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Laguna Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking Judge

A case that began with a dispute over an Orange County restraining order has ended with a Laguna Beach man pleading guilty to stalking a county judge. Daniel Joseph Gidanian, 23, pled guilty to stalking and harassing Orange county Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson between September and December of last year.

According to prosecutors, the trouble began when Gidanian appeared before Johnson to answer charges of an Orange County restraining order violation. After Gidanian’s request to transfer the case to another judge was granted, however, he continued to call and otherwise harass Judge Johnson and his wife demanding that the alleged Orange County restraining order violation be expunged from his record. The series of incidents culminated in a confrontation outside the Judge’s home just before Christmas, prosecutors said.

For people who do not have a judge’s familiarity with the legal situation a Laguna Beach restraining order lawyer can be a key advisor and ally when situations like this arise. People faced with potential stalker situations often hesitate, wondering whether the behavior in question is serious enough to warrant an Orange County restraining order. Consulting an experienced Orange County family law attorney can be an essential element in protecting your family, children or property.

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