Murder Conviction in 2005 Oxnard Case
Murder Conviction in 2005 Oxnard Case
A Ventura jury convicted a man of murder in a nearly twelve-year-old case from Oxnard. Isaac Sinsun, 32, faces 25 years to life in prison in the shooting death of Joaquin Castaneda.

Police discovered Castaneda’s body on an Oxnard street in November 2005. They found his car about a half-mile away from his body. Forensic examination of the vehicle showed that Castaneda was shot in his car, then left in the street.

Police identified Sinsun as a suspect in the homicide as well as a series of similar robberies that took place in the area at the time. Sinsun implicated himself in the killing while under surveillance. He was an inmate in a California state prison when prosecutors charged him in Castaneda’s death. Police also used new forensic techniques to connect Sinsun to the crimer. A Superior Court judge will sentence Sinsun in August.

Oxnard murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. This case shows that the passage of time doesn’t put a homicide defendant at an advantage. New advances in forensic science will work against you. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend takes homicide cases in Oxnard and throughout Southern California. Because the prosecutor can seek the death penalty in any first-degree homicide case, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for you in court.

Many defense attorneys don’t want to take murder cases because they’re complex. They require an exhaustive amount of work. To defend a homicide suspect, the attorney must work tirelessly to find witnesses to the crime itself and expert defense witnesses to challenge every detail of the prosecutor’s case.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t want to work to defend your rights. 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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Identity theft charge for SLO caregiver
Identity theft charge for SLO caregiver
A San Luis Obispo woman who represented herself as a financial manager faces 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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Sex crimes sweep common for registered offenders
Sex crimes sweep common for registered offenders
Last month, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department conducted a series of “compliance checks” – something that people convicted of sex crimes are very familiar with. Periodically, the Sheriff’s Department visits registered sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with the registration requirements.

The compliance checks continue. No matter how compliant you are, the compliance checks continue. Year after year after year, the compliance checks will go on. That’s standard procedure for registered sex offenders.

Sex offender registration isn’t as simple as reporting your residence. If you have multiple residences, you need to report all of them. If you have no residence, you must report your location each time you move on. Your sex offender registration includes your name, your photo, your physical description, aliases and information about your conviction(s). It might also include your specific physical address or your ZIP code, depending upon the offense.

Depending upon your conviction, you may need to update your registration every 90 days. In addition to reporting your residence, you need to report your workplace and may also need to provide online account and username information. If you change your name, you need to report that, too.

Some offenders can obtain relief from lifetime registration, but that depends upon your specific circumstances.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


The seemingly endless compliance checks and other registration requirements also explain why you need an experienced sex crimes lawyer when you’re facing charges for a sexual offense. Robert Helfend takes sex crimes defense cases in Ventura County as well as throughout Southern California.

He does not judge his clients based on how they’re charged. He also works aggressively to defend them and potentially prevent the grief of lifetime sex offender registration.

Don’t risk your life and freedom on an inexperienced 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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Securities Fraud Sentence For Tech Exec
Securities Fraud Sentence For Tech Exec
A former tech executive will serve five years in the Santa Clara County jail following his conviction on securities fraud charges. Narsimha Raju Sagiraju pleaded no contest to three counts of securities fraud and three counts of grand theft.

Sagiraju convinced a business partner and a number of his former high school classmates to invest more than $400,000 with him. Instead of investing, Sagiraju gambled the money at casinos in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and Dubai.

In 2012, Sagiraju presented Genwi, a commercial construction project, as an investment opportunity. He also told the investors that he had access to pre-IPO shares in Pinterest and Facebook. The investors later sued Sagiraju, who said he would repay their investments with interest. In 2014, one investor reported the matter to the District Attorney’s Office.

During that time, Sagiraju began working for a venture capital firm. Following Sagiraju’s arrest, a business partner at the venture capital firm reported the loss of nearly $2 million in funds. The loss coincided with Sagiraju’s employment with the company.

Sagiraju traveled to Las Vegas, and police there arrested him upon arrival. At the time of his arrest, he had more than $150,000 in casino chips and another $120,000 in casino accounts there. Authorities seized the cash and casino chips, and will use the money to make restitution to his victims.

California securities fraud attorney


Financial crimes can generate a significant impact on victims. If you’re facing securities fraud charges, you need the assistance of an experienced securities fraud attorney. Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Either the federal or state government can pursue securities fraud charges against you. It’s important to have an attorney who will fight for your rights, no matter how and where you are charged.

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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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
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
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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Identity Theft Rap Sinks Former Thousand Oaks Captain
Identity Theft Rap Sinks Former Thousand Oaks Captain
A former Thousand Oaks woman faces as much as 10 years in prison for aggravated identity theft. She also pleaded guilty to making false statements on a passport application.

The woman fled Californian in 1986, following the murder of her then-husband in Lompoc. Although a jury convicted a landscaping contractor of the husband’s murder, the man insisted that he had been hired by the woman’s boyfriend to kill the victim. The pair later married and divorced in Texas.

When she arrived in Texas, she assumed the identity of a dead infant. Using the assumed identity, she obtained a state driver’s license, a US passport and a mariner’s license. She also obtained TSA clearances that enabled her to enter secure port areas. She worked primarily as a boat captain aboard luxury yachts in Galveston Bay. Federal agents arrested the woman after she applied to renew her mariner’s license through the Coast Guard in 2016.

The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office concluded that there is insufficient evidence to tie the couple to a murder-for-hire plot. Federal authorities, however, accepted the woman’s guilty plea in the identity theft case against her. She faces a two-year mandatory sentence on aggravated identity theft. She could also receive as much as 10 years for making false statements to a federal entity.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Lawyer


Although money motivates most identity theft cases, some people use it to avoid prosecution, or to simply “disappear.” Unfortunately, many common transactions involve state and federal government offices. Applying for a mortgage, credit, state identification and professional licenses all put you in contact with a government agency. Falsifying information on applications can lead to big trouble. If you’re facing identity theft charges, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in both state and federal courts, and will work tirelessly to defend his clients. Don’t risk your freedom by working with an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you 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 identity theft case.

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DUI Charge Sinks Driver in Simi Valley
DUI Charge Sinks Driver in Simi Valley
Simi Valley police arrested a man for DUI after finding his truck in a motel swimming pool. Simi Valley rescue personnel responded to a motel on Erringer Road because they had received several reports of a crash.

When authorities arrived on scene, they found a partially submerged truck at the scene. According to police, the driver exited Highway 118 and then lost control of his vehicle. He crashed through the motel’s fence and came to a stop in the swimming pool. Both the driver and a passenger received minor injuries in the mishap, which occurred just after 2:00 AM. After treating the pair’s injuries, authorities booked the man into the Ventura County Jail.

Simi Valley DUI lawyer


If you’re facing charges for a DUI in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes DUI cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors charge most drunk driving cases in California as misdemeanors. However, the charges you face in your particular case depend heavily upon your circumstances. Prosecutors may seek more serious charges when a case involves injuries, death, significant property damage and repeat offenses.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that misdemeanor charges aren’t serious, or don’t require an experienced criminal defense attorney. A drunk driving conviction can result in jail time, license suspension or revocation and fines. You can also receive other sanctions, like driver retraining, monitoring and restitution for damages. A drunk driving conviction can also significantly raise your insurance costs or cause you to lose your insurance altogether.

Hiring the right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t settle for inexperience, and don’t assume that you can’t mount an effective 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 DUI case.

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Drug possession investigation nets Newhall man
Drug possession investigation nets Newhall man
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Newhall man and charged him with drug possession for sale. Investigators believe the man supplied methamphetamine in Ventura County.

Following the man’s arrest, deputies recovered nearly a pound of methamphetamine from the man’s car. They also discovered 2 ounces of heroin and a large amount of cash. Prosecutors charged him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale. He also faces misdemeanor charges of giving false information to a police officer as well as driving without a license. Los Angeles County has also issued an arrest warrant for the same man, using a known alias.

The man is being held at the Ventura County Jail on an $86,000 bond. He will appear in court again next week. In addition to officers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the Oxnard Police Department and the California National Guard also participated in the investigation.

Ventura County Drug Possession Attorney


California recently changed its sentencing approach for certain drug crimes. Drug possession for sale, however, is still treated more seriously. That’s why you need an experienced Ventura County drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and takes drug cases in Ventura County.

A felony conviction of any kind, including one for drug possession for sale, can raise the stakes for you in California. Thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law, having one felony conviction means longer sentences for subsequent convictions. Conviction for a third, violent felony means spending the rest of your life in prison.

The stakes are too high in California to rely on inexperienced attorneys or those who won’t fight for your rights. 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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