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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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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Drug Crimes Arrest For Medical Marijuana Co-op
Drug Crimes Arrest For Medical Marijuana Co-op
The head of an Oxnard medical marijuana co-operative was arrested last week and charged with drug crimes, including possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and perjury.
Chelsea Sutula, 39, who runs the Sespe Creek Collective, was arrested after deputies served a search warrant at her place of business. Investigators say that the collective was operating outside of the guidelines established by Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act.

According to Sutula, who was released on $50,000 bond, officers also raided her home, removed her pets from the home, confiscated her computer and seized cash. Ventura County has targeted marijuana production and dispensary facilities aggressively. Earlier this year, the department seized nearly 3,000 plants and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana from a different operation outside of Fillmore.

In that raid, officials say that the operators were illegally diverting water from Sespe Creek to provide irrigation for their operation. According to investigators, the Fillmore operation was much larger than its permits allowed.

In April, Ventura authorities also arrested the head of an Ojai medical marijuana cooperative and accused him of embezzling funds from both the cooperative and the Humane Society of Ventura County, as well as overcharging cooperative members for marijuana products.
Sutula says that her cooperative works hard to comply with the provisions of Proposition 215. She has run the cooperative since 2011. She is scheduled to be arraigned in mid-November.

Ventura Drug Crimes Attorney


Ventura County continues to prosecute medical marijuana cooperatives that operate within the county, even as voters in the state prepare to vote on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. If you’ve been arrested in connection with the operation of a medical marijuana dispensary, you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and is ready to take your medical marijuana 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 drug crimes case.

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Drug Crimes Bust by Simi Valley cops
Drug Crimes Bust by Simi Valley cops
Two men were arrested last month and charged with federal drug crimes related to a large seizure of cocaine and heroin. Federal Drug Enforcement agents and local authorities from Simi Valley arrested Luis Chavez, 61, and Sergio Vega, 47, after finding the men in possession of 46 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of heroin. The drugs had a street value of more than $1 million, and could have been split into as many as 200,000 doses for individual sale.

Officials say the trafficking investigation is still ongoing and they have not released many additional details about the investigation or the arrest. They did indicate that the arrests did not take place in Simi Valley, but that the confiscated drugs were most likely intended for distribution in Ventura County and Los Angeles County.

Ventura County has been the site of other recent high-profile drug trafficking arrests. Last month, five people were taken into custody in Ventura following a raid by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies at a house on Poli Street. Investigators were tipped off to drug sales being conducted at the home. Undercover officers made several successful purchases from the home in early October. Based on the sales, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office secured a warrant to search the home.

During that raid, investigators found significant quantities of methamphetamine, psilocybin and marijuana, drug paraphernalia and equipment for packaging drugs. Authorities charge that the residence was being maintained for the purpose of using and selling illegal drugs. Four of the five people arrested were booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. One person was released following his arrest.

Ventura County drug crimes lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for drug crimes in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced, informed drug crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County for more than 30 years.

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 crimes case.

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