Camarillo Sex Crimes Sweep
Camarillo Sex Offender Sweep
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office targeted sex offenders last week in a compliance sweep of people convicted of sex crimes in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks. Deputies made contact with 60 of 80 registered sex offenders to verify that they were properly registered. The addresses of an additional 18 of 20 offenders were verified, but they were not directly contacted by police because they were not at home at the time of the compliance check. Two sex offenders had moved out of town, and deputies will be following up with those offenders to ensure that they are properly registered in their new residences.

Sex crimes lawyer will fight for you


If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes, including sex crime involving children, Ventura County sex crimes lawyer Robert Helfend will take your case. Some criminal defense attorneys don’t want to take sex crimes cases because it can be very difficult to defend a person against criminal sexual conduct charges.

Sex offenses are very personal attacks on the victim, and the process the court uses to establish guilt or innocence can take a very real toll on everyone involved. Juries are often pre-disposed to sympathy for the victim. Sometimes their focus on the victim and the victim’s experience makes it difficult for the jury to see the facts of the case. A good sex crimes lawyer understands and respects the position of the victim, but also works hard to make the jury see the actual evidence and how well (or poorly) it supports the prosecution’s assertions of guilt.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based upon what they’ve been accused of. He’ll fight for your rights in court and will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Sex offenses, especially those involving children, have devastating lifetime consequences. They will interfere with your ability to find a place to live and find gainful employment. Sexual offenders are required to register on the state’s sex offender list, and that registration will follow you from state to state. You cannot get away from a sex crimes conviction, no matter where you go.

Avoiding repeat convictions is also important because each conviction under the state’s three strikes law moves you one step closer to lifetime imprisonment and changes the mandatory minimum sentence for second convictions. Minimizing and eliminating potential convictions is so important, and it shows why you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend in your corner. If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes of any kind, don’t wait. Start your criminal defense immediately by contacting an experienced sex crimes lawyer.

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 sex crimes case.

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TO Women face fraud charges
TO Women face fraud charges
Two Thousand Oaks women and an Oxnard woman face federal fraud charges in three separate cases. The US Department of Justice announced last month that it will file charges against Daysi Salazar-Arias, 38, and Kim Scovis, 60, both of Thousand Oaks, and Kathryn Kushner, 64, of Oxnard. The DOJ alleges that Scovis fraudulently collected $68,000 in Social Security benefits of a deceased family member. Kushner is accused of fraudulently collecting nearly $250,000 in benefits. Salazar-Arias, who worked for the Social Security Administration, is also accused of fraudulently collecting benefits. As a SSA employee, she faces additional charges.

Federal fraud lawyer with experience


If you’ve been arrested for fraud or grand theft, you need the assistance of an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Theft from the Social Security program can lead to long prison sentences, fines, restitution requirements and more. You need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who will work to get your charges reduced or dropped.

Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in Southern California courtrooms. He also takes federal criminal defense cases. He has defended hundreds of clients accused of deception and can pull together the defense resources you need to create an effective defense strategy for you.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. He will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney, as can happen when clients work with a larger, more impersonal law firm. Personal experience and direct supervision of your case can make the difference in a successful defense.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced criminal defense attorneys. 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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Embezzlement for insurance agent
Embezzlement for insurance agent
A former Ventura County insurance agent was arrested recently and charged with one count of grand theft by embezzlement and one count of financial elder abuse for allegedly signing up more than 20 people for insurance policies that they did not ask for or agree to pay for.

Newbury Park resident Alexander Komarenko would sell a legitimate insurance policy to a client, then later add new policies to the client’s account. The premiums were debited directly from the client’s bank account, and often amounted to several hundred dollars per month. If a clients asked about it, Komarenko would indicate that the additional deductions were “billing errors” and would cancel the policy, only to reinstate it later.

An embezzlement attorney with experience


Work-related crimes are difficult to defend against, and it’s very important to defend yourself aggressively against employment related crimes. Without an effective defense, prospective employers will always have questions about your credibility, honesty and trustworthiness. A conviction virtually ensures that you will not be able to find gainful employment in your chosen field.

In addition, a conviction could result in prison time and expensive restitution – restitution you may never be able to repay. You need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Ventura embezzlement attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend can assemble the experts you’ll need to testify on your behalf.

Mr. Helfend has provided expert felony defense in Southern California for more than more than 30 years, and takes criminal defense cases exclusively. Embezzlement can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. This can work in your favor because it allows an embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend to work aggressively to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.

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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Attempted Murder Plea in Oxnard
Attempted Homicide Plea in Oxnard
An Oxnard man pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of a former Ventura mayor, Greg Carson. Alejandro Valdez also pleaded no contest to residential robbery, which occurred in an incident related to the attempted killing. Initially, Valdez had pleaded not guilty to both charges, but changed his plea on both counts. According to police, Carson was shot after he interrupted a burglary at his home last fall. Police also indicated that the shooting had nothing to do with Carson’s previous service as mayor, and that Carson and Valdez knew each other prior to the shooting.

Nothing replaces an experienced attempted murder lawyer


Homicide cases rest entirely on the evidence, but the stakes are exceptionally high. A conviction on murder charges can result in a life sentence, with or without parole, or worse, a death sentence. Witness testimony, DNA evidence, surveillance footage, forensic evidence and expert testimony all play a role in a murder trial. Each of these types of evidence can be defeated, but it takes a skilled, experienced attorney to bring together the resources you need to protect your freedom and defend yourself successfully in court.

If you’ve been arrested for intentionally causing someone’s death, robbery, burglary or crimes involving a weapon, Ventura murder lawyer Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Southern California and takes all types of felony cases in Ventura County.

Homicide is the most serious criminal charge you can face. You need an exceptional defense to avoid the most serious penalties the law allows. When you’re accused of homicide in any degree, don’t rely on inexperienced criminal defense lawyers or court-appointed defenders.

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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Ventura woman charged with fraud
Ventura woman charged with fraud
A Ventura woman pleaded guilty to fraud and grand theft for defrauding investors in a real estate scam. According to prosecutors, the scheme netted Gregoria Mendoza nearly half of a million dollars from investors in Ventura, Los Angeles and Tulare counties. Mendoza told investors that their money would be invested in real estate; in reality, Mendoza kept the money for herself.

An experienced investment fraud attorney


Investment fraud is a serious federal crime and can be charged in a number of circumstances, including insider trading and selling fraudulent investments. If you’ve been arrested on charges of investment related crimes, insider trading, conspiracy, embezzlement, tax evasion or similar charges, hire an experienced investment fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and can help you put together an effective defense. Mr. Helfend is an aggressive defense attorney who will fight to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. His clients always get the full benefit of his experience because he always handles each case personally. Your case will not be referred to a less experienced attorney under any circumstances. You will not receive that level of personal service at a larger firm.

He has an extensive portfolio of successful defense. When you’ve been arrested, the case against you may seem strong, and you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. Mr. Helfend can design an effective defense strategy that produces positive results, even when the evidence against you is strong. Don’t depend on an inexperienced attorney to defend you effectively against these 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 investment fraud case.

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Major Oxnard Drug Possession Arrest
Major Oxnard Drug Possession Arrest
Last month, Oxnard police arrested a resident after receiving a tip that the man was selling marijuana and cocaine. A search of Daniel Forhan’s Halifax Lane home turned up more than 100 pounds of marijuana, more than 700 hydrocodone pills, two ounces of concentrated cannabis, a limited quantity of methamphetamine, and 5 ounces each of psilocybin mushrooms and cocaine. Authorities also confiscated nearly $500,000 in cash from the home. Forhan was charged with drug possession for sale and weapons charges.

Work with an experienced drug possession attorney


Drug possession convictions may not seem like a big deal, but depending upon the circumstances, you can spend significant time in prison. Authorities are less concerned with people who possess small quantities of drugs, but they’re very interested in people who have large quantities of drugs for sale. Even if you want to leave the drug scene behind, a possession conviction can severely limit your ability to find gainful employment in your chosen field. In California, felony convictions can also put you in danger of lengthened prison sentences, under the terms of the state’s Three Strikes law.

If you’ve been arrested in Ventura County on possession charges, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a drug possession attorney in Southern California, including Ventura County. He can put together a skilled defense on your behalf. Mr. Helfend works hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He has established a reputation as an aggressive attorney who fights for his clients’ rights at all times.

When you hire Robert Helfend, you work with Robert Helfend. He handles each case personally and will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney. That’s good news for his clients, because it means they get the full benefit of his more than 30 years of experience in Southern California courts.

Don’t trust your criminal defense to just anyone. Choose an experienced drug possession 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 drug possession case.

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DUI arrest for Carpinteria man
Drunk driving arrest for Carpinteria man
Hector Zamora, 43, of Carpinteria was arrested by the Ventura Police Department on suspicion of DUI. A Ventura officer noticed Zamora driving erratically and conducted a traffic stop. As the officer approached the car, Zamora sped away. Police followed Zamora for about 3 miles before stopping him a second time and arresting him. At the time of his arrest, officers determined that Zamora had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

An experienced DUI lawyer


Ventura DUI lawyer Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in DUI defense, and can bring together the legal and medical resources you need to defend yourself against these serious charges. Drunk driving arrests can be extremely expensive. In addition to risking jail time, a conviction comes with other consequences, including fines, driving restrictions or the loss of your driver license, loss of income, increased insurance rates, the installation of expensive electronic monitoring devices and driver retraining. The consequences and costs increase with repeated convictions.

As a DUI lawyer in Southern California, Robert Helfend has defended hundreds of clients who were arrested for drunk driving. Just because you have been stopped or arrested for drunk driving does not mean that you will be automatically convicted, however, there are some automatic consequences associated with the accusation that are applied by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV’s actions are separate from your court case, and will be addressed immediately. To minimize the impact of a drunk driving arrest, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to defend you both in court and at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Don’t gamble with your future when you’re dealing with a drunk driving arrest. The consequences of conviction are simply too high! 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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Identity Theft Charge for Oxnard Woman
ID Theft Charge for Oxnard Woman
An Oxnard woman pleaded not guilty last month to multiple counts of identity theft involving two separate thefts from elderly victims. Rachelle Farala, who acted as a caretaker for the victims, is charged with felony financial elder abuse, ID theft and forgery. She is also charged with misdemeanor theft from an elder and misdemeanor forgery charges.

An experienced Ventura County identity theft attorney


ID theft has received a great deal of attention from both state-level and federal-level courts not only because it has become a popular tool for local and international financial fraud, but also because it supports everything from illegal immigration to terrorism. If you need a reason to hire an experienced Ventura County identity theft attorney, this is it!

California takes a very punitive approach to punishing people who have been convicted of second and third felony offenses. Under state law, the prison terms increase substantially, so a primary objective of your attorney should be to get charges against you reduced or dropped.

As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Ventura County, Mr. Helfend has defended hundreds of individuals accused of identity theft and can help you, too. With more than 30 years of experience in courtrooms throughout Southern California, he has established a reputation as a tenacious criminal defense attorney. His practice is exclusively focused on criminal defense, so he’ll bring the full weight of his extensive experience to bear on your case.

The experience of an identity theft attorney is critical to the success of your defense. If you’ve been arrested for theft, fraud or a related offense, crime, Ventura County criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take 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 identity theft case.

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Insider trading, securities fraud arrests
Insider trading, securities fraud arrests
Two Ventura County men were charged late last fall with securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud for their roles in an insider trading investment scam that netted the conspirators more than $3M.

Between 2010 and 2013, Steven Fishoff of Westlake Village and Ronald Chernin of Oak Park, along with 2 other men from New Jersey and Florida, used inside information that they had been given in their roles as investment bankers, to execute transactions through trading entities that they secretly controlled.

Ventura County securities fraud attorney


Most investments are governed by the Securities Exchange Commission, and people usually need to be licensed in order to buy and sell securities on behalf of others. The federal government takes securities crimes seriously, so when you’re arrested on securities-related charges, you should take your situation seriously, too. Fraud charges usually arise when a person makes a bad investment or investment decision because someone else knowingly provided bad information about an investment, or about themselves and their ability to invest money on behalf of others.

When you’ve been accused of fraud involving securities, hiring a competent, experienced securities fraud attorney is your best defense strategy . Robert Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He takes cases in both state and federal court, and will work for federal defendants in any federal district court in the nation.

An arrest does not alter your Constitutional rights, but you need an experienced securities fraud attorney to ensure that your rights are respected. Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney is the best way to ensure that you preserve your rights throughout the judicial process. Federal prosecutors don’t “go away,” so don’t wait to hire a competent federal defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend 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 securities fraud case.
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Grand theft arrest in Oxnard
Grand theft arrest in Oxnard
Four Oxnard teens were arrested and charged with grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. One of the teens was also charged with possession of a loaded firearm. Another of the group was charged with hit and run.

Oxnard residents Bryan Penny, Jermiah Carr and Kevin Hlyt, all 18 years of age and a juvenile female were arrested following a traffic stop near the Macy’s store on South Mills Road. Macy’s store personnel called the Ventura Police Department to report the loss of a large amount of clothing. The juvenile, who was driving the suspects’ vehicle, hit two parked cars as they left the store parking lot. A Ventura police officer located and stopped the car. Officers located the stolen merchandise in the vehicle. One of the suspects also had a small caliber handgun hidden in his shoe. The three males were booked into the Ventura County Jail. The female was released to the custody of her parents.

Hire an experienced grand theft attorney


Penalties depend upon the facts of a case. The dollar value of the loss plays an important role in how an accusation of theft is charges. Other factors include other crimes that may have been committed at the same time. Navigating California’s criminal code is complex; that’s why you need an experienced grand theft attorney like Robert Helfend.

Felony convictions in California are always dangerous because they can put you in danger of accumulating “strikes” under California’s onerous Three Strikes Law. Each conviction can move you closer to lifetime incarceration – a tragic consequence of this well-meaning but misguided law.

If you’ve been accused of stealing something, hire an experienced grand theft attorney to defend you in court. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California courts for more than 30 years.

Don’t take your chances in court alone, and don’t count on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Find out why experience makes a difference.

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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