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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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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Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
The former director of the Simi Valley Community Foundation pleaded guilty to embezzlement . The investigation into the suspected embezzlement at the non-profit began last July. Investigators claim that the former director, Joanne Abruzzese, of Simi Valley, stole more than $45,000 from the Foundation.

Abruzzese pleaded guilty to grand theft and forgery last month. As part of the plea agreement, she could spend nearly four years in prison. She will also pay restitution. Abruzzese indicated that she planned to pay full restitution prior to her sentencing in July.

According to investigators, Abruzzese used the Foundation’s money to pay her personal mortgage. She began working for the Foundation in 2012 and took over as the director in 2014. While working as the director, Abruzzese wrote checks from the Foundation to her mortgage holder, and forged a second signature on the organization’s checks.

The embezzlement interrupted plans to bring a number of non-profit agencies together in one location as part of an initiative known as Under One Roof. Whether and how the initiative will go forward remains unclear.

Simi Valley embezzlement attorney


First and foremost, embezzlement is a financial crime. At the same time, it can have significant, negative impact on the victims. The primary goal of justice in these cases is to return the victims to their previous position. Punishment is also likely, but the court must balance punishment with the need to make the victim whole again. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced embezzlement attorney, if you’re facing this kind of charge.

An experienced attorney can work with the court and the prosecutor to reduce or eliminate charges against you. This may limit the impact of a conviction on you, while ensuring that the victim’s needs are also addressed.

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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Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
A 47-year-old Oxnard man will be sentenced in July, following a second-degree murder conviction. Oscar Hernandez Valles faces 16 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Olegario Tello Valladolid, 25, also of Oxnard.

The men became embroiled in a disagreement at Las Sirenas Bar & Grill on December 28, 2013. Valles reportedly stabbed Valladolid several times with a knife. He left the scene, but turned himself in to Oxnard police several hours after the incident. In addition to finding Valles guilty of second-degree murder, the jury also found the special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon during the commission of the murder. Valladolid was unarmed at the time of his death.

Oxnard Murder Lawyer


Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face in California. Depending upon the way prosecutors charge you, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a sentence of years up to life in prison. Because the stakes are so high, you need to work with an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He knows what it takes to create a strong defense. Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients and works to get the best possible resolution at all times.

A key component of his defense strategy involves getting the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. That’s important in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, especially when the stakes are this high. Instead, work with an attorney who knows what it takes to defend his clients 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 murder case.

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Bill could allow vets to avoid DUI convictions
Bill could allow vets to avoid DUI convictions
A bill making its way through the California legislature could allow some military veterans to avoid DUI convictions. Senate Bill 725 would make some veterans eligible for diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses, including DUI.

The bill would extend a similar measure adopted in 2014. That allows certain military veterans to complete a supervised treatment program in lieu of conviction. The current program treats veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, service-related traumatic brain injuries and service-related sexual trauma. Candidates can enter the program following a court conviction for certain crimes. The program eliminates their convictions following successful completion of treatment.

Active service personnel and returning military veterans can enter the diversion program. The initial legislation neither included nor exempted DUI convictions, so some veterans’ courts allow diversion, while others do not. The program accepts about 80% of applicants. Active-duty personnel make up about one-fourth of applicants.

Senate Bill 725 would specifically include misdemeanor intoxicated driving offenses. Veterans group support the measure to get service personnel into supervised treatment. The bill does not provide for unlimited or repeated diversions. Successful completion could allow service personnel to keep their military careers intact. Further, the bill does not impact the current DMV administrative process that follows a drunk driving arrest.

Ventura DUI attorney


If you’re arrested for DUI in Ventura, or anywhere else in Southern California, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney. Robert Helfend provides exceptional criminal defense in drunk driving cases. He will help you navigate the complexities of the administrative and criminal processes.

Drunk driving penalties in California can be both expensive and time-consuming. They can have both immediate and long-term impacts on your life. When you correctly address a drunk driving charge, you can avoid legal and administrative complications.

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 Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Theft Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two Port Hueneme women for a series of vehicle burglaries in Los Angeles County and Ventura County in April. Prosecutors charged the women with theft, burglary and identity theft. In addition, one of the women faces child endangerment charges because officers found a two-year-old child in the house, along with two ounces of methamphetamine.

Detectives said that the women made purchases with stolen credit cards. Detectives used purchase records to find the suspects. The women also stole cash and other valuables from at least 10 vehicles in Thousand Oaks, Oak Park and various locations in Los Angeles County. An Oxnard man at the home faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

Port Hueneme theft lawyer


If you’re arrested for theft, burglary or other similar charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced, aggressive theft lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He knows exactly what it takes to develop an effective criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they’ve been charged. Instead, he works aggressively to develop an effective defense for his clients. His first goal is to get charges reduced or dropped. That’s an important element, especially if you’re facing felony charges. When eliminating charges isn’t a possibility, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to bring you the best possible resolution, based on the circumstances of your case.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively 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 theft case.
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Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
A homeless Santa Paula man will face murder charges when he returns to court next week. Police and prosecutors accuse him of pouring a flammable liquid on another homeless man and setting him on fire.

The incident took place on May 13 at Veterans Park in Santa Paula. The victim suffered burns over half of his body. Responders took the man to the UCLA Medical Center for treatment. He died there from his injuries about 10 days after the incident.

Prosecutors initially charged the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm during the commission of a felony. He also faced charges of felony aggravated mayhem with a special deadly weapon allegation. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first-degree murder after the victim’s death. He also faces arson charges. Authorities are holding him at the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $1M. If convicted, the suspect faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect has a long history of contact with local policing agencies, including more than 70 arrests. His arrest record includes mostly minor offenses, including drug possession, weapons possession and battery.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge you can face. The prosecutor may also add special allegations, which further increase your risk of receiving the death penalty. A first degree murder conviction can result in lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole. Your life is literally at stake. If you’re facing murder charges in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will fight aggressively to ensure 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 County murder case.

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Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
An executive at StarKist faces federal antitrust charges related to a price fixing scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the exec in federal court last week. Earlier this year, Bumble Bee Foods pleaded guilty to price fixing related to the price of the company’s canned tuna products.

According to prosecutors, StarKist, Bumble Bee and others conspired to set, raise and maintain US packaged seafood prices. Prosecutors say the conspiracy operated successfully between 2010 and 2013.

Last year, retail giant Walmart filed a federal lawsuit against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea parent company, Tri-Union. The suit claims that the manufacturers worked together on anti-competitive strategies for more than a decade. Walmart charged in its suit that the companies reduced product sizes while keeping prices artificially high.

Federal officials are looking more closely at food production as a source of antitrust violations. Recently, milk and poultry producers have also come under federal price fixing scrutiny. Federal regulators found that milk producers unlawfully slaughtered hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to inflate the price of milk. That action is the subject of a multi-state settlement that provides rebates directly to customers.

Ventura County antitrust attorney


Antitrust statutes are complex. They feature both civil and criminal penalties, and represent a real danger to executives. If you’re accused of antitrust violations – price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, kickbacks or other crime, call Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is a noted federal criminal defense practitioner. He has the experience to serve as your antitrust attorney.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He offers an aggressive style of defense, and will work endlessly to protect your rights and freedom.

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 antitrust case.

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Sex crimes conviction leads to school district lawsuit
Sex crimes conviction leads to school district lawsuit
A registered sex offender is suing the Ventura Unified School District and hopes the California Supreme Court will see things his way. The man was convicted of sex crimes nearly 30 years ago. He says school district policy endangers his young daughter, and also interferes with his parental rights.

The man’s lawyers filed the case directly with the state’s Supreme Court. School district attorneys hope to have the case rejected. They argue that the man’s attorneys should have filed the case in the Ventura County Superior Court first.

The man says that VUSD policy violates the man’s federal and state due process rights. According to the man, he sought permission to enter his daughter’s school, but school officials flatly denied his request. As a result, the man cannot walk his daughter to school, attend school functions or participate in parent-teacher conferences. According to the man, his daughter must travel a dangerous public thoroughfare alone to get to and from school.

The plaintiff tried to comply with state law, which requires him to get written permission to enter the school. The statute also restricts entry to what it terms “lawful business.” The man’s lawyers argue that the statute does not give the school district the authority to deny the man entry.

The case has similarities to one filed against the Fontana School District. In that case, the judge ruled last week that the school district’s policy exceeded the district’s legal authority. The policy absolutely prohibited sex offenders from entering a school building with no exceptions. The judge ordered that policy to be rescinded.

The State Legislature could render the question moot by enacting SB 421. The bill, which passed the state Senate last week, would allow the plaintiff in this case to exit the state’s Sex Offender Registry.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


This case illustrates why you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive sex crimes lawyer, if you’re facing charges in California. Convicted sex offenders currently have no way to exit the registry, even after they’ve served their sentence, and have demonstrated a history of not re-offending.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, don’t wait, 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 sex crimes case.

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