Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Police arrested a Ventura man on suspicion of drug possession and weapons charges following a traffic stop. Ventura officers attempted to stop a man at about 2:30 in the morning. Initially the driver did not stop. Officers also observed him moving around suspiciously in the vehicle while he was driving.

After the driver stopped, police approached the vehicle. Because an officer spotted a firearm in plain sight on the floor, they detained the man and searched the vehicle. During the search, they discovered a quantity of methamphetamine inside the car.

Prosecutors charged the man with one felony and three misdemeanors, including possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, drug possession and driving on a suspended license. His next court appearance is in April. He was given a $50,000 bond, but remains lodged in the Ventura County Jail.

Ventura drug possession attorney


Proposition 47 reduced the severity of several types of drug possession charges. While the severity of drug charges may decrease, the number of other charges you may face could go up. Prosecutors may use Prop 47 offenses as a reason to increase the number of charges against you. By focusing on other offenses like those involving weapons, they can still fight for felony charges against you.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive drug possession attorney by your side in court. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in California courtrooms. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Helfend has successfully represented thousands of Californians who faced criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. See the difference an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney can make.

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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Murder sentence in 1997 case
Murder sentence in 1997 case
A Ventura County judge sentenced a Port Hueneme man to life in prison for a 1997 murder. The man will not be eligible for parole. The victim, a 16-year-old-boy, died of stab wounds he received in his home. The victim and his mother surprised a burglar upon returning to their Ventura home.

The case went unsolved for more than 17 years, but advances in DNA testing finally produced a usable DNA profile. The teen confronted the burglar, and was stabbed three times. He died at the hospital.

Based on physical evidence at the scene, the defendant admitted to being in the home, but denied stabbing the boy. Controversy surrounded the case because the defendant’s DNA was not on the knife, which was found near the crime scene.

Computer analysis matched the defendant’s DNA profile to the crime scene evidence in 2014. He is now a married father of four. The defendant plans to appeal his conviction.

Port Hueneme Murder Attorney


Because California is a death penalty state, a murder charge literally puts your life on the line. You need experienced aggressive representation by an experienced murder attorney. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He has represented thousands of Californians in that time, and provides effective, aggressive criminal defense.

While DNA analysis is the “go-to” tool for criminal investigators, DNA evidence doesn’t mean the jury gets an “open-and-shut” case. A competent defense attorney knows how to challenge the evidence against his clients, regardless of what it is.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or ineffective attorney when your life is at risk. 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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New Trial Request in Antitrust Conviction
New Trial Request in Antitrust Conviction
Three defendants convicted on federal antitrust charges related to a public foreclosure auction scheme requested new trials. According to the request, the defendants say pretrial motions unfairly limited their defense. Additionally, prosecutors referred to banks and homeowners as “victims.” The judge previously instructed prosecutors not to use the term.

Federal prosecutors accused he three defendants of Sherman Act violations and conspiring with other investors to lower action prices. According to federal prosecutors, the defendants conspired to purchase foreclosed properties at below-market prices. Following the county auction, the buyers held a second, private auction among themselves to determine who got the property.

The defendants’ first trial resulted in a hung jury. A new judge presided over the second trial, but allowed some instructions from the first trial to stand. At the center of the defendants’ request are the carryover instructions, which they say the prosecutors ignored.

Additionally, the government permitted conspirators who agreed to testify against the defendants to keep the properties they’d purchased at the second auctions. They argue that had the jury known that the cooperators benefited, the verdict may have been different.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 5. The judge has indicated that he will rule on the request for a new trial prior to the sentencing hearing.

Ventura Antitrust Lawyer


Antitrust trials are long because the subject matter is complex. They often rely on the testimony of experts, so it’s critical to bring together subject matter experts who can testify on your behalf. You need an experienced antitrust lawyer who can create an effective defense.

The conviction rate in federal prosecutions is extremely high. That’s because the government doesn’t try cases it doesn’t believe it can win. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf. This ensures you can get the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help 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 antitrust case.

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Securities fraud settlement from local cannabis firm
Securities fraud settlement from local cannabis firm
A Los Angeles cannabis management firm and its owner settled securities fraud charges against the company earlier this month.

Vincent Mehdizadeh, the founder of Notis Global Inc., of Los Angeles, paid more than $12 million in fines to close a stock price inflation scam. Mehdizadeh is also banned from acting as a company officer for any public company.

The SEC says that Mehdizadeh developed a scheme to inflate the company’s earnings and manipulate its stock price. Investigators charge that Mehdizadeh, his fiancée, the company’s CEO and a third party participated in the scam.

The company, formerly known as MedBox, settled with the SEC as well. The SEC claims that the participants shifted stock and cash between themselves to boost apparent revenue. At one point, the company’s shares traded for nearly $100 each. The company restated its 2012, 2013 and 2014 earnings following an independent audit. That caused the share prices to collapse.

Mehdizadeh has previous criminal convictions for grand theft and intent to defraud, along with several misdemeanor convictions. He also owes the IRS more than $3 million. According to SEC filings, the company is currently operating at a loss.

Ventura securities fraud lawyer


Securities fraud convictions can seriously limit what you can do, and can significantly damage your professional reputation. If you face securities fraud charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense for nearly 35 years, and takes cases in any federal court in the United States.

Securities fraud cases are often complex. They may hinge upon subtleties, so you need an attorney who can bring together the resources you’ll need to defend yourself in court. Many defense attorneys don’t want to take federal cases because the federal conviction rate is so high. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively for you in court, and will work toward the best possible outcome for 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 securities fraud/DUI case.

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Westlake Village Execs Plead Guilty To Embezzlement
Westlake Village Execs Plead Guilty To Embezzlement
A pair of executives at a Westlake Village payment processing firm pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges earlier this month. The former CEO and the SVP of Sales and Marketing at iPayment siphoned more than $5 million from the company.

According to prosecutors, the men set up phony sales offices and instituted a kickback scheme. That allowed them to divert funds from the company for their personal use. The Department of Justice case is just one of two federal actions against the men. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against the men. The SEC complaint also named three other executives of the firm, and accused them of participating in the scheme.

The two men face up to five years in federal prison on the embezzlement charges. Federal officials will address the SEC complaint in a separate action.

Westlake Village Embezzlement Attorney


Workplace related crimes will impact you significantly. Not only can you face criminal sanctions, you can also face professional sanctions that will limit or eliminate your ability to work in your chosen field.

Workplace crimes are almost exclusively financial in nature. Most victims of financial crimes simply want to be restored to their previous financial position. They also want to be certain that the individual(s) who targeted them cannot repeat their crimes.

Restitution plays a major role in workplace crime sentencing, but a defendant often can’t make restitution unless he or she is free to work. A skilled, experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney can help ensure that justice – restorative justice – is truly available to the victims of a workplace crime. If you’ve been accused of a workplace crime, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He will work to limit or eliminate charges against you. He will also work to ensure that a conviction or sentence doesn’t negatively impact your ability to fulfill restitution sentence requirements.

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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Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Ventura County prosecutors won a 10-year sentence for a man convicted of a fraud scheme that targeted elderly victims. The man operated a plumbing business that offered a low-cost drain cleaning “special.” He used the ruse to gain access to victims’ homes.

Once inside, the man “discovered” severe plumbing problems, which he offered to “fix” for thousands of dollars. Once securing a contract for the work, the man changed the terms and raised prices. If the victims complained, he would turn them over to collection agencies and file liens on their homes.

According to prosecutors, at the time of his arrest, the man held nearly $310,000 in fraudulent liens on victims’ properties. Investigators discovered 31 victims. In addition to a 10-year prison sentence, the judge ordered the man to make full restitution to the victims.

Initially, the man possessed a valid contractor’s license for businesses in Oxnard and Camarillo. They expired in 2011 and 2013, although the defendant continued to hold himself as a licensed professional. In 2014, the Contractors State License Board revoked the expired licenses. The defendant will not be permitted to hold a valid contractor’s license again.

Camarillo Fraud Lawyer


Workplace related fraud convictions can have long-lasting consequences. As this case demonstrates, administrative regulators can permanently impact your ability to hold a job, even after you complete a criminal sentence.

Not being able to hold a job interferes with your ability to make restitution payments, so it makes sense to work with an experienced fraud lawyer who can help the prosecutor and court arrive at a resolution that meets the needs of the victims without permanently scarring the defendant’s ability to live independently.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. As your criminal defense attorney, he will create an effective defense strategy that protects your interests during and after the adjudication process.

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 fraud/drug possession case.

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Homeless man arrested for Ventura identity theft
Homeless man arrested for Ventura identity theft
Ventura police arrested a homeless man last month on suspicion of identity theft following social media tips. According to police, the man stole credit cards belonging to two local senior residents.

The man removed the credit cards from the victims’ purses while they shopped. Surveillance cameras captured images of the man using the credit cards at local retailers. Police posted the surveillance footage on social media sites, hoping to generate clues about the thief’s identity.

Tipsters identified the suspect, but since he has no permanent address, he evaded arrest for a period of time. Police finally located him at a local motel. Police interviewed him and later arrested him for the thefts.

Ventura Identity Theft Attorney


If you face identity theft charges, hiring an experienced identity theft attorney is the first step in building your defense. With more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, Robert Helfend provides exceptional court representation and counsel for his clients.

Both the state and federal courts prosecute identity theft cases. At the state level, you can face a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending upon the circumstances of your case. A savvy criminal defense attorney will work immediately to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He or she will also fight aggressively for your rights.

Your attorney choice can literally be the difference between incarceration and freedom, so it makes sense to choose a well-respected, experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Mr. Helfend is both well respected and exceptionally experienced in criminal defense representation. If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t go it alone.

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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Thousand Oaks DUI Conviction Nets Prison
Thousand Oaks Drunk Driving Conviction Nets Prison
A Thousand Oaks man received a nearly five-year prison sentence following his conviction for felony drunk driving and other DUI related charges.

According to prosecutors, the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 at the time of his July arrest. Deputies arrested him after they observed him repeatedly swerving onto the shoulder of Highway 118. When deputies attempted to stop him, he fled, driving about 6 miles before he stopped.

In addition to the sentence for DUI in Ventura, he also received prison time for driving without a valid license, providing false information at the time of his arrest and a resisting infraction. This was his sixth DUI conviction and his third prison sentence for DUI. The judge also suspended his driving privileges for five years and designated him a habitual traffic offender.

Thousand Oaks DUI attorney


This case illustrates the severity of California’s drunk driving penalties. Repeated drunk driving convictions require accelerated penalties. Those penalties include prison terms and unfavorable designations that make it exceptionally difficult to restore driving privileges. It also demonstrates why you need an experienced Thousand Oaks DUI attorney when you’re facing a drunk driving charge.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Thousand Oaks residents know that they can depend on Mr. Helfend to provide exceptional representation for them, regardless of their criminal defense needs.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you, and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you when your freedom is on the line.

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 drunk driving case.

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Camarillo Grand Theft Suspect Pleads Guilty
Camarillo Grand Theft Suspect Pleads Guilty
A Camarillo man was accused of stealing more than $750,000 from a victim. Recently he pleaded guilty to 5 counts of grand theft, two counts of forgery and 11 counts of money laundering.

The defendant, who worked at the Camarillo Airport, helped the victim purchase airport hangar leases. After negotiating the purchase of the leases for the victim, the defendant forged the buyer’s signature on two leases. He then transferred to other people over a period of 18 months. Following the transfer, the defendant misled the victim for more than seven years regarding the lease ownership.

The suspect received rents for hangar space of nearly $780,000 over seven years. During that time, he did not turn over any of the money to the original leaseholder. The defendant will be sentenced in October for his role in the fraud. He could receive a sentence of as much as 22 years in prison.

This is not the defendant’s first brush with the law. In 2010, he received a 6 month jail term and fines of more than $300,000 following a state tax evasion conviction. He failed to pay income tax on nearly $2 million in personal income over 9 years. He also failed to file state tax returns and pay corporate income tax on nearly $10 million in sales between 2000 and 2008.

Camarillo grand theft lawyer


If you’re facing theft charges, hire an experienced, competent and aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense for more than 30 years in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He is an aggressive, prepared and respected criminal defense attorney, and is well regarded among his peers.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney when your freedom is at stake. 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 theft/securities fraud case.

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Drug Possession Arrest in Ventura
Drug Possession Arrest in Ventura
Police arrested a Ventura man and charged him with drug possession after finding him unconscious in a car.

According to police, Ventura officers observed the man sleeping in a vehicle. When they checked on the man, they determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. They also found additional quantities of suspected methamphetamine packaged for sale.

Police obtained a search warrant for the man’s business. During the search, they discovered weapons, including handguns and a high-powered assault rifle with altered serial numbers. They also found a high capacity magazine and other weapons parts. The officers also found drug packaging equipment and a large amount of cash.

The suspect now faces charges of possession of drugs for sale and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer


By far, drug related crimes produce more incarcerations than any other type of crime. More than half of federal sentences involve drug related crimes. California reduced its incarceration rates because the state now tends to avoid imprisoning people for simple drug possession. That’s not true for drug trafficking. It’s also why you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend provides exceptional criminal defense representation in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He takes drug trafficking cases, and fights aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced defense attorney, or one who won’t fight for your rights 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 drug possession case.

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