Child Molestation Investigation Leads to Death
Child Molestation Investigation Leads to Death
A Ventura man apparently shot himself to death at a Ventura martial arts studio when police arrived to investigate multiple claims of child molestation involving persons under the age of 18. Police arrived at the business to serve a search warrant and were forced to retreat when a man inside produced a gun. As police were leaving the building, they heard a single shot.

Child molestation suspect found shot


Police sent a robot equipped with a camera into the business and saw the body of the man whom they had previously encountered. Police said that they had enough evidence to arrest the man when they served the search warrant.

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

Crimes against children are notoriously difficult to defend against, and many criminal defense attorneys are reluctant to take these cases because judges and juries can be so sympathetic to the victims. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based upon what they’ve been accused of. Instead, he works with the facts and the evidence to construct the best possible defense strategy.

Conviction on sex crimes, whether they involve children or not, will result in incarceration and lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. In addition, you may not be able to find gainful employment and you may have difficulty securing housing following your release. Don’t entrust your future to an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Take affirmative steps to defend yourself, and work with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

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 Internet crimes/child pornography case.

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Fraud conviction for LA Man
Fraud conviction for LA Man
A Studio City man who was found in possession of more than 1,400 credit card numbers was convicted of fraud. The man collected the credit card information using a “skimmer” attached to gas pumps in Ventura County. The man was convicted on two counts of possession of more than 15 counterfeit access devices, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Fraud charge resulted from gas pump thefts


The man, Koren Robert Kechedzian, was found to be in possession of two thumb drives containing the stolen credit card information. According to investigators, Kechedzian collected the credit card information from Chevron stations in Palmdale and Moorpark. Kechedzian is expected to serve as many as 10 years in prison for identity theft and fraud charges.

If you’ve been arrested for fraud, identity theft, embezzlement or a similar crime, Ventura criminal defense attorneyRobert Helfend is ready to help you. In recent years, identity theft has gained significant interest from law enforcement because it is frequently associated with other, more serious crimes. Identity theft can be associated with a range of other crimes, including everything from retail fraud and financial crimes to human trafficking. Identity theft is not new, but it has taken on greater importance in the past decade.

Robert Helfend is a Ventura criminal defense attorney who has more than 30 years of experience in courts throughout Southern California. He practices criminal defense exclusively and has established a reputation as skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Mr. Helfend won’t judge you based on where you came from or what you’re accused of doing. When you’re facing the possibility of conviction and incarceration, that matters much less than developing a strong defense that can 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 fraud case.

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Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
A Simi Valley man pleaded guilty to extortion, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Corey Ackerman, 27, was arrested last September following a lengthy “sextortion” investigation. Earlier in 2015, he was sentenced to five years of probation for extortion, possession of child pornography, and blackmail.

Second sextortion conviction came with prison term


Ackerman came to the attention of police as early as 2014. Following his first sextortion conviction, a number of minors came forward to tell police that Ackerman had contacted them through social media, and attempted to engage in sexual activity with them. According to the victims, Ackerman told the victims that he had pornographic pictures of them and that he would delete them only if they agreed to have sex with him. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 at the time of Ackerman’s contact. Upon his second conviction, Ackerman was given a 6 year prison sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

If you’ve been arrested on sextortion charges, child pornography charges, or charges related to other Internet sex crimes, especially those involving minors, 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 in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend will protect your rights during the judicial process, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Don’t be fooled by the bravado of investigators and prosecutors who are simply working to get a conviction. Often, they don’t have enough evidence to fully support the charges they threaten to bring against you. Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a skillful, aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you initially appears strong.

Don’t gamble with your freedom. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in front of a judge. 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 sextortion case.

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Embezzlement from HOAs leads to prison
Embezzlement from HOAs leads to prison
A former CEO for a property management firm in Thousand Oaks was convicted earlier this year of embezzlement for misappropriating funds belonging to two Ventura County homeowners associations and was given a 12-year prison sentence. Kristin Davis, formerly of the Paradigm Management Group, was also ordered to make restitution payments of more than $2 million dollars to two HOAs and an insurance company.

Embezzlement conviction on just half of charges


In February, Davis was convicted of eight counts of grand theft, two counts of tax evasion, two counts of forgery, one count of insurance fraud and one count of failing to file a state income tax return. Davis was acquitted on two forgery counts and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts. Davis was ordered to pay $1.2 million to the Big Sky Homeowners Association in Simi Valley, $908,000 to the Oak Park Calabasas Homeowners Association and $55,000 to the Travelers Insurance Company.

If you’ve been accused of a workplace crime, including embezzlement, grand theft, forgery or computer fraud, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you build a successful criminal defense.

Embezzlement is a classic example of a non-violent offense. Despite the high dollar amounts that may be involved, prosecutors are sometimes willing to make agreements on behalf of non-violent offenders that don’t involve prison time, or involve less prison time than the law permits. Prosecutors understand that in crimes like embezzlement, the best way to restore the victim is to allow the defendant to be economically productive.

Mr. Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense matters and has more than 30 years of experience in defending clients in Ventura County and other Southern California jurisdictions. When you’ve been accused of a serious workplace felony, your freedom, your future ability to find work, and your family’s financial future is on the line. Work with an aggressive criminal defense attorney to achieve the best possible judicial results.
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/search and seizure case.

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Thousand Oaks Grand Theft Attempt
Thousand Oaks Grand Theft Attempt
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested one man and is searching for a second in connection with an attempted grand theft at a Kohl’s store in Newbury Park. Store personnel observed the two men, who appeared to be working together. One man was inside the store, loading up a shopping cart with high-end electronics and other expensive merchandise, while the other remained outside the store, acting as a lookout. The two men were in contact with each other via cell phone while the attempted grand theft was in progress.

Man was charged with grand theft, conspiracy


Deputies arrived at the location and detained the lookout. While they were questioning the man, he ran back into the store, then escaped through an emergency exit door. He fled the scene on foot and was not arrested. The man inside the store, Brandon Mel-Cervantes, 22, of Simi Valley, was arrested on suspicion of attempted grand theft and conspiracy.

If you’ve been arrested for grand theft, fraud, income tax evasion or other similar charges, Ventura defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend your rights in court and prepare a strong defense on your behalf. Immediately, Mr. Helfend will begin working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped, and will always work toward the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He handles each matter personally. Your case will not be handed over to assistants or less experienced associate attorneys, and will receive Mr. Helfend’s full attention.

Successful felony convictions can result in the loss of your freedom. You can also be required to make enormous restitution repayments over a period of years following conviction. At the same time, a felony conviction may make it nearly impossible to find gainful employment upon your release. This puts you in a cycle of owing but not being able to repay your court-ordered restitution. If you’ve been charged with grand theft, embezzlement or a similar crime, don’t trust your freedom to just any 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 grand theft/three strikes case.

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Domestic Assault Charge for TX Man
Domestic Assault Charge for TX Man
Ventura police arrested a Texas man earlier this year, after finding him in a vehicle with an injured female companion. Police responded to the area after being advised of a female who had left an area home with her husband, after having been injured in a domestic assault.

Domestic assault tip led to arrest


Police searched the area and stopped a vehicle matching the description provided by the witness. Fred Norris, 57, was arrested after officers observed the injured female. She refused medical treatment. During the stop, police searched the vehicle and discovered a loaded handgun. Norris has been charged with domestic assault and being in possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

If you’ve been arrested on domestic assault charges, or weapons charges, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can take your case. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 of years of experience in criminal defense and takes domestic violence cases in Ventura County.

The courts frequently rely on attorneys to help determine the actual events that led up to a domestic assault arrest. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side, overzealous prosecutors can turn innocent actions against you. Mr. Helfend has assembled a team of domestic assault experts who can help the courts separate situations in which domestic violence charges are overreaching from those that are simple yet lawful disputes between adults in a domestic relationship.

Mr. Helfend also defends against weapons charges, child abuse, child endangerment charges and restraining order violations that often accompany domestic violence charges. Prosecutors often file multiple charges in the hope of getting at least one to stick. They can also put significant pressure on spouses and partners who either didn’t want to bring charges forward or who wish to retract the statements they made to police and prosecutors at the time of the domestic violence arrest.

Mr. Helfend will never judge you based upon what you’ve been charged with. Instead, he will work with you to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He works hard to defend your freedom and protect the integrity of your family.

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 domestic assault case.

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Drug Charges Produce Conviction
Drug Charges Produce Conviction
Martin Torres, 35, of Oxnard was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison following a conviction on drug charges, including drug possession for sale, possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of an assault rifle and possession of a large-capacity firearm.

Drug charges follow drugs, firearms trafficking investigation


Torres was arrested last year following an investigation into gang-related drug and firearms trafficking in Oxnard. Following Torres’ arrest, police seized more than one pound of heroin, 12 pounds of methamphetamine, a large amount of cash and multiple firearms, including assault weapons.

If you’ve been arrested in Ventura County on drug charges of any kind, whether for simple possession or drug trafficking, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and has more than 30 years of legal experience. He takes criminal cases of all types in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He can put together a skilled, strategic defense on your behalf. Mr. Helfend works hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He has established a reputation in Southern California courtrooms as an aggressive, persistent attorney who fights diligently for his clients’ rights and freedom at all times.

If you’re facing drug charges in Ventura, don’t just pull a name off the Internet or out of the phone book. You need an attorney who will devote his personal attention to fighting your drug charges, and you don’t always get that when you hire a large law firm to represent you. There is no substitute for courtroom experience in criminal defense. When you Robert Helfend, you get the benefit of more than 30 years of criminal defense experience, and you put a proven fighter to work for 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 drug charges.

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Embezzlement In Camarillo under scrutiny
Embezzlement In Camarillo under scrutiny
The former president of the Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair is being investigated amid embezzlement allegations, following the publication of a letter by the Camarillo Acorn detailing the reasons behind the $24,000 theft. According to the letter, the theft was brought to the attention of the organization’s Board of Directors in late 2014, and they agreed not to press charges against the former president, provided that he repaid the embezzled funds.

Embezzlement investigation continues


The former president repaid about $21,000 immediately, and agreed to repay the remaining balance in monthly installments. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office began an investigation following publication of the letter last month. According to the District Attorney’s Office, the matter must be investigated because the Camarillo Fiesta Association receives public funding. Had the matter involved a private entity, the matter would not have merited investigation.

If you’ve been arrested for fraud, embezzlement, grand theft or other work related crimes, you could face years in prison, and be forced to make expensive restitution. In addition, you may find it impossible to find meaningful work following release, or the completion of your sentence. You need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend.

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

Employees who have access to bank accounts belonging to their employers can be treated harshly by a court when improprieties are discovered. This is true even when bookkeeping issues and errors have been addressed, and it is especially true when the embezzlement involves a high profile employer or event.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney beside you throughout the investigation and the judicial process. Issues surrounding embezzlement can be complex, and Mr. Helfend can assemble the experts you’ll need to interpret the evidence, and testify favorably on your behalf.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend your rights and freedoms, especially in a complicated case that involves embezzlement. 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 Sheriff DUI Death
Ventura Sheriff DUI Death
A 26-year-old Ventura man is one step closer to trial in a case involving the DUI death of an on-duty Ventura County Sheriff. Kevin Hogrefe is accused of striking Camarillo resident and Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko, 41, as he was returning to his patrol car following an unrelated traffic stop in December 2014.

Attorney argues that faulty training is responsible for DUI death


Hogrefe was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and felony fleeing the scene of an accident involving death. Hogrefe was arrested following a crash shortly after the accident. After his arrest, his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.23 percent, nearly four times greater than the legal limit.

His attorney had filed a discovery motion seeking access to training materials for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The motion was denied. Hogrefe’s attorney contends that the deputy was in a traffic lane with no reflective equipment, and Hogrefe was not responsible for the deputy’s death. Hogrefe is also seeking a change of venue.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI death in Ventura, or are facing charges related to a DUI arrest, including vehicular manslaughter, you need the help of an aggressive, competent Ventura criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has practiced DUI defense in Ventura for more than 30 years. DUI defense requires the assistance of qualified medical and legal experts. Robert Helfend has assembled a special team of professionals to assist in DUI death cases.

DUI charges are always serious, but when an accident results in the death of another individual, your circumstances immediately change. Prosecutors are eager to make an easy example of impaired drivers who find themselves behind the wheel when another person dies or is seriously injured. You need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in what is always a very negative situation.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI death, vehicular manslaughter, or are facing impaired driving 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 DUI death case.
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Child endangerment in Fillmore
Child endangerment in Fillmore
Two Fillmore sisters were arrested on child endangerment charges after they left a two-year-old boy strapped into a stroller on Los Serenos Drive. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy discovered the boy while on patrol. He asked two people nearby about the boy, initially presuming them to be the boys’ parents. They reported that two women who had been with the boy had argued, and left in opposite directions, leaving the boy behind.

Sisters accused of child endangerment


The deputy took the child to the Fillmore Station and called Child Protective Services, which took custody of the boy. Deputies eventually identified the boy’s mother and aunt as the two women who had left the boy by the roadside. The boy’s mother, 29-year-old Marisela Aguilar, and his aunt, 31-year-old Elida Aguilar, were arrested on felony endangerment charges. Marisela Aguilar also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest on unrelated charges. The boy has been placed in the care of a relative.

If you’ve been arrested in Ventura on criminal charges, including child endangerment, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and has taken criminal defense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

Conviction on child endangerment charges can lead to jail time, fines, court-ordered supervision, loss of custody and termination of parental rights. In a case like this, it is imperative to have the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney with you in court and throughout the judicial process. When the best interests of your children and family are on the line, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely 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 child endangerment case.
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