Three men died early Friday morning after a three-vehicle crash on the 405 freeway in Carson. The crash was initiated by a suspected drunken driver around 1 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 405 at Wilmington Avenue. The freeway was shut down until early morning when workers cleared the wreckage.
If you have driven down Pacific Coast Highway towards Harbor City in the last year, you probably remember the giant billboard asking for any information about the 2014 murder of 21-year-old Shailo Leafa, located just up the street from the hookah lounge where Leafa was shot. After two years with little to no leads, last week the LAPD Harbor Division received new information that led to the arrest of three Harbor City gang members.
The notoriously territorial and aggressive group of surfers that dominate Lunada Bay known as the Bay Boys came under fire this week when two surfers filed a federal class-action lawsuit against them. The suit argues that the Bay Boys are a criminal street gang, and seeks a gang injunction based on grounds that the group is known to "confront, threaten to kill, assault, vandalize property, extort, and bring harm to other persons" and that they "uses the unpermitted Rock Fort [a seating area purportedly constructed and maintained by the Bay Boys in Lunada Bay] to conduct criminal activity."
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has promised to reopen San Pedro's jail at Harbor Division within three years. The jail closed due to an employee shortage that occurred during the recession. Beck plans to bring more officers to the Harbor Division, as announced at the Los Angeles Forum on Crime in San Pedro on February 4th.
Violent offenses can be some of the most serious crimes, and if the offense is a felony, a conviction can mean lifelong consequences in addition to any jail time. Those who have been convicted of a felony often have a harder time finding employment, and in some industries — such as any that involve working with children, the elderly or the disabled — it can immediately disqualify you from the applicant pool. It's also important to remember that with California's three-strikes law, repeat felony convictions can have serious repercussions.
Accusations of domestic violence, stalking or making criminal threats are often involve situations where a disagreement became heated. These situations commonly involve two parties who know each other, although this is not always the case, and it's easy for people to say and do things in the heat of the moment that they later wish they could take back. While you can't go back in time, having solid legal representation can ensure your rights are protected and make the process less overwhelming.
Serious felonies normally involve violent behavior or the attempt of a violent crime, but there are other factors that can come in to play. Understanding your charges is one of the most important parts of mounting a successful criminal defense strategy.
In California, if you are convicted of a felony, the repercussions can be steep. This blog entry will detail the process that defendants undergo in the justice system.
Any crime that is associated with the death of a person can carry life-long penalties. Anyone in Los Angeles who is facing charges involving manslaughter, homicide or murder must take these charges seriously, whether he or she is guilty or not. This is not a time to face the criminal justice system on your own.
After you or a loved one are arrested for an alleged crime, you may be wondering about your next legal steps. It is usually helpful if the defendant is able to secure his or her release from custody through bail or a property bond. Even if you do not think you have the money to pay for bail, then criminal defense, there are multiple options available. One of these little-known options is called a property bond, and it can help defendants get home faster, where they can start working together with their legal team to fight the criminal charges.