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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Domestic Violence Conviction for MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Conviction for MMA Fighter
A Las Vegas jury convicted a mixed martial arts fighter of domestic violence and a host of other felony charges. War Machine fled Las Vegas in 2014 to avoid prosecution. He changed his legal name from Jonathan Koppenhaver, but has not fought professionally since 2013.

Simi Valley Police arrested the man and returned him to Nevada to face charges. The jury convicted him on 29 of 24 charges. They could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge – attempted murder. Prosecutors in Las Vegas say that War Machine beat and sexually assaulted his former girlfriend on several occasions. He also assaulted the woman’s companion, whom she had been dating for a couple of months.

The female victim in the case suffered a broken nose, facial injuries, injuries to her leg and a lacerated liver. She also testified that the defendant threatened her with a knife. She escaped to a neighbor’s house during the assault. The male victim testified that he suffered a broken nose, a dislocated shoulder, bite marks and bruising.

The defendant’s attorney attributed Koppenhaver’s violent behavior to brain injuries suffered during MMA fights, his significant steroid abuse and potentially improper use of prescription stimulants and anti-depressants. Koppenhaver could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court in June.

Simi Valley Domestic Violence Attorney


This case illustrates how a domestic abuse case can spiral quickly out of control. If you’re facing a domestic violence charge, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced domestic violence 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 successfully defend his clients.

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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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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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.

Simi Valley DUI lawyer


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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Embezzlement Charge for Simi Valley Director
Embezzlement Charge for Simi Valley Director
After a months-long investigation, the former executive director of the Simi Valley Community Foundation finally faces charges of embezzlement. Joanne Abruzzese, 58, of Simi Valley faces multiple grand theft charges and a single forgery charge.

Prosecutors say that Abruzzese began working for the foundation in 2012. She used the Simi Valley Community Foundation’s checkbook to pay her mortgage. Because checks from the Foundation require two signatures, Abruzzese regularly forged the second signature. Foundation records show that she misused more than $55,000 over a period of two years.

Following her arrest, she was charged and released on a bail of $10,000. She will appear in court again in March. Investigators say that Abruzzese acted alone to steal funds from the foundation. Foundation officers filed an initial complaint with authorities because they discovered accounting irregularities.

The Simi Valley Community Foundation acts as an umbrella organization for a number of charitable organizations in Simi Valley. Initially, the group intended to bring together administrative services for the charities and provide office space in a single location. Due to Abrruzzese’s arrest, many residents now doubt the future of that plan. The Foundation has not yet made a decision about the future of its Under One Roof initiative.

Simi Valley Embezzlement Lawyer


If you face embezzlement, fraud or grand theft charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. With more than 30 years of experience, he manages each case personally. Because he manages each case personally, your defense will not be handed off to a less experienced attorney.

Mr. Helfend is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who actively fights for his clients’ rights and freedoms. Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney and don’t wait to begin your 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 securities embezzlement 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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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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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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Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Two adults were arrested at a Camarillo motel after police acted on an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old girl. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room, which had been rented by the couple. According to police, the couple was charged with sex crimes related to human trafficking, child pornography, forcing a minor to commit a commercial sex act and pimping.

Simi Valley resident Jessica Stanley, and Thousand Oaks resident Robert McGraa were charged after undercover police contacted Stanley through anonymous ads she had placed on an online escort site. While making arrangements to meet, police say that Stanley made an explicit offer of sexual services to be performed by the 15-year-old victim. Stanley told the undercover officer that he could meet the girl at the motel after she finished her school day. Stanley would not provide the room number, but said she would provide the information after the undercover officer arrived at the motel for the arranged meeting.

After the undercover officer made contact with Stanley at the motel and ascertained the girl’s room number, a team of officers served the search warrant and arrested Stanley and McGraa. The girl was not arrested, and was provided with victims’ services through the District Attorney’s Office and through Child Protective Services of Ventura County.

Stanley and McGraa face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long-lasting consequences. Most often, those convicted of sex crimes must register for life as sex offenders. That designation follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Often, registered sex offenders cannot find gainful employment or suitable housing following their release from custody or supervision.

Having an experienced sex crimes attorney fighting for you in court is one of the smartest moves you can make if you’ve been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offenses. Don’t risk your freedom and your future on an inexperienced sex crimes 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 sex crimes case.

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8431438320_36759bc993_zA Long Beach man was sentenced to 21 years in prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies involving domestic violence , assault, human trafficking, pandering and pimping. Simi Valley police worked with multiple other agencies in Southern California to identify and arrest Andrew Jordan.

According to police and prosecutors, Jordan forced multiple women into prostitution. Jordan would take the women to areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and order them to provide sex acts in exchange for money. He required the women to earn a certain amount each day, and monitored the time they spent with clients, and the areas in which they worked. When the women did not comply or did not meet his demands, he would severely physically assault them.

Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence is normally thought of as a “family” crime, but you do not need to be related to a person to be charged with domestic assault. If you’ve been accused of domestic assault or spousal abuse, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Domestic violence charges can be added to other felony counts against you in order to give prosecutors a chance to enhance the charges against you or extend a sentence, if you’re convicted. Since domestic violence is a “violent felony” prosecutors can also use it to trigger lifetime imprisonment under California’s Three Strikes Law, if you have prior felony convictions on your record.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

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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