Medical Marijuana Theft Among Ventura Drug Crimes
Medical Marijuana Theft Among Ventura Drug Crimes
Earlier this month, Ventura Police arrested four men accused of drug crimes involving the theft of medical marijuana. Police arrested Nicholas Jones, 19,of Moorpark and Deondre Vines, 18, Treyvon Williams, 19, Malikk Williams, 18, all of Oxnard in connection with a strong-arm robbery of a medical marijuana delivery person.

Police believe that the men lured the delivery person to Ventura by posing as a medical marijuana patient, then robbed him. Police later spotted the suspects’ car and arrested the four men. The stolen marijuana and personal property belonging to the victim were found inside the suspects’ vehicle. According to police, a similar crime occurred in May.

Hire an experienced drug crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested for drug crimes involving medical marijuana or any other controlled substance, you need an experienced drug crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has practiced in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

Mr. Helfend has built an outstanding reputation as an aggressive, skilled defense attorney. He’s exactly the kind of attorney you need when you’re defending yourself against serious charges that could result in a felony conviction in California. Avoiding California felony convictions is essential because the state’s Three Strikes Law could significantly extend prison sentences for future convictions.

You will work with him directly when you’re building your defense. Not only will you get the full benefit of his experience, your case will also get a level of personal attention that you will not receive from a larger law firm.

Don’t rely on inexperienced defense attorneys, or risk your freedom on an unprepared or unaggressive drug crimes attorney. Don’t settle for less than the best.

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 crimes case.

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Oxnard man faces charges for murder, drug crimes
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Guillermo Teran, 23, of Oxnard and Tomas Ramos Ochoa, 34, of Los Angeles are facing murder and attempted murder charges following what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad. Teran, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug crimes, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Christian Barrera-Rivera, 23 and Sony Pena, 28.

According to police reports, Barrera-Rivera and Pena arranged to meet the defendants in Woodland Hills to conduct a drug-related transaction. Shortly after their arrival, the pair was fired upon by Teran and Ochoa. Barrera-Rivera and Pena fled the scene in their vehicle, but following a chase, Teran and Ochoa again confronted the victims in Tarzana, where the fatal shootings occurred. Pena was declared dead at the scene, and Barrera-Rivera died later at a local hospital.

Hire a rurder lawyer with drug crimes experience


Teran was convicted of drug crimes in federal court in 2012. In addition to the multiple murder charges, both men also face charges of murder during the commission of a robbery and murder by means of discharging a firearm.

If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer, like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. When allegations against you also include drug crimes, it is especially important to work with a drug crimes lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights.

Both murder and drug crimes carry stiff penalties in California. In cases like this, the circumstances of the case may lead the prosecutor to seek the death penalty against you. Another possibility is that you’ll face a life sentence with no possibility of parole. In either case, your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive murder lawyer who also has significant defense experience as drug crimes lawyer. Don’t wait, and don’t trust an inexperienced attorney when your future 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 County murder case.

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Robbery arrest for Ventura woman
Robbery arrest for Ventura woman
A Ventura woman was arrested on suspicion of robbery, after allegedly accosting a man in a wheelchair outside of a Chase Bank branch on Telegraph Road.

Robbery suspect detained by citizens


Police were called to the bank after receiving reports of a person causing a disturbance outside of the bank. Callers reported that a woman was yelling at bank customers and pedestrians, and banging on the bank’s windows. When they arrived, they discovered 52-year-old Tatiana Winiarz. She reportedly assaulted the man in the wheelchair, and snatched a bag from his lap, which contained the man’s money and medication. After assaulting the man in the wheelchair, Winiarz was detained by citizens in the area until police arrived. The man’s property was returned at the scene, and he was not injured in the incident. Police took Winiarz into custody.

Winiarz has a significant arrest history primarily in Ventura and Oxnard for public intoxication, spousal abuse, battery on a police officer, interfering with business customers and trespassing.

If you’ve been accused robbery, theft or a similar crime, don’t go to court alone, and don’t rely on an overworked, underpaid public defender, who does not have time to examine the realities of your case and who cannot operate in your best interests.

Mr. Helfend is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney in Southern California with more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. When you’re facing criminal charges, you want only the best by your side, and experience makes all the difference in the world.

For offenders with an established low-level criminal history, judges and prosecutors are more interested in strategies that reduce the likelihood of repeat offenses than they are in punishing the offender. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help find alternatives that address the concerns of the court and work in the best interest of the defendant.

Don’t risk your freedom or perpetuate the cycle of court appearances by representing yourself or working with a public defender. Work with a skilled criminal defense attorney and see the difference it can make in your life.

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 robbery case.
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Robbery suspect former USC player
Robbery suspect former USC player
A former USC football player has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Ventura County and Los Angeles County. USC student Bryce Dixon, 19, was first developed as a robbery suspect, after being arrested with Trey Lealaimatafao, 19, a former Louisiana State University football player. Both men had been dismissed from their respective teams for misconduct. The men are suspected of at least nine robberies, and were arrested near USC’s campus following a robbery in Los Angeles County. Police discovered evidence in the suspects’ vehicle tying them to the robberies.

Robbery spree spanned Ventura, Los Angeles Counties


Dixon and Lealaimatafao are suspected of robbery in at least four incidents in Ventura County, including Oxnard and Ventura, as well as unincorporated areas of the county. The pair is also suspected of robbery, carjacking, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in separate incidents in Los Angeles County. Dixon was barred from the USC football team in 2014 and expelled from the University after being accused of sexual assault in 2014. He was reinstated to the University but was not allowed to return to the football team. Lealaimatafao was dismissed from the LSU football team for an alleged battery and robbery incident in 2015, and separate misconduct incidents dating back to 2014.

If you’ve been arrested for a Ventura robbery, theft or grand theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend will help you build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He practices in Ventura County and in criminal courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in defending clients against even the most serious felonies.

Mr. Helfend’s first goal will always be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. No reputable criminal defense attorney will promise you any particular outcome for your case, but Mr. Helfend focuses on delivering the best possible outcome for his clients at all times, based on the facts and circumstances of each case. He is known among prosecutors and judges in Southern California as an aggressive, diligent criminal defense attorney.

In more than 30 years of criminal defense practice, Mr. Helfend has established an impressive history of exceptional criminal defense in and around Ventura County. When you go to court to face serious felony charges like robbery, you don’t want to go alone and you don’t want to go with a criminal defense attorney who isn’t prepared to defend your freedom effectively.

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 robbery case.

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Ventura burglary suspect arrested
Ventura burglary suspect arrested
A 29 year-old Ventura man was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary after a record store was burglarized on Christmas Day. Ventura police responded to an alarm at Salzer’s Records on Valentine Road in Ventura on Friday morning. Initially, there were no signs of a disturbance, so police thought it was a false alarm. When employees returned to work on Saturday, they discovered the burglary and called police to the scene again.

Employees gave description of burglary suspect


Inside the store, employees discovered that a number of display cases had been damaged and several items had been taken in the burglary. Using surveillance footage from the store’s security system, employees were able to give a description of the burglary suspect. Later that morning, Ventura police located Torin Davey of Ventura in a nearby fast-food restaurant. Davey had some of the missing items from the burglary in his possession at the time of his arrest.

If you’ve been arrested for burglary, robbery or theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura County and has established a reputation as a tough, hard-working and aggressive defense attorney.

When you work with the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend, you get the man whose name is on the door. Mr.Helfend himself will manage your burglary case from start to finish. This level of service distinguishes Mr. Helfend from other, larger criminal defense attorneys, who may pass your case along to less experienced staff lawyers. When you hire Mr. Helfend, he will work with you directly to develop a solid defense strategy for your burglary 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 burglary case.

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Ventura Violent Crimes Rising
Ventura Violent Crimes Rising
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says that incidents of violent crimeswere up 30% in the first six months of 2015. In comparison, property crimes were up just 6%. According to officials, violent crimes in Camarillo, Ojai and Fillmore all rose, while Moorpark’s violent crimes rate was unchanged, and violent crimes in Thousand Oaks declined.

Violent crimes account for most of Ventura’s crime increase


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office blamed the rise in property crimes on gangs from outside of Ventura County coming into the area and committing residential burglaries. The VCSO also said that commercial burglaries had risen in Camarillo, Fillmore and Moorpark. The incidence of property crimes in Thousand Oaks rose, noting that both petty theft and grand theft, including the number of stolen vehicles, had risen in that area.
While the Uniform Crime Statistics for the area noted that cases of sexual assault had declined, the number of sexual assaults more than doubled when FBI revisions to the crime statistics were taken into account. The number of murder cases rose from 1 to 3, representing a 200% increase over the same period in 2014. The total number of violent crimes in Ventura County rose from 191 in 2014 to 248 in 2015, accounting for the 30% overall increase.

If you’ve been arrested for murder, assault or violent crimes in Ventura County, you need the professional assistance of a Robert Helfend. Ventura criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, practices criminal defense exclusively and takes both misdemeanor and felony criminal defense work in Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend your rights in court, and will begin work immediately to have the most serious charges against you dropped or reduced. Convictions for violent crimes like murder, rape and armed robbery can have a lifetime of consequences, and can trigger California’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on inexperienced criminal defense attorneys or court-appointed defenders if you’ve been accused of committing violent crimes in Ventura County. 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 violent crimes case.

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Two Thousand Oaks men have each pleaded guilty to a single felony count of street terrorism and two counts second-degree robbery. The plea stems from a pair of bank robberies the trio committed in Thousand Oaks in early- and mid-2013. The two men admitted to robbing the same Citibank branch in Thousand Oaks twice within four months.

Because both male defendants have admitted to prior felonies and have special enhancements related to the robberies, they are expected to receive a prison term of twelve years. A third person, a 21-year old female, served as the getaway driver for both robberies and is currently serving a five-year sentence for one count each of street terrorism and robbery.

What is “street terrorism” and when is this charge applied?  The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention (STEP) Act of 1988 introduced the crime of “street terrorism.” The Act was designed to curb crimes committed in support of gang activities in California. The Act is defined under the California Penal Code Section 186.2, and makes it a crime to be a member of a street gang and assist in criminal activities designed to support the gang or its members.

Participation in a street gang can be punished by detention in the county jail for a period of not more than one year, or by prison terms ranging from 16 months to three years, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the crime. Most STEP enhancements can extend prison sentences by as much as 15 years. For certain convictions, STEP enhancements can extend a prison sentence by 25 years to life in prison! Street terrorism sentences are served consecutively with any other sentences applied by a Judge, meaning that they are served in addition to any other sentences.

You do not need to be a member of a street gang to be charged with a STEP offense. If you merely aid a gang member in the commission of a gang-related felony, you can be convicted under the STEP Act. The seriousness of a STEP Act charge and the accompanying prison terms mean that you need the help of a competent criminal defense.

Robert M. Helfend is a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County, and has successfully defended clients facing California criminal charges for 30 years. Mr. Helfend provides aggressive criminal defense in Ventura County. For a consultation on your case involving STEP Act violations, contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend toll-free at (800) 834-6434 or locally at (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317, or (818) 591-2809. Robert M. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you!