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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Identity Theft Cases Down At IRS
Identity Theft Cases Down At IRS
The Internal Revenue Service says that it reduced identity theft related to fraudulent tax returns by nearly half since 2014. According to the agency, investigators prevented thieves from filing almost 1 million fake tax returns in the most recent tax year.

Agency records show that fraudulent filings peaked in 2014, when scammers successfully filed more than three-quarters of a million phony returns. The IRS now flags major discrepancies in taxpayer filings from year to year to help identify potentially fraudulent returns. Preparers must also do more to properly identify filers before submitting their returns. The agency also moved the deadline for employers to file wage data with the IRS. With more timely wage data in hand, the agency can spot problematic returns more easily.

Identity thieves favor the Earned Income Credit, so the agency made changes to its process for handling EIC claims. This year, filers claiming the EIC saw their refunds delayed until at least mid-February. The delay provided more time for the agency to identify both fraudulent filings and identity theft among low income wage earners. The agency also aims to prevent fraudulent filers from misappropriating a filer’s identity.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft is always taken seriously, but the federal government actively pursues people who file fraudulent tax returns. If you’re facing an identity theft prosecution, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully. If you’re facing criminal charges, make the right choice for yourself by hiring an experienced, aggressive 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Conviction for MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Conviction for MMA Fighter
A Las Vegas jury convicted a mixed martial arts fighter of domestic violence and a host of other felony charges. War Machine fled Las Vegas in 2014 to avoid prosecution. He changed his legal name from Jonathan Koppenhaver, but has not fought professionally since 2013.

Simi Valley Police arrested the man and returned him to Nevada to face charges. The jury convicted him on 29 of 24 charges. They could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge – attempted murder. Prosecutors in Las Vegas say that War Machine beat and sexually assaulted his former girlfriend on several occasions. He also assaulted the woman’s companion, whom she had been dating for a couple of months.

The female victim in the case suffered a broken nose, facial injuries, injuries to her leg and a lacerated liver. She also testified that the defendant threatened her with a knife. She escaped to a neighbor’s house during the assault. The male victim testified that he suffered a broken nose, a dislocated shoulder, bite marks and bruising.

The defendant’s attorney attributed Koppenhaver’s violent behavior to brain injuries suffered during MMA fights, his significant steroid abuse and potentially improper use of prescription stimulants and anti-depressants. Koppenhaver could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court in June.

Simi Valley Domestic Violence Attorney


This case illustrates how a domestic abuse case can spiral quickly out of control. If you’re facing a domestic violence charge, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients.

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 After Crashing House
DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing House
Police in Oxnard arrested a DUI suspect after he crashed his car into a home. The collision injured an 8-year-old girl and collapsed her bedroom.

The crash occurred at 3:08 AM. Police responded to the scene and arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving. The suspect attempted to leave the scene before police arrived, but a neighbor held the man at the accident site. The girl suffered minor injuries in the accident. Two other children were sleeping in the room at the time of the collision, but received no injuries.

Oxnard DUI lawyer


If you’re arrested for a DUI in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. With more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience, Mr. Helfend will provide aggressive, effective criminal defense.

An intoxicated driving charge is serious because a conviction can significantly impact your life. Although prosecutors charge most drunk driving suspects with misdemeanors, under the right circumstances, you could face one or more felony counts.

In addition to working through the criminal process, drivers accused of drunk driving will also face a DMV process. Administrative sanctions include an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. They differ from those that can be applied in a criminal court.

Aside from license suspension, you can also face jail time, fines, fees, driver retraining requirements, expensive ignition interlock requirements, increased insurance costs and additional suspensions or restrictions on your driver’s license. Because a drunk driving arrest is a criminal matter, you need (and want) the assistance of a true criminal defense professional.

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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Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Two men suspected of participating in an Oxnard murder last December face charges following their arrest. An FBI team served a federal search warrant and took one suspect into custody in Farmington, NM. Oxnard police arrested the other suspect locally.

The Oxnard man faces charges of being an accessory after the fact, and received a $110,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31. Ventura County authorities seek to extradite the New Mexico suspect to murder face charges. At the time of the murder, the suspect lived in Oxnard, but relocated to New Mexico immediately afterward.

Police discovered the victim, Giovanni Vega, in the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue last December. Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots, so the police department dispatched an officer to investigate. The officer did not notice anything unusual. About six hours later, a caller asked police to perform a welfare check on an individual in the same area. At that time, they determined the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Although California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is still a very real threat. If you’re accused of committing a homicide, or participating in one, you face some very specific legal challenges. Therefore, you need the help of a very experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience, and takes homicide cases in Ventura County. You risk losing your freedom permanently, so an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you build a solid defense. Don’t bet your freedom on 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 County murder case.
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