Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
For the second time in recent weeks, a Ventura County amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter will face domestic violence charges. Police accuse the man, who lives in Ojai, of deliberately injuring his girlfriend in a domestic dispute. The alleged assault took place at the girlfriend’s Westlake Village residence. Due to its location, Los Angeles County prosecutors are handling the case.

According to police, the woman suffered physical injuries, including cuts, abrasions and a concussion. She sought treatment at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. The assault took place in early April. A judge assigned a $50,000 bond. Authorities released the suspect while awaiting trial. If convicted, however, the man faces as much as four years in state prison.

Earlier this month, Jonathan Koppenhaver, a former Simi Valley resident and professional MMA fighter, received a 36-year sentence in Nevada for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and beating his former girlfriend and her companion. Koppenhaver was also convicted of attempted murder in that case.

Ojai Domestic Violence Lawyer


A domestic abuse conviction can have serious consequences. In addition to a potential prison sentence, a felony domestic assault conviction could lead to future problems for you if you run afoul of the law again. Therefore, any time you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Robert Helfend is a domestic violence lawyer with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges they’re facing. Instead, he works tirelessly to develop a strong defense strategy. That may involve trying to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. It may involve moving toward an alternative resolution that suits the needs and desires of all parties involved.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney for a domestic abuse 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 domestic violence 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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Domestic Violence Charges for Ventura Man
Domestic Violence Charges for Ventura Man
A Ventura man is facing domestic violence charges, aggravated mayhem and attempted murder charges following a violent knife attack on his girlfriend.

According to Ojai police, they responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found a woman with a long laceration on her face. She had been slashed by her boyfriend, Colin Meyer, during their dispute. Meyer fled the scene before police arrived.

The woman was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Later, police spotted the suspect in Ventura, and he was arrested. He was also transported to the Ventura County Medical Center to receive treatment for a self-inflicted knife wound. He was arraigned on the domestic violence assault and attempted murder charges. He was given a $1M bond. He is currently awaiting trial in the Ventura County Jail.

Ojai Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve been arrested on a domestic violence charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has provided effective, aggressive defense services for hundreds of Southern California residents, and is ready to take your domestic violence case.

No one will dispute that a criminal conviction will have life-altering consequences, but the consequences don’t start at the time of conviction. Even being arrested for a crime – whether you’re convicted or not – will have a significant impact on your life.

Bail is a constitutional right. In most cases, if you’ve been arrested, you’ll be granted bail. The purpose of bail is to ensure that you return to court, so there are some circumstances in which you will not receive bail. For example, if you’ve arrested for murder, or if you pose an obvious flight risk while facing serious criminal charges, the judge may not grant bail, or may set bail very high.

Sometimes however, judges set a very high bail knowing that a defendant doesn’t have the resources to get a bond. An aggressive criminal defense lawyer will work to ensure that your rights are respected throughout the criminal process, and will advocate on your behalf for everything, including a reasonable bail amount.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one 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 domestic violence/sex crimes case.

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Identity Theft Arrest in Ojai Burglary
Identity Theft Arrest in Ojai Burglary
An Oceanside man was arrested in connection with an Ojai burglary in October. He was also charged with vehicle theft and identity theft.

According to police, Jonathan Jessop, 37, broke into an Ojai home and stole credit cards, which he later used to buy more than $10,000 worth of merchandise. He also stole a vehicle from the home. Jessop used the credit cards at home improvement stores in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties before he was arrested. Police used surveillance videos from the stores to identify Jessop. He was arrested in San Bernardino County in late November after briefly fleeing from police. Police recovered the stolen vehicle, which Jessop had been using.

Jessop is a transient and has a series of arrests on his record. He has a past criminal record that includes burglary and drug possession. He was charged with three counts of burglary, multiple counts of identity theft and grand theft. His bail was set at $500,000.

Ojai Identity Theft Attorney


If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, burglary or any similar charge, Ojai identity theft attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

He has represented thousands of Californians who face criminal charges, and works hard to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. Mr. Helfend has established an excellent reputation among prosecutors, attorneys and judges as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t rely on a firm whose attorneys will pass your matter on to less experienced 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 County identity theft case.
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Embezzlement Scheme in Ojai
Embezzlement Scheme in Ojai
Last year, the Ojai Unified School District discovered that one of its employees was engaged in embezzlement from the district. A routine review of cancelled checks led to the discovery of payments to a vendor that district officials did not recognize. Further investigation showed that the “vendor” was actually the landlord of one of the district’s accounting technicians. A more complete review of the district’s books showed that the accounting technician had misappropriated more than $65,000 over the course of about two years.

The fraud was possible due to lax accounting practices by the district. Under the district’s old practices, an accountant could enter an invoice, approve it and print out a check. No other person needed to be involved in the process. This allowed the technician to write checks on her behalf without any immediate oversight. Once the embezzlement was discovered the accountant was arrested. She also resigned from the district. The former district accountant was booked into the Ventura County Jail and bail was set at $10,000.

Embezzlement Attorney


Workplace crimes can be particularly devastating, especially those involving a financial fraud. People often engage in financial fraud out of need. Being arrested and losing employment is hard enough, but prosecutions often take a long time, which only increases the financial pressures on an individual. Hiring an aggressive embezzlement attorney should be your first step, if you’re ever arrested for a workplace crime such as embezzlement.

Often, victims are more interested in restitution than they are in prosecution. An experienced criminal defense attorney can use this to his client’s advantage. If you’re arrested for, or being investigated for financial crimes like embezzlement, don’t wait!

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 embezzlement/search and seizure case.
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Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
Ventura Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
A Ventura County man was arrested and charged with identity theft after a number of Ventura County residents reported mail thefts. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jacob DeGrande of Ventura, after identifying him as a suspect in the mail thefts.

According to police, DeGrande stole mail from residences in Fillmore, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks. Among his preferred targets were checks, which he would forge and cash at local stores in Ojai, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

Detectives used video surveillance from the stores to identify DeGrande. Following the identification, deputies spotted DeGrande in a hotel parking lot in Ojai and arrested him. Upon his arrest, deputies also found check printing equipment, stolen mail, blank checks and check printing paper in DeGrande’s possession.

Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft can come in many forms, but regardless of how it occurs, it’s a serious crime. Identity theft is a violation of both federal and state laws, and it can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Because of the range of charges, potential consequences and prosecution venues, if you’re charged, you need the help of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in both federal and state courts, and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He offers superior defense counsel and will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Mr. Helfend handles all cases personally, so your defense will get the attention it needs and deserves. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience, or by working with a lawyer who is not devoted to 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 identity theft case.

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Identity theft charge for Ojai son
Identity theft charge for Ojai son
An Ojai man was arrested and charged with identity theft after allegedly stealing money from his father. The son allegedly called police claiming that a man he’d hired to manage his 85-year-old father’s finances was stealing the man’s money. The son, George Hallmark, claimed that the thefts had occurred between December 2015 and March 2016.

An investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office showed that Hallmark and his former girlfriend had used the victim’s money illegally for about three years, opening credit cards in the victim’s name and allowing the debt to accumulate. According to the police, the theft of money meant that the victim’s home had fallen into disrepair and had become uninhabitable.
Hallmark and Michelle Fearing, 47, of Ojai, admitted to using the money at casinos throughout Southern California.

An experienced identity theft attorney you can count on


Identity theft is a federal offense, but it’s also a violation of California state law. Identity theft charges can arise from any number of actions, but it is primarily a financial crime. It can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the crime.

Whether you’re facing federal ID theft charges or charges at the state level, an experienced identity theft lawyer is your best defensive strategy. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in both Southern California courts and in the federal courts for more than 30 years.

You will not find a more aggressive, directed and tenacious criminal defense attorney than Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend handles each client’s case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him on matters involving your defense.

He will offer plain-language advice, and will fight tirelessly to get charges against you reduced or dropped. Should your case go to trial, his primary goal will be to win an acquittal on your behalf. No attorney can promise a specific outcome, but Mr. Helfend will promise to offer the best, strongest and most rigorous defense on your behalf.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced identity theft 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/burglary case.

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Theft suspect fingered by prints
Theft suspect fingered by prints
A man was arrested in Oxnard earlier this week in connection with a theft that occurred in 2014. The VCSD learned that fingerprint and DNA evidence collected at the scene of an Ojai burglary was recently matched to 22-year-old Gabriel Garza after his fingerprints were submitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database in connection with an unrelated March 2016 arrest.
While being questioned about the Ojai theft, Garza confessed to the incident and was booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

An experienced Ventura theft attorney


When you’re facing a theft charge, the best defense strategy to employ is to hire a respected theft attorney like Robert Helfend. A theft charge can arise from any number of events, including a shoplifting arrest. It can also arise from more serious events. Theft in California can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the value of the stolen property. In some cases, the value of the property doesn’t matter; a grand theft charge can be leveled against you based on what was stolen, or even how an item is stolen.

With the help of an experienced theft attorney like Robert Helfend, you can build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If it’s not possible to get charges dropped or reduced, he will work toward the best possible resolution, given your circumstances.

An experienced theft attorney can help you navigate the process of preparing your defense, as well as other elements of the adjudication process. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, you’ll always work directly with him on your case. That’s the kind of personal attention you may not get from an attorney in a larger defense firm.

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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Fraud Charge for Marijuana Cooperative CEO
Fraud Charge for Marijuana Cooperative CEO
Jeffrey Kroll, president of the Shangri La Care Cooperative in Ojai was arrested last week and faces a number of charges, including fraud, money laundering, failure to file an income tax return, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transporting marijuana, manufacturing concentrated cannabis and maintaining a place for using or selling a controlled substance.

Kroll also faces a number of misdemeanor charges including manufacturing drugs without a license, mislabeling and adulterating food products and operating a marijuana cooperative within 600 feet of a school.

Experienced Ventura County fraud attorney


If you’ve been arrested for fraud, grand theft or embezzlement, your first response should be to hire an experienced fraud attorney who can help you build a strong and aggressive defense strategy. Robert Helfend has worked as a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He has taken on hundreds of clients, and is ready to take your case.

Convictions can have devastating impacts on your personal and professional lives. Aside from facing long prison terms and restitution, you could find other long-term challenges once a felony conviction is on your record.

Convictions on serious felony charges follow you around indefinitely. If your conviction arises from your conduct as a licensed professional, you may be required to surrender your professional licensure for some period of time, or perhaps even permanently. Even if you can retain (or regain) your license to practice, it may be next to impossible to find gainful employment following your release from prison.

You need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney who will work to get your charges reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible under the circumstances, you need an experienced defense attorney who can work toward the best possible outcome in your particular circumstances.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced criminal defense attorneys. 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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