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Collateral Consequences of a Drug Conviction
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Jail time is only one thing that you need to worry about after a drug conviction. Even if you have managed to avoid a prison sentence, your life after a conviction will not be without consequences. From difficulty finding a job to the loss of other rights, you will feel the effects of a conviction…

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How Manslaughter Differs From First and Second Degree Murder in California
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

One of the most confusing areas of criminal law is the area of murder versus manslaughter. Both murder and manslaughter involve the Defendant willfully killing another person. Notably, self defense is a defense to murder and manslaughter. First degree murder is the classic fact scenario where the Defendant plans to kill someone and executes on that plan.…

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An Overview: Minors and the Criminal Justice System
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Whenever a person who is 17 or younger is arrested for a criminal offense the case is referred to the Juvenile Justice system in the county where the crime occurred. Criminal cases in the Juvenile system are treated very differently then adult cases. Whereas the authorities tend to concentrate on punishment for adult offenders, the emphasis in…

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Orange County Will Make $30 Million From Deal With Feds
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) in allowing immigration detainees to be housed in Orange County jails. An agreement was approved by Orange County supervisors to have detainees stay at the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine and the Theo Lacey Facility in Orange. The availability…

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Man Who Killed 7 People Seeks Release from Mental Health Facility
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Edward Charles Allaway was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a court in 1977 and has been petitioning since 1995 to be released as an out- patient from a mental health facility. He was convicted of killing 7 co-workers using a rifle when he was a janitor at Cal State Fullerton. Allaway’s mental…

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All-Star Game DO NOTs
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

As the All-Star Game neared, Anaheim was getting ready for the crowds of people coming to enjoy the great American pastime. Law enforcement worked to maintain these five days of baseball family friendly. Security was a concern with the roughly 100,000 people expected to arrive in Anaheim. When attending the events at the stadium the…

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Orange County Robbery Suspect Killed by Police
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

In Yorba Linda a robbery suspect was shot by Brea police outside his home. According to the Orange County Register Sgt Bill Smyser explained that he did not know whether there suspect was armed at the time. Police were outside Julian S. Collender’s home monitoring when he stepped out. Police fired one shot, he died…

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Orange County Woman Kills Boyfriend with Stab to the Back
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Corina Jo Castillo is charged with murder resulting from a Domestic Violence incident where she stabbed her live-in boyfriend once in the back with a knife. The Anaheim woman recently appeared in the Orange County Superior Court where bail was set at $3 million dollars. Her boyfriend was rushed to UCI hospital where he died several hours…

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Gang Violence on the Rise in Orange County
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

On one single afternoon last month, there were three shootings involving three teenage boys in the city of Santa Ana. That onset of violence and a recent “surge” in gang attacks have gotten police weary of the troublesome summer that lies ahead. Problems get worse in the summer since kids are out of school and…

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Violence Post Lakers Game
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The scene after the final game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, where the Lakers beat the Celtics 83-79, was one of mass chaos and destruction. Violence broke out shortly after the game ended. Crowds broke windows of storefronts, jumped on cars, set at least 15 small fires and threw objects at police…

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