Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair
Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair
Ventura Police say they’ve arrested two people for drug possession. The arrests followed a code inspection of a home previously targeted for drug activity. Two residents of the home also recently pleaded guilty to maintaining a place of drug use.

Officers raided the home and initially detained six occupants, but released four people following the raid. Police found an outstanding arrest warrant for one of the home’s occupants. The other man faces charges of possession of methamphetamine. Police also recovered small amounts of heroin and cocaine during the raid. Police will submit a bag found during the raid for forensic testing to attempt to identify the owner. Additional charges could be filed against the occupants pending the test results.

In addition to finding numerous code violations, officers also found a significant amount of drug paraphernalia throughout the house. The house has been the subject of numerous drug investigations in the past. Investigators say that it’s clear that the home is still a site of drug activity in the neighborhood.

Ventura Drug Possession Attorney


Although California voters authorized reductions in the severity of drug sentences, some drug possession crimes are still prosecuted vigorously. If you’re facing drug charges of any kind, contact drug possession attorney Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura and throughout Southern California. In many drug cases, the evidence does not support the type and severity of the charges filed against a defendant. Mr. Helfend’s aggressive defense style ensures that prosecutors must fully support the charges against a person.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight for your rights and freedoms in court. Work with an experienced attorney who knows what it takes to succeed.

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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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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Drug Possession Charges Highlight Simi Valley Arrest
Drug Possession Charges Highlight Simi Valley Arrest
Simi Valley police arrested a Burbank man on a host of charges related to drug possession. The man faces six felony counts, including two counts of sale/transportation/offer to sell controlled substance, two counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance and two counts of transportation of a controlled substance.

Following his arrest he was lodged in the Ventura County Main Jail on a $50,000 bond. According to police, they arrested the man following a two-month long investigation into his alleged heroin and methamphetamine sales.

Last week, Simi Valley police officers conducted a raid which turned up 40 grams of heroin, 30 grams of methamphetamine, and materials associated with packaging drugs for sale. In addition, officers seized more than $5,000 in cash.

Simi Valley Drug Possession Lawyer


Californians voted to decrease the penalties associated with simple drug possession, but that leniency doesn’t apply to possession for sale, large quantities of illicit drugs, and transporting controlled substances. If you’ve been arrested for something other than simple possession, a conviction could put you in prison for a long period of time. That’s why you need an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He fights aggressively for his clients’ rights and freedoms. More than half of currently incarcerated Californians are serving time for drug-related crimes. A skilled criminal defense attorney will work to ensure that you don’t become part of that unfortunate statistic.

Don’t work with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney and don’t work with an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for you. Choose a defense attorney with a proven track record that spans more than 3 decades.

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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Drug Possession Charge for Santa Paula Shop Owner
Drug Possession Charge for Santa Paula Shop Owner
Prosecutors in Ventura County charged the owner of an auto shop with drug possession over 1 kilogram and transporting a controlled substance. The shop owner, and a close business associate, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, the man was using the shop as cover for a cocaine and heroin trafficking operation. Detectives began investigating the business after receiving a tip. In addition to selling cocaine and heroin, detectives say that the owner also sold methamphetamine.

Raids conducted on the shop and other related locations yielded nearly 3 poulds of cotaine and more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine. Prosecutors asked Ventura County Superior Court Judge Dino Inumerable to increase the men’s bail to $500,000. Police also arrested two other defendants associated with the operation. The shop owner was released on bail, however the rest of the defendants remain jailed on $500,000 bonds.

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Proposition 47 relaxed drug sentencing in some drug possession cases, but prosecutors aggressively pursue drug trafficking charges. If you’re accused of drug trafficking or a related crime, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in criminal defense cases. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is your best asset when you’re facing criminal charges. You want an attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights and freedom throughout the judicial process. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when your life and your freedom are 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 drug possession case.

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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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Fraud Suspect Arrested In Ventura
Fraud Suspect Arrested In Ventura
Ventura police arrested a woman suspected of fraud, identity theft, grand theft, perjury, drug possession for sale and insurance fraud. An identity theft victim reported that someone used her identity to rent an apartment. The same person also applied for and received more than $10,000 in state welfare benefits.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the apartment, and arrested the suspect there. At the apartment, they collected evidence that linked the suspect to other identity thefts. As a result of the search, they also believe the suspect sold drugs from the home.

Ventura Fraud Attorney


Fraud is usually a financial crime. In this case, the State of California is the victim. The state investigate and prosecutes misappropriation of welfare benefits because most welfare funds come from the federal government. The state could likely lose federal welfare funds if they do not fully investigate and prosecute benefit theft. If a prosecutor accuses you of fraud of any type, you should seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients, regardless of what they’ve been accused of. When you hire Mr. Helfend, you will work directly with him to develop your defense. He will work tirelessly on your behalf because you must offer the best possible defense in court.

Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of practice experience exclusively in criminal defense. In that time, thousands of Californians chose Mr. Helfend to provide aggressive, thorough defense and counsel. Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend yourself. When you’re confronted with an aggressive prosecution, you must counter with an aggressive defense.

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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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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Drug Possession Arrest in Ventura
Drug Possession Arrest in Ventura
Police arrested a Ventura man and charged him with drug possession after finding him unconscious in a car.

According to police, Ventura officers observed the man sleeping in a vehicle. When they checked on the man, they determined that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. They also found additional quantities of suspected methamphetamine packaged for sale.

Police obtained a search warrant for the man’s business. During the search, they discovered weapons, including handguns and a high-powered assault rifle with altered serial numbers. They also found a high capacity magazine and other weapons parts. The officers also found drug packaging equipment and a large amount of cash.

The suspect now faces charges of possession of drugs for sale and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer


By far, drug related crimes produce more incarcerations than any other type of crime. More than half of federal sentences involve drug related crimes. California reduced its incarceration rates because the state now tends to avoid imprisoning people for simple drug possession. That’s not true for drug trafficking. It’s also why you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend provides exceptional criminal defense representation in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He takes drug trafficking cases, and fights aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced 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 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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