Drunk driving checkpoints net 4
Drunk driving checkpoints net 4
Drunk driving checkpoints in Ventura and Oxnard resulted in the arrests of four persons last weekend. Ventura police report that a drunk driving checkpoint set up at Main and Callens screened more than 1,200 vehicles between 8:00 PM Friday January 22 and 2:30 AM Saturday, January 23. One person was arrested on suspicion of DUI and one person was arrested on drug charges. An additional 12 people were cited for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license.

Drunk driving checkpoints contact nearly 2000 drivers


Oxnard police also established two DUI checkpoints in that city between 8:00 PM Friday and 3:00 AM Saturday morning. Police at those checkpoints screened a total of 730 drivers and arrested two drivers on suspicion of DUI. A number of other drivers were cited for various infractions, including driving with no license or driving on a suspended license.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 8,217 people were arrested for DUI in 2013 in Los Angeles County. Of the 29,032 traffic accidents that involved injuries or deaths that year, 2,381 (8.2%) involved at least one impaired driver. Because the number of DUI arrests is increasing, cities are renewing their efforts to identify and arrest people suspected of drunk driving.

Drunk driving arrests can be extremely expensive. In addition to risking jail time, a conviction can also result in fines, the loss of your driver license, expensive mandatory ignition interlocks, lost income or lost employment, increased car insurance rates, other driving restrictions, and driver retraining. The consequences and costs increase with repeated convictions.

Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in drunk driving defense, and can bring together the legal and medical resources you need to defend yourself against these serious charges. When your freedom matters, choose an experienced attorney with a demonstrated ability to deliver a successful drunk driving defense.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.

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Car chase leads to Ventura arrest
Car chase leads to Ventura arrest
A Riverside man was the subject of a Ventura arrest after leading police on a short, high-speed chase. A citizen reported that his truck and trailer had been stolen from a Ventura street. A patrol officer spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop the driver. The driver fled from the scene at a high rate of speed.

Ventura arrest for Riverside man


During the chase, the driver briefly lost control of the vehicle, nearly colliding with another vehicle. The driver again lost control of the stolen truck and collided with a parked car. The driver fled on foot and was apprehended by the pursuing officer. He was treated at the Ventura County Medical Center for minor injuries related to the crash and was booked on grand theft auto charges, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license.

If you’re dealing with an arrest for grand theft auto, or charges related to drugs or drug possession, don’t go to court without the assistance of a competent criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and in courtrooms throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and can provide exceptional assistance if you’re dealing with an arrest for suspected criminal activity.

Mr. Helfend will handle your Ventura arrest personally, and will not pass the responsibility for your defense along to a less experienced criminal defense attorney. If you need immediate legal assistance with your arrest in Ventura, Mr. Helfend is just a phone call away.

Following a Ventura arrest, your freedom is too important to gamble with. When you’ve been accused of a criminal offense, you need an experienced defender in your corner. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura arrest.
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Burglary at Simi Valley Lowe's tied to Long Beach men
Burglary at Simi Valley Lowe’s tied to Long Beach men
Three Long Beach residents were arrested in connection with a burglary at a Simi Valley Lowe’s store. Clark Cooper, Raul Tapia and Nelcie Gonzalez will be arraigned on felony burglary charges in Ventura County Superior Court on January 29.

Burglary was witnessed by police


The trio were observed burglarizing the store jointly by officers from the Simi Valley Police Department and detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. After leaving the store, the trio was stopped on the 118. Police searched their vehicle and found approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise that had been taken from the store. Tapia was released on a $20,000 bond, and Gonzalez was released on a $45,000 bond. Cooper is being held on a $170,000 bond and remains in jail.
If you’ve been arrested for a crime involving burglary, robbery or theft, you need the assistance of a competent criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout counties in Southern California. He also handles federal criminal defense matters in any federal circuit in the United States. Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. When you work with the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend, you’ll be working with Mr. Helfend directly and you’ll get the full benefit of Mr. Helfend’s extensive criminal defense experience.

The legal system can be confusing, even if you’ve been to court in the past. You need someone who can explain simply and clearly what’s happening with your burglary case and advise you on the steps you need to take. When you’ve been accused of a crime like burglary, you need the experience and skill of a criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Don’t wait! Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County burglary case.
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Simi Valley man arrested for assault
Simi Valley man arrested for assault
A 72-year old Simi Valley man was arrested and charged with assault after attacking his nephew with a baseball bat and brandishing a handgun outside his home one afternoon earlier this month. The man then went inside and stopped responding to negotiators. At about 10:00 PM, the man was arrested without further incident.

Alcohol may have fueled assault


Neighbors from about 15 nearby homes were removed from the area at about 7:00 PM as a safety precaution. Some speculated that the subject, Raymond Williams, may have been drinking, and may have fallen asleep inside his home. During the actual assault, the nephew, who is in his 50’s, received only minor injuries.

If you’ve been arrested for assault in Ventura County, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years, and can help you even when you may think the case against you is strong.

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a fighter for his clients’ rights. In California, assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony. That works in your favor, and Mr. Helfend will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Your assault case will not be handed over to a less experienced attorney, because Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. In every case, Mr. Helfend will use his extensive criminal defense experience to work toward the best possible outcome for your assault case.

When you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, don’t’ gamble with an inexperienced advocate in the courtroom. Rely only on the best! Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County assault case.

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Man catches identity theft charge
Man catches identity theft charge
A man who was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder didn’t get so lucky when it came to the rest of the charges against him. Brandon Michael Adams had been charged in connection with a plan to kill professional boxer Robert Ortiz, Jr. The jury did find him guilty of solicitation of murder, conspiracy to commit identity theft and multiple counts of identity theft.

identity theft used to fund murder-for-hire plot


According to prosecutors, Adams wanted to kill Ortiz because Ortiz was involved in a relationship with Adams’ wife. Adams’ wife has a child with Ortiz. At the same time, Adams and two other men, one of whom who worked at a credit card processing firm, conspired to steal the identities of people living in California, Nevada and Texas. Prosecutors alleged that Adams wanted to use the proceeds from the identity theft operation to fund his plan to murder Ortiz. The group unknowingly worked with a confidential informant, who said he could organize the murder-for-hire effort. Adams could be sentenced to as much as 14 years on the convictions.

If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, conspiracy, murder or other similar crimes, criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you. Identity theft has received a lot of attention because it is a crime by itself, and is often used in support of other crimes. In the last 10 years, identity theft has been vigorously prosecuted, and the penalties for identity theft have become increasingly stiff.

Robert Helfend is a respected criminal defense attorney in Ventura County who has more than 30 years of experience in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He practices criminal defense exclusively and has established an excellent reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights.

Mr. Helfend won’t judge you based on where you came from or what you’re accused of doing, but he will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. His case history of successful criminal defense speaks for itself. If you have been arrested on identity theft charges, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.

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Ojai man charged with grand theft, burglary
Ojai man charged with grand theft, burglary
An Ojai man was arrested and charged with grand theft, burglary, weapons charges and a parole violation in connection with a residential burglary earlier this month. The man allegedly broke into the home of an acquaintance and took jewelry valued at nearly $10,000 and a small caliber handgun. The suspect, Ronald Zirpolo, Jr., was already on parole on the time of his arrest.

grand theft


Police arrested Zirpolo when he attempted to pawn the stolen jewelry just hours after the burglary. Most of the stolen jewelry was recovered, along with the handgun and about 200 rounds of ammunition. His bail was set at $120,000.

If you’ve been arrested for theft, grand theft or possession of stolen property, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. With more than 30 years of practice experience in criminal defense in Southern California, Mr. Helfend has established a solid reputation as an aggressive criminal defense attorney. He takes grand theft cases in Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority in your case will be to get the charges against you dropped. If that’s not possible, he will seek a reduction in the severity of the charges, and aggressively defend your Constitutional rights in court.

You will always get the benefit of Mr. Helfend’s experience because he handles each case personally. He will not pass your grand theft defense off to a less experienced attorney once you have retained his firm. His case history successful criminal defense speaks for itself. Based on his extensive criminal defense experience and his aggressive style of defense, Mr. Helfend has been able to get even the most serious charges against his clients dropped.

Don’t leave your grand theft case in the hands of an inexperienced or unaggressive defense attorney. This is especially important when you already have existing convictions for other felonies, or you are on parole.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County grand theft case.

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Fillmore Drug Possession Arrest
Fillmore Drug Possession Arrest
A Fillmore man was arrested on drug possession charges and grand theft auto charges, following a traffic stop in Santa Paula.

Drug possession suspect charged with auto theft


Santa Paula police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The two occupants of the pickup truck spotted the officer, pulled over and switched places. The officers conducted a traffic stop. They conducted a search of the vehicle, and discovered cocaine and drug paraphernalia on the passenger, Martin Quezada. Quezada, who was sitting in the passenger seat but had been driving the vehicle when it was first spotted, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

At the time of the stop, Santa Paula police also discovered that the Chevrolet pickup truck had been reported stolen from the City of Fillmore. The female driver was also arrested on suspicion of auto theft. It was later determined that the female was not connected to the auto theft, and she was released after being cited for driving on a suspended license. Quezada was also charged with destruction of evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you’ve been arrested for a drug-related offense, including drug possession, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a solid drug possession defense.

Robert Helfend is a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County with more than 30 years of courtroom experience. He has established a reputation for being aggressive when it comes to defending his clients’ rights, and will work diligently to get charges dropped or reduced for his clients.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced or unaggressive criminal defense attorney when you’re facing serious felony charges like drug possession and auto theft.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County drug possession case.

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Bookkeeper Charged with Embezzlement
Bookkeeper Charged with Embezzlement
A Santa Paula woman was charged with embezzlement, following a two-year investigation. Tammy Jean Ferguson, 55, served as the bookkeeper for the Blanchard Community Library. Investigators allege that Ferguson may have taken more than $750,000 in the decade-long embezzlement scheme.

Embezzlement claim arises from Board of Directors


Ferguson was fired in May 2013 after an internal investigation concluded that Ferguson used a library-issued credit card for personal purchases, withdrew cash from an ATM using a library-issued debit card. Ferguson is also accused of falsifying financial reports to disguise the embezzlement.

The embezzlement investigation was spurred after a member of the library’s Board of Directors visited a local bank to enquire about the status of Certificates of Deposit, which Ferguson said she had purchased for the library, and reported on to the Board. The bank informed the directory that the library did not own any CDs purchased through the bank. Ferguson was hired by the library in 2003 and served as its only financial officer from the time she was hired until her termination in 2013.

If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement or another work related crime, you could face years in prison, and be forced to make expensive restitution. You need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive Ventura County criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend..

Mr. Helfend has provided expert felony defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and takes criminal defense cases exclusively. He will work aggressively to get the embezzlement charges against you dropped or reduced.

Bookkeepers, accountants and other financial officers have special legal responsibilities to their employers. The law treats people in these professions – especially those in a position of public trust – very harshly when financial crimes like embezzlement are discovered. Mr. Helfend can assemble the forensic financial experts you’ll need to testify on your behalf.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.

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Ventura fraud arrest family affair
Ventura fraud arrest family affair
California Department of Insurance investigators charged nine people with fraud, following the discovery of a complex fraudulent billing scheme targeting more than 200 workers’ compensation insurers and self-insured employers in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Los Angeles counties.

Fraud alleged by Department of Insurance


According to investigators, family-owned G&G Interpreting billed for Spanish translation services allegedly rendered at health clinics where the majority of the staffs were fluent in Spanish. Additionally, the company billed for translation services for 13 physicians who were fluent in Spanish. Investigators discovered more than 83,000 instances of fraud where the firm claimed to have provided translation services exceeding 12 hours per day at individual sites, including times when the sites were not even open.

In one instance of fraud, the company billed the state nearly $500,000 for interpretation services allegedly performed by a person who was incarcerated at the time.

If you’ve been arrested for fraud, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you prepare a solid criminal defense. A fraud conviction can lead to lengthy prison sentences, expensive restitution and other significant consequences.

Mr. Helfend has worked exclusively as a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He handles each fraud case personally, so you will always get the full benefit of his extensive fraud defense experience. No matter what you’ve been charged with or how serious the charges against you seem, Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He will not judge you based upon what you’ve been accused of, but will work to defend your rights throughout the criminal court process.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County fraud case.

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Ojai Medical Marijuana Co-op Raid
Ojai Medical Marijuana Co-op Raid
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office raided an Ojai medical marijuana cooperative for the second time in three months. In October, sheriff’s deputies raided the Shangri La Marijuana Cooperative and the home of co-op owner Jeff Kroll. During the raids, they seized bank accounts, business records, marijuana plants and cash, making it difficult for the business to operate, pay taxes and make payroll.

The Ventura medical marijuana cooperative was raided a second time in December in a coordinated operation involving a search of Kroll’s vehicle and home. An attorney for the cooperative said that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department personnel also made vague statements to him regarding representation for medical marijuana cases.

Medical Marijuana is Legal in California


The production, distribution and consumption of medical marijuana are legal under California law. Additionally, several new laws now in effect allow medical marijuana cooperatives to receive state-issued operating licenses. Certain counties have been unwilling to accept this, and continue to prosecute and harass individuals who are acting legally in the state. Criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can assist you if you’ve been arrested or charged with medical marijuana use, possession, production or distribution.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in California for more than 30 years. He provides aggressive defense for his clients, especially for medical marijuana users and caregivers, who are acting legally in the State of California. Currently, state and federal laws regarding medical marijuana conflict. Mr. Helfend’s extensive state and federal defense experience can help ensure that your rights are respected.

Robert Helfend fights aggressively for his clients’ rights, regardless of the nature of the charges against them. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County medical marijuana case.

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