DEA Agent Mark Ibrahim Loses Job, DRE to Defend

Mark Ibrahim

Mark Ibrahim DEA Agent


Mark Ibrahim is a DEA agent who was recently fired because he attended the rally on January 6th in the Capital.  Mr. Ibrahim was a part of the rally, not the riots and consequently did nothing wrong or illegal.  He is currently working with the firm here at DRE, A.P.C. to fight this unfair treatment.  In an interview with Fox News, he said:

“I was there with my brother. He is an FBI special agent. And no adverse action was taken against him, as it shouldn’t. As it shouldn’t have happened to me. And, you know, they got it wrong. Me and my brother both served in the Army. I followed him into federal law enforcement. My sister is a Navy veteran. My mom was in the Pentagon on 9/11. And I’m the son of two immigrants who left oppressive regimes. And, you know, my mom instilled in me a debt that we owe this country for the liberties and freedoms, they are not free. So, just the saddest part about this is I can’t serve my country anymore.”

Mark Ibrahim has the full backing of DRE Law to stand up for his rights to express his beliefs in a legal way without losing his livelihood.  As he further stated to Fox News:

“I am taking legal action against the DEA. Through the help of DRE law firms. They have been very supportive taking this as a matter of principle … I have been taking orders since I was 18. I was really was just going to accept this and my friends encouraged me to fight. They said not just on your behalf but everybody who is being wrongfully persecuted for their political views. I would encourage anybody if you have taken — if any adverse action was taken against you because of your political views you should fight.”

  Matthew Ashton   Mar 25, 2021   Blog   Comments Off on DEA Agent Mark Ibrahim Loses Job, DRE to Defend Read More

Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting

Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident At Gun Range

DRE is representing the victims of an accidental Rancho Cucamonga shooting at a local gun range.  According to the police, the incident occured while Cory Carmichael, 34, was trying to clear his handgun.  The gun went off, wounding Cory, but also striking Tatianna Holt.  Holt was 36 from Compton.

Both Cory and Tatianna were taken to the hospital for their wounds.  Sadly Tatianna was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The shooting has been ruled as accidental.

The gun range is located along the 9000 block of 9th Street in Rancho Cucamonga.

In light of this unfortunate incident, we want to remind everyone of gun safety tips to try to prevent things like this from ever happening again


Gun Safety Tips

  1. Always Treat a Gun Like It Is Loaded – This is the big one.  When you are handling a gun, always maintain the aim of the barrel downrange.  When clearing a weapon, or handling the gun at all, the barrel shouldn’t be pointed at the floor, the roof, the wall, anywhere that isn’t downrange at the target.  A lot of people think this isn’t really important, but this one rule could prevent most gun related accidents.
  2. Don’t Rely On The Safety (But Make Sure It’s On) – Just because a safety is on doesn’t mean that a gun is safe, which is why we have rule #1.  Always treat a gun like it’s loaded and the safety is off, even when it isn’t.  That being said, make sure your safety is on if you aren’t actively firing down range.
  3. Handle Firearms with Care – Sometimes guns can jam or misfire.  If this happens, contact your range master and handle the weapon with extreme caution.  In situations like this, the firearm could still discharge.  A live round is always a live round until the bullet has been fired, and could go off at any time.  Protect yourself and others by making sure to be extremely cautious around guns.

DRE, A.P.C. is currently representing the victims of this horrible accident in a wrongful death suit.  We express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Tatianna.

  Matthew Ashton   Dec 17, 2020   Blog, Uncategorized   Comments Off on Sad Rancho Cucamonga Shooting Accident Read More

Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash

In Newport Beach, Grace Coleman was arrested and charged with murder after a DUI Crash with a car carrying a family of 3 girls and their parents.

In the crash, Coleman drove her Range Rover through a red light, colliding with a Nissan carrying the family of Henry Saldana Mejia and Gabriela Andrade.  Unfortunately both parents died in the crash and the daughters were all taken to the hospital for treatment.

Grace Coleman

The crash happened at the intersection of pelican hill road and newport coast drive in Newport Beach.  This is Coleman’s second DUI Arrest.

She has been charged with two felony counts of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol of .08 or greater causing bodily injury and one felony count of hit and run with injury.

The hit and run charges against Grace Coleman were issued because after she crashed into the family, she tried to leave the scene on foot.  She was arrested and initially refused to take a breath and urine test.

Her test results indicated her Blood Alcohol level to be .20% more than twice the legal limit.

She suffered minor injuries from the accident and is currently in police custody in the hospital.

According to Orange Country District Attorney Todd Spitzer, “Three young girls are orphans because of the selfish decision of a stranger.”  We agree with the District Attorney on this point.

Even though Darren Richie, Esq.  (or as we all know him, DRE), is an amazing criminal defense attorney, in a situation like this he is not defending Grace Coleman.

Criminal charges are being pursued by the District Attorneys office that could put Grace Coleman behind bars for 34 years to life in prison.  This horrible DUI Crash has happened just 4 months after Grace was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI.

At 22 years old, only one year over the legal drinking age, Grace has orphaned 3 young children, killed two people, and put herself on trial for charges that could put her in prison for life.  Drinking and getting behind the wheel isn’t a joke.  Don’t do it!

At the same time, DRE is working to represent the 3 orphaned children and their family as a Personal Injury Attorney.  These three young girls should never had lost their parents, and as a father himself, DRE is going to battle for them as their protector!

DRE feels very deeply connected to this case and these children.  He is wielding all his expertise and knowledge in their defense.  They lost both of their parents at such a young age, and nothing can bring that back.

We feel terrible about this situation that these girls now find themselves in and want them to know they have a team that is going to fight for them like no one else can.  These three girls are 1, 4 and 5 years old right now.

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A reminder to everyone else, please don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications.  You can completely destroy the lives of innocent people who were doing nothing wrong.

CBS Report

ABC 7 News Report

  Matthew Ashton   Dec 11, 2020   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Grace Coleman, 22, Terrible DUI Crash Read More

Man’s Eye Explodes from Non-Lethal Projectile

The use of “Non-Lethal Projectiles” by police officers is common in riots and other situations.  But just because something is non-lethal, doesn’t mean it is safe.

Warning – The following article contains graphic content.  Viewer discretion is advised.

The night of October 15, 2020, William Gonzalez was on top of the world.  The Los Angeles Lakers had just won the NBA Title and he was celebrating their win with friends.  Little did he know that disaster was coming. 

The Los Angeles Police Department had decided that the gatherings of people were in violation of the COVID restrictions that had been in force.

They tried to get the crowds to disperse, and when they didn’t, the LAPD used “non-lethal” tactics against the crowd.  This included the firing of non-lethal projectiles, or rubber/foam bullets into the crowd.

One of these bullets struck William in his eye.  Instantly his eye socket was shattered, his tear duct was torn apart and his eyeball exploded from the force. 

Despite the name, “non-lethal projectile”, these foam bullets are in fact still projectiles traveling at high speeds and impacts can cause massive damage.  William’s brother came to his aid, using a Kobe Bryant jersey to try to stop the bleeding.

Even in his injured state, William was forced to flee further because the police were still firing on the crowd.  They ran to a line of officers to try to get help and were initially pushed back, until they were finally allowed to get to an ambulance.  William had to wait at least 30 minutes with his eye in this condition before he was allowed to be transported to a hospital for care.

Despite the LAPD’s insistence that these projectiles can’t penetrate the skin and that their officers are trained not to take head shots, William sustained these massive injuries and another person in the crowd lost 8 teeth when they took a projectile to the mouth. 

Based on this case and other incidents over the last year with riots and protests, legislature and activists are now taking a serious look into the injuries that actually come from these Non-Lethal Projectiles.

non-lethal projectile

Take a look at the following video from Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters talking about Non-Lethal or Less Lethal projectiles and demonstrating the types of damage they can do.  If you want to see the test shots, go to about 4:00 in the video where Jamie is shooting small tennis balls and they penetrate a hanging blanket.  The Foam 40mm bullets used by the police still traveling at around 100 mph!

Police policy is to aim the weapons around the middle of a person, near their waist, and only firing at individuals who are a threat to the police.

  Video evidence is now suggesting that officers don’t actually comply with this training, firing into crowds of people, potentially hitting an innocent individual and wounding or disabling them.

Police are being defensive, stating that video footage and even their own body cam footage doesn’t capture all the events leading up to an incident.

Gonzalez is currently being aided in his lawsuit against the police by attorneys at DRE, A.P.C.  It is a tragedy and horrific that he had to experience this on a night that should have been a night of celebration and victory.  We hope that the use of Non-lethal projectiles will be further investigated and further laws and restrictions passed to prevent other innocent people from being needlesly injured by police.

For more information on this case, please contact DRE, A.P.C. at (213) 296-5838.  This case is currently active as of the publishing date of this article.

Here are some news articles about William’s case and the events surrounding the NBA Title Game:

LA Times Article

Newsweek Article
  Matthew Ashton   Dec 08, 2020   Uncategorized, Blog   Comments Off on Man’s Eye Explodes from Non-Lethal Projectile Read More

Authority Magazine – 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Richie Litigation

Authority Magazine – 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Richie Litigation

There will be days when you are so stressed out, wondering how you will ever make it to the next day. Learn to love that feeling because it is exactly that which will drives you to sustain.

Follow your gut and always, always, trust your instincts. This goes not only for hiring, but for everything else in business.

Pursue your dream relentlessly — if you do, everything will fall in to place exactly as it should. Spending 14 years in business after graduating from law school was the perfect preparation for launching my own firm.

Others will doubt you along the way. Use that doubt as fuel to fight even harder for what you believe in: your firm, your principles, and above all, your clients.

You will, occasionally, need to unplug. Home is where your support network is. Be fully present there — and allow yourself to recharge from time to time, so you can be invincible at work.

Aspart of my series about the leadership lessons of accomplished business leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Darren Richie, Chairman and Founder of Richie Litigation.

Darren established his Los Angeles based criminal law firm to provide his clients with only the best legal expertise. Powered by unwavering principles of integrity, bravery, and motivation; Richie will never give up on a client. By founding such a nimble, savvy, and fierce firm; he has laid an impeccable foundation to help ferociously protect any prosecution or defense. His own experiences are what give the firm its iron will and tenacity for achieve excellence.

Darren has an extensive lineage of achievement and winning. Of the elite few from the C-Suite and President of companies, he has been responsible for ultra-luxury brands as Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Maserati, and Ducati. Through his entrepreneurship, he has created prosperous business enterprises. These accomplishments have made Darren no stranger to the trials and tribulations those building their own empires will face and persevering without fail.

Because Darren is so well versed in the challenges his clients may face, he is able to advocate for them with indomitable fierceness. His love for competition and strong drive for success are contagious. You will no longer be deprived of justice. Darren Richie will restore your freedom while casting maximum accountability on those who stole it.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

From my very first memories, I have always wanted to be an attorney. Courtroom drama as portrayed in our culture was very attractive to me. During my school years, I was very involved in extracurriculars that supported that dream — I participated in debate and mock and moot trials, competitively; and I excelled. Prior to graduating law school, I worked at a very large global law firm in New York City for two years.

While the experience was invaluable, I realized “Big Law” was not my calling. At that firm, I found I was more drawn to the business executives who gave work to the lawyers. However, I was determined to achieve my law degree. Upon graduating from law school, I entered business. My silent goal was to achieve enough financial success to start my own law firm. But as time passed, the money in business was hard to walk away from, and the risks inherent with starting your own business were outweighed by other needs.

It wasn’t until two the two worlds collided that I was able to launch my legal venture, Richie Litigation LLC. Those two necessary circumstances were a) financial confidence and b) witnessing first hand being wronged in the workplace.

Can you tell us a story about the hard times that you faced when you first started your journey?

Because I didn’t begin practicing until 14 years after graduating from law school, I could sense that opposing counsels on cases were not taking me seriously. Lawyers are not unlike other individuals in the working world, they are always looking to leverage weakness. Yet, in this case they were mistaken. I observed a lot of maneuvers that were designed to wear me out or make me give up fighting the good fight for people who have been disadvantaged by others’ misconduct. My resolve is not breakable.

I think those I was up against did not anticipate such steadfastness. It isn’t surprising to see that people who are in litigation resulting from negligence or intimidating tactics would demonstrate consistent behavior during the course of the actual litigation. Those very same people change their tune very quickly when they see a straight determined face time and time again.

Where did you get the drive to continue even though things were so hard?

Failure has never been an option for me…And it isn’t because I can’t stand to lose — it’s because I love to win. My motivation comes from both internal and external forces. Internally, I have been driven in this manner from the beginning. That core strengthens, though, when it meets external forces that call your integrity or resolve into question. My mantra is simple, but powerful, and it has worked for me time and again: “Whatever it takes.”

So, how are things going today? How did grit and resilience lead to your eventual success?

Litigation is a long road. Cases we have filed from one or two years ago are now seeing their day in court. It is incredibly rewarding to know that, through our advocacy, our clients are getting their needs met. Seeing them being made whole is the best feeling in the world.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Like many employers, some of the largest — and, occasionally, the funniest- mistakes are poor hiring decisions. My first hire was a well accomplished and accredited attorney. On paper, this hire sounded great. However, when I met with this person, I didn’t have a great feeling about the situation. Against my instincts, I hired this person based on the names and places of prior employment (which were objectively prestigious).

The hire turned out to be a complete disaster for me and my clients. Always go with your gut.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

They say litigation should be viewed as economics and not principal. They say that a principally based litigant loses before he/she even starts.

We don’t believe that. My firm is built on principal. Richie Litigation takes a uniquely human approach. I have empathy for my clients’ issues — namely, being taken advantage of or being mischaracterized publicly. That compassion drives me. When I go to battle on a daily basis, I prosecute my client’s issues as if they were my own.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

The key is to have a strong support network at home that forces you, against all odds, to unplug.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

There was a time after law school when I didn’t have any money. When I say no money, I mean only a few hundred dollars to my name and no place to turn for more. I was offered a position at the law firm I worked at in New York which would have instantly put me on solid financial ground.

Following my gut, however, meant that I needed to take the road less traveled when I came to the proverbial fork in the road. I was almost begging for a job in business after graduation.

I was told I was overqualified many times. In fact, the main manager at the place I ended up starting at did not want to hire me. It was the manager below him that fought for my hire. That was a pivotal moment. Someone saw something in me and took a chance on me as an untraditional candidate. I am forever grateful for that.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started leading my company” and why.

There will be days when you are so stressed out, wondering how you will ever make it to the next day. Learn to love that feeling because it is exactly that which will drives you to sustain.

Follow your gut and always, always, trust your instincts. This goes not only for hiring, but for everything else in business.

Pursue your dream relentlessly — if you do, everything will fall in to place exactly as it should. Spending 14 years in business after graduating from law school was the perfect preparation for launching my own firm.

Others will doubt you along the way. Use that doubt as fuel to fight even harder for what you believe in: your firm, your principles, and above all, your clients.

You will, occasionally, need to unplug. Home is where your support network is. Be fully present there — and allow yourself to recharge from time to time, so you can be invincible at work.

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  Matthew Ashton   Mar 02, 2020   Blog   Comments Off on Authority Magazine – 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Richie Litigation Read More
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