DUI Charge Sinks Driver in Simi Valley
DUI Charge Sinks Driver in Simi Valley
Simi Valley police arrested a man for DUI after finding his truck in a motel swimming pool. Simi Valley rescue personnel responded to a motel on Erringer Road because they had received several reports of a crash.

When authorities arrived on scene, they found a partially submerged truck at the scene. According to police, the driver exited Highway 118 and then lost control of his vehicle. He crashed through the motel’s fence and came to a stop in the swimming pool. Both the driver and a passenger received minor injuries in the mishap, which occurred just after 2:00 AM. After treating the pair’s injuries, authorities booked the man into the Ventura County Jail.

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If you’re facing charges for a DUI in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes DUI cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors charge most drunk driving cases in California as misdemeanors. However, the charges you face in your particular case depend heavily upon your circumstances. Prosecutors may seek more serious charges when a case involves injuries, death, significant property damage and repeat offenses.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that misdemeanor charges aren’t serious, or don’t require an experienced criminal defense attorney. A drunk driving conviction can result in jail time, license suspension or revocation and fines. You can also receive other sanctions, like driver retraining, monitoring and restitution for damages. A drunk driving conviction can also significantly raise your insurance costs or cause you to lose your insurance altogether.

Hiring the right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t settle for inexperience, and don’t assume that you can’t mount an effective criminal 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 DUI 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.

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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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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.

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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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DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
Oxnard police arrested a local man suspected of a DUI offense. Police also charged the man with a weapons offense because they found a loaded gun in the vehicle.

According to police, they responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at about 4:00 PM on Oxnard Boulevard. Police spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of the crash, but the driver fled. The car sustained damage to its right rear tire in the accident. Eventually, the tire disintegrated and the vehicle stopped.

The driver suffered slight injuries in the crash. Because of the driver’s impairment, police took him to the hospital for evaluation. The other driver in the accident did not wish to press charges for the hit-and-run. However, the man still faces charges for the DUI in Ventura and the concealed weapon.

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Drunk driving charges are serious, even though prosecutors charge the vast majority of drunk driving arrests as misdemeanors. A drunk driving conviction can have long-lasting consequences. That’s why you need an experienced DUI attorney to assist you throughout the administrative and judicial processes.

Most drunk driving arrests involve first-time offenders. You may not realize that a drunk driving arrest produces parallel but independent administrative and judicial processes. Upon an arrest, the DMV suspends your license immediately. To challenge the suspension, you must request a DMV hearing virtually immediately. You must hire an experienced DUI attorney to work on your behalf.

The criminal process takes place over a longer period of time. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may or may not be jailed while awaiting trial. Again, your successful defense depends on having exceptional representation.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself in court and don’t rely 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 Oxnard DUI case.

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DUI arrest leads to Simi Valley manslaughter charge
DUI arrest leads to Simi Valley manslaughter charge
A Simi Valley woman pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges, following a New Year’s Day DUI arrest. The woman collided with another vehicle after running a red light in Simi Valley.

A passenger in the woman’s car, who was also her spouse and an off-duty LAPD officer, died at the scene. Paramedics took both drivers and a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The woman who died was a passenger in the vehicle at fault.

Investigators arrested the driver in early February in connection with the accident. They concluded that she was at fault, after surveillance video confirmed that she ran a red light. The woman will appear again in court later in April for a preliminary hearing in the case.

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If you’re facing charges related to a DUI in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Prosecutors charge the overwhelming majority of DUI arrests as misdemeanors. When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in serious injury or death, the entire criminal landscape changes.

Regardless of whether prosecutors charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony, drunk driving charges are serious. You can face jail time (or a more serious prison sentence), fines, driving restrictions, the loss of driving privileges, driver retraining, and a host of other sentencing requirements.

Felony convictions can impact you even after your sentence is complete. They can interfere with your ability to find appropriate employment, and make you vulnerable to accelerated sanctions if you receive subsequent felony convictions, or DUI convictions of any kind.

Do not face a drunk driving charge alone. 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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Thousand Oaks DUI Conviction Nets Prison
Thousand Oaks Drunk Driving Conviction Nets Prison
A Thousand Oaks man received a nearly five-year prison sentence following his conviction for felony drunk driving and other DUI related charges.

According to prosecutors, the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 at the time of his July arrest. Deputies arrested him after they observed him repeatedly swerving onto the shoulder of Highway 118. When deputies attempted to stop him, he fled, driving about 6 miles before he stopped.

In addition to the sentence for DUI in Ventura, he also received prison time for driving without a valid license, providing false information at the time of his arrest and a resisting infraction. This was his sixth DUI conviction and his third prison sentence for DUI. The judge also suspended his driving privileges for five years and designated him a habitual traffic offender.

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This case illustrates the severity of California’s drunk driving penalties. Repeated drunk driving convictions require accelerated penalties. Those penalties include prison terms and unfavorable designations that make it exceptionally difficult to restore driving privileges. It also demonstrates why you need an experienced Thousand Oaks DUI attorney when you’re facing a drunk driving charge.

Robert Helfend practices criminal defense law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Thousand Oaks residents know that they can depend on Mr. Helfend to provide exceptional representation for them, regardless of their criminal defense needs.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you, and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you when your freedom is on the line.

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 drunk driving 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.

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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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Simi Valley stops produce DUI Arrest
Simi Valley stops produce DUI Arrest
A Simi Valley police officer on patrol arrested two drivers last month on suspicion of DUI and distracted driving. In both cases, officers observed the drivers using their phones while driving.

In the first case, an officer noticed that a man driving through a residential area was using his cell phone. The officers performed a traffic stop and saw signs of impairment. Upon further investigation, which included a Breathalyzer test, the officer discovered that the man was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .10. The officer arrested him and booked him into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of drunk driving and distracted driving. Both charges are misdemeanors.

In the second case, a traffic enforcement officer observed a Glendale man using his phone, which was in his lap, while driving. The officer stopped the driver, and further observed that the driver showed signs of impairment. He performed field sobriety tests as well as a breath test and discovered that the man’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit. The driver was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail on misdemeanor counts of suspicion of DUI and distracted driving.

Ventura DUI lawyer


If you’re arrested for DUI in Ventura, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and has defended hundreds of individuals accused of drunk driving in Ventura.

Drunk driving arrests can be expensive, and can result in a host of penalties – even for first time offenders. Repeat offenses require escalated penalties and costs. Without experienced legal counsel, you risk a slew of penalties, fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and other sanctions. Don’t risk your freedom and do not attempt to defend yourself against a drunk driving charge.

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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California man faces caffeine DUI
California man faces caffeine DUI
A Fairfield, CA man was charged with DUI by prosecutors in Solano County in Northern California following a traffic stop there in August 2015. Joseph Schwab was arrested by officers who said that he seemed “amped up” and that his pupils were dilated.

Officers searched Schwab’s car and found nutritional supplements, but no illegal substances or other intoxicants. Deputies administered a blood test, which came back negative for all substances except caffeine. The district attorney’s office was initially willing to proceed with the impaired driving charge, under the belief that Schwab was impaired by an unknown substance that was not tested for at the time of his arrest.

After consulting with forensic toxicologists, the DA rescinded the charge, saying that she no longer believed that she could demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that Schwab was impaired. She said, however, that Schwab would still face a charge of reckless driving.

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We automatically think of alcohol when we hear the term “DUI” but many different substances can act as intoxicants. Driving while intoxicated (on anything) can put you at risk of a DUI charge. The consequences of a drunk driving conviction in California are severe, and can land you in jail (or prison), interfere with your employment, and cost you tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and can assemble the medical and legal resources you need to defend yourself effectively against a DUI charge.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. 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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Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Camarillo Teen Charged with DUI Death
Justin Stalberg, 19, of Camarillo, was charged with DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter after crashing his pickup truck into a home in Thousand Oaks. A 74-year-old man who was sleeping in the home died at the scene.

According to police, Stalberg failed to stop at a dead-end street and traveled down a 40-foot embankment before crashing into the back of the home. The victim, a New York resident, was visiting the home at the time of the accident. No other occupants of the home were injured in the crash, which occurred on December 22.

Prior to the accident, Stalberg attended a house party with several former high school classmates. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 6.

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If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Ventura, your first response should be to hire an experienced Ventura DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Dealing with a drunk driving arrest is complex. Your situation is even more complex if another person was injured or killed in your drunk driving accident.

Any DUI arrest is serious, but drunk driving laws in California are designed to respond to the seriousness of the situation. The penalties you’ll face will depend upon the circumstances of your arrest, including whether or not your arrest is a first offense, or a repeat offense.

A DUI arrest isn’t like other crimes; you’ll face two different processes – one that’s administrative and the other that’s criminal. For example, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license immediately following a drunk driving arrest. The court can also suspend your driver’s license as part of the judicial process. The two suspensions are independent, as are other sanctions that may be applied by either the DMV or the court.

Do not attempt to defend yourself if you’ve been arrested for drunk driving. 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/sex crimes case.

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