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Helpful Resources for Someone Arrested in San Francisco

When a friend or loved one has been arrested, it is often confusing how to find out where that person is being detained. Not knowing where someone is being detained, or how to contact or visit someone in custody, can cause anxiety to an already stressful situation. Our team at Bay Area Criminal Lawyers, PC […]

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Search and Seizure of Cell Phones; The ramifications of Riley v. California

As the world progresses further into the Information Age, human ingenuity and invention continues to bring us significant technological advances in the fields of electronic communication and data storage, and many Americans find themselves relying more and more on this technology as part of the operation of their day-to-day lives. Everything from looking up a […]

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San Francisco Man Convicted of Murdering Victim at Homeless Shelter

Rickey Leon Scott, a 64-year-old San Francisco man, was found guilty of a February 2012 murder in which Scott allegedly fatally stabbed a man at a homeless shelter.  Scott was convicted of the crime on Friday, April 12. According to a news article at The San Francisco Appeal, the victim was at a homeless shelter […]

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Man Charged with Murder and Elder Abuse of Newspaper Vendor Pleads Not Guilty

In January of this year, a 77-year-old newspaper vendor was attacked; he succumbed to his injuries more than three weeks later at a San Francisco area hospital.  Now, 36-year-old Mark Anthony Cassell has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and elder abuse. The victim, Dallas Ayers, was a vendor for the San Francisco Chronicle.  […]

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Former SF Police Crime Lab Tech in Federal Court, Pleads Guilty to Possessing Cocaine in 2009

On Friday March 15, 63-year-old Deborah Madden, a former San Francisco Police Department crime lab technician, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine taken from the drug analysis lab where she worked in 2009.  Madden pleaded guilty in federal court to this reduced misdemeanor charge after two previous trials on federal felony charges of obtaining cocaine via […]

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San Francisco High School Student Crossing Street Struck and Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

On Saturday March 2, a 17-year-old Lowell High School student was crossing at a crosswalk located at Sloat and Vale Avenues when she was struck by a driver who was allegedly drunk; she was dragged a short distance, and pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital. Hanren Chang of San Francisco is the victim.  According […]

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Marijuana Grow House Discovered by San Francisco Police Investigating Reported Robbery

On February 12, police responded to the scene of a suspected burglary after receiving a call reporting the incident from a neighbor in the 100 block of Stillman Street in South of Market.  Upon their arrival, police found that it was in fact not a burglary, but a “secret operation” in which at least four […]

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Owner of San Francisco Japanese Restaurant Sentenced on False Tax Returns and Mail Fraud Charges

In March of 2012, Michael Chen, owner of Fune Ya Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco was convicted in federal court on charges of mail fraud and filing false federal corporate income tax returns.  News reports claim that Chen retained daily customer receipts for the business in boxes labeled “seasoned octopus.” Federal prosecutors claimed that Chen […]

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Suspect Sought in Japantown Robbery and Shooting

On Tuesday, September 11, a 31-year-old man was robbed as he walked from his car to a Burger King restaurant near the Laguna Street and Geary Boulevard intersection at approximately 5:30 a.m.  The restaurant is located in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood. The victim’s wife waited in the car while he went toward the restaurant, at […]

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Suspect Arrested in Alleged Murder of Diamond Heights Man

On June 12 of last year, a 27-year-old man was found dead in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights neighborhood; according to news reports, he was found in the 5000 block of Diamond Heights Boulevard. His body was found bound and gagged inside his apartment. Now, San Francisco Police have arrested a suspect in the homicide. On […]

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