Drug Possession Charge for Sylmar Man
Drug Possession Charge for Sylmar Man
Simi Valley authorities charged a 24-year-old Sylmar man with drug possession after interrupting a large delivery of methamphetamine. Police conducted a traffic stop because they identified the man as a significant potential source of the drug in Ventura County.

During the search, police discovered 2 pounds of methamphetamine. Following the man’s arrest, police also served a search warrant on his home. During the second search, they discovered additional quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and cash. The man posted bail and will return to court in early May.

Simi Valley Drug Possession Lawyer


California’s Proposition 47 changed the way California treats some drug crimes. Unfortunately, Proposition 47 did not change the way the law treats drug trafficking. Hire an experienced drug possession lawyer to defend you if you’re charged with drug possession involving non-personal quantities of drugs.

Robert Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He works aggressively to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. During more than 30 year of practice, thousands of Californians chose him to defend them in court. Experience plays an important role in defense strategy. Reducing the number of felony charges against you also reduces your potential exposure under California’s Three Strikes Law. Each felony conviction you accumulate lengthens your sentences. If you incur a third, violent felony conviction, the state can incarcerate you for life.

Mr. Helfend manages each case that comes into his office. Because he works directly with his clients throughout their cases, his clients receive an unparalleled level of personal attention. You’re unlikely to get that level of personal attention if you work with a larger, less personal law firm.

When you’re facing a serious felony charge, don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend your 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 drug possession case.

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Identity Theft, Drug Possession Arrests in Ventura
Identity Theft, Drug Possession Arrests in Ventura
Ventura Police arrested three men and charged them with a variety of drug offenses and identity theft. Investigators from the department’s Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant on a Ventura home. They had information indicating that the residents conducted methamphetamine sales from the home.

During the raid, police recovered about an ounce of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin and a weapon. They arrested three occupants at the time of the search. Prosecutors charged one of the home’s occupants with felony methamphetamine sales and identity theft. A second occupant of the home faces a possession for sale charge. Police are holding the third occupant of the home on five outstanding warrants.

City code enforcement officials are also investigating substandard building conditions at the residence.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


California’s Proposition 47 reduced the severity of certain drug offenses. The law still allows felony prosecution of certain offenses – including possession for sale, and possession of some drugs. Further, prosecutors look for other opportunities to prosecute felonies not covered by Proposition 47, including identity theft. The threat of prosecution for more serious felonies explains why you need to hire an aggressive, experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his nearly 35 years of practice as a Ventura criminal defense attorney. Unlike the service you’ll find in a larger, less personal law firm, you’ll work directly with Mr. Helfend on your defense. Your attorney’s attention to detail can make the difference when the court hears your case.

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 identity theft case.

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Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Police arrested a Ventura man on suspicion of drug possession and weapons charges following a traffic stop. Ventura officers attempted to stop a man at about 2:30 in the morning. Initially the driver did not stop. Officers also observed him moving around suspiciously in the vehicle while he was driving.

After the driver stopped, police approached the vehicle. Because an officer spotted a firearm in plain sight on the floor, they detained the man and searched the vehicle. During the search, they discovered a quantity of methamphetamine inside the car.

Prosecutors charged the man with one felony and three misdemeanors, including possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, drug possession and driving on a suspended license. His next court appearance is in April. He was given a $50,000 bond, but remains lodged in the Ventura County Jail.

Ventura drug possession attorney


Proposition 47 reduced the severity of several types of drug possession charges. While the severity of drug charges may decrease, the number of other charges you may face could go up. Prosecutors may use Prop 47 offenses as a reason to increase the number of charges against you. By focusing on other offenses like those involving weapons, they can still fight for felony charges against you.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive drug possession attorney by your side in court. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in California courtrooms. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Helfend has successfully represented thousands of Californians who faced criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. See the difference an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney can make.

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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Identity Theft Suspects Arrested in Ventura
Identity Theft Suspects Arrested in Ventura
Six people were arrested in Ventura for a variety of offenses, including identity theft, domestic violence, drug offenses and gang-related activities. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made arrests as part of a larger immigration sweep operation.

The entire operation netted arrests of 161 people in Southern California. According to ICE, more than 90% of those arrested have previous criminal convictions. The agency reported that those arrested came from 13 different countries. The majority of those arrested came from Mexico. Other arrestees were from Central and South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean.

The operation primarily targeted foreign nationals with criminal convictions and gang affiliations. It also targeted people who re-entered the country after deportation or disregarded an order to leave the country. ICE conducted the entire operation. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, ICE officials did not inform them of the operation.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


If prosecutors charge you with identity theft, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Both the state and federal courts prosecute identity theft. Depending upon your circumstances, you may be charged in either court. Additionally, prosecutors can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. The distinction is important because felony convictions in California can have significant consequences.

Federal authorities take an interest in identity related crimes because they are a “gateway” to more serious offenses. While some identity crimes support illegal immigration, others simply facilitate illegal monetary gain.

If you’re facing theft charges involving identity in either federal or state court, don’t attempt to defend yourself. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, he will work directly with you on your defense. Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom. Work with an attorney who will fight aggressively for 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 County identity theft case.

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Santa Paula couple busted for drug possession
Santa Paula couple busted for drug possession
Santa Paula police arrested a couple and charged them with drug possession earlier this month. After observing a suspicious vehicle, police conducted a traffic stop involving Jeremie Prado,26, and a companion.

According to police, they conducted a traffic stop on Prado because he was on probation. The officer noted a large quantity of what appeared to be drugs in Prado’s possession at the time of the stop. The woman was also in possession of drugs. The officer confiscated more than 9 grams of methamphetamine from Prado, and an additional quantity of the drug from his companion.

Police arrested Prado and charged him with possession of a controlled substance for sale, which is a felony. They charged his companion with a misdemeanor count of drug possession. Prado’s next court date is February 16.

Santa Paula Drug possession Attorney


Following a drug crimes arrest, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession 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 get charges against you reduced or dropped.

Probation or parole violations can return you to prison immediately upon arrest, so having aggressive representation is your best defense. The majority of individuals who end up in county jails or California’s state prisons are serving sentences for drug-related convictions. In most cases, however, incarceration doesn’t address the underlying issues of drug addition and employability.

An aggressive defense attorney will fight to get you the help you need while satisfying the court’s desire for justice. Don’t go to court without an experienced defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend yourself against drug 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 drug possession case.

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Ojai Identity Theft Suspect in Court
Ojai Identity Theft Suspect in Court
A man arrested last August on suspicion of identity theft was back in court this week. Jacob DeGrande, 46, is a transient with a history of mail theft and identity theft.

DeGrande was arrested in August following a string of mail thefts in Ojai. A resident reported that several checks had been stolen from his mailbox. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives discovered that the checks had been cashed in several cities in Ventura County, including Ojai, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. The detectives were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspect.

Patrol officers recognized DeGrande from the video footage and arrested him in early August because he had been acting suspiciously. At the time of his arrest, DeGrande was found in possession of hundreds of pieces of mail belonging to others, checks, check-forging equipment and blank check paper. In addition, DeGrande was charged with mail theft and a drug offense. DeGrande was arrested for identity theft in 2009 and 2013. He pleaded guilty to a single felony charge following his most recent arrest.

Identity Theft Attorney Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for identity theft or any other felony, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes cases in Ojai and throughout Southern California.

A history of felony convictions in California can put you at risk of receiving a life sentence under the Three Strikes law. Avoiding felony charges becomes an important part of your defense strategy, but only a skilled defense lawyer can get charges against you reduced or dropped. Don’t risk your 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 identity theft case.
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Simi Valley Drug Possession Bust
Simi Valley Drug Possession Bust
Simi Valley Police have arrested three people in connection with a heroin home-delivery ring operating in Ventura County. According to police, two Fullerton men and a Simi Valley resident were arrested and charged with drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

According to police, the men would take phone orders for drugs, and would send delivery personnel to an agreed-upon meeting place. Police conducted a three-month investigation of the delivery operations following the heroin-overdose deaths of two Ventura County residents.

Police developed information about the delivery service from friends of the men who died after using the delivered drugs. Police made heroin-delivery purchases in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark. Ventura County law enforcement officials busted a similar drug delivery operation in 2014.

Police have aggressively pursued heroin dealers following a string of overdose-related deaths in and around Ventura County. In one case, a 16-year-old boy died from a fatal overdose of heroin. Police arrested a 19-year-old, whom they say provided the boy with the drug.

Simi Valley drug possession lawyer


While California is relaxing certain penalties associated with drug possession and use, drug possession related to drug sales is still being vigorously prosecuted. In addition, prosecutors are now establishing a pattern of prosecuting people who sell drugs for the outcome of a customer’s drug use.

If you’ve been arrested for drug possession, or accused of being a drug dealer, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense services in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

He will fight overzealous prosecutors aggressively, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced defense counsel.

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 drug possession case.

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Ojai Fraud Case Delayed
Ojai Fraud Case Delayed
The preliminary hearing for an Ojai medical marijuana cooperative owner has been suspended, and will resume in March. Jeffrey Kroll, 65, who owns the Shangri La Medical Marijuana Cooperative, may face charges of fraud relating to an elder, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, failing to file income tax returns, child endangerment and money laundering.

Kroll and the Shangri La Medical Marijuana Cooperative have been the ongoing focus of law enforcement officials in Ojai. They allege that Kroll diverted funds from the cooperative to his own personal accounts and other business entities, and bought marijuana from other cooperatives to resell to Shangri La Cooperative members. According to Kroll, the cooperative had about 700 members before it was shut down in April 2016.

Before the hearing was suspended, prosecutors offered testimony from an accountant who prepared a tax return for Kroll in 2013. She testified that she notified Kroll that it appeared as though he was commingling funds from the cooperative with his own personal finances. Detectives who investigated the case also testified that Kroll laundered money from the cooperative through other non-related businesses. The hearing will continue in March.

Ojai Fraud Attorney


If you’ve been accused of fraud in Ojai, you need to the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense exclusively, and takes cases in Ojai and throughout Southern California.

He has specific experience in medical marijuana defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights in court. Much about California’s approach to drug laws has changed, but that may not stop overzealous prosecutors or federal officials from attempting to prosecute you or shutter your legal medical marijuana business.

Don’t hire an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t give up in the face of pressure from local law enforcement.

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 fraud case.

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Drug possession arrest for Simi Valley man
Drug possession arrest for Simi Valley man
A Los Angeles man was arrested for drug possession, after Simi Valley police developed information that he was selling drugs in both Ventura County and Los Angeles County. Maurice Bullard, of Los Angeles, was charged with drug possession following a four month investigation into his alleged sales of heroin and methamphetamine.

Bullard was arrested as he left his apartment, and had heroin and methamphetamine in his possession at the time of his arrest. Following his arrest, police searched Bullard’s apartment and found additional quantities of both drugs, cash, weapons and ammunition.

While the number of drug arrests in California has dropped significantly since the passage of Proposal 47, drug arrests in Ventura County have actually risen as police concentrate on arresting more drug dealers in an effort to stem the flow of drugs into the community. Under Prop 47, police still arrest individuals for possession if they’re found with heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine, or if they’re carrying quantities of drugs that suggest a sales operation.

Simi Valley drug possession attorney


California has taken some major steps toward changing the way it addresses drug crimes. Today, people who are found with personal quantities of certain drugs will be issued a citation, instead of being arrested. More serious drug charges tend to be reserved for individuals who are involved in drug sales. If you’ve been arrested for drug crimes of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend is an aggressive defense attorney, and will work hard to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. Reducing the severity of the charges against you, or eliminating charges altogether is a primary defense strategy. By reducing your exposure to risk, Mr. Helfend can help you potentially avoid felony convictions, reduce the likelihood of incarceration or reduce the amount of time you may be incarcerated if you are convicted.

Don’t risk 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 drug possession/embezzlement case.

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Three charged with Simi Valley murder
Three charged with Simi Valley murder
Three people were arrested and charged with a Simi Valley murder that occurred in 2009. Two of the suspects, husband and wife Ronald and Idee Scholz, were arrested in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and extradited to California. The third suspect, Simi Valley resident Glenn Sires, was also arrested.

According to police, victim Janice Richardson at one time lived with Idee Scholz. Scholz had stolen Richardson’s identity while the two lived together. Initially, police believed that Richardson, a known drug user, had died from a drug overdose. Later, friends of Idee Scholz shared details of Richardson’s death that convinced police to reexamine the case. Upon reexamination, policed determined that Richardson’s residence had been staged to make it appear as though she had accidentally overdosed.

Idee and Ronald Scholz left the area and moved to Idaho, where they remained until the time of their arrest. Investigators do not know why the trio killed Richardson

Simi Valley murder attorney


Murder is the most serious accusation California prosecutors can level against a person. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a significant prison term. The severity of a murder sentence means that you must have the best possible representation throughout the judicial process against you. You need an experienced Simi Valley murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and you will not find a more dedicated, more experienced murder attorney. Don’t gamble with your future.

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 murder case.

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