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    Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair

    Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair

    Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair

    Ventura Police say they've arrested two people for drug possession. The arrests followed a code inspection of a home previously targeted for drug activity. Two residents of the home also recently pleaded guilty to maintaining a place of drug use.

    Officers raided the home and initially detained six occupants, but released four people following the raid. Police found an outstanding arrest warrant for one of the home's occupants. The other man faces charges of possession of methamphetamine. Police also recovered small amounts of heroin and cocaine during the raid. Police will submit a bag found during the raid for forensic testing to attempt to identify the owner. Additional charges could be filed against the occupants pending the test results.

    In addition to finding numerous code violations, officers also found a significant amount of drug paraphernalia throughout the house. The house has been the subject of numerous drug investigations in the past. Investigators say that it's clear that the home is still a site of drug activity in the neighborhood.

    Ventura Drug Possession Attorney


    Although California voters authorized reductions in the severity of drug sentences, some drug possession crimes are still prosecuted vigorously. If you're facing drug charges of any kind, contact drug possession attorney Robert Helfend.

    Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura and throughout Southern California. In many drug cases, the evidence does not support the type and severity of the charges filed against a defendant. Mr. Helfend's aggressive defense style ensures that prosecutors must fully support the charges against a person.

    Don’t settle for an attorney who won't fight for your rights and freedoms in court. Work with an experienced attorney who knows what it takes to succeed.

    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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    Fraud Charges Dismissed Against Ojai Marijuana Coop CEO

    Fraud Charges Dismissed Against Ojai Marijuana Coop CEO

    Fraud Charges Dismissed Against Ojai Marijuana Coop CEO

    A Ventura County Superior Court judge dropped criminal charges against Jeffrey Kroll, the president and co-founder of the Shangri La Care Cooperative in Ojai. Kroll faced dozens of felony charges, including fraud, manufacturing cannabis and maintaining a place for selling or using marijuana. He also faced charges of conspiracy to sell marijuana. In addition, prosecutors charged Kroll with tax code violations, including failing to file income tax reports as well as filing false tax returns.

    Prosecutors accused Kroll of wildly inflating the price of marijuana charged to co-op members. They also claimed that Kroll was manufacturing cannabis oil within 250 feet of a school. They also accused Kroll of redirecting co-op funds into his personal accounts.

    The Court dropped some of the charges against Kroll at an earlier hearing. In that hearing, Superior Court Judge Michelle Castillo ruled that the prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to proceed with their case. In the most recent hearing, Judge Michael Leif ruled that the prosecutors had failed to properly file charges against Kroll, so he dropped the remaining charges.

    After the hearing, prosecutors vowed to refile charges against Kroll. According to procedural rules, they have three years to refile misdemeanor charges. They also have four years to refile felony charges. Two other Shangri La officers face trial on related charges, including conspiracy, misdemeanor possession and misdemeanor transportation.

    In a separate action, co-op members filed a $12M lawsuit against Ventura County for its role in shutting down the co-op. In that lawsuit, co-op members claim that the county's illegal pursuit of the co-op denied them access to medical marijuana. Several co-op patients have died since the co-op stopped operating, and several others are near death.

    Ojai Fraud Attorney


    If you're facing fraud charges in Ojai, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County. He also takes cases throughout Southern California.

    Mr. Helfend's first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. He will also ensure that prosecutors follow the law to the letter as they attempt to prosecute the case against you.

    Thousands of Californians have relied on Mr. Helfend's aggressive defense style. He has nearly 35 years of courtroom experience and knows what it takes to succeed. Don't rely on inexperienced attorneys, or timid counsel that won't fight for your rights and freedoms.

    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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    Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura

    Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura

    Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura

    Ventura police responded last month to a domestic violence call in that city. Several neighbors called 911 to report a fighting couple. They also reported that the man had a gun, and had fired shots.

    Police arrived and arrested the man. Upon investigation, they discovered that the man hit the woman several times in the head. Police recovered the gun at the scene. Although neighbors reported hearing shots, the man had not fired the weapon. Prosecutors charged the man with domestic assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

    Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


    If you've never been arrested for domestic violence before, your first concern will be the well being of your family. You may be afraid of going to jail because of a domestic incident. In any domestic assault case, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Robert Helfend is a Ventura domestic violence attorney with more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense.

    Domestic assault in California isn't a straightforward proposition. Prosecutors can charge you with a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the circumstances of your case. They may also opt not to charge you at all, even though the police arrested you at the time of the incident.

    The court's first priority will be to ensure the safety of everyone in the domestic situation. A skilled, experienced defense attorney will work first to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional defense services to thousands of Southern Californians for more than three decades. He knows what it takes to represent clients and families who are dealing with a domestic violence arrest.

    Don't rely on inexperience, and don't jeopardize your rights by attempting to defend yourself 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 domestic violence case.

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