April 23, 2014

DUI in San Diego Resulting in Fatal Crash, Killing Two Young Adults

On April 19, in San Diego, 26-year-old Mario Castaneda-Carranza made a horrible decision that cost him the lives of his friends. He chose to operate his vehicle, a '97 Nissan Sentra, under the influence of alcohol. It's surprising he chose to drive inebriated, considering he has a previous DUI from 2007 on his lengthy criminal record.
Carranza was driving too fast - 70mph - on I-8 at 7:30am, when he swayed to the center divider, only to lose control of his vehicle when he tried to swerve back to the road. His '97 Nissan plowed through a chain link fence and smashed into a concrete culvert, killing both of his friends; two 20 year olds, Carlos Kristopher Vargas and Monica Lupercio. The two had met recently and kindled a relationship - only to meet a tragic end due to the poor decision making skills of their friend behind the wheel.
Carranza will have plenty of time to mull over his actions, as he miraculously survived the crash. He was hurt during the impact, sustaining major injuries, and was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. CHP officials have announced that Carranza is faced with multiple charges - felony DUI resulting in deaths, vehicular homicide involving alcohol, murder and his previous DUI conviction - which doesn't help his case, either.
The family of Monica Lupercio informed NBC 7 of their intentions of contacting the family of Monica's late boyfriend - Carlos Kristopher Vargas - to do a joint fundraiser for the two young adults that met a tragic end.
While Carranza is at fault for jeopardizing the lives of others, people in general should take the consumption of alcohol seriously. If a friend has been drinking, never get in a 4 ton metal death trap with them behind the wheel. Alcohol affects the brain and central nervous system, creating extremely crippling delays in the sensory-motor process. By respecting the affects of alcohol and making smart decisions, tragedies like this one can be avoided.


Sources:
"Family ID's Suspected DUI Crash Victims" - NBC 7, San Diego

April 19, 2014

San Diego Cab Driver Dies, Victim of Two Consecutive Hit-and-Runs

Early this morning around 2am, tragedy struck as a San Diego cab driver's taxi was impaled by another driver going the wrong way in southbound lanes on interstate 5. The reckless driver did not stop and successfully fled the scene in an extreme hit-and-run. The cab driver was able to get out of his mangled car, but was devastatingly hit by another driver - who also fled the scene of a second hit-and-run. The cab driver sustained severe injuries that he later died from; a heartbreaking result to horrible circumstances. The cab driver's vehicle, a green and yellow taxi, was smashed into a retaining wall off of the freeway; interstate 5 in Old Town, as mentioned earlier.
Authorities commenced the search for the two MIA hit-and-run drivers, and were thankfully able to locate the driver who was driving the opposite direction on the freeway. The suspect is a 42 year old woman from Pheonix, AZ, who was apparently operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. When authorities located her, she was arrested and detained on felony drunk driving charges. The motorist who hit the cab driver as he stepped out of his vehicle, however, has not been located as of today. Authorities are still vigorously searching for this driver - who is essentially responsible for vehicular manslaughter - to bring closure to this case.


Sources:
"Cab Driver Killed by 2nd Hit-Run Driver" - UT San Diego

April 14, 2014

A San Diego Architect Killed Outside His Home by Employee


A neighbor called 911 after she heard the sounds of a dangerous altercation outside of the home of Graham Downes, a San Diego architect. When police arrived, they found a bloody scene of violence - Downes laying unresponsive on the ground with his assailant drunkenly resting on his dead body.
The attacker was Higinio Salgado, one of Downes' employees. Earlier that evening, Downes and some of his employees met up at a bar - including Salgado - where trouble was already starting to brew. According to the others present at the bar, Salgado was beginning to become 'loud' and 'obnoxious,' even insulting one of the female employees with them. Somehow, the party continued on to Downes' San Diego home. As told by one of the individuals present, an argument started when a man's name, another employee not at the gathering, came up in conversation. Salgado began raging at his boss, expressing his discontent and hatred for the man mentioned, asserting that he "better not take his job." The others present were able to diffuse the situation and change the subject, but stated that Salgado "couldn't let it go."
Later that night, when the women had gone home, Salgado continued yelling and soon became violent. He was heavily intoxicated and began beating on his boss, inflicting blunt force trauma up to 21 times. Salgado's blood alcohol level was around 2.0 at the time of the incident, over twice the legal driving limit for the state of California.
According to Salgado's defense attorney, it isn't clear which of the two men attacked first. He also says it isn't known exactly what the two men were arguing about precisely before the fight happened. He is claiming Salgado became enraged with a 'sense of betrayal' when his boss mentioned the name of another employee that had worked for him since 2011. The DA has stated that the death of Downes is "tragic" but "not a murder."


Sources:

"DA: 'Sense of betrayal' led to fatal beating" - UT San Diego

April 14, 2014

Employees at San Diego International Airport Indicted for Drug Smugging


The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) indicted 11 airport employees in San Diego on March 18, 2014; the charges ranging from drug smuggler to drug courier. Airline baggage handlers seemingly go through security unchecked, and the employees in question were taking advantage of this loophole. Three of the employees - Felix Garcia, Paulo Perez and Saul Bojorquez - were baggage handlers working for Delta Global Staffing. Also charged were eight other employees, accused of being transporters, suppliers and distributors.
In the Federal Grand Jury indictment, it was noted that those involved had created a process to successfully distribute drugs to cities around the country - including Hawaii, where the street price of methamphetamine is upwards of twenty-five grand a pound. The three baggage handlers were caught smuggling in cocaine and methamphetamine through their personal backpacks. The baggage handlers would show their employee identification to the security personnel, waiving security procedures and allowing them to go through unchecked. They would then rendezvous with the couriers in order to hand over the product and ensure its ability to get on the aircraft and be taken to its final destination. In the indictment, it was cited that the baggage handlers would meet the couriers in a designated airport bathroom and give them the drugs underneath the stall dividers. Once the drugs made it to their designated city, they were then handed off to local traffickers.
The investigation by the DEA leading to the indictment lasted about a year, and during the process law enforcement confiscated 17 pounds of cocaine, 18 pounds of methamphetamine and over $100,000 in cash. All of those in question were arrested the week of March 11, 2014, and remain in police custody. One indicted employee has yet to be located, and the age range of the accused ranges from early 20's to late 40's.

Sources:

"4 Airport Baggage Handlers Accused of Drug Smuggling" - NBC San Diego, March 18, 2014

April 14, 2014

Seven Arrested for DUI in San Diego

In Pacific Beach, a neighborhood of San Diego, seven drivers were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made at a routine overnight sobriety checkpoint, which started around 11:00 pm on April 12 and lasted until 3:00 am April 13. During the process, law enforcement's attempt to ascertain whether there were possible DUI's proved successful. Along with the seven drivers taken into custody, eight vehicles were impounded.The total number of vehicles that drove through the checkpoint reached 746, with 585 being stopped for further examination. The sobriety checkpoint occurred on the 2600 block, a division of Ingraham St.

Sources:

"7 Arrested for DUI in Pacific Beach" - CBS8.com, April 13, 2014

January 27, 2014

Local Mira Costa College student arrested at Oceanside campus


A local student attending Mira Costa College in Oceanside has been arrested by police for his involvement with death threats sent via text message to a handful of other students from El Camino High School. Soon after the detectives believe the texts were sent in March of 2013, a deadly ambush took place at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside. A day before this incident, a fatal shooting at the same park left a 13-year-old girl dead, a 15-year-old boy dead, and two other adolescents injured. The victims of this shooting were visiting a memorial at the park for two of their friends who were killed at the park in May of 2011, when they were shot and left dead. The El Camino students received texts warning them that if they did not stop talking about the killings that occurred at Libby Lake park that they would be killed too According to reports, 18-year-old Samuel Ruiz was arrested for suspicion of making criminal threats, cyber-bullying, and possessing an illegal weapon on the Mira Costa campus. According to police Lt. Leonard Cosby, Ruiz has since denied any involvement, however detectives believe that Ruiz is behind the texts using a fake name "Bart Chang". Cosby also stated that Ruiz subsequently admitted to police Detective Mark LaVake that he was indeed "Bart Chang" and that there has been no apparent personal connections between the victims of the threats and Ruiz. After posting a $50,000 bail, Ruiz was released from jail. Before going to court, Ruiz will definitely need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as he is facing serious charges that can result in serious legal consequences if not handled by a skilled professional.


Sources:

"College student linked to threatening texts"
- UT San Diego, January 22, 2014

January 26, 2014

San Diego Prosecutor Arrested for DUI


A San Diego prosecutor from the San Diego County District Attorney's Office has pleaded guilty to DUI charges. The prosecutor of 37 years of age, Rebecca Ocain, admitted to the misdemeanor charge of drinking while under the influence of alcohol and testified at the East County courthouse that she was indeed driving with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit. To prevent a possible conflict of interest, the case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's office, which declined to comment on the case. On the night of October 19th at around 11:20 p.m., Ocain was pulled over and arrested near Alpine Boulevard. Officers transported her to Las Colinas Detention Facility and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Ocain is currently still employed and has also refused to comment on her arrest or her plea. Despite her infamous arrest, Ocain has an honorable educational background and a successful career in the field. She attended and earned her degree at California Western School of Law and became a member of the California State Bar Association in 2001. In 2006, she was hired by the San Diego District Attorney's Office and has since handled multiple high-profile cases. These cases include filing charges in 2007 in opposition of a former Imperial Beach fire inspector who was accused of sending death threats to city officials while intoxicated, as well as prosecuting a man in 2013 who was charged for stabbing his wife to death. What people can take away most from Ocain's case is that even the best of us can make poor decisions and have to suffer the consequences of doing so. Ocain's best move for a successful outcome of her case is to retain a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience handling DUI cases.

Sources:

"Prosecutor pleads guilty in DUI"- UT San Diego, January 24, 2014

January 26, 2014

Celebrity Music Artist Justin Bieber Arrested for DUI


Celebrity music artist Justin Bieber has been arrested for DUI, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license in Miami Beach, Florida. Police officers witnessed the young starlet racing a yellow Lamborghini against a red Ferrari at 4 a.m. on residential streets and proceeded to pull him over. Both cars were driving at a speed of 60 mph in a designated 30 mph speed limit zone. According to reports, Bieber made inappropriate remarks to the police officer including, "What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?" and ignored the officer's request to keep his hands on the vehicle during a routine pat down for weapons. He was also described in reports as having a "flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and the odor of alcohol on his breath." Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the press that 19-year-old Bieber was booked into a Miami Jail for failing a sobriety test and stated Bieber had "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication." Martinez also stated that Bieber "was not cooperating with the officer's instructions. At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him." The arresting officer quoted Bieber revealing the words that were used as, "I ain't got no f***ing weapons. Why do you have to search me? What the f*** is this about?" Also arrested on suspicion of drunk driving was the driver of the red Ferrari racing Bieber, who has yet to be publicly identified. This is not the first time Bieber has been accused of street racing expensive sports cars either, as previous investigations have been made on reports that Bieber would race in the prestigious Oaks neighborhood where he lives in Calabasas, California. However, those reports never resulted in legal charges.

Although Bieber is currently under investigation for accusations that he egged his neighbor's house and caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damages, this is the first time he has been arrested. Using a felony search warrant, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department raided Bieber's Calabasas home for the vandalism investigation and seized both Bieber's iPhone and his home security cameras as evidence. Sheriff's Lt. David Thompson spoke on behalf of the raid stating, "We didn't do this search warrant to send a message. That's not what we do, but we hope maybe understanding the gravity of this will change some of the behavior." In March of 2013, another neighbor of the child star came out with accusations against Bieber stating that he spat on his face during a heated confrontation between the two. Local authorities have also responded to handfuls of loud noise complaints coming from Bieber's residence in the recent past. Other Miami police departments are on Bieber's tail as well. One department is currently investigating a report that some of its own officers proceeded to escort Bieber and his crew to and from popular Miami strip clubs without authorization to do so. "At some point, the escort took them at least to two locations that we know of. The police administration had no knowledge of this escort, and it is not the norm for those things to occur without the chief and his administration authorizing such escorts" Opa-Locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton told reporters. It is obvious the young entertainer has demonstrated questionable behavior and seems to be heading in a downward spiral of legal trouble. Not only does Bieber need an aggressive and experienced attorney to handle his case, it seems the child star turned teenage delinquent needs some emotional and behavioral guidance as well if he wants to save his career.


Sources:

"Justin Bieber Charged with DUI"- FOX 5 News, January 23, 2014

January 22, 2014

San Diego Traffic Case First Ever of it's Kind


A woman cited for wearing Google Glass while driving in San Diego has been released from any charges. The woman was pulled over by CHP around 7:30 p.m. for speeding on Interstate 15 in late October, the same time that the officer gave her a ticket when he saw that she was wearing the glasses. This one-of-a-kind case, the first ever in the United States, has received national recognition, sparking the debate on whether Google Glass technology is a distraction for drivers. San Diego traffic court commissioner John Blair felt that there was insufficient evidence that the woman behind the wheel, Cecilia Abadie, was actually operating the glasses while driving. Also dismissed was the related speeding ticket, for similar reasons. The officer cited Abadie for violating California Vehicle Code Section 27602, which states that drivers can't view television or video signals was driving. Blair concluded that each ticket had no proof beyond a reasonable doubt to support its accusation. According to California's current traffic laws, Google Glass is indeed illegal to operate while driving, however in this particular case, Blair argued that the officer failed to present legitimate evidence that Abadie had the glasses in use while she was driving. The Google Glass features a reflective display screen on the right lens, blocking vision of the right eye and posing a threat to drivers. Abadie testified that she had the glasses in sleep mode and was not operating them during the drive. Google Glass wearable technology is Google's newest experiment. They feature wireless Internet access, Bluetooth technology, voice recognition, and can perform tasks including responding to voice commands, checking email or airline flight times, and taking pictures or videos. The glasses are currently being tested by 10,000 people across the nation, and aren't expected to become available to the public until later this year for a lofty price of $1,500.


Sources:

"Google Glass Driving Ticket Dismissed"- UT San Diego, January 16, 2014

January 18, 2014

Local San Diego Gangs Indicted for Sex Trafficking


Two local gangs in San Diego located out of North Park have been indicted for a large compilation of criminal affairs. San Diego police and the FBI have arrested 17 gang members and associates who had direct involvement in the case, which is comprised primarily of sex trafficking crimes spread throughout the country, but also other crimes including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking. Three other suspects were arrested in Arizona and New Jersey and three remain yet to be found and brought to justice. Sadly, prostitution has became an increasingly profitable business for street gangs, whose members proudly flaunt their "pimp status" with gold chalices and scepters worth thousands of dollars on the internet through social media sites, showing the extent to which prostitution of women and underage girls. All defendants in the current case have been accused of luring young women and girls into prostitution either against their will or by methods of persuasion and manipulation. Shockingly, they are accused of traveling to several cities throughout 23 states and selling sex in local hotel rooms, acts that have accumulated 60 known female victims thus far, 11 who were minors as young as the age of 15. The defendants being held locally are set to make their first court appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major.

In connection with the case, murder accusations date back to 1995 with the killing of a 20-year-old pizza deliveryman named Tariq Khamisa who was shot to death during a robbery believed to be executed by gang members. Authorities have also taken several illegal items into custody that were found during their arrests, including two guns, six luxury cars, more than 50 pairs of Air Jordan shoes, flat-screen televisions, thousands of dollars in cash, and multiple prostitutes, hotel room booking, money handling, and the distribution of drugs. Attorney Duffy said, "Members of BMS are really akin to a crime family whose members were all working together to commit various crimes for one purpose. And that purpose was simply to earn money for the organization." All the defendants recruited young girls and women into prostitution through various methods including threats, violence, and promising them a glamorous lifestyle, and then branded them as property with tattoos and bar codes. Many of the victims were picked up through popular social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Several of the defendants and their obedient victims were also found to have attended "Players' Balls" parties which took place all throughout the country. These parties are intended to celebrate the gangsters, pimps, and prostitutes and glorify their so-called business ventures. The victims of this case have thus been pulled out of the horrific life they had fallen prisoner to and are being offered medical and psychological services.

Sources:

"North Park Gangs Indicted"- UT San Diego, January 9, 2014

January 13, 2014

Drunk Driving Accident in San Diego Leaves One Dead, One Injured


A deadly crash involving a drunk driver is under investigation in San Diego. The accident took place south of Old Highway 80 on Church Road at around 4:10 p.m., which left the supposed drunk driver dead and the other victim with severe life threatening injuries. According to CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein, the driver, a 21-year-old Woman from El Cajon, was driving her Cadillac Escalade on the wrong side of the highway and hit both the right and left side metal guardrails. The victim, a 41-year-old Woman from Humboldt, was driving her 1998 Acura Integra heading northbound when the Escalade collided with her head-on, slamming the car on top of the guardrail and causing itself to roll completely over onto its side. Both drivers were immediately flown to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego by paramedics. Unfortunately the driver of the Escalade was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and was thrown from the vehicle while rolling from the collision, resulting in her untimely death. The victim endured serious life-threatening injuries and was admitted at the hospital for immediate treatment. Officer Pearlstein stated, "It appears alcohol was a factor." Drinking and driving remains a pressing issue for our California legal system. While many new provisions and safety measures have been put into action in recent months by local law enforcement, some drivers are still making the wrong decision to consume alcohol and operate their vehicle. The Leslie Legal Team encourages drivers to not make that decision and withhold from drinking and driving, however we understand that these circumstances do arise and we strongly advise retaining an experienced DUI attorney when they do. Hiring the right attorney to handle your DUI charges can make an enormous impact on the outcome of your case and your life.

Sources:

"DUI suspected in East County head-on fatality"- SD 6 News, January 10, 2014

January 13, 2014

Deadly DUI Crash in San Diego Kills 3 Victims


A DUI related crash in San Diego has left three killed and five injured. 25-year-old William Cady was driving five passengers in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade around 11:15 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle. He was heading North from Interstate 805 onto the Westbound Route 52 ramp when he swerved off the road and rolled several times over the dirt embankment. The car then hit a pillar and tumbled back into traffic causing an oncoming Acura to crash into the Escalade and another car coming from behind to hit the Acura. Shockingly, the Escalade still managed to roll across both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway and landed in an eastbound side ditch as its final resting point. Cady and his four passengers were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and were ejected from the SUV, resulting in the death of three passengers who were 23, 29, and 35 years of age. CHP officers arrested Cady on suspicion of drunk driving at the scene though he was sent directly to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla to be treated for his injuries. The one surviving passenger from the SUV, of 25 years of age, was rushed to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Two of the motorists from the other vehicles involved in the accident were also hospitalized with minor injuries. Names of the victims have yet to be released due to pending notification from family members. CHP Officer Art Platero said that witnesses of the accident noticed that the Escalade had been moving at a noticeably high speed immediately prior to the crash. At this point in time, the multitude of possible charges Cady is facing makes retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney crucial to the handling and outcome of his case. If convicted of DUI manslaughter, Cady will face very serious criminal charges as punishment for his negligent decisions.


Sources:

"3 Killed, 5 Hurt in DUI Crash" - CBS 8 News, January 12th, 2014

"CHP: DUI Caused Triple Fatal"- UT San Diego, January 12th, 2014

November 28, 2013

San Diego Law Enforcement Holiday DUI Task Force Receives High Praise


A new DUI awareness campaign was launched in San Diego right before the Thanksgiving holiday. The launch, titled "RADD-OTS SD Hospitality DUI Task Force", was put together by the entertainment industry's leader in road safety, RADD, as well as the California Office of Traffic Safety, OTS. Both RADD and the OTS announced their team up during a holiday media event in the Gaslamp Quarter at famous restaurant Dick's Last Resort, encouraging San Diegans to plan ahead before celebrating the holidays by designating a driver or calling a cab. The DUI task force has partnered up with local government, law enforcement, the military, area colleges, and road safety experts, in a commitment to reduce the number of DUIs and enhance public safety. In doing so, the task force is promoting responsible beverage service, alternate transportation options, designated drivers, and is focused on providing more overnight parking options. Deputy Administrator of the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Bill Kootsikas, cited a troubling 4.6 percent national increase for alcohol-related deaths and a 3.6 percent increase in California, in the past year alone. The new alliance between OTS and RADD however, has successfully designed immediate DUI prevention strategies in the region and many officials, including OTS Assistant Director of Operations David Doucette and President of RADD International Erin Meluso, are praising the task force for its powerful influence. Meluso, who lead RADD's "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign, encouraged San Diegans to pledge, 'from now on, I won't let my friends drive drunk.'

San Diego's Supervising Agent in Charge for The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jennifer Hill, has stressed the need for San Diegans to start taking responsibility, including for Licensees to practice responsible alcohol service, ID checks, and employee training on the issue. She also suggested that families should make it a priority to communicate with one another and with friends on how to make responsible choices regarding withholding from driving while drinking. Overall, the holiday task force is being commended with high praise for its aggressive approach to road safety. Law enforcement will be conducting many traffic checkpoints and DUI patrols, starting Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Eve, all throughout San Diego and San Diego County. Even other non-law enforcement agencies are making an effort to support the task force, including the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Gaslamp Quarter Association, North Park Main Street, and Discover Pacific Beach. The SDMTS has added several new transportation options people can choose over driving, those being expanded taxicab service and extended trolley and bus service hours to accommodate late night partiers. As a criminal defense legal team, we have years of experience dealing with DUI violations. Our advice to everyone planning to celebrate the Holidays with alcoholic beverages this year is to take advantage of the preventative measures being offered, and make prior arrangements before heading out. However, if you or a loved one do in fact find yourselves facing DUI charges, hiring an experienced legal team to handle your case is absolutely essential to achieve favorable results and lessen the consequences DUI citations pose.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

Sources:

"San Diego: DUI Team Up"
- Fort Mill Times, November 27, 2013

November 22, 2013

Judge sends San Diego Gun Owner to Trial for Death of Young Boy


The man responsible for the death of a young 10-year-old boy in Miramar Ranch, San Diego has been ordered to stand trial on the felony charges of involuntary manslaughter, criminal storage of a firearm, and child endangerment. According to prosecution, the owner of the gun, 56-year-old Todd Francis, had the gun stored in a negligent manner and had the gun loaded prior to the accidental shooting. Francis is currently out on bail as he awaits his conviction, which could be years of prison time. The young boy, Eric Klyaz, was playing with Francis' daughter in the garage of Francis' home when the incident occurred, around 4:15 p.m. on June 4th of this year. Repairing a nearby garage door at the time of the accident, Mark Jones testified that he heard the shot along with the screams of a young girl. At this time he ran over to find Eric lying on the garage floor with a gunshot wound on his chest and surrounded by boxes, furniture, and other items. Jones stated, "There was a gun. It was sitting on a sofa on top of what looked like some laundry." He also told authorities who arrived at the scene that the hammer on the gun was pulled back. San Diego police Officer present at the scene, Vito Messineo, testified that he spoke to both the young girl and to Francis later on. According to Messineo, Francis told him the gun had been hidden and he was sure it was not loaded, stating, "If that kid dies, I don't want to live anymore." At the San Diego Superior Court hearing, the young girl attended with her mother and a dog used to comfort young witnesses, however declined to take the oath due to her traumatized and despondent nature. Francis' criminal defense attorney aggressively argued that the evidence provided was exceedingly inadequate to support the claims against her client. Despite her argument and no testimony from the young girl, Judge Peter Deddeh later resolved that enough evidence was presented during the preliminary hearing to send the case to trial.

In the beginning of the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Mathew Dix presented several facts regarding the case that both the prosecution and the defense agree with, one of these being that a deputy medical examiner had determined that Eric was shot at intermediate range and it is unlikely he had shot himself. Francis' wife, Susan, testified at the hearing as well, along with her teenage son who was at the house at the time of the accident. Susan told the court that she had asked her teenage son to watch his younger sister that afternoon while she ran errands. She was gone for a short time when her son called urging her to come home. Her teenage son testified to the court that he was upstairs in the family's town home when police contacted him. He told them he didn't know that his little sister had been playing with her friend Eric and that it was common for the children in their neighborhood to play together in their open garages. Assigned as the detective on the case, Brett Burkett spoke with Francis' daughter while he was testing the children's hands for gunshot residue, in an attempt to determine who fired the gun. Burkett said the young girl told him she may have but she was unsure, and found gunshot residue on her hands. At a later time, the young girl told a social worker that she and Eric were both playing with and looking at the gun when it fired off and that she did not put any bullets into it. All together, this case is an unfortunate and devastating situation that could very well have been prevented.


Sources:

"Gun Owner to Stand Trial in Boy's Death"- UT San Diego, November 20, 2013

"Judge Orders Gun Owner to Trial" - UT San Diego, November 21, 2013

November 16, 2013

DUI Checkpoint to be Held in San Diego over Thanksgiving Holiday


The San Diego Police Department has scheduled a DUI checkpoint over the Thanksgiving holiday. San Diego Deputies will conduct the DUI and driver's license check on November 23rd and 24th in Poway, which will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety, the checkpoint will be staffed with officers trained to identify possible signs of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The CA Office of Traffic Safety has also made a point to encourage motorists to report drunk drivers by calling 911. In an official news release, the San Diego Sheriff's Department released a statement regarding the checkpoint, stating, "The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is well aware of the community's concern for persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is taking a major countermeasure by implementing a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint. The primary intent of this checkpoint is to educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Additionally, this checkpoint will serve as a deterrent to potentially impaired drivers. Finally, this checkpoint provides an important governmental service by promoting public safety. The focus of the operation will be the apprehension of suspects who are determined to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs or driving while unlicensed/suspended." It is important for all drivers to remember that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs renders serious consequences and court penalties which will negatively affect all aspects, both personal and professional, of your life.. If you or a loved one are pressed with DUI charges, the Leslie Legal Group strongly encourages you to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will make a significant impact on the outcome of your case.


Sources:

"DUI Checkpoint Scheduled in Poway"- The Patch News, November 15, 2013