Simi Valley Drug Possession Arrest
Simi Valley Drug Possession Arrest
A Van Nuys man was arrested in Simi Valley and charged with multiple counts ofdrug possession after a failed attempt to complete a drug deal. After Rene Barraza was arrested, police discovered that he had left his 3-year-old-son unattended in his apartment.

Simi Valley police searched the apartment and discovered 60 grams of methamphetamine, 31 grams of heroin, large quantities of hydrocodone and Xanax. Police also found a significant amount of cash and a handgun in the apartment. Barraza was booked into the Ventura County Jail and was charged with two counts of selling cocaine, and one count each of heroin possession for sale, Xanax possession for sale, hydrocodone possession for sale, methamphetamine possession for sale, narcotics possession with a firearm, and child endangerment.

You Need An Experienced Drug Possession Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested on drug possession charges, you could be risking your freedom and livelihood. You need an experienced drug possession lawyer in court with you. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively takes cases from Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has established an impressive case history of successful criminal defense in drug cases, and is known among his peers and colleagues as an aggressive defense attorney.

In California, possession for sale is a more serious charge than simple possession. It is triggered by the amount of an illicit drug a person is found in possession of at the time of a search or arrest. Prosecutors can seek additional penalties for persons who are arrested when transporting drugs for sale between California counties.

When you’ve been charged with a serious, drug-related offense, you want to put a highly competent drug possession lawyer to work for you. Don’t gamble with your rights and freedom, and don’t attempt to navigate California’s complex drug crimes laws by yourself.

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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Oxnard Murder Charge in Cold Case
Oxnard Murder Charge in Cold Case
A 52-year old man already serving a life sentence for murder was charged with the rape and murder of a young Thousand Oaks woman who was killed in 1985.

Detectives reviewing cold cases reopened the matter and conducted new DNA tests on evidence from the crime scene. Isabel Hernandez was found stabbed to death in the Oxnard apartment of her boyfriend, who was attending a Bruce Springsteen concert at the time of her death.

Evidence from the scene implicated Vincent Mackey, who was convicted of the beating death of his employer, Jason Sprigg, in 1986. Mackey burglarized an El Rio business where he worked, and encountered Sprigg, who was working late. He beat Sprigg to death with a hammer. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether Mackey will face the death penalty in Hernandez’ death.

Hire an aggressive Ventura County murder lawyer


Ventura County murder lawyer Robert Helfend offers aggressive, experienced criminal defense. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and handles each case that comes into his office personally. He takes felony cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

An experienced murder lawyer understands the stakes, and will fight aggressively for you in court. The penalties for homicide in California depend upon the circumstances of the case, but first-degree murder convictions can result in the death penalty, or lifetime incarceration with or without parole. The stakes are exceptionally high, so if you’re facing homicide charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side.

Mr. Helfend’s entire practice and career have been focused on providing effective criminal defense. Over the last 30 years, he has amassed valuable experience that he will bring to bear on your case. Mr. Helfend will do what it takes to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. No attorney can promise a particular outcome in any court case, but Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best possible outcome for you, regardless of the charges against you.

When you’ve been charged with the death of another person in Ventura County, it only makes sense to rely on an aggressive, experienced and effective Ventura County murder lawyer 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 murder case.

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Embezzlement Charge for SPHS Band Treasurer
Embezzlement Charge for SPHS Band Treasurer
A former Santa Paula High School Band Booster Club treasurer was convicted of grand theft by embezzlement for allegedly embezzling between $15,000 and $22,000 from the organization.

Michael Suniga, who was a graduate of Santa Paula High School, remained active in the band’s booster club, and served as the organization’s treasurer. Other booster club members became concerned that the club’s funds were being stolen. A forensic audit of the club’s finances in 2014 showed that a significant amount of money was missing.

The band had intended to use the funds to defray travel costs related to an international competition. They were able to raise the funds through additional emergency fundraising. Suniga pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced to 330 days in jail and agreed to pay back at least $17,000 to the organization.

Experienced Ventura County embezzlement attorney


If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement, fraud, grand theft or other work related crimes, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in addition to making restitution. Following your release, finding gainful employment will be a near-impossibility. There is no question that you need the assistance of an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has provided expert felony defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He specialized exclusively in criminal defense cases and he handles each case personally. He will work aggressively to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced embezzlement attorney to defend your rights and freedoms. Choose an attorney with the skill to defend you effectively 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 embezzlement case.

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Disney star collects DUI arrest
Disney star collects DUI arrest
Debby Ryan, an actress known for her work on the Disney Channel show Jessie, collected a DUI arrest last week after colliding with another driver. The driver of the other vehicle was injured. According to police, Ryan failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .11 at the time of her arrest. In California, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher.

For a DUI arrest, choose a DUI attorney you can rely on


A DUI arrest is expensive, but DUI convictions are more expensive. In fact, the consequences of a DUI arrest can be staggering. You may face a range of penalties, including mandatory jail time, probation, driving restrictions, expensive and time-consuming monitoring, fines and other sanctions. If you injure or kill another person, or have had previous DUI convictions, the penalties become even stiffer.

Make no mistake about it – a DUI arrest will inflate your auto insurance bill. It could even put you in a “high-risk” insurance category, which means you’ll have a hard time even finding insurance. Driving restrictions and sanctions could put your job at risk! Public prosecution could also cause you and your family a great deal of embarrassment, which – thanks to the Internet – could haunt you for years.

That’s why you need an aggressive, competent DUI lawyer like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a DUI attorney and can put together the legal and medical expertise you need to defend yourself effectively in court.

A key component of your DUI defense strategy will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Avoiding conviction is important because a DUI conviction cannot be erased and will bring long-lasting consequences. Mr. Helfend always works toward the best possible outcome for his clients, and this is especially true in DUI cases.

Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s very easy to misjudge your ability to drive when you have been drinking. Following a DUI arrest, you cannot change what you did, but your actions can either make your situation better or worse. The best defense strategy is to work with an experienced DUI lawyer who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in court. Don’t make the mistake of defending yourself. Don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help yourself, and don’t rely on an inexperienced DUI attorney following a DUI arrest.

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 arrest.

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Former Raiders WR fined for securities fraud
Former Raiders WR fined for securities fraud
Former Olympian and Los Angeles and Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault has been fined for securities fraud by the US District Court for the Central District of California. Gault was fined more than $200,000 in penalties and interest. Federal prosecutors contended that Gault, the CEO of a medical device firm, took part in a scheme.

A securities fraud attorney is your best defense


Gault was convicted of circumventing the company’s internal accounting controls and making false statements in the company’s SEC filings. The Court also barred Gault from serving as an officer in any publicly traded company until he can demonstrate that “he has made himself knowledgeable of the requirements of the securities laws imposed on officers and directors.”

If you’ve been arrested on federal securities fraud charges, or named in a federal indictment, you need the assistance of an experienced aggressive securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Federal prosecutors are extremely aggressive in securities-related prosecutions. They have the resources of the federal government supporting their prosecution; no matter who you are or how much money you have, you can’t outspend a federal prosecutor! That’s why it’s exceptionally important to have an experienced, equally aggressive securities fraud attorney with you throughout the federal judicial process.

Federal prosecutors look for any opportunity to strengthen or expand their case against you, and they take a lot of pride in being able to build a case against prominent individuals. They will not hesitate to seek extensive fines and long prison sentences for non-violent, white-collar crime. You need a defense strategy delivered by an experienced federal attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and he’s ready to build your defense.

Don’t wait, and don’t rely on inexperienced attorneys when you’re dealing with the complexities of a federal securities fraud charge. 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 criminal defense/domestic violence case.

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A local man was detained by police following a burglary at a Thousand Oaks pharmacy last week. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at about 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police discovered that the pharmacy’s window had been smashed.

You need an experienced Ventura burglary attorney


Deputies located a subject near the pharmacy and detained him for questioning. After questioning him, they released him without arresting him, and are still investigating the incident.
If you’ve been arrested for burglary in Ventura County, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. With more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend takes on even the toughest cases.

In cases like this, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to ensure that you are properly represented at each stage of a criminal investigation, and throughout the judicial process, if the criminal investigation leads to charges against you. Simply being in the area when a crime is committed doesn’t make you a criminal, but the police are simply looking to make a quick arrest. If you happen to be unlucky enough to be in the area, the police and prosecutor could try to hold you responsible for being in the wrong place at the right time.

As your attorney, his first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He will also force the prosecutor to make his case against you. Mr. Helfend has established a reputation in Southern California courts as an aggressive, skilled criminal defense attorney. His experience will help him determine the best defense strategy for your case.

When your freedom is at risk, don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid 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 burglary case.

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Suspect Charged with Assault on Deputy
Suspect Charged with Assault on Deputy
A Todd Road Jail inmate was accused of assault on a Sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly bit and punched the deputy. According to police, George Lopezwhite, who was being held in the jail on other charges, made threatening statements to the deputy. Lopezwhite spit on the deputy and attacked him when the deputy attempted to handcuff him.

Assault resulted in additional charges


Lopezwhite was charged with resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, both of which are felonies. Lopezwhite was being held in the jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon arising from an incident last December. While in the jail, Lopezwhite was charged similarly a second time for an attack on another inmate.

Assault can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony under California law. The law provides special enhancements for people who attack public servants, like police officers, corrections officers and firefighters, whether they are on duty or not.

The term “assault” conjures up images of violent conflicts resulting in severe injuries to another person – and often that’s what happens – but the law doesn’t define it that way. A person can be “assaulted” without being injured at all. Under California law, “assault” is a deliberate attempt to injure another person along with the ability to actually injure that person.

When the attempt to injure someone else is successful, it’s more likely that the prosecutor will look for a felony conviction. They’re also more likely to seek felony charges when the victim is a public servant, whether the person is seriously injured or not.

A battery charge often follows in cases like this. Battery is a different crime. Battery is the actual illegal use of force against another person. You can be charged with battery, even if the person is not seriously injured.

Battery against a police officer or corrections officer can result in a felony conviction, so it’s important to have competent representation in court. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and in Southern California courts for more than 30 years, and will take battery cases.

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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Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
A 21-year-old man arrested for a fatal stabbing last August in Camarillo faces lifetime incarceration under California’s three strikes law. Tyler Ostertag, 21, of Camarillo, has already accumulated two felony convictions. He was indicted by a Ventura County grand jury for murder and the special circumstance of using a knife to kill, as well as attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime. He was arraigned on the charges last week, and was expected to plead not guilty.

Three Strikes convictions can lead to life sentence


According to police, Ostertag was involved in a conflict with a group of teens outside of a local fast food restaurant last August and stabbed 16-year-old Daniel Morales in the chest. Morales later died at a local hospital. Ostertag originally fled the scene, but was arrested later that day at a motel in Riverside.

Mandatory sentences – like the ones imposed by California’s Three Strike Law – destroy families and take people who could be productive out of society for excessively long periods of time. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend works with people who are facing tough mandatory sentencing for crimes that don’t (and should) require lengthy incarcerations.

He is a dedicated, skillfull and aggressive criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. For more than 30 years, Mr. Helfend has defended people who are wrongly accused, or who have simply made mistakes.

In the past 30 years, Mr. Helfend has developed the professional resources a good criminal defense attorney needs in court. Each case is different and each defendant is different, so each defense strategy is unique. Whether you’re facing the possibility of your first felony conviction or your third, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to help you avoid convictions that will change your life forever.

No defense attorney can guarantee that he or she can get the charges against you dropped, or that he can make sure you’re acquitted in court. But as an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend can promise you that he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case, and work to help you avoid collecting a “strike” in California. The Three Strikes law doesn’t work as it was intended, and it has created serious problems for California families, Californians who are incarcerated and even for the State of California itself.

Don’t take chances on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or a “factory” practice that will assign your case to an available attorney. Work directly with the attorney who will handle your case. 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 Three Strikes case.

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SF Man Arrested for Moorpark rape attempt
SF Man Arrested for Moorpark rape attempt
A San Francisco man was arrested after he attempted to rape a Moorpark teen that he met on the Internet. The victim, a 16-year-old Moorpark resident, agreed to meet the man at a local park. The two had chatted via the Internet, but had never met face-to-face.

Suspect attempted to rape victim in vehicle


After the two met, the suspect, identified as Reggie Glass, forced the victim into the back seat of her car and told her that he was going to sexually assault her. The pair was spotted by a witness, who saw the girl struggling in the vehicle with the man. The witness notified Moorpark police, who responded to the scene. The suspect briefly fled the area on foot, but was located by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, and was arrested. He was charged with kidnapping with intent to rape, attempted rape, false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

If you’ve been arrested for rape or another sex crime involving a minor or sex crimes that involve the Internet, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. For more than 30 years, Mr. Helfend has focused his practice exclusively on criminal defense. He has the experience you want in a criminal defense attorney, and he will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Mr. Helfend will not judge you based upon what you’ve been accused of, but rather, will fight aggressively to defend your Constitutional rights in court and work to get your case dismissed. No attorney can promise a specific outcome when it comes to matters brought before the court, but having an aggressive criminal defense attorney at hand is essential, especially if you have prior convictions on your record. A history of prior convictions for certain matters will make you eligible for three strikes penalties under California law. A third felony conviction could send you to prison for life.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or one who isn’t aggressive about preparing and presenting the best possible defense. When you’re facing a serious felony charge, you need the services of a Ventura criminal defense attorney who is serious about criminal 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 rape case.

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TO Begins Search for Unlicensed Animals
TO Begins Search for Unlicensed Animals
Thousand Oaks has begun a controversial code enforcement program after contracting with the Animal Care and Control Division of neighboring Los Angeles County. The enforcement program is sending Los Angeles County animal control officers through Thousand Oaks neighborhoods in search for unlicensed animals.

Door-to-door search raises constitutional questions


Owners of animals found with expired licenses are assessed a $30 late fee. Owners of unlicensed animals are assessed a $40 enforcement fee in addition to the cost of the license, which ranges between $20 and $60, depending upon whether the animal has been neutered. Thousand Oaks looks for unlicensed animals using door-to-door enforcement about once every five years.

The city has contracted with Los Angeles County for animal control services for about 30 years because the two counties use a shared animal control facility. Ventura County pays about $240,000 per year to Los Angeles County for animal control services. About half of the cost of the animal control contract is paid for by licensing and enforcement fees.

The door-to-door nature of the searches has some residents questioning whether the approach is a violation of residents’ Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure. Thousand Oaks notified all residents in writing in February that it would begin animal license enforcement in March.

When it comes to the legality of searches, don’t take chances. Instead work with an attorney who has significant experience in search and seizure cases. Whether you’re dealing with simple code enforcement, or more complicated cases of searches and seizures that involve your home, vehicle or property. The government has a limited ability to conduct searches of your property, but that’s frequently not enough to stop them from trying. If you believe you’ve been the subject of an illegal search, or unfair law enforcement that arises from an illegal action, get legal assistance.

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 search and seizure case.

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