleged was nearly three times the legal limit of .08%. Allegations of great bodily injury accompany several of the charges levied against the accused. Because he had a previous felony strike on his record, the man’s bail amount has been set at $1.49 million. The man remains in custody as he awaits trial.
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Police in East Los Angeles arrested four men in connection with a series of armed taco truck robberies, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports. All men were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in at least 22 felony armed robberies of taco trucks beginning in April. Police said two of the men were positively identified in a photo lineup as being responsible for the June 28th robbery and felony assault with a deadly weapon. Three others were also identified shortly afterward. According to the newspaper story, there is still one robbery suspect remaining at large.

Robbery is a serious felony crime with serious consequences in California. It is classified as a violent theft crime because most robberies involve violence or the imminent threat of violence or injury to a victim. California Penal Code section 211 defines robbery as “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” If use of a weapon or firearm is involved in the theft or if there is gang involvement, defendants may face “enhancements,” that could lead to much stiffer penalties.
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A tagging group in Los Angeles County has been blamed for more than 600 acts of vandalism and about $275,000 in damage. According to this CBS news report, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies served search warrants at six locations and made seven arrests including two adults and five juveniles. They were all charged with felony vandalism. The arrests reportedly followed a two-month investigation. Four of the five juveniles who were arrested were already on probation for vandalism-related crimes, the news article stated.

When juveniles face criminal charges, it is an extremely challenging situation. In most cases, these matters go through Juvenile Court and the California Juvenile Justice System as opposed to adult court. The goal of juvenile court is to help rehabilitate children whereas in adult court, the focus is on punishment. This of course does not mean that your child will not face severe punishment in juvenile court. In some cases, children may be charged as adults. This is particularly true with felony crimes or violent crimes such as robbery, sexual assault or murder.
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Two suspected gang members in Orange County have been arrested in connection with an attempted street robbery in Santa Ana, The Orange County Register reports. Santa Ana police officials say the robbery occurred when two men were accosted by the alleged gang members. The suspects demanded one of the alleged victims to turn over his backpack. When he refused, the man was assaulted and threatened with a knife, officials said.

The victims ran into a convenience store nearby and called police, who then located three men not far from the scene. The victims identified two of the men as the alleged robbers. One suspect, 16, was arrested for felony attempted robbery and taken to juvenile hall. Another suspect, 19, was arrested for attempted robbery.
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