Simi Valley Assault leads to sex crimes charge
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Oxnard police arrested a man for sex crimes related to a Simi Valley burglary. According to police, the man attempted to break into the home of a Simi Valley woman. He attempted to restrain the woman with duct tape, but she fought him off.

The man fled the apartment, but police collected physical evidence at the scene. They later matched the evidence to a known parolee. Police arrested the man and held him on a parole violation. Prosecutors subsequently filed charges of first degree residential burglary. He also faces charges of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.

The man remains in custody on a $110,000 bond. He appeared in court earlier this week on the charges.

Simi Valley sex crimes attorney


If you’re facing sex crimes charges in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for nearly 35 years. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

A sex crimes conviction can literally follow you around for life in California. California is one of four states that requires lifetime registration for sex offense convictions. Being on the state’s sex offender registry can limit employment and housing options following your release.

In addition, felony convictions can put you in jeopardy of Three Strikes penalties. In California, repeat felony convictions can result in longer sentences, or even lifetime incarceration. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. Instead, work with an attorney who will fight aggressively for 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 sex crimes case.

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Embezzlement Halts Work Of Simi Valley Foundation
Embezzlement Halts Work Of Simi Valley Foundation
The Simi Valley Community Foundation suspended operations last month following an embezzlement scandal. Former executive director Joanne Abruzzese pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $50,000 from the organization. She will serve six months in jail and five years’ probation in the case. Abruzzese has already satisfied the $45,000 restitution requirement.

Abruzzese worked for the foundation for four years, and served as its executive director for about half that time. While serving as the director, she used the non-profit’s account to pay her mortgage.

The Simi Valley Community Foundation does not intend to cease operations. Instead, it will review its administrative and financial practices.

Prior to discovering the missing funds, the foundation planned to develop a multi-agency health and human resources center. Once they discovered the theft, the foundation could not retain support for the project. The foundation may still fund agencies that had planned to occupy the center.

Simi Valley Embezzlement Attorney


This case demonstrates the impact of embezzlement on an organization. It also shows that most victims want restitution over incarceration. If you’re facing embezzlement charges, you need the assistance of an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend works aggressively for his clients to get charges against them reduced or dropped. Theft is always aggravating, but in an employment-related theft, most employees don’t intend to damage their employer. Instead, they simply misappropriate funds, often for personal use. An experienced attorney can help his clients avoid significant prison time in favor of a sentence that emphasizes restitution. In such cases, alternative sentences often work best for all parties involved.

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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Fraud Charge Nabs Ventura County Retailer
Fraud Charge Nabs Ventura County Retailer
A man with business interests in Ventura County pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. He also pleaded guilty to sales tax evasion, filing false tax returns and failing to pay taxes on employee wages. In addition, he accepted responsibility for two special enhancements – white collar crime and excessive taking.

The man, Jeong Hwan Kim, 59, of Los Angeles operated more than 50 retail clothing stores in Southern California. He had stores in Los Angeles County as well as Orange County, San Diego County and Ventura County.

Investigators from the Department of Insurance say that Kim failed to report more than $29 million in retail sales. He also failed to accurately report $39 million in taxable income and $8 million in employee wages. By under-reporting, Kim evaded tax payments of nearly $6 million and reduced workers’ compensation insurance premiums by $350,000.

As part of his sentence agreement, Kim will repay more than $7.6 million in restitution and will serve two years in the county jail. If he does not complete the restitution within six months, he faces a sentence of 17 years in prison.

Ventura Fraud Lawyer


Governmental agencies vigorously prosecute attempts to defraud them. If you’re charged with fraud against a government agency, your first move should be to hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County. In nearly 35 years of practice, he has provided exceptional representation and counsel to thousands of Californians.

He fights aggressively for his clients to reduce or eliminate charges against them. That’s essential in California, where an accumulation of felony convictions can add up to lifetime imprisonment. Don’t settle for a timid 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Arrest For Oxnard Pair
Identity Theft Arrest For Oxnard Pair
Oxnard police arrested two men on suspicion of felony identity theft last week. Police responded to an early-morning call for an auto theft in progress. They found two men matching the suspect description in another vehicle.

Inside the men’s vehicle, police found stolen property from the burglarized vehicle. They also found personally identifying information for an unrelated person, and methamphetamine. One of the men remains jailed on $65,000 bail and will return to court on August 15. He faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and petty theft of lost property. In addition, he faces a charge of receiving stolen property under $950. He also faces two felony counts of identity theft with a prior conviction.

Prosecutors charged the other man with two felonies, including attempted grand theft auto, attempted unlawful taking of a vehicle. They also charged him with misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, identity theft and petty theft. He will appear in court for a preliminary exam on August 15.

Oxnard Identity Theft Attorney


Identity theft can be a serious charge, and repeated convictions can lead to longer sentences. Therefore, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and has provided excellent counsel and representation to Californians for nearly 35 years. He knows what it takes to defend the rights and freedoms of his clients.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be getting charges against you reduced or dropped. That’s because repeated felony convictions earn longer sentences, or even life imprisonment. California’s Three Strikes Law imposes increasingly longer sentences on repeat felony offenders. To avoid a devastating incarceration, your lawyer must work to reduce or eliminate felony charges.

Don’t hire an attorney who won’t fight for your rights. Instead, work with an experienced attorney when you face criminal 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 identity theft case.

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Ventura County Domestic Violence Center of Port Angeles Case
Ventura County Domestic Violence Center of Port Angeles Case
A potential criminal case in Port Angeles, WA hinges on an alleged domestic violence assault in Ventura County. Port Angeles resident Michael Cobb said he used a false address on his voter registration to protect his live-in partner.

Cobb is running for a county commission seat. He says he wants to correct the record, but doesn’t want to disclose his address. Cobb listed the marina where he docks his boat as his residence, instead of using his actual residence. He also said he was unaware of any disclosure options when he filed his paperwork.

Cobb says his live-in partner was a victim of domestic violence in Ventura County. He said that his partner’s former husband also stalked her and threatened her. According to Cobb, he confronted the ex-husband in defense of his partner while they lived in Ventura County. Ventura County court records show a misdemeanor battery conviction for Cobb in 2012. The court sentenced him to three years’ probation, fines and costs. Since that time, the court records for that case were expunged and no additional records for that case exist.

Filing false information on a voter registration application is a Class C felony in Washington State. Cobb’s opponent in the race filed a challenge to his candidacy on the false registration grounds. The county auditor rejected the claim on technical grounds. Recently, Cobb’s opponent said she no longer intends to challenge Cobb’s candidacy, but another resident will challenge Cobb’s filing.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence is a serious charge that can have long-lasting consequences. Therefore, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. In his nearly 35 years of criminal defense practice, he has served thousands of Californians’ defense and counsel needs.

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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DUI Suspect Arrested Following Camarillo Rollover Crash
DUI Suspect Arrested Following Camarillo Rollover Crash
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Oxnard man for DUI following a one-car rollover crash in Camarillo. When deputies arrived at the scene of the accident, they found an injured female passenger. She reported that the driver had fled the vehicle. Rescue workers transported the woman to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police searched the area and then located the driver on a nearby golf course. The driver faces charges of DUI causing injury, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run causing injuries, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Camarillo DUI attorney


If you’re facing a DUI in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience, and knows how to represent clients in drunk driving cases.

The prosecuting attorney can choose to pursue either misdemeanor or felony charges in a drunk driving case. You definitely need the assistance of an experienced attorney when you face multiple charges. Avoiding felony convictions in California is important. Defendants who have a history of felony offenses can face life in prison under California’s Three Strikes Law.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the complex criminal defense process. In addition, your attorney can help you through the DMV’s administrative process following your arrest for drunk driving.

People sometimes look at the cost of a drunk driving defense, and choose to represent themselves. Instead of saving themselves money, they may actually end up spending more money and facing more severe sanctions! If you’re arrested for any reason, do not attempt to defend yourself in court. High quality representation can help you retain 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 DUI case.

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Theft Suspect Arrested After Simi Valley Drive-Off
Theft Suspect Arrested After Simi Valley Drive-Off
Last month, a woman drove off with another person’s car at a Simi Valley car wash. Simi Valley police arrested the woman following a traffic stop shortly after the incident. She faces charges of grand theft in the incident.

According to police the lawful owner of the vehicle stopped at a car wash. The owner, a Simi Valley woman, asked the attendant to get her vehicle for her. The attendant retrieved the vehicle and encountered a woman, whom he gave the keys to.

Immediately after the woman drove away, the attendant realized that vehicle owner was still at the car wash. He had inadvertently given the vehicle to someone else. The owner reported the vehicle stolen, and Simi Valley police spotted the car shortly afterward. They arrested the driver, who was returning to the car wash to retrieve a purse that she had left behind.

The woman received a felony reduction, and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Driving or Taking of a Vehicle. She received a sentence of time served, but must successfully complete three years of conditional revocable release.

Simi Valley theft lawyer


This case provides a good example of how an experienced Simi Valley theft lawyer can help reduce the severity of the charges against a client. California law provides a range of opportunities for non-violent offenders to avoid collecting felony convictions. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best defense strategy following a Ventura County arrest.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes cases in Ventura County. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he 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 theft case.

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