Indecent Exposure arrest for Ventura man
Indecent Exposure arrest for Ventura man
David Sanchez, a Ventura man was arrested last month and charged with indecent exposure after allegedly exposing his genitals to a young girl at the Ventura Avenue Library. Police investigated the incident and arrested Sanchez at his home. He is already listed as a registered sex offender.

Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime


Indecent exposure is considered a sex crime. Sex crimes convictions aren’t like other felony convictions, in that a conviction on sex crimes charges, like indecent exposure, can result in sex offender registration and monitoring requirements. Other felonies don’t carry this kind of requirement; once you’ve completed a sentence, you typically don’t have additional conviction-related contact with the criminal justice.

When you think of the phrase “sex crimes,” you automatically think of rape or the sexual abuse of a child, but many other actions are classified as sex crimes and can carry the same types of registration and monitoring requirements that forcible rape does. Sex crimes can include pornography-related offenses, “date rape,” public urination, voyeurism, statutory rape and indecent exposure.

Sex offenses, no matter their nature, have serious consequences. If you’ve been accused of indecent exposure or another a sex crime, you need the benefit of experienced criminal defense. You need to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney who understands the consequences of a conviction on sex crimes charges and can help you avoid them or reduce their impact on your life.

The courts view all sex crimes as potentially serious because such crimes are closely associated with escalation and violent behavior. Sex crimes like indecent exposure have historically been misclassified as sex crimes and courts continue to prosecute them with the same vigor as forcible rape.

A non-sexual reason is often at the heart of an indecent exposure case. Public urination or alcohol/drug intoxication can often explain public nudity. You need clear, aggressive criminal defense to help defend against sex crimes accusations. You need an attorney who can assemble the resources you’ll need to support your defense. Avoiding sex crimes conviction is important because most sex crimes are felonies; felony convictions count as a “strike” on your criminal record. California’s “Three Strikes Law” allows for extended penalties if you accumulate three “strikes” over the course of your lifetime.

Do not wait to hire an attorney once you’ve been accused of a sex crime. Time is your best friend, and the more time you and your defense team have, the more likely you are to present a strong, credible defense in court. 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 indecent case.

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Ventura home search nets drug arrests
Ventura home search nets drug arrests
Earlier this month, police arrested two men at a Ventura home following a warrant search, as part of an investigation of illegal drug activity. Police began receiving complaints by neighbors of suspected drug dealing at the home in early January. As part of the investigation, police detained people after leaving the home, and found that the individuals were frequently in possession of drug paraphernalia, and small amounts of drugs, usually methamphetamine.

Home search requires warrant


The police obtained a warrant to conduct the home search, and took two residents into custody. Andrew Parkin, 24, of Ventura was arrested on possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place for drug use and/or sales. Christopher Willis, 26, of Ventura was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Police officers need a warrant or the permission of a home’s inhabitant to conduct a home search. Often, officers will talk to the occupants of a home, while looking for items in plain sight that suggest some kind of illegal activity. If they see something, they can enter the home without a warrant, because they have “probable cause” to believe that something illegal is occurring inside. A warrantless home search may have serious constitutional problems. That opens the door to ask a court to throw out evidence that the police collected unconstitutionally.

Warrants also have to be specific. Investigators need to tell a judge exactly what they’re looking for, and they need to limit a home search to the items listed on the warrant. They cannot seize items that aren’t listed on the warrant.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years and can assist in your home search and seizure case. The proper seizure and handling of evidence is not just important – it makes or breaks the case against you. When police and prosecutors don’t follow the well-known, well established rules of evidence collection, a judge can throw out the entire case against you. Mr. Helfend is an expert in search and seizure cases, and may be able to get the evidence against you dismissed.

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 home search and seizure case.

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Robbery suspect former USC player
Robbery suspect former USC player
A former USC football player has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Ventura County and Los Angeles County. USC student Bryce Dixon, 19, was first developed as a robbery suspect, after being arrested with Trey Lealaimatafao, 19, a former Louisiana State University football player. Both men had been dismissed from their respective teams for misconduct. The men are suspected of at least nine robberies, and were arrested near USC’s campus following a robbery in Los Angeles County. Police discovered evidence in the suspects’ vehicle tying them to the robberies.

Robbery spree spanned Ventura, Los Angeles Counties


Dixon and Lealaimatafao are suspected of robbery in at least four incidents in Ventura County, including Oxnard and Ventura, as well as unincorporated areas of the county. The pair is also suspected of robbery, carjacking, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in separate incidents in Los Angeles County. Dixon was barred from the USC football team in 2014 and expelled from the University after being accused of sexual assault in 2014. He was reinstated to the University but was not allowed to return to the football team. Lealaimatafao was dismissed from the LSU football team for an alleged battery and robbery incident in 2015, and separate misconduct incidents dating back to 2014.

If you’ve been arrested for a Ventura robbery, theft or grand theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend will help you build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He practices in Ventura County and in criminal courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in defending clients against even the most serious felonies.

Mr. Helfend’s first goal will always be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. No reputable criminal defense attorney will promise you any particular outcome for your case, but Mr. Helfend focuses on delivering the best possible outcome for his clients at all times, based on the facts and circumstances of each case. He is known among prosecutors and judges in Southern California as an aggressive, diligent criminal defense attorney.

In more than 30 years of criminal defense practice, Mr. Helfend has established an impressive history of exceptional criminal defense in and around Ventura County. When you go to court to face serious felony charges like robbery, you don’t want to go alone and you don’t want to go with a criminal defense attorney who isn’t prepared to defend your freedom effectively.

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 robbery case.

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Murder Trial for Ventura Man
Murder Trial for Ventura Man
A Ventura man is on trial for the murder of his mother’s boyfriend in 2011. Michael Bresnak, 52, is accused of choking Jeffrey Korber, 60, of Laguna Beach to death and placing his body in a freezer in a storage unit near Camarillo. According to prosecutors, Bresnak killed Korber because Korber had attacked Bresnak’s mother, whose home he had lived in since 2010.

Murder suspect asked to bury body on private property


Hannan was questioned by police when Korber was first reported missing by family members in 2011, and said that she last saw Korber driving away from her home to take a new job in Florida. The police closed the case for lack of evidence in early 2012, but reopened it in mid-2013 when a San Bernardino County woman called police to say that Bresnak had asked for permission to bury a body on property the woman had owned. She refused but said that Bresnak kept calling her and she was becoming concerned about her safety. Authorities asked the woman to meet Bresnak in Ventura County, and supplied her with a tracking device, which allowed them to identify the location of the storage facility where Korber’s body was located.

Murder is a very serious felony offense in California. If convicted, you could face the death penalty, or life in prison with or without the chance for parole. If you’ve been arrested for murder, burglary or related crime, Ventura County criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend is a criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of practice experience who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based upon what they’ve been accused of. He looks at the circumstances of each case individually, and will fight aggressively for you in court. He also handles each case personally, which means that he will represent you in court; he does not hand his cases off to other less experienced associate attorneys.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, so you’ll always have the benefit of his experience. He knows, however, that it takes more than experience to make an effective defense. Mr. Helfend will do what it takes to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. No attorney can promise this result in every case or in any case, but Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best possible outcome for you, regardless of the charges against you.

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 murder case.
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Medical Marijuana in Ventura County
Medical Marijuana in Ventura County
In an effort to beat a state-imposed deadline of March 1, Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks have all taken steps to ban the cultivation of medical marijuana for personal use within their borders. Ojai, which already bans personal cultivation, will determine whether additional modifications to its current ordinance are needed to comply with state law. Commercial cultivation of marijuana is already prohibited countywide.

State will manage medical marijuana cultivation March 1


Beginning March 1, the state’s Department of Agriculture will take over the issuing of permits for marijuana cultivation throughout the state. The state will honor existing local ordinances to regulate the cultivation of marijuana, so many municipalities are rushing to enact controls ahead of the deadline.

Even though voters approved the use of marijuana in California for medicinal purposes nearly 20 years ago, marijuana still raises a number of legal challenges. To date, the US Supreme Court has declined to hear cases related to marijuana use in individual states. The current administration has said that it will not pursue prosecutions related to medical marijuana use, but people in California still face criminal prosecution at the local level for cultivating, using and providing marijuana.

If you’ve been arrested on charges related to your medical marijuana use, possession or distribution, contact Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced in Southern California courts for more than 30 years, exclusively in criminal defense matters and will take your marijuana defense case.

Mr. Helfend is an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights and will fight to ensure that unjust charges against you are dismissed. Don’t try to defend yourself in court or rely on the court to recognize your right to cultivate and use marijuana.

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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Fraud charge from investment scam
Fraud charge from investment scam
A Ventura man was arrested and charged with fraud related to an investment scam that operated for nearly a decade. Gilbert Infante has been charged with securities fraud, elder fraud, grand theft, identity theft, forgery and an aggravated white collar crime enhancement. According to authorities, Infante is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from dozens of victims throughout Ventura County.

Fraud involved fake securities


Infante is accused of soliciting investments from victims to develop and promote sports-related products that he claimed he owned patents for. He also claimed to have negotiated royalties and licensing agreements between himself and major sports franchises. No such agreements existed, and Infante did not own any patents for any inventions.

If you’ve been accused of fraud, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years and has established a reputation as a skilled aggressive defender.

Investment fraud is not new, but it can be complicated, so you want the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney when you’ve been accused of this type of crime. Mr. Helfend can assemble the technical, financial and professional resources you will need to provide an effective defense in court.

Fraud can cause serious, long-lasting problems for you that go beyond incarceration. If convicted, you could face a lengthy prison sentence. In most cases, even once your sentence has been served, the punishment may continue. You could have difficulty finding employment and housing; you may also be restricted from holding certain types of employment or you may need to surrender any professional credentials and licenses you hold.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. 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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Identity Theft in Ventura County
Identity Theft in Ventura County
Two Ventura women were arrested and charged with identity theft following a traffic stop in Ojai. Deputies stopped a vehicle occupied by Michelle Villareal and Robyn Moore, suspecting that the driver was driving while impaired. After searching the vehicle, deputies discovered a large quantity of mail stolen from at least 20 different individuals in the Oakview area. Moore was on probation at the time of her arrest.

Investigation reveals additional identity theft


An investigation revealed evidence suggesting that Villareal and Moore had been stealing mail since September 2015 from more than 50 victims throughout Ventura County, including Ojai, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

Those mail thefts included at least four cases that had not yet been resolved. The women were charged with identity theft, mail theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Villareal was being held on a bail of $110,000. Moore was being held on a bail of $70,000.

If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, fraud, or a similar crime, Ventura County criminal defense attorneyRobert Helfend is ready to defend you. Penalties have increased significantly in the past 10 years. Right now, ID theft is a major source of financial fraud and law enforcement at both the federal and state levels are aggressively prosecuting ID theft cases.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County courts and courts throughout Southern California. He practices criminal defense exclusively and has established his reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights. He has significant experience in providing identity theft defense and can help you establish a solid defense strategy.

Mr. Helfend deals with clients who have been accused of a wide range of crimes. He doesn’t judge clients based on what they’ve been accused of doing, but he will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

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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Men netted in sex offender sweep
Men netted in sex offender sweep
Police arrested a Moorpark man and a Simi Valley man, both for failing to register as sex offenders. Brian Campbell, 26, of Moorpark had been convicted of possessing child pornography, and had failed to register as a sex offender after having moved to a new address in November 2015. He was arrested on outstanding warrants for drug related crimes. His bond was set at $40,000.

Pedrito Vicente, of Simi Valley, moved in March 2015 and failed to register as a sex offender with authorities. He had previously been convicted of two counts of child molestation. His bond was set at $35,000.

Sex offender registration required after move


If you’ve been arrested on child pornography charges, or charges related to other Internet sex crimes, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who works exclusively with clients charged with criminal offenses, like child pornography and other sexual offenses. Mr. Helfend will work hard to protect your rights within the judicial process. At the same time, he will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Convictions on sex offenses like child pornography create a long trail of consequences that you’ll be dealing with, often for the remainder of your life. In addition to incarceration, upon release, you’ll be required to register as a sex offender, no matter where you go – and often for the rest of your life. Even if you leave the state following your release, California’s sex offender registration requirements go right along with you. You’ll be required to register as a sex offender in your new location.

Registration on any state’s sex offender registry will make it difficult to find appropriate housing and employment, and you may have other restrictions involving where you live, what kind of work you can perform, and even whether you can have access to a computer.

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a fair but aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you appears strong. Don’t gamble with your freedom.

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 child pornography case.

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Grand theft arrest in Ojai
Grand theft arrest in Ojai
An Ojai homeowner accused her housekeeper of the theft of a number of pieces of expensive jewelry. According to the homeowner, the thefts occurred between September and December 2015. Lacking sufficient evidence, the Ojai Police Department set up a sting operation, promising the woman more work. After detaining the woman at a traffic stop, detectives discovered that she was in possession of jewelry taken from the victim’s home. She was charged with grand theft

Housecleaner charged with grand theft


At the time of her arrest, the housekeeper was wearing a $12,000 diamond necklace and had a $7,000 diamond ring in her purse, both of which had been reported stolen. The jewelry was returned to the homeowner. In addition, a man who accompanied the housekeeper was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you’ve been arrested for grand theft, petty theft or theft related to your employment, contact Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend for help. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura courtrooms and can create a successful criminal defense against these charges.

Conviction for work-related offenses will not only result in the loss of your job, but will also make recovering from your conviction difficult, if not impossible. Employers will be reluctant to hire you once you’ve been released from prison because they don’t want to take a chance that you will victimize them as well. In addition, convictions for certain offenses like theft may make you ineligible to be bonded, something some employers require when hiring people to perform certain types of work, like housecleaning. Don’t let a grand theft accusation ruin your career.

Begin the process of rebuilding your life right now. 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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Fraud suspects on the run
Fraud suspects on the run
Homeowners throughout Ventura County and Southern California are being advised to have their homes inspected by a certified structural engineer after authorities determined that two men posing as structural engineers engaged in an extensive pattern of fraud between 2003 and 2014. The men, former employees of the Palos Verdes Engineering Corporation, created structural drawings for homes in 56 cities throughout Southern California, even though neither man was a structural engineer.

Fraud may have created unsafe buildings


Wilfredo Rodriguez and Ruben Gutierrez, who have not been located, are also suspected of grand theft, corporate identity theft and forgery.

According to investigators, the men stole the company’s software and official seals and signatures to forge documents. The company says the men did not currently work for the company but had worked for the company in the past. Investigators are concerned that buildings and additions built based on the men’s drawings could be dangerous.

If you’ve been accused of fraud in Ventura County, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you build a successful criminal defense. Mr. Helfend is an accomplished criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend will work aggressively on your behalf to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is important because a defense attorney’s experience alone is often not enough to produce positive results. A successful defense often relies upon the persistence and aggressiveness of the defense attorney. When you’re charged with a serious felony like fraud, you need an experienced, competent and aggressive Ventura criminal defense attorney.

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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