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.

Ventura DUI attorney


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.

Oxnard DUI lawyer


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 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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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.

Ventura DUI attorney


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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DUI Arrest for Simi Valley Mom
DUI Arrest for Simi Valley Mom
A Simi Valley woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly speeding through a school zone after picking up her 7-year old child from another school. According to police, they observed the woman, Christina Politis, of Simi Valley, traveling at 35 mph in a 25-mph school zone.

They pulled the woman over and noticed that she appeared visibly intoxicated. They also noted that she had a young child in the back seat. She was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .08%. She was arrested for driving drunk and child endangerment.

Simi Valley DUI Lawyer


We typically think of drunk driving arrests as happening after a night on the town. DUI arrests can take place at any time of the day, and can also lead to additional charges, as this woman found out. If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Simi Valley or anywhere in Southern California, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.

A drunk driving arrest is complex because it involves both an administrative process and a criminal process. These two actions are separate, yet they can affect each other. The DMV is authorized to suspend your driver’s license immediately following a drunk driving arrest. Failure to cooperate with field sobriety tests can also lead to an immediate, longer suspension of driving privileges. The arresting officer will confiscate your driver’s license and may issue a temporary license in its place. The temporary license allows you to drive for 30 days provided your license is valid, and not suspended for any other reason.

For a first offense, the administrative suspension is for 4 months. You can request a hearing to ask for the return of your license, and separately, you can apply for a restricted license to travel to and from work. A subsequent DUI offense within 10 years of your first offense will result in a 1-year administrative suspension. The DMV process is absolutely separate from a criminal DUI process. At a criminal hearing, if you are found guilty, the judge can impose additional sanctions, including jail time, fines, additional license suspension or revocation, driver retraining, additional driving restrictions and community service requirements among other things.

If you’re arrested for DUI in Simi Valley, 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 in Thousand Oaks Nets Charges
DUI in Thousand Oaks Nets Charges
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was arrested and charged with DUI following a crash that injured an elderly pedestrian and killing the victim’s pet dog.

According to police, Jonathan Deinhard was riding on a motorcycle in Thousand Oaks, when he lost control of the bike. Deinhard fell to the pavement, but the bike slid onto the sidewalk and hit a 74-year-old Thousand Oaks resident who was walking her dog. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The woman’s dog died at the scene as the result of the crash.

Police determined that Deinhard was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He was treated for minor injuries. He was charged with felony DUI causing injury and was taken to the Ventura County Jail.

Thousand Oaks DUI Lawyer


A DUI arrest can be scary, and with good reason. If you’ve been accused of causing an accident with injuries as the result of a DUI, you can face some serious consequences. As with all drunk driving cases, your license is immediately suspended as part of an administrative DMV process. Injury cases can result in prison sentences of up to 16 years, fines, restitution to the victim, a 5-year license suspension, driver retraining for a period of 18 or 30 months and other consequences.

Following the completion of an incarceration sentence, you could find it difficult to find gainful employment if your driver license is still suspended. That could complicate the completion of a restitution order.

Your best defense strategy is to put an aggressive, experienced Thousand Oaks DUI lawyer in your corner. Robert Helfend has practiced law in Southern California for more than 30 years, and has defended thousands of Californians accused of driving drunk. Mr. Helfend can assemble the legal and medical expertise you’ll need to mount an aggressive, effective defense in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid defense 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 DUI case.

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DUI Driver Arrested in Ventura
Drunk Driver Arrested in Ventura
Nicole Sanchez, 35, of Ventura was arrested for her role in a collision that resulted in serious injuries to the other driver, and moderate injuries to herself. Sanchez was arrested for DUI after rear-ending another vehicle and losing control of her SUV.

Sanchez crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle, a 56-year-old man, was extricated and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The three occupants of car in the initial collision, including two children, were uninjured.

Ventura DUI attorney


DUI is a serious offense in California. Even when an accident involves no serious injuries, you will encounter a variety of administrative and criminal penalties. When individuals are injured or killed as the result of a drunk driving accident, the law provides significant penalties and fines.

DUI can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The presence of serious injuries to another person as the result of DUI can lead prosecutors to seek a felony conviction. If successful, you could face a term of imprisonment for the drunk driving conviction, additional imprisonment for the injuries sustained by other people, fines, license suspension, driver retraining, and a “strike” against your record with regard to California’s Three Strikes law.

In addition, if you have had a previous conviction for drunk driving in the prior 10 years, you could be subject to additional penalties, habitual traffic offender status, and/or the revocation of your driver license.

Don’t risk your freedom on the inexperience of a defense attorney. When your future is at stake, choose to work only with an exceptional Ventura DUI 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 DUI case.

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Disney star collects DUI arrest
Disney star collects DUI arrest
Debby Ryan, an actress known for her work on the Disney Channel show Jessie, collected a DUI arrest last week after colliding with another driver. The driver of the other vehicle was injured. According to police, Ryan failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .11 at the time of her arrest. In California, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher.

For a DUI arrest, choose a DUI attorney you can rely on


A DUI arrest is expensive, but DUI convictions are more expensive. In fact, the consequences of a DUI arrest can be staggering. You may face a range of penalties, including mandatory jail time, probation, driving restrictions, expensive and time-consuming monitoring, fines and other sanctions. If you injure or kill another person, or have had previous DUI convictions, the penalties become even stiffer.

Make no mistake about it – a DUI arrest will inflate your auto insurance bill. It could even put you in a “high-risk” insurance category, which means you’ll have a hard time even finding insurance. Driving restrictions and sanctions could put your job at risk! Public prosecution could also cause you and your family a great deal of embarrassment, which – thanks to the Internet – could haunt you for years.

That’s why you need an aggressive, competent DUI lawyer like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a DUI attorney and can put together the legal and medical expertise you need to defend yourself effectively in court.

A key component of your DUI defense strategy will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Avoiding conviction is important because a DUI conviction cannot be erased and will bring long-lasting consequences. Mr. Helfend always works toward the best possible outcome for his clients, and this is especially true in DUI cases.

Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s very easy to misjudge your ability to drive when you have been drinking. Following a DUI arrest, you cannot change what you did, but your actions can either make your situation better or worse. The best defense strategy is to work with an experienced DUI lawyer who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in court. Don’t make the mistake of defending yourself. Don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help yourself, and don’t rely on an inexperienced DUI attorney following a DUI arrest.

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 arrest.

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DUI Arrest in Thousand Oaks Motorcycle Crash
DUI Arrest in Thousand Oaks Motorcycle Crash
The California Highway Patrol arrested a 57 year-old Thousand Oaks motorcyclist for DUI after he failed to negotiate a curve on the Lynn Road on-ramp to Highway 101 last week. The motorcyclist lost control of his bike and crashed into a 33 year-old worker from Sylmar who was performing highway landscaping maintenance at the time of the accident.

DUI Accident Investigation Closed Ramp For Hours


The worker suffered significant injuries in the crash and was hospitalized with a broken leg and pelvis. The cyclist suffered only minor injuries in the accident and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The accident, which occurred at about 9:45 am on December 1, closed the Lynn Road on-ramp for about 5 hours while officers investigated the accident.

If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Thousand Oaks or any other location in Ventura County, you can count on the defense experience Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes DUI cases in Ventura County and has significant experience in providing aggressive criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend has served the Ventura County area with personalized, aggressive criminal defense services for more than 30 years. He can assemble the legal and medical resources you need to defend yourself in court. You can rest assured that he will work for the best possible outcome in your case.

DUI arrests can be expensive, and can jeopardize your right to drive, your employment, your financial security, your family’s well-being and your own personal freedom. Don’t risk any of these things on the work of an inexperienced DUI defense attorney. Experience counts in any criminal case, but particularly when you’ve been accused of a DUI or DUI-related offense. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free to (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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