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Whether you swiped a bottle of Tide from Walgreens or committed felony robbery and assault in addition to Los Angeles petty theft, you’re probably feeling pretty sheepish and regretful. You’re not the first person to steal “bizarre stuff” – and you won’t be the last. In two posts, we’re going to use true or false quizzes to test your knowledge of theft history. gorilla-theft-los-angeles.jpg

Half of the following examples are made up, and half are real.

Can you guess which ones are which?

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Often, Los Angeles petty theft cases take a turn for the bizarre. Separating truth from fiction can be a lot more challenging than people realize. How are your instincts? Take this quiz to find out. marla_maples-shoes-petty-theft.jpg

Three of stories actually happened, and three are totally made up.

1. Shoe fetishist steals 40 pairs of Marla Maples’ shoes

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Rob Kardashian’s Los Angeles petty theft and battery case has earned him time in the limelight, but odds are that his spotlight-hungry sisters are not particularly jealous. Kardashian-petty-theft-west-hollywood.jpg

In March, Kardashian — the youngest child of Kris Jenner and lawyer Robert Kardashian — allegedly swiped camera equipment from a photographer in the parking lot of a West Hollywood gym. Per reports, he was retaliating for her attempt to take shirtless pictures of him. He allegedly grabbed the memory card from the camera and told that he would pay for the card later.

According to celebrity news sources, Rob was undergoing a weight loss program, which might have explained why he wanted to keep the shirtless pictures out of the news. Andra Vaik, the photographer, subsequently sued the reality star.

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If you tried to design a Los Angeles petty theft crime that would make you look like a classic “bad guy,” you’d have a hard time beating this guy. cookie-theft-in-los-angeles.jpg

According to NBC Los Angeles, a skateboarder recently stole over $400 worth of cookie money from a local Girl Scout troop that had been stationed outside a grocery store in San Bernardino County. Deputies later stopped and arrested 20-year-old Colin Sawyer, after they saw footage of the theft on NBC4 news.

Girl Scout troop 1303 had been selling cookies outside of a Stater Brothers store in Phelan all day. They were folding up for the day, when the thief snatched their money and took off. A young Girl Scout, who gave her name as Victoria, ran after him. But she fell and got scraped up. She told reporters “My sister put the money on the table, and as fast as he can, he took the money and ran off… my first instinct was to run after him.”

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In all likelihood, your Los Angeles petty theft charges are pretty dry and mundane. crazy-theft-case-los-angeles-lemur.jpg

Maybe you shoplifted some clothes or jewelry from an open market shop in Venice Beach or the Promenade; or maybe you accrued a petty theft charge on top of other charges, like robbery, assault, and fraud.

You understand that your situation is serious: you need a good Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to help you solve your mess and move on with your life.

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It was a not so petty theft case in Los Angeles: 29-year-old Gerjuan Deshon Harmon broke into reality TV star Jillian Michaels’ home in Malibu, pilfered her purse and 2001 Bentley, and then tried to outrun police in the stolen luxury vehicle, only to smash the car, and fight with the cops before getting arrested.jillian-michaels-theft.jpg

Michaels was home when the burglary occurred and she didn’t notice that her luxury vehicle or purse was stolen until the following day. After Michaels reported the theft to police, officers in Burbank found the missing Bentley and chased Harmon, who smashed up the car, fled the wreck, and eventually succumbed to arrest after putting up a fight.

Per the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office: Harmon now faces a slew of unpleasant charges, including:

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The epidemic of celebrity Southern California DUI stories has provoked a national discussion over policy and road safety. Just last week, for instance, as this blog reported, Corey Dillon — a former NFL runningback and a member of the 2004 Patriots (Super Bowl Champions) — was arrested for driving under the influence in Malibu. Stories like Dillon’s break all the time, unfortunately, sending the wrong message to impressionable drivers. These incidents sear into the collective memory. Who could forget the Nick Nolte DUI mugshot or the loaded comments Mel Gibson allegedly made after his DUI arrest? Truly outlandish DUIs happen to “everyday” people, as well. Here are three fascinating examples from the DUI news annals:armchair-dui.jpg

1. DUI Driver Injures Judge who Originally Sentenced Him for DUI
This story, from mid-April out of Maryland, is both ironic and tragic. A driver named Rene Fernandez careened into a car containing Judge Edwin Collier and his wife Ellen, causing severe injuries to both husband and wife. Fernandez had come before Judge Collier more than a decade ago on charges of DUI. Collier gave him a suspended sentence – let him go without jail time.

2. Women Arrested for Driving DUI on Train Tracks
This is a story from late February 2010 in Redding, Pennsylvania. A local 65-year-old woman named Bonnie Lehfeldt was driving after her dog who had gotten loose. Her Nissan Sedan got stuck on some train tracks. A local man managed to pull her from her car in the nick of time – right before a train plowed into the Nissan and pushed it for 200 feet. Had Lehfeldt been in the car when the collision occurred, she likely would have been killed or at least seriously injured. Police arrested her for DUI.

3. DUI while Piloting a Motorized Armchair
This story, from November of last year, involved a 61-year-old man who drove a motorized armchair out of a pub and into a parking lot while having a blood alcohol concentration of three times the legal limit.

Remember, even if you are not driving a car, truck, or motorcycle, you can still be pulled over for driving under the influence in Southern California!

California Vehicle Code Sections 23153(a) and 23153(b) govern what happens in cases of driving under the influence in Los Angeles with injury. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, the DUI driver can be hit with a felony charge (instead of a standard misdemeanor) and, as a result, can face much stricter penalties including the loss of the right to vote as well as higher fines and longer jail time.

Whether you have been pulled over for a “standard” Los Angeles DUI or a complicated injury DUI in Los Angeles, you likely need effective and compassionate help with your legal case.

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Websites like RadarOnline, PopEater, and Perez Hilton’s blog constantly report on the latest celebrity Los Angeles DUI news. Over the past decade alone, we have seen some of our most beloved TV and movie stars — including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Nick Nolte, Stephanie Pratt and, perhaps most famously, Mel Gibson — get arrested for DUI in Los Angeles (and elsewhere). But one DUI-related story that’s often not covered by the “mainstream” celebrity blog-press is the rash of lawnmower DUI arrests — a crime that appears to be becoming increasingly common, however bizarre it may seem to most readers.lawnmower-dui.jpg

Consider the following stories that have broken just in the past month alone.

1. On April 6th, a 47-year-old Lancaster, New York resident named Joseph Simme was arrested after driving under the influence on his lawnmower on Walden Avenue. He nearly hit several vehicles. Fortunately, police pulled him over and found that he had many prior DWI charges as well as a revoked license. Upon testing, it was revealed that he had a BAC of 0.14% (remember, the legal limit for Southern California DUI is 0.08%). He was charged with multiple felony counts.

2. Just six days later — on April 12th, a man named Martin McMurray of Blountville, Indiana was also busted for lawnmower DUI, after leading police on a low-speed chase for nearly half a mile (thus despite the fact that police loudspeakers were blaring and sirens were wailing). McMurray allegedly drove against traffic and nearly lost his balance after being pulled over.

3. Just two days after that, on April 14th, a 30-year-old man named Jimmy Graham Jr. was busted in Athens, Tennessee for DUI on a lawnmower. He allegedly stole some fishing poles from a local resident’s garage and then took off on his lawnmower. He is currently charged with theft and aggravated burglary as well as DUI.

Could a lawnmower DUI in Los Angeles be next?

Perhaps not. Remember, Los Angeles is an urban environment. All aforementioned arrests happened in the suburbs/rural areas. And fewer people ride lawnmowers here, so one might expect fewer lawnmower Los Angeles DUIs. Nevertheless, the prospect of a lawnmower Southern California DUI does loom large, particularly as spring blooms and we head into summer — when the bulk of lawn maintenance is done in Southern California.

Of course, as intriguing as lawnmower DUI might be to the casual reader, the charge of a Long Beach DUI is no laughing matter, neither for defendants, nor for the victims of any DUI accident.

If you or a loved one has been tagged for driving under the influence in Long Beach, you may need legal representation.

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Lindsay Lohan is being investigated for grand theft of the $400,000 worth of jewels from Dior she was wearing at her Elle Magazine photo shoot. Scotland Yard has been brought in to review the facts surrounding the lost jewels. The items, a diamond necklace and diamond earrings, were reported stolen right after she wore them on June 6, 2009.
According to sources close to the investigation, Lohan admired the jewels and asked if she could keep them. The jewels were not reported stolen for two days. At that time, Central London Police were notified.

Los Angeles grand theft crimes need to be defended by a Los Angeles grand theft defense attorney. People who are charged and convicted of a grand theft could be sent to prison for 3 years if the case is a felony. After release from prison, the person will be on parole and will have to be monitored. That is why if you or someone you know is being investigated for a South California grand theft crime, they should immediately hire a theft crime defense attorney who will handle the pre-filing investigation and assist that person early on even before the case is filed.

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As we see the beginning of a new President and Vice President for the United States, we will most likely see a new beginning for criminal prosecutions for Los Angeles DUIs and Southern California criminal law.

Already the new administration has claimed that there will be a clamp down on crime. The local administrations have also claimed that they will vigorously prosecute even minor offenses. It will not matter if you are arrested for a Los Angeles DUI, a Long Beach crime, a San Fernando robbery, or a Pasadena DUI, the police will be trying to enforce the law to the fullest. For that reason, it is important to hire a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who has the experience and knowledge to defend you.

The new emphasis on punishment for minor offenses is going to put regular citizens in a bad position. In the past, judges and prosecutors understood that there is a clear difference between people who are law abiding but who make a mistake, and those who a repeat offenders. Now, even minor offenses are going to punished more severely.

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