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Rancho Dominguez, California

Rancho Dominguez, also known as East Compton, is an area with a rich history in the development of Los Angeles.  It is located between north Long Beach and Carson.  Warehouses and trucking concerns dominate the area now, although in the past, it was an area of some of the first Spanish settlement in Los Angeles.

Relatively few people, estimated at less than 10,000, live in this small area surrounding Atlantic Avenue and just north of Alondra Boulevard, but south of the City of Lynnwood.  To the east is the City of Paramount.  The city is over 70% Hispanic.

Rancho Dominguez is mainly patrolled by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, however the Lynnwood Sheriff’s Department patrols the eastern section of Rancho Dominguez.

Legal disputes arising in Rancho Dominguez are heard in the Compton Superior Court. Such cases, both criminal and civil, draw jurors from Compton, Paramount, Lynnwood and Long Beach, but also as far away as Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale, West Carson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Lomita, parts of Harbor City and even Palos Verdes Estates.  Our office regularly has cases out of the Compton courthouse.  We are experienced with most all of the judges, almost all of the city prosecutors and almost all of the district attorneys. 

The types of cases that we see arising out of this mostly industrial area are domestic violence matters, drug sales, occasionally a DUI and prostitution matters.  It is an area with very few homes, but quite a bit of traffic passing through.  For this reason, there are DUI’s, drug sales and prostitution matters, especially along Atlantic Avenue, which can be a bee-hive of all types of illegal activity.

In the prostitution cases that we have seen in this area, it is always a sting operation using police decoys posing as prostitutes and wearing a wire transmitter to a nearby police officer monitoring the situation.  Usually, the prostitution will wave down a passing motorist who circles back to pull alongside the curb and talk with the decoy.  The decoy then usually directs the “john” to a nearby hotel, where the man is instructed to meet her up in a nearby room.  Just as he heads up the stairs to the room, police surround the suspect and arrest him.

DUI arrests usually are not so dramatic, but are common in this area, especially if police are in the area and on the lookout of other activity anyways. 

Arrests for drug sales are usually made just because an individual is seen loitering in the area and police stop to perform a “welfare-safety” check.  The check quickly turns into a scavenger hunt for any minor hint that the person may have a weapon.  The police then perform and Terry v. Ohio frisk “for officer safety” and find drugs that are termed for sales.  The arrest is then made and, in facts, sometimes the individual (our future client) even admits to sales.

If one has a case arising out of the Rancho Dominguez area, the Compton Courthouse will be the venue for the case.  Be sure to bring $6 for parking and leave early, as the lines outside the courthouse are quite long and the elevators are slow.

For more information about the about common cases that one might face if arrested in this city, click on the following articles:
  1. What Punishment Do I Face for a Charge of Prostitution?
  2. What Punishment Do I Face for Possession of Marijuana?
  3. Conviction Overturned for Felon in Possession of Firearm – Constructive Possession Not Proven
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