November 20, 2017

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Will Be Utilizing Drones In Their Investigations

Los Angeles law enforcement authorities will have the permission to use drones in order to make the most from surveillance in the most challenging criminal situations and instances. The Los Angeles authorities granted the police with their permission to make use of the drones for surveillance. The permission will be active for one year and it is meant to help with lowering crime rates. However, not everyone is happy about that decision. There have been a number of protests against the decision and people are genuinely afraid that the usage of drones will invade their private lives, will not help in any actual way, and simply ruins Fourth Amendment Rights.

In response, the authorities claim that the use of drones will be extremely limited only in the most extreme circumstances and instances. One way or the other, the drones will not be used simply for surveillance or in low risk situations. Instead, SWAT will have the permission to use drones if a situation gets out of hand and presents a genuine challenge for the police. Furthermore, the police will only be able to use a single drone for surveillance. Of course, a second drone will be at the station as backup if something goes wrong with the first one.

Needless to say, not everyone was too happy about the idea that drones will be used for surveillance, even if their use will be limited to high risk situations. Right now, the drones can be used in the most extreme instances, but if they will prove to be valuable in such situations, odds are, the authorities will find a reason to extend the program and to make the most from incorporating it even further. Hence, it may even imply intruding into people’s day to day living and their private life as well.

As drones are relatively new and were not used actively in the past, when it comes to legal matters, there is a gray area and this is one of the many reasons why the courts are still undecided on how to proceed in such instances. Some of the courts are trying to apply existing legislation and to make sure that it will work with the drone situation as well. After all, it is not illegal to take photos of a person’s property from a plane or a helicopter, if, of course, those aircrafts are maintaining a certain distance above the ground so there people’s expectations for privacy will also be met in full.

Nevertheless, it is quite obvious that drones are very much different from all of the above-mentioned aircrafts and this is why it is so important to come up with another solution that would allow Los Angeles citizens to make the most from legal needs and requirements.

Is there a possibility that the drones will violate people’s privacy? Well, for example, a person will be convicted for a crime in line with all of the evidence that the drone collected. The defendant’s criminal attorney could argue that all the evidence collected against the defendant was accumulated through the invasion of privacy. Hence, the court will need to find out if the defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Hence, it will need to answer two main questions – did the defendant demonstrate that he or she had a reasonable expectation of privacy and will society consider that the expectation of privacy was reasonable? If both of the questions are answered in a positive manner, it will demonstrate that the defendant did have a reasonable expectation of privacy, so any kind of evidence that was gathered with drones will be completely thrown away.

One way or the other, it is apparent that the drones will be used by the law enforcement authorities more often and this may imply an even deeper invasion of private life. Hence, it is very important, crucial even, to know your rights and to be able to use them properly. Of course, if you have reasons to believe that your own rights were infringed in some way, you will need to get in touch with a qualified, genuinely experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to make the most from your legal needs and to make sure that your rights were not infringed on in any kind of way.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

October 8, 2017

Here Is What Dismissal Without Prejudice Stands For

When it comes to the legal process, things can get complicated, especially if you don’t have the right attorney to help you handle the matter properly. Preliminary hearings often occur several months after an arraignment takes place, and the prosecution will get an opportunity to review all of the available case evidence against the defendant. In the mean time, if you have a qualified, experienced legal representative, the lawyer will also get a chance to look for inconsistencies in case evidence as well as the prosecution’s allegations. Like, for example, did the law enforcement officer pull the driver over because he had a reason to? And was the search performed in the defendant’s car lawful?

During the demonstration of all the available evidence, both in favor and against the defendant, the judge can make an educated decision in line with all of the gathered information. If there is sufficient evidence against the defendant, the judge will allow the case to go to trial. If there is no evidence that would definitively implicate the defendant of any crime, the case will be dismissed and the prosecution will have a chance to refile their charges. As far as dismissal goes, there are two major categories – dismissal with prejudice and without prejudice.

Dismissal without prejudice may sound like a great option, as it indicates the case is closed for good, but it actually implies that you have one more try.

If there is not enough evidence against you, you can file a motion to dismiss all charges. However, if the case is dismissed without prejudice, the prosecution can refile the charges in the future. Yet, as far as it goes, the state does have several choices:

  • Changing the charged offense. In some cases, the charges are not suitable for the committed crime. For instance, some of the most aggressive prosecutors may easily file domestic violence charges, when in fact there is no established relationship between the victim and the offender. Moreover, if the charges are filed by a woman against a man, the prosecutors will automatically consider them to be in a relationship, when in fact it this is not even remotely so.
  • More evidence is also an option. After all, there is a big difference between establishing probable cause for the arrest and proving that the defendant is guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. For instance, a hypothetical drug test was administered to a possible DUI driver, but the results were so unreliable that the judge decided to dismiss that evidence. The prosecutors will need to bring in a professional chemist to establish if the results were viable to begin with.
  • Changes in the law system. The law is very flexible and versatile. It is constantly changing. Furthermore, some of the things that were deemed as barely legal in the past are now actively being used in court. At times, the changes in law could help the defendant.

Despite the fact that the prosecutors will have a chance to refile their charges in the above-mentioned circumstances, it is rarely the case. Dismissal without prejudice does not have a toll on the statute of limitations. Hence, time starts ticking. The physical evidence from the scene will deteriorate quickly and the notes of the police officers witnessing the crime could be long gone already, since the law enforcement destroys these after a short life cycle.

In some cases, if the prosecution establishes flaws in the case evidence beforehand, dismissal without prejudice could turn out to be voluntary, if, for instance, the prosecution invited a professional chemist to verify the evidence and the chemist did not show up in court on time. The prosecutor will realize that the judge will not change the time and there are two options – either arrive empty-handed or file a voluntary dismissal without prejudice in order to refile the charges later and to start it all over again.

One way or the other, when it comes to dismissing the case from the outset, you will need to seek aid from industry experts. While there are plenty of different law firms that are quite readily available on the net, odds are, you will search for the best lawyers that will not let you down and will help you in your time of legal need.

Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

September 24, 2017

Harsh DUI Laws of California May Be Applied To Boat Owners As Well

California’s DUI laws are among the strictest in the country. The law enforcement authorities of California are not taking DUI offenses lightly, and for good reason. After all, if a person is driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she is not merely putting his or her life in danger. Other people may well get hurt as well – the driver’s passengers, others drivers, and even pedestrians. It is no wonder that even misdemeanor DUI offenses come at a very high price in legal terms.

Recently, California authorities decided to extend the DUI law to boaters as well. This means that people operating their boats under the influence of alcohol are going to be put under equal legal pressure and will have to face similar legal penalties as those for car drivers.

This is mostly due to the fact that California has the largest number of boat accidents and fatalities that are related to alcohol abuse. In fact, the official statistics clearly indicates that as much as 25% of all boating accidents are related to DUI.

Operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol is already a pretty serious crime and the sentence may well involve up to a year in county jail or $1,000 in fines or both. In addition, if someone was injured because of your actions during the accident, you may face a year in state prison and up to $5,000 in fines or both.

And again, the process works pretty much the same as it would if you are pulled over for operating a car under the influence of alcohol. To determine the levels of alcohol in your system, the law enforcement authorities will require you to submit to a blood or breath test. Of course, you can refuse to do that, but your refusal may well lead to much more detrimental legal penalties.

The new proposed legislation is merely extending the rights that the law enforcement authorities already have. This means that from now on, they can obtain special search warrants that will allow them to search those suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and who refused to submit to the tests. Furthermore, the law enforcement authorities can now obtain new search warrants that will allow them test the blood of the suspected DUI driver even if he or she refuses to do so.

Of course, California has always implemented the so-called “implied consent” law. This basically means that if you obtained your driving license in California, you automatically agreed that if you will be pulled over under suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and will automatically need to submit yourself to the blood alcohol test. Furthermore, under the new legislation, the police required a special warrant, but only if there were no “exigent circumstances”. This implies that waiting for a warrant in such a situation could cause injury, death, or any other type of harm to an individual. The exigent circumstances may very well differ and will be established in court post-factum, since they are not the same in every individual case.

While the legislation does not imply that the law enforcement authorities will need a search warrant each time, it does ease up the pressure on drivers, who were often forcedly pulled over and made to submit to blood tests.

If you or perhaps your loved ones were charged with DUI, it is very important, crucial even, not to hesitate and to make sure that you get in touch with a qualified, experienced legal professional at the earliest opportunity. That way, you will ensure that your legal penalties will be minimized or the charges will be dropped. The DUI attorney will be able to gather all the necessary evidence to establish that the law enforcement authorities had no legal rights to force you to submit to a blood test in the first place. This is how you can get the lowest sentence quickly.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

August 29, 2017

Eight People Were Injured By a Hit And Run Driver in Los Angeles

Car accidents are not a rare thing these days. After all, due to the large number of vehicles on the streets of major cities, it is no wonder that accidents happen on a daily basis. Some of those accidents really stand out from the crowd.

Last Sunday, the authorities of Los Angeles confirmed that there was a major accident, when a hit and run driver slammed into an entire crowd of diners on a sidewalk. According to the official reports, at least 8 people were injured.

The accident was caused by a hit and run driver, who slammed into one of the parked vehicles. The vehicle moved ahead all the way and was stopped by a fence. However, by that time, at least several people were underneath the vehicle, according to some witnesses.

Another witness also claims that the driver who caused provoked the accident briefly stepped out of the car for several moments. He then jumped back inside, though people around were forcing him to remain outside, until the law enforcement authorities arrived. Allegedly, the driver was disoriented.

One of the victims, a 44-year-old man, was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and several other victims were also taken to the hospital.

Needless to say, traffic violations are very common these days. Modern society relies on cars – they are a genuinely invaluable part of our transport infrastructure. Hence, it is very important, crucial even, to make sure that you know what to do when a traffic violation has occurred and how to protect yourself from all sorts of different legal consequences.

Traffic violations come in a huge number of different forms. The law enforcement authorities use that term very often and are punishing drivers to prevent similar accidents from taking place in the future. There are two major types of traffic violations that are most commonly taking place on city roads:

  • Moving violations. This is when the violation was committed by a vehicle in motion that can basically be attributed to a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), running a stop sign or a red light, as well as failing to yield.
  • Faulty car equipment or parking violations are largely attributed to all sorts of non-moving violations as well as unreliable car equipment. Parking near fire hydrants, in a space that is clearly marked as a non-parking area, as well as broken side-ways mirrors or tail lights are some of the examples of non-moving violations.

Most traffic violations are labeled as minor and are therefore not resulting in expensive fines or incarceration. Instead, you are going to be obligated to pay administrative fees, but you won’t go to trial. However, there is an exception concerning speeding tickets. If you have received too many of those, you may well be required to pay a huge fine or even go to trial by jury.

Of course, most traffic tickets are deemed as strict-liability crimes. This basically implies that whether or not the person had any criminal intentions or maybe did not want to commit the offense to begin with, he or she is still going to be convicted for the crime. There is only one piece of evidence that is needed in such a case – the fact that the crime took place and was committed by that person to begin with. The best examples of such crimes are speeding, failure to yield to other traffic and failure to use turn signals.

There are also serious traffic violations and these may be considered felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances,. Reckless driving is one of the best examples of this. Reckless driving may imply that a person was willfully or intentionally driving in such a manner that he or she was disregarding the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. In that case, the driver will face some serious legal consequences. We are talking about time in county jail, suspension of their driver’s license and a criminal record.

In that case, the prosecution will need to prove that you were driving recklessly intentionally and willfully. And speed alone will not be enough in that case. There will need to be proof that you were actually driving in an aggressive manner and committing dangerous actions — weaving in and out of the traffic, and so on.

Moreover, driving without insurance is a dangerous crime as well. There is a chance that you could lose your license and will face hefty fines and a criminal records. Now, of course, there is a way to dismiss the ticket if you can prove you were actually driving with your insurance. You will need to do so within a set amount of time.

There are a number of additional traffic violations and even though these are pretty common these days, it does not necessarily imply that you can avoid involvement. After all, if you are driving carefully and in a responsible manner, there is a huge chance that you will never have to deal with the repercussions of traffic violations to begin with.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

August 10, 2017

Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Case Finally Goes to Trial

In the past, whenever people heard Bill Cosby’s name, they would laugh and smile – the guy really was a great comedian and people still remember some of his most successful roles in numerous TV shows and motion pictures.

However, those times are long gone as, throughout the years, Cosby has managed to become known as a sexual predator – a rapist, who sexually assaulted dozens of women throughout the course of his life. Over decades, numerous women have come out to accuse Cosby of raping them. However, things got all the more serious back in 2014 when Hannibal Buress, a standup comedian, decided to call Cosby explicitly during one of the shows. The show naturally went viral. Even more women were then prepared to call Cosby out and accuse him of raping them. Some of the cases even dated back to the 70s and 80s and cannot be prosecuted because they are beyond the Statute of Limitations.

However, the case kicked off just last month. This is about a crime that allegedly took place back in 2004. The Statute of Limitations is still in order and there is time to proceed with the case. One of Cosby’s alleged victims initially went to the police and claimed that Cosby forced her into sexual intercourse right after giving her pills and some wine. Cosby, on the other hand, said the pills were meant to help the woman with stress and that everything they did was absolutely consensual. Back then, the case was settled in Civil Court. However, during his testimony, Cosby mentioned that he always gave pills to the women he wanted to sleep with. These records eventually went public and caused many more women to come out with allegations and accusing Cosby of drugging them. If Cosby is found guilty, he risks spending the rest of his life in prison. Sexual assault crime cases cannot and must not be taken lightly, since they come with some serious legal consequences.

If you or your loved ones were charged with sexual assault, you must not take the matter lightly either, even if you are 100% certain that you have done nothing wrong! After all, the penalties and consequences may be quite severe. You risk losing your job, ruining your reputation, being labeled a sexual predator, and even going to prison for many years, which is probably the last thing you want.

To make sure that you are doing everything necessary ensure that you are not wrongfully accused and will not go to prison, it is crucial to make sure that you hire a qualified, genuinely experienced legal representative that will not let you down. Only a professional lawyer has the skills and the expertise that are necessary to help you out of such a difficult and challenging situation.

Also, make sure that you stay away from the accuser. Even if you have certain child custody responsibilities or maybe you are working with the accuser in the same office, make sure that whenever you are near the accuser, a third party is there as a witness. And, do not contact the accuser over the phone – all correspondence should be presented in written form only and not via social networks. That way, you will be 100% certain that there is no way the accuser will have anything else on you to use in court.

Of course, being wrongfully accused of sexual assault is frustrating. However, no matter how sad or angry you may be, do not allow those emotions to best you. After all, if you say or do something rash and irrational, you will be the only one to suffer the consequences. Try and keep calm and let the professionals handle the matter for you.

There is one important thing that you will need to take into consideration and that is, of course, assessing the motives. Why did the person falsely accuse you of such a terrible crime? Perhaps it is a jealous ex who wants revenge or maybe there were alcohol and drugs involved in the process and the person cannot recollect if it was consensual to begin with.

In the end, you will need to provide your lawyer with all the information you can remember to help him or her build a clearer picture so they can make an informed decision in line with all of the gathered information.

Odds are, you will be looking for the best legal expert out there to help you out in such a dire situation and you will need to find the best criminal attorney possible.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

July 17, 2017

CEO in Los Angeles is Charged With Asking an Alleged Drug Trafficker To Kill One of His Former Business Associates

Love it or hate it, despite its controversial reputation, Homeland Security does know how to do its job and is often unable to prevent terrible crimes from occurring.

Homeland Security agents in New Orleans were listening to the phone calls of an alleged drug dealer from Los Angeles last year. During one of the conversations, the investigators heard something that caught their attention.

First of all, it is necessary to state that the suspect was allegedly dealing methamphetamine and this was the main subject of the investigation. However, during the above-mentioned conversation, he told the person on the phone that he was actually asked to make a “hit”, meaning that he was supposed to kill a person for money.

Needless to say, this triggered a reaction from the investigators, so they began digging deeper and their search led them through New Orleans towards Los Angeles and San Diego. The investigation was a very through one and the Homeland Security agents even went as far as to stage a bloody murder scene with the help of the potential victim.

As a result, in April, David Philips – a CEO of one of the large medical marketing companies – was arrested. He was charged with plotting the death of one of his former business associates.

As it turns out, Philips, who is 36 years old and living in Culver City, got in touch with the drug dealer and told him he would forgive his debt on one condition. As it was a pretty serious debt – $30, 000 – the drug dealer was more than willing to listen. Philips wanted him to murder his former business associate. The name of the drug dealer, who is not cooperating with the investigators, as well as the name of the possible victim are still being withheld for the purpose of the criminal investigation.

Philips was arrested on Sepulveda Boulevard on April 25th. It was then that the drug dealer met Philips and showed him staged photos of the victim. The victim on those staged photos was covered in blood and seriously battered. The drug dealer came straight to the Philips’ office – he was running the NKP Medical Marketing firm. Since that day, Philips was taken to New Orleans and is now waiting for the trial. Philips, on the other hand, decided to plead not guilty.

Initially, the entire investigation was centered on the meth dealer. However, once the investigators from New Orleans heard about a potential hit, they were forced to intervene. Subsequently, an undercover agent got in touch with the alleged meth dealer, posing as a dealer himself. He then offered to connect him to a contract killer. In return, the meth dealer was supposed to sell his meth for a discounted price. Consequently, the two met again April. This time, the meth dealer did not come empty-handed. He had photos of the potential victim, his home address, as well as his phone number, and he presented all of that information to the undercover investigator. The meth dealer was then arrested only a few days later with enough evidence to implicate him. He agreed to cooperate and told the investigators about Philips. He said that he took $30,000 from Philips so as to start a kind of marijuana venture. Unfortunately for him, he failed and could not return the money. Nevertheless, Philips was willing to forgive that debt if the meth dealer would kill a person for him. The would-be victim was actually one of Philips’ previous partners and they ran their business together up until 2014-15. This is when they began to clash and could not settle their differences.

The potential victim was claiming that Philips himself was pretty harsh and often threatened to ‘take care’ of people that he did not like. He also remarked about having friends with automatic weapons. One way or the other, the two had no interaction since September 2016. This is also when the meth dealer was caught for mentioning a hit in one of his phone conversations.

Philips was arrested in his office when the meth dealer arranged a meeting with him and handed him a staged photo. The would-be victim in the photo was covered in bruises and had a gunshot wound to his forehead. There was blood all over the wall behind him. When Philips took the picture, his hands were shaking and he was generally nervous.

There were also several other defendants that were arrested for being involved in the meth distribution plot as well as the possible hit that was supposed to be arranged by the meth dealer.

On the other hand, Philips’ lawyer claims that his client is not guilty and did nothing wrong. He is claiming that the would-be victim is just a former coworker of the client and that he was not all that important to Philips to begin with. Furthermore, the employees at the Philips’ office refused to allow the journalists to enter the premises and claimed that Philips was framed and that the government plotted  against him. However, they did not want to share any additional details on the matter.

The investigation is currently checking all the details and we are going to have more answers soon enough. For now, it appears that Philips hired a meth dealer, who owed him money to kill his former business partner, since they had their differences in the past. All the evidence is pointing out that Philips is guilty, but we are going to let the court decide what really occurred. Hence, if you wish more details, go ahead and wait a bit for a new article for more information on the case.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

June 2, 2017

Man Arrested For Hiding Small Cameras in a Restaurant’s Ladies’ Bathroom – Suspected of Child Porn Manufacturing

The owner of a small Italian restaurant in Sherman Oaks – Bahram Javaherian (65), was recently arrested under the suspicion of child porn. The law enforcement authorities received a tip from an anonymous employee of the restaurant, who discovered that a small camera was attached under the sink in the women’s bathroom. The police confiscated the camera and managed to find hundreds of pictures on the digital device. We are talking about women and their children – girls, who are only 3-4 years old. In addition, law enforcement officers also managed to uncover the pictures of Javaherian attaching the camera under the sink.

The nearby Japanese restaurant owners and employees are shocked and even scared about what was going on across the street. They are stating that Javaherian often came to their restaurant to eat and seemed quite polite and generally nice. Goes to show that a clever disguise may easily fool just about anyone.

It is now obvious that Javaherian was manufacturing child porn in such a perverted way. But, he was recently released on bail (set at $20,000), and the police are urging anyone who has any additional information on the matter to come forward.

Unfortunately, this is not the first and probably not the last time modern technologies are used to commit such disgusting crimes. In fact, the camera was not that easy to spot – it was the size of a regular lighter.

Regrettably, law enforcement officers are encountering cases of child porn manufacturing and distribution all too often. This is because criminals are learning how to use modern technologies to their advantage. There is a rumor that the internet has a dark side to it, one that is sheltering all sorts of criminal activities – we are talking about people who enjoy watching snuff videos, where other people are suffering, child molesters, who are buying child porn and maniacs who are stalking their next victims. Unfortunately, these rumors are true and people often use the internet to distribute drugs, weapons and child pornography.

Of course, police officers are doing everything in their power to stop those criminals and their activities. Nevertheless, the offenders are much too careful and are constantly using encrypted browsers and reliable channels only.

It is imperative for any victims who were victimized by Javaherian to come forward and testify, since those testimonials will help the investigation and will help put the pervert in jail where he belongs.

Child pornography is a serious offense and one that is deemed as a felony, so it does imply time in state prison in certain cases in addition to fines, community services and registration as a sex offender. Law enforcement authorities will do everything they can to make sure that Javaherian is convicted for his illegal activities and that the victims at least know he is not walking the streets of the city.

Such cases are becoming more frequent and the tendency is quite disturbing overall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it!

Law Offices of Criminal Defense Experts

May 10, 2017

Mother Abducts Her Son from Elementary School And Ends Up Being Chased By The Police

West Burnett, a 6-year-old boy, was recently abducted from elementary school by his troubled mother – Nisha Burnett Thayer. Thankfully, the situation was handled properly and no one got hurt. The mother, who did not have legal custody over her son, was finally apprehended by law enforcement authorities. They were looking for the boy for about 12 hours. Shortly after, young West was released to his father and his legal guardian – his aunt. West was smiling and was quite happy to return to his dad and his aunt, though he admitted that the whole situation actually scared him a bit.

The whole situation started when West was dropped off at school by his father’s cousin, who walked the child straight into his classroom. Little did he know, Nisha had followed them to school without being noticed. She chose the perfect time, when parents were dropping their children off and she would attract as little attention as possible. But, she then acted frantically and simply walked into the classroom, took the boy and went away. Although the personnel allegedly tried to stop her, she would not listen and told the boy to get in the car and drove away.

Finally, when the law enforcement authorities were notified, they put an Amber Alert on and started an intense search, which eventually allowed them to find Nisha with the boy. Initially, the car was pulled over by the police, but after a short dialogue, Nisha decided to flee the scene so the police was forced to pursuit her. The chase was relatively brief, so very soon Nisha was apprehended.

Thankfully, right after the child was abducted, the police managed to identify the woman as the mother, who had a restraining order due because she posed a threat to the child. The father, William Burnett, also mentioned that his ex-wife was quite a disturbed person. She was homeless, known for living in her car, had a history of drug abuse and a certain mental illness. Clearly, the father and the aunt were very worried about the little West and once the Amber Alert was put into action, they went live to plead with Nisha to give the child back to them because she was not well and could harm the child.

Even though the police acted effectively in this case and managed to get things under control within a relatively short period of time, such cases are happening all too often all over the country. Parents, who do not have parental custody over their children, are somehow managing to find new ways to abduct them, which is a pretty disturbing tendency. Especially if the parent had problems with the law before, was taking drugs or suffered from certain mental illnesses and disorders.

So, is there a way to regulate such behavior and make sure this doesn’t happen in the future? Well, unfortunately, law enforcement officers do not have the right to follow people 24/7, nor do they have the resources, so it really makes it quite challenging to handle the matter effectively. In fact, it is up to the parents themselves to be aware of the possible consequences of such behavior. And, we are not just talking about being chased by the police – just think about how scared the child may be? West’s aunt also mentioned that during his first night home after the chase, he was scared to fall asleep and told them that he could hear his mom in the room. This really is one traumatizing experience and one that no child should go through.

So, before doing anything as dangerous or troubling, it is important to think about how it will affect the child and how difficult it will be for him or her to handle the experience. The police cannot help, though we will do our best.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

April 23, 2017

Man With Disabilities And His Latina Caretaker Are Victims Of Yet Another Hate Crime

Despite the fact that the United States government is constantly preaching about equality and how genuinely “free” and “democratic” the nation really is, more and more often we get the chance to actually witness how “tolerant” and genuinely welcoming some people are when it comes to others who are different in appearance, nationality, race or even medical condition.

With that said, a relatively recent example of such a hate crime clearly demonstrates that the country really has a pretty long way to go until it does live up to the standards that it aspires to. Not that long ago, a Latina caretaker was walking outside with a 25-year-old man, who had suffered from a serious stroke when he was only a few weeks old. Subsequently, the poor guy was unable to talk and had plenty of health related problems. The woman was taking care of him for quite a whil. As they were peacefully walking around the neighborhood, a group of aggressive teenagers – about five boys – started to throw rocks at them. Those rocks were pretty heavy and the caretaker decided to shield him with her own body. She was screaming, and both her and the boy were scared and could not do anything about it. Thankfully, though, all the noises attracted the attention of the neighbors, so the teenagers were distracted and quickly retreated as soon as people started to come out of their houses, wondering what all the fuss was about.

The mother of the person with disabilities is claiming that the teenagers were screaming that they wanted to kill a Mexican and referred to her son as “another very ugly word for people with developmental disabilities which begins with a ‘R.’”

Sheriff's Department Is Handling More Hate Crime Cases Every Year

Now, in line with those claims, the sheriff’s department is conducting an investigation to try to find the teenagers who committed this attack. Furthermore, it also turns out that the mother of the person with disabilities also started a special center that is meant to help people with disabilities integrate into society when they reach 22 years and after they graduate school. Hence, it makes the crime even more damaging.

It is also important to keep in mind that there are plenty of reasons why some of Americans are hating on immigrants. With everything that is going on in the world and in the States in particular, some of the things happening are just horrible. Nevertheless, one must not mix politics into this particular case. The teenagers were obviously aggressive and hostile, so who knows how it all could have actually ended if not for the neighbors.

Hate crimes are horrifying and innocent people get hurt – people, who, just like the above-mentioned Latina, are taking care of others, who are in need of assistance and people, who, like the above-mentioned 25 year old, are different from others.

It all puts the integrity of the American society under a big question. Who is going to control all that rage and is it possible to stop those hate crimes from occurring so often to begin with? After all, who knows how it will all end the next time some of the kids want to focus their aggression on someone else.

It is very important to make sure that the government does place a very obvious line between all those illegal immigrants selling drugs, soliciting people into prostitution, selling weapons, stealing things from others, raping women and so on. There are people of all nations and races that are scum of the earth, but it does not necessarily make the whole nation that way, so the scope of the government is to establish that there is a way to live in peace with each other and that people who are different have the same rights, so there should be no room for discrimination – that much is 100% certain.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin

April 2, 2017

Yet Another Bizarre Law Turns Every Parent Changing His Or Her Child’s Diaper Into A Child Molester

It’s absolutely no secret that some of states do have some genuinely weird laws, but some are more of a comedic nature and do not involve any viable threats. Nevertheless, the law makers in Arizona managed to break every rule in the book and decided that it is actually wise to issue such a weird and ridiculous law.

Just think about it – the new legislation states that any kind of contact between adults and a minor’s genitals is illegal and therefore that adult will be deemed as a child molester. Surely you can see just how crazy the law appears to be. For those of you who cannot believe it and are not entirely sure if they got it right – yes, that actually means that if you are changing your child’s diapers, washing him or her in the shower or even helping him or her wipe up after a trip to the bathroom, you are automatically placed under the category of child molesters – simple as that.

Now, it’s apparent that the law makers had the best of intentions in mind – they wanted to introduce new and harsher penalties for actual child molesters, but let’s face it, these guys simply don’t know how it all works. Parents are  shocked with this decision and are demanding answers from the law makers and naturally want them to rewrite the law to eliminate such a bizarre notion. The funny thing here is that instead of actually doing the right thing and rewriting the law to begin with, the law makers have decided to back it up. They are claiming that the prosecutors will have the right to dismiss the charges if they see that the charges were the result of a normal parent’s actions. That basically implies that the state is giving the prosecutors an opportunity to decide whether or not a person is guilty. While some may say that it is a good thing, it is obvious that the prosecutors have way too much power in this situation.

Or maybe the law makers have no idea how plea bargaining actually works these days. After all, prosecutors often pressure the defendants into striking a deal claiming they should agree to it and that they will receive the minimal sentence unrelated to the main charges. Subsequently, if, let us say, a parent is charged with molesting a child just because they were changing a diaper, the prosecutors may well offer a plea bargain and the poor parent will take it just to avoid child molestation charges. We all know that the government has never had any issues pressuring and threatening people it does not like. If the prosecutor singles you out or perhaps your views are not all that welcome in your state, there is a real chance you will be charged and convicted for basically nothing. Well, so much for the human rights these guys talk about on just about every corner.

Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin