Domestic Violence Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Domestic Violence Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Camarillo police arrested an Oxnard man and charged him with violating a domestic violence restraining order. Police investigated the man after receiving a complaint from the subject’s ex-wife that he had violated a restraining order.

They investigated the complaint and found that the man had likely violated the court order as many as six times in a six-week period in multiple Ventura County jurisdictions. During those encounters, police said that the man threatened his former wife.

Prosecutors charged him with felony stalking and four misdemeanor counts of violating the restraining order. He will appear in Ventura County Superior Court again on May 8.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic abuse cases can be complicated. In addition to charges that may arise from a particular incident, you may become the subject of a restraining order. Given the specifics of your circumstances, adhering to the terms of a restraining order is essential. It also underscores the need to work with an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Prosecutors in California can file domestic abuse and stalking charges as felonies or misdemeanors. The distinction is important because felony convictions put you at an ongoing risk of long-term incarceration, thanks to California’s Three Strikes Law. It also provides your lawyer with the opportunity to reduce charges against you. This can mean the difference between getting on with your life and incarceration.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you work through the adjudication process. You want the right results. Sometimes, the only way to achieve that is with the help of an aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, especially 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 County domestic violence case.

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Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Statewide Theft Crew Nabbed in Ventura
Ventura authorities charged four people with theft following multiple commercial burglaries in Thousand Oaks. Police arrested the group after a wild chase that started in Camarillo and ended in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities say that the four, who reside in the San Francisco area, targeted Ventura County businesses. The four conducted an organized retail theft operation, and stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from Los Angeles and Ventura area businesses. Authorities say that the operation netted more than $1M in stolen merchandise across the state.

Store owners alerted police to the group’s activities last month at The Oaks mall. Police also connected the crew to several burglaries and strong-arm robberies in Glendale and Camarillo. According to police, the group stole more than $10,000 in merchandise in a single day.

Police contacted the group in late March and attempted to stop them. Instead, the suspects led police on a lengthy chase at speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 m.p.h. Police stopped the car after successfully deploying “stop sticks” in Gaviota. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered more than $15,000 in stolen merchandise.

Prosecutors charged each member of the group with conspiracy, burglary and possession of burglary tools. In addition, they charged the driver with felony evading. Three of the four subjects pled guilty to the charges and are being held pending sentencing.

Ventura Theft lawyer


Repeat felony convictions in California can put you in danger of lifetime imprisonment, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If you’re facing felony theft charges, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He is an aggressive criminal defense attorney, who will fight to preserve your rights and freedoms in court. Don’t work with an inexperienced 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 theft case.

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San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
A Ventura judge sent a San Gabriel woman to prison for 11 years and fined her nearly $1M for human trafficking. In addition to a sex crimes charge, the woman also pleaded guilty to multiple other felony counts. They included pimping, money laundering, and a single count of filing a false tax return.

Defeng Hu, 33, acted as a dispatcher for a Ventura County human trafficking operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Backpage.com advertisement that featured photographs of a Chinese woman. The ad indicated that she offered “escort services” at a Camarillo hotel. In reality, the operation used 28 Chinese nationals who were seeking US residency.

Hu would respond to inquiries generated by the ad, and dispatch women to the hotel to meet customers. As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Hu’s residence. During the search, Hu attempted to flee with $24,000 in cash, a number of cell phones and business records. She jumped from a third-floor window and broke her ankle.

Police believe the ring generated as much as $50,000 in cash each month. It operated in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Tulare counties. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty in connection with the operation. The other defendants face sentences of up to 13 years in prison and fines for participating in the scheme.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


Sex crimes like human trafficking get a lot of attention from authorities. If you’re facing sex crimes charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully in court. Many criminal defense lawyers don’t like to take sex crimes cases. The subject matter of the trial is sensitive. Judges and juries are often sympathetic to the victim. That can make challenging the evidence against the defendant difficult.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to prepare an effective defense. He also works hard to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped.

Don’t work with an inexperienced defense attorney, or one who doesn’t really want to take 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 sex crimes 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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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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Embezzlement Investigation in Camarillo
Embezzlement Investigation in Camarillo
The Ventura County District Attorney’s office is investigating a potential embezzlement conspiracy that involves the former CEO of the Camarillo Health Care District and the group’s attorney.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the pair is being investigated for potentially inflating legal fees charged to the Camarillo Health Care District. Former CEO Jane Rozanski and Sacramento attorney Ralph Ferguson allegedly maintained a clandestine romantic relationship over a period of nine years, during which Ferguson provided legal services to the CHCD. If true, the conspiracy could have resulted in taxpayer-paid overcharges to the agency of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a separate civil suit, the CHCD seeks to recover more than $400,000 from Rozanski in what it characterizes as “false, inflated and unnecessary legal bills” that she approved over a 3.5-year period. An arbitrator has already directed Ferguson to repay nearly $175,000 in legal fees related to the district’s adult healthcare center. Ferguson is appealing the arbitrator’s ruling. An arbitrator is also expected to hear the suit against Rozanski.

Camarillo Embezzlement Lawyer


Workplace related crimes can have a devastating effect on your personal reputation and your long-term financial health. Even if the accusations are never proven, the mere implication that you’ve embezzled funds or defrauded your employer can be chilling. That’s why you need the assistance of a skilled embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, and has developed a reputation for being an aggressive defender of his clients rights. Mr. Helfend handles every case personally, so you will always have the full benefit of his extensive courtroom experience.

Don’t face serious charges alone, and 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 County embezzlement case.

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Camarillo Man Sentenced for Identity Theft
Camarillo Man Sentenced for Identity Theft
In 2015, a Camarillo man was arrested and charged with identity theft, grand theft and financial abuse of an elder after police say he used a terminally ill man’s identity to acquire construction materials fraudulently. Officers from the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime over the course of about a month.

According to police, Josh Evans stole his former employer’s identity and impersonated him to acquire construction materials from a number of local suppliers in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Upon searching Evans’ home and vehicle, police found more than $20,000 worth of stolen goods that Evans allegedly obtained using his employer’s identity.

Evans pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft and a single count of financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult and will be sentenced on January 6, 2017. He will also appear in court on two unrelated charges at that time.

Camarillo Identity Theft Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for identity theft in Camarillo, attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years in Camarillo and throughout Southern California. He has built a reputation as a skilled, aggressive criminal defense attorney and works selflessly to ensure that his clients’ rights are respected in court.

It’s essential to defend yourself against all employment-related crimes. A felony conviction for a work-related crime will make it difficult – if not impossible – to find gainful employment following the completion of your sentence. A skilled criminal defense attorney will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. That can reduce or eliminate your risk of incarceration, as well as the impact of a conviction on your criminal record.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal 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 County identity theft case.

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Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Justin Stalberg, 19, of Camarillo, was charged with DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter after crashing his pickup truck into a home in Thousand Oaks. A 74-year-old man who was sleeping in the home died at the scene.

According to police, Stalberg failed to stop at a dead-end street and traveled down a 40-foot embankment before crashing into the back of the home. The victim, a New York resident, was visiting the home at the time of the accident. No other occupants of the home were injured in the crash, which occurred on December 22.

Prior to the accident, Stalberg attended a house party with several former high school classmates. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 6.

Camarillo DUI lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Ventura, your first response should be to hire an experienced Ventura DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Dealing with a drunk driving arrest is complex. Your situation is even more complex if another person was injured or killed in your drunk driving accident.

Any DUI arrest is serious, but drunk driving laws in California are designed to respond to the seriousness of the situation. The penalties you’ll face will depend upon the circumstances of your arrest, including whether or not your arrest is a first offense, or a repeat offense.

A DUI arrest isn’t like other crimes; you’ll face two different processes – one that’s administrative and the other that’s criminal. For example, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license immediately following a drunk driving arrest. The court can also suspend your driver’s license as part of the judicial process. The two suspensions are independent, as are other sanctions that may be applied by either the DMV or the court.

Do not attempt to defend yourself if you’ve been arrested for drunk driving. 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/sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Two adults were arrested at a Camarillo motel after police acted on an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old girl. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room, which had been rented by the couple. According to police, the couple was charged with sex crimes related to human trafficking, child pornography, forcing a minor to commit a commercial sex act and pimping.

Simi Valley resident Jessica Stanley, and Thousand Oaks resident Robert McGraa were charged after undercover police contacted Stanley through anonymous ads she had placed on an online escort site. While making arrangements to meet, police say that Stanley made an explicit offer of sexual services to be performed by the 15-year-old victim. Stanley told the undercover officer that he could meet the girl at the motel after she finished her school day. Stanley would not provide the room number, but said she would provide the information after the undercover officer arrived at the motel for the arranged meeting.

After the undercover officer made contact with Stanley at the motel and ascertained the girl’s room number, a team of officers served the search warrant and arrested Stanley and McGraa. The girl was not arrested, and was provided with victims’ services through the District Attorney’s Office and through Child Protective Services of Ventura County.

Stanley and McGraa face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long-lasting consequences. Most often, those convicted of sex crimes must register for life as sex offenders. That designation follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Often, registered sex offenders cannot find gainful employment or suitable housing following their release from custody or supervision.

Having an experienced sex crimes attorney fighting for you in court is one of the smartest moves you can make if you’ve been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offenses. Don’t risk your freedom and your future on an inexperienced sex crimes 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 sex crimes case.

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DUI Arrest for Rams CB
DUI Arrest for Rams CB
Los Angeles Rams’ cornerback Troy Hill was arrested last week on suspicion of DUI. Hill, a Camarillo resident, was arrested following a traffic accident in Encino. According to witnesses, Hill, who had been driving in the left lane of Highway 101 unexpectedly swerved to the far right lane of the roadway and collided with the rear end of a semi-trailer.

Officers responding to the collision conducted field sobriety tests on Hill, and subsequently arrested him. His bail was set at $15,000 and he was released from custody later that afternoon. Hill was charged with misdemeanor DUI because no one was injured in the crash.

Hill has no previous history of DUI, but he has been arrested in the past for threatening a former girlfriend while still in college in Oregon, and was given three years of probation in that incident.

Experienced Ventura DUI attorney


DUI arrests are expensive, time-consuming and can significantly affect your life. The potential negative impact of a DUI arrest and/or conviction should be enough to convince you to hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. In that time, he has defended thousands of California residents dealing with a wide range of legal issues, including drunk driving.

Drunk driving arrests have immediate consequences. Unlike other arrests, where you’re subject only to a legal process, with a DUI, you’re also subject to an administrative process. The administrative process is immediate and separate from your criminal process. Upon arrest, your driver’s license will be confiscated immediately and replaced with a temporary license. To have your license reinstated, you must appear at a DMV hearing. Even when you appear at the administrative hearing, your license may remain suspended. This suspension is separate from any suspension that the court may impose when your criminal matter is heard.

Your criminal process may result in a jail or prison term, fines, driving restrictions or additional license suspension, additional requirements (such as interlock devices attached to your car) and driver retraining or re-education among others. You can also be liable for civil suits arising from any accidents or property damage that occur while driving under the influence. Excellent legal representation is the key to a manageable, equitable and reasonable result for a drunk driving arrest.

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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