Los Angeles criminal courts are facing more and more cases stemming from the sale of counterfeit goods, in violation of Penal Code Section 350. The prosecution typically relies on expert opinions to prove their case that the goods seized were fake, and not licensed by the owner of the brand. Frequently counterfeited products include clothing, sunglasses, and purses. The punishmentdependsona suspect's prior record, and the number of items recovered by law enforcement. The criminal defense of these matters focuses on 1) what the client knew 2) how he or she obtained the items and 3) whether other items in the store were legitimate. Our Los Angeles defense firm has been able to obtain probation for every client it hasrepresented on charges of possession or sale of counterfeit items.
Recently Los Angeles law enforcement came down hard on the famed Santee alley, where police raids that led to the arrests of 28 people for making and selling knockoff goods.Police seized $2.7 million in counterfeit items bearing names such as Air Jordan, Ed Hardy, Coach and Sony in the weekend raids, resulting in the second-largest take of knockoffs in Los Angeles County history.
"As the economic times become tougher, the counterfeits become more and more prevalent," said Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. David Doan. "That continues to be a negative rein on businesses whose property is being counterfeited. We need to get the message out to make sure you buy smart and make sure you're helping our economy and not helping the criminals. Those arrested will face varying charges, including sales, distribution and manufacturing of counterfeit merchandise, Doan said. The stores in Santee Alley, also known as the Callejones, have long been a hot spot for selling bootleg goods -- including electronics, clothes, music and movies -- to Angelenos on a budget.
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thuan nguyen on September 13, 2009 at 4:23 p.m. wrote:
i was just charge with this pc350 in Orang County.. Need help with my case. Can anyone help? I had the merchandise in my house and not a store. Police came in my house with a search warrent. Took all my fakes clothes but did not take all my real clothes i also sell. I had invoice for them. They said they took $35,000 worth of clothes & do not know the street value. I too bought some from China & La.. also paid custom tax... If anyone know what i should do or plea please help me..
Dominic Metoyer on April 22, 2009 at 7:09 a.m. wrote:
I have been charged with this violation i have produced proof that i purchased the goods legally from China and paid a US customs Inspection and Processing fee. for the same goods that they are charging me with. I have an extensive criminal background due to addiction but nothing like this charge and have been rehabilitated now for 3+ years. I have no money for a real lawyer and am stuck with a PD who has not filed one motion on my behalf eventhough the Judge in my Prelim stated to the prosecution that,' she does not see the prosecution proving knowledge in a trial'
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