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Pasadena Criminal Attorneys

Pasadena Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Pasadena Police Department any other law enforcement agencies in the San Gabriel Valley generate thousands of arrests each year. These cases are sent to the Pasadena Courthouse at 300 East Walnut Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 for prosecution. This court is considered a hub and the Los Angeles County District Attorney s Office maintains a Branch Office at the Pasadena Courthouse. In addition, the Pasadena City Attorney s Office is responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor offenses which occur within the City of Pasadena.

Anyone arrested for a crime in Pasadena should consult with an experienced and respected Pasadena criminal defense attorney immediately. The following are some of the more common criminal offenses prosecuted in the Pasadena region.

Theft Offenses in Pasadena

Pasadena is home to many high-end retail establishments and as a result there are numerous arrests and prosecutions for theft offenses. including shoplifting, that are litigated at the Pasadena Courthouse. These theft offenses can either be felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the extent of the theft and the defendant s criminal history. Those who are arrested for theft will often be cited for an arraignment date at the Pasadena Courthouse. It is very important to contact a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling Pasadena cases right away if you receive a citation for theft.

Pasadena Domestic Violence

Domestic violence arrests are also very common in the Pasadena area. Law enforcement take these crimes seriously and will pursue criminal charges against those arrested. In many cases, the alleged victim has no interest in pressing charges, however the prosecutor can, and often will, pursue criminal charges even without the cooperation of the victim. It is absolutely critical to meet with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, as the early intervention before a case has been sent to the prosecutor can result in charges being rejected or reduced significantly. In addition to domestic violence involving those who are married or in romantic relationships, domestic violence offense also include elder abuse and certain other assault and battery cases. These are often considered domestic violence crimes and those convicted may be subject to mandatory sentencing provisions.

Pasadena White Collar Offenses

White collar crimes can include a number of different criminal offenses, including grand theft, embezzlement, credit card fraud, computer crime, mortgage fraud, identity theft and many more. The loss suffered by a victim does not have to be extensive for an offense to be considered a white collar crime, however the extent of financial damages can often steep. Prosecutors and law enforcement officers take these crimes very seriously as they often involve taking advantage of a position of trust or feature a high degree of criminal sophistication. These cases often involve complex legal issues and extensive amounts of evidentiary material and anyone who has been charged with a white collar crime or who believes they may be under investigation for this type of offense should speak with an attorney experienced in handling complex criminal matters immediately.

Drug Crime in Pasadena

Every week, law enforcement officers in Pasadena conduct arrests for a wide variety of drug crimes. including possession, production, drug sales and possession for sale. These can be very serious charges and anyone facing drug charges in Pasadena should speak with an attorney right away.

If you or someone you know have been arrested for a criminal offense in Pasadena, it is imperative that you discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Michael Kraut is a former Deputy District Attorney with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience who previously was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Pasadena Branch Office. Mr. Kraut is highly respected by judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the Pasadena area for his in depth understanding of law and procedure and his unmatched skills as a criminal litigator.

For more information about Pasadena criminal defense, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 790 East Colorado Boulevard, 9th Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 626-345-1899.


Cloud tax – upsets Chicago tech community: Life just got 9 percent


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‘Cloud tax’ upsets Chicago tech community: ‘Life just got 9 percent harder’

Chicago’s new 9 percent tax on streaming and cloud services appears to have the local technology community agitated and, more than anything, confused.

Reports on Wednesday of the “cloud tax” took many Chicagoans by surprise, leaving providers and consumers of streaming and cloud services scrambling to understand the implications. Technology companies, among the heaviest users of cloud services, are likely to be taxed for the services they use as well as those they provide.

The cloud tax extends ordinances governing two types of taxes — the city amusement tax and the city personal property lease transaction tax. The taxes cover many products streamed to businesses and residents. They also cover use of various online databases that could especially affect businesses.

The city expects the taxes to bring in about $12 million a year.

Adrian Holovaty, founder of music-education web platform Soundslice. said he doesn’t know how the tax changes affect his business.

Holovaty’s questions include which of his subscribers should be taxed; whether he should be tracking his user’s physical locations; and how the city will enforce tax collection.

“I’m trying to hold off on being frustrated or angry until I actually understand what the new rules are,” Holovaty wrote in an email to Blue Sky. “But at face value, it seems like this new policy flies in the face of Mayor Emanuel’s efforts to build the tech community here.”

Confusion is driving widespread anger over last week’s quiet enactment of a “cloud tax” in Chicago, said Harper Reed ⇒. technologist and CEO of mobile commerce startup Modest.

“We need clarity on what it actually means, what it actually means for all of us,” Reed said. “What, as businesses, we.

Confusion is driving widespread anger over last week’s quiet enactment of a “cloud tax” in Chicago, said Harper Reed ⇒. technologist and CEO of mobile commerce startup Modest.

“We need clarity on what it actually means, what it actually means for all of us,” Reed said. “What, as businesses, we.

Several in the Chicago tech industry criticized the mayor and the city for creating an environment that they see as less friendly to tech startups than other places around the country.

Terry Howerton ⇒. co-founder at TechNexus, a private-sector venture collaborative, said the rulings do not properly define categories such as “cloud computing,” leaving them open to apply to almost any company.

“Every tech startup in Chicago is either using cloud computing services or selling them, and the city being the first to set this precedent puts us at a disadvantage to every other major tech hub. or even our own suburbs,” Howerton wrote in an email to Blue Sky.

Blagica Bottigliero, an Oak Park resident and longtime member of Chicago’s tech community who now serves as VP of digital media for California-based Metaverse Mod Squad, said the additional tax makes Chicago a less attractive location for startups.

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Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently.

Chicagoans who pay to stream movies and music from services like Netflix and Spotify will now need to fork over an additional 9 percent for the privilege, as will Chicago businesses that pay to use everything from real estate to court databases online, under a decision the city quietly made recently.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised if people look at other alternatives of places to go to that are near the city,” Bottigliero said.

She said she understands that the city needs to add revenue but that doing it this way hurts startups.

Michael Reever, VP of government affairs at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, criticized the taxes as quick, insufficient fixes to larger fiscal problems.

“Given the economic climate and the economic picture, this is a step backward to making Chicago a tech hub,” Reever said.

Justin Massa ⇒. founder of restaurant data startup Food Genius, said his company has been using cloud services efficiently but that they remain his second-biggest expense after labor. Food Genius can handle the 9 percent cost increase for those services, Massa said, but it’s “not insignificant.”

Beyond the additional dollars Food Genius will owe, Massa expressed concern about how the tax will affect sales. Food Genius customers pay a subscription to access its cloud-based database.

“To customers that we call on in the city of Chicago, we just got 9 percent more expensive,” Massa said. “For anyone selling cloud services, life just got 9 percent harder.”


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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson – a St. Louis suburb – and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

“STAND YOUR GROUND” LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

“The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police,” it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

“When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad,” he said.

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JENNINGS, MO – AUGUST 11: Lesley McSpadden, mother of slain 18 year-old Michael Brown speaks during a press conference at Jennings Mason Temple Church of God In Christ, on August 11, 2014 in Jennings, Missouri. The fatal shooting by police of the unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked outrage in the community and set off civil unrest including looting and vandalism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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