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LAPD Officer Charged with Felony Corporal Injury to Spouse

Los Angeles County Prosecutors have filed felony criminal charges against a Los Angeles Police officer that accuse him of beating his girlfriend causing serious injuries on three separate incidents. He was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Station.   His bail was originally set...

Posted: September 23 2019 read more

Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury - California Penal Code 243(d)

Under California law, a battery under Penal Code 242 is defined as an offensive touching. In practical terms, this means that anyone who physically touches someone else without their permission is guilty of a battery.   When that non-consensual, unprivileged touching results in serious enough injuries to the victim, the crime of...

Posted: September 17 2019 read more

Victim Restitution in California Criminal Cases

In Los Angeles County Criminal Courts, if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime where a victim suffered some type of loss, you will normally be required by the court to pay restitution to the victim, which would be a condition of your probation.   Victim restitution is the right...

Posted: September 16 2019 read more

Ex-Cal State Northridge Soccer Player Convicted of Rape on Campus

A former soccer player at California State Northridge has been convicted of raping a woman on the campus that occurred in January 2018.   According to Los Angeles County jail records, he was taken into custody in August 2018 by Cal State Northridge police, but was released on bond. He was then...

Posted: September 12 2019 read more

Two Men Plead Guilty to Home Invasion Robbery in Seal Beach

Two Costa Mesa, California men have pleaded guilty to a home invasion robbery that occurred in in Seal Beach back in August 2017.   Richard Derderian, 35, and co-defendant Aaron Lipsey, 36, entered a plea of guilty to the felony crimes of robbery, burglary, dissuading a witness by force, criminal threats, possession...

Posted: September 06 2019 read more

California Supreme Court Orders Discovery of Police Misconduct Records

On August 26, 2019, in Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals ruling which enjoined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from disclosing to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office the identities of certain deputies which the Sheriff’s...

Posted: September 02 2019 read more

Hollywood Ripper Found Guilty of Murder in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles jury convicted Michael Gargiulo, known as the "Hollywood Ripper," of two counts of murder and the attempted murder of another person. The verdict was announced after several months of testimony. The sentencing phase will now be scheduled and he is facing life in a California state prison...

Posted: August 31 2019 read more

Eavesdropping Laws in California – Penal Code 632

California is a so-called “two-party consent” state with regard to recording conversations. This means that in general both parties to a conversation must be aware that it is being recorded and consent to that recording or else the act of recording itself is unlawful.   California’s recording of confidential communications law under...

Posted: August 23 2019 read more

California Burglary Suspect Arrested After He Got Stuck in Chimney

In Ladera Heights, CA, a naked man was pulled from a chimney by police officers and after he attempted to burglarize a nearby home before running and hiding in the neighbor’s chimney.   After he got stuck in the chimney, he began yelling “I’m not crazy,” and was making claims he...

Posted: August 14 2019 read more

Ex Glendale Bank Manager Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme

A former Wells Fargo bank manager in Glendale, CA who was facing allegations that he unfroze suspicious accounts in connection with a $14 million identify theft scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service has pleaded guilty to the federal criminal charges.   News reports about the case said the defendant, Hakop Zakaryan,...

Posted: August 08 2019 read more