Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, Immigration Lawyer, to be Arraigned in Fatal DUI Crash with Bicyclist

A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs.

Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated that could send her to state prison for four years with a conviction, according to prosecutors.

Out of custody on $100,000 bail, Fakhari-Bayrooti is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Ana.

Around 6:45 p.m. on March 15, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving south on Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission Viejo after consuming prescription drugs, including Xanax and Suboxone, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

Near the intersection of El Toro Road and Los Alisos Boulevard, she allegedly swerved into the bike lane, crashing into 54-year-old bicyclist Eric Billings, who rolled over her vehicle's hood and windshield and later died from multiple traumatic injuries, says the OCDA.

After blood evidence was analyzed, Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Fakharai-Bayrooti on Sept. 23, 2013.

Online sites indicate she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix and her juris doctorate from Whittier College Law School. Go here to read her 2003 Whittier Law Review piece: "Note and Comment: Denial of Public Access to Deportation Hearings: Is It Protecting National Security or Violating Fundamental Liberties?"

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whateveryousay topcommenter

Judging from that photo, there was quite the rough patch somewhere in those 39 years.  She looks like one of those 50ish cougars you find at Crow Bar.


that her police blotter foto? Looks like a Halloween picture!

Michael Crossman
Michael Crossman

Are you suggesting four years for killing someone is too much... or NOT ENOUGH?!

JBinOC topcommenter

Nice to know that Whittier Law admits applicants with Bachelor's degrees from the University of Phoenix!  

Hopefully, she'll get a defense attorney to represent her with a law degree from an institution which isn't a Tier 27 school, like her alma mater.  


Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

$100k bail? And she's a lawyer? It should have been 3x that amount. And 4 years? Again, it's a lawyer's deal.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

"Adios amiga, adios my friend...Hasta LaVista; until we meet again..." Sang no one ever.

JBinOC topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @lonhall  

In the mug shot, she looks a little like Sheryl Crow...

after having some fun, until the sun comes up on the San-ta Mon-i-ca Bou-le-vard.....

JBinOC topcommenter

@SickSnail @JBinOC  

...so, you're a good test taker?  

So, you did BarBri and cashed in some foreign coins for private tutoring? 

Mmmm, don't think the brightest, most promising students choose Whittier Law, unless they can't get into California Western, that is  

JBinOC topcommenter


Absolutely right.  

And I wonder if your BF's friend completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of Phoenix with Ms. Fakhrai-Bayrooti, too 


n2bigmuscle topcommenter

BF went to Western State.  In his group of 10 friends, the one who did the least amount of work was the first to pass.  The guy who passed did not upload his answers on the last day of the exam but the bar let him the week after. Passing a test does not mean jack.


@JBinOC @SickSnail "Foreign coins for private tutoring"...What is that even supposed to mean? And yes, one still has to pass the California Bar Exam...This hardest in the U.S...People have been known to piss blood after taking the test, due to stress.

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