Articles Tagged with probation-violation

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A Riverside County woman is facing several charges after she was subjected to a pedestrian check which allegedly produced 14-grams of methamphetamine that the authorities believed she planned to distribute to others.

Just before 5:00 on December 4, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team deputies believed they had reason to perform a “pedestrian check” on a woman walking down a street in La Quinta, California.

After approaching her, and while interacting with the woman, identified as 29-year-old Naicia Welch from La Quinta, the law enforcement agents allegedly discovered that she was holding a substance that they believed was methamphetamine.

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When a Tampa woman went to the police station to turn herself in for an active warrant, she was allegedly found with many pills stuffed in the lining of her hairpiece before she was taken into the jail.

31-year-old Arayia Hudson learned that she had a warrant out for her arrest due to an alleged violation of the terms of her probation.

On July 31, Hudson went to the Pasco County jail outside of Tampa to turn herself in. When the woman arrived she was taken into the area of the facility where body searches are performed before an inmate is incarcerated.

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Minutes after his release from jail, a man who was lacking a ride was accused of trying to steal nearly 2 dozen vehicles in a purported effort to drive himself away from the facility.

68-year-old Dennis Libonati, who resides in Homosassa, spent a little over four months incarcerated in the Land O’Lakes Detention Center.

After he was processed out and released near 10:30 PM, Libonati exited the building and reportedly headed for the parking lot and allegedly entered an area that was only for official use and restricted from the public.

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While a man was being questioned about white powder purported to be cocaine he allegedly had on the nasal region of his face he was reported as telling the deputies the substance wasn’t his.

On June 9, Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office deputies performed a traffic stop on a vehicle carrying a driver and passenger.

Upon surveying the inside of the car one of the deputies became fixated on the passenger, identified as 20-year-old Fabricio Jimenez, when she “immediately noticed” a white substance with a powder-like appearance clinging to portions of the outer rim of his nostrils.

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Two men are facing robbery charges after a woman who was carrying her two pedigree puppies through a Riverside mall parking lot was allegedly approached by them and assaulted before they took her dogs from her.

On July 28, just before 7:30 pm, a woman was escorting her two young English bulldogs in her arms while walking through the Hemet Valley Mall parking lot. She was reportedly approached by two men that told her to give them her dogs. When she would not comply it is purported that the men pushed the woman down to the ground and stole the puppies from her.

20-year-old Samuel Ramirez who is one of the two men that the authorities suspect was involved in the incident turned himself in at the Temecula California Highway Patrol office three days after the dogs were taken. He was placed in custody and detained for his alleged involvement and he is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony, and probation violation. He was released after posting a bond in the amount of $50,000 and he has a scheduled court date of September 21.

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In 2009, singer Chris Brown pled guilty in California to felony assault charges against Rihanna, a singer who was his girlfriend at that time. As part of his criminal sentencing, he was ordered to serve probation for a term of five years in his home state of Virginia and complete six months of community service. According to his log, he has accumulated over 1400 hours of service, ranging from picking up trash to washing police cars and fire trucks.

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Things were looking up for pop singer Chris Brown. After pleading guilty to felony domestic violence charges against fellow pop singer Rihanna in June, 2009 and agreeing, among other things to complete 180 days of community service and a 52-week batterer’s treatment program or domestic violence class, Brown appeared in court recently to show proof that he had completed his program. He was also successful in getting a restraining order against him modified to allow peaceful contact with Rihanna. Brown remained, however, on 5 years of formal probation.

That may now prove problematic.

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I was in Bellflower Superior Court yesterday when a 30-something year old woman was taken into custody for failure to complete her batterer’s treatment program or anger-management classes. The public defender tried earnestly to appeal to the judge’s sympathies, explaining that the girl had suffered a pulmonary embolism and had not been working, so she couldn’t afford to pay for the classes. Yikes! A pulmonary embolism? People die from that! The woman did look healthy, but that certainly seemed like a reasonable excuse for being behind in court-ordered classes. The judge took a moment, flipped through the court file and finally said “if she wants to admit her probation violation, I’ll give her 120 days in jail.” 120 DAYS??? The injustice! How could the judge be so unforgiving? I mentally rallied to the girl’s side, until the judge sighed “counsel- she’s had FIVE years to get these classes done.” The woman took the 120 days.

This scenario is not uncommon. Walk into any Orange County criminal courtroom and you will undoubtedly see either someone with an excuse for having not performed some court-ordered obligation or being taken into custody for not performing some court-ordered obligation. This is a look at the most common (and most frustrating) excuses that judges and lawyers or attorneys hear and an explanation as to why they often fall on deaf ears.

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