17 Jul 2018
MTV’s Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is facing possible jail time if convicted of the battery and resisting an officer charges filed against her. She is scheduled to be arraigned in the Airport Courthouse on August 13 on those two misdemeanor charges.
The charges stem from an incident in which she allegedly hit a security guard at the Beverly Hills Hotel and then resisted arrest when she was asked to leave the hotel. Officers arrived to the hotel based on a call that Abraham was arguing with hotel guests and had been asked to leave the location by hotel security. The security officer alleged that Abraham struck him in the face with her forearm, grabbed his ear and pushed him in the face as he attempted to prevent her from re-entering the hotel. Beverly Hill Police officers noted that Abraham exhibited signs of intoxication.
If convicted on both counts, Abraham faces up to 18 months in jail.
Attorney Ross Erlich has handled numerous battery and resisting arrest cases. A lot of them are a result of people who are under the influence, out partying, at a club or bar, and simply take things a little too far or don’t follow instructions from law enforcement.
A battery charge is something that takes into account any and all unwanted touching that is done in an offensive way. Thus, someone doesn’t have to beat someone up, break a bone, cause bleeding, etc, to be convicted of a battery. All that is required is some physical contact in an offensive manner. In most cases, the maximum penalty for a batter is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. If you commit a batter against a peace/police officer, it can be charged as a wobbler (a felony or a misdemeanor).
In order to be charged with resisting arrest, you must resist, delay or otherwise obstruct a law enforcement officer, or emergency personnel, while they are performing, or trying to perform, their official duties. This, as one might imagine, is typically charged when people resist officers putting handcuffs on them, push officers away, and giving a false name to police officers.
While attorney Ross Erlich’s job is to fight to protect your rights and liberty, the best advice to give someone when confronted with security and/or police officers is to be as courteous as possible and follow directions. There is no need to provide any statements or to incriminate yourself, but if asked to leave somewhere or to stop doing a certain activity, cooperation tends to lead to no charges getting filed, or, at least no resisting arrest charges.
If you or someone you know has been charged with battery or resisting arrest in the Airport courthouse, Van Nuys courthouse or the Downtown CCB courthouse, contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible. There might be ways to civilly compromise your case and get charges permanently suspended.
14 Aug 2013
LAPD arrested 7 people after hitting 9 locations as part of an identity theft ring that operated out of houses and apartments in Los Angeles and Glendale.
Glendale Police pulled over one of the suspects on a traffic violation and learned that the LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s, the Secret Service and the Attorney General’s Office were looking into these people. Law enforcement seized devices used to scam credit card information from gas pumps, computers used to download this information, credit card machines, blank plastic credit cards and even a 100 gallon tank hidden in a truck used to steal gas.
Police say these suspects have guns and likely have gang ties, but made no specific confirmation on that.
Identity theft in Los Angeles is a serious crime and something that the District Attorney’s Office prosecute’s aggressively. Identity theft is typically charged as a felony in Los Angeles and, as seen from this article, can draw the attention of the Federal government. It is also a crime of moral turpitude which, if convicted of, may have a severe negative impact on your criminal record and finding a job.
Identity theft is something that, depending on someone’s prior criminal history, can be resolved by an experienced attorney without any jail time whatsoever. Civil compromises, probation and restitution of any out of pocket losses by the victim’s are priorities of the prosecutors and judges and something that can often be reached through a plea bargain.
If you have been arrested for theft, identity theft, grand theft, burglary or petty theft, contact Ross Erlich now for a free consultation and to discuss what your options are. Ross Erlich has experience in getting no jail time for people charged with theft of thousands of dollars and charged with multiple felonies.
23 May 2013
A middle-aged man who held himself out to be “Stephen Disney”, but who instead was only Stephen Urquidez, was arrested on Wednesday for stealing Disneyland passes in a felony burglary and possession of fake identification case. Mr. Urquidez allegedly had a fake driver’s license with the name “Stephen Disney” as well as false tax forms showing income from the Walt Disney Corporation.
This who scam was unraveled when Urquidez gave Disneyland passes to a friend to donate for a charity raffle. The raffle winner then took the passes to Disneyland where they would not work and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted and started their investigation. The investigation ultimately found that Urquidez had allegedly stolen the passes from a store and that he had no affiliation with the Disney family or corporation in any capacity.
Urquidez was subsequently arrested on felony burglary and felony possession of a forged driver’s license charges.
Attorney Ross Erlich handles felony burglary and identity theft charges all over Southern California. Please see the Practice Areas page of the site for more information. Because theft charges are considered crimes of moral turpitude, they are charges that should be taken very seriously. Having a moral turpitude conviction on your criminal record is something that employers tend to frown upon and can make keeping or obtaining a job difficult. If you have been charged with petty theft, burglary, robbery, identity theft or any other theft crime in Downtown Los Angeles, CCB, Van Nuys, Airport Court, Burbank Court, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks or the Westside, contact attorney Ross Erlich before it’s too late.
08 May 2013
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that cities and local municipalities may ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their territory. The Court stated that nothing in the current medical marijuana law restricts the rights of these local governments and cities throughout the state to declare medical marijuana dispensaries a nuisance due to the increased dangers of crime, congestion, blight and drug abuse in the community.
The problem was that under Proposition 215, the statewide proposition that allowed people to use medical marijuana as long as they had a recommendation from a doctor, there was never any mention of dispensaries, shops, stores or anywhere a patient could purchase their marijuana. What Proposition 215 stated was that people and their primary caregivers can grow or possess marijuana with a physician’s recommendation. The law made no mention about the availability of dispensaries or collectives. The Court cleared the way for cities to decide how much, if any, regulation or limitation of dispensaries they choose. For example, a city may limit dispensaries in a particular area within the city while placing no limits on dispensaries in another area.
Cities and dispensary owners have been in a years-long battle regarding what cities can and cannot due to limit the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders. Further confusion ensued when lower courts all over the state issued rulings that conflicted rulings in other jurisdictions. One only needs to look at the Los Angeles City Council who, at first, embraced dispensaries, then tried to regulate them, and then tried to ban them.
Drug possession, sales, cultivation and transportation are serious felony offenses in Los Angeles County. On the flip side, increasingly liberal drug laws combined with overcrowding in state prisons and local jails make the resolution of these cases by attorney Ross Erlich more advantageous to you, the client. Additionally, if you have a physician’s recommendation to possess or cultivate marijuana, that may also benefit your case.
If you have been charged with a drug offense such as simple possession, possession for sales, transportation of a controlled substance or cultivation, contact attorney Ross Erlich before you say something to law enforcement that you may regret down the line. Attempting to “talk your way out of it” usually does not work and, consequently, usually results in statements that are used against you. Attorney Ross Erlich handles drug offenses in the Airport Court, CCB (Criminal Courts Building), Burbank Court and the Pasadena Court.