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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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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Theft Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Theft Charges for Port Hueneme Women
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two Port Hueneme women for a series of vehicle burglaries in Los Angeles County and Ventura County in April. Prosecutors charged the women with theft, burglary and identity theft. In addition, one of the women faces child endangerment charges because officers found a two-year-old child in the house, along with two ounces of methamphetamine.

Detectives said that the women made purchases with stolen credit cards. Detectives used purchase records to find the suspects. The women also stole cash and other valuables from at least 10 vehicles in Thousand Oaks, Oak Park and various locations in Los Angeles County. An Oxnard man at the home faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

Port Hueneme theft lawyer


If you’re arrested for theft, burglary or other similar charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced, aggressive theft lawyer. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He knows exactly what it takes to develop an effective criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on how they’ve been charged. Instead, he works aggressively to develop an effective defense for his clients. His first goal is to get charges reduced or dropped. That’s an important element, especially if you’re facing felony charges. When eliminating charges isn’t a possibility, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to bring you the best possible resolution, based on the circumstances of your case.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney and don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively 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 theft case.
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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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Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
A homeless Santa Paula man will face murder charges when he returns to court next week. Police and prosecutors accuse him of pouring a flammable liquid on another homeless man and setting him on fire.

The incident took place on May 13 at Veterans Park in Santa Paula. The victim suffered burns over half of his body. Responders took the man to the UCLA Medical Center for treatment. He died there from his injuries about 10 days after the incident.

Prosecutors initially charged the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm during the commission of a felony. He also faced charges of felony aggravated mayhem with a special deadly weapon allegation. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first-degree murder after the victim’s death. He also faces arson charges. Authorities are holding him at the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $1M. If convicted, the suspect faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect has a long history of contact with local policing agencies, including more than 70 arrests. His arrest record includes mostly minor offenses, including drug possession, weapons possession and battery.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge you can face. The prosecutor may also add special allegations, which further increase your risk of receiving the death penalty. A first degree murder conviction can result in lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole. Your life is literally at stake. If you’re facing murder charges in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will fight aggressively to ensure the best possible outcome for 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 murder case.

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Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
Antitrust Action Takes Aim At StarKist Exec
An executive at StarKist faces federal antitrust charges related to a price fixing scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the exec in federal court last week. Earlier this year, Bumble Bee Foods pleaded guilty to price fixing related to the price of the company’s canned tuna products.

According to prosecutors, StarKist, Bumble Bee and others conspired to set, raise and maintain US packaged seafood prices. Prosecutors say the conspiracy operated successfully between 2010 and 2013.

Last year, retail giant Walmart filed a federal lawsuit against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea parent company, Tri-Union. The suit claims that the manufacturers worked together on anti-competitive strategies for more than a decade. Walmart charged in its suit that the companies reduced product sizes while keeping prices artificially high.

Federal officials are looking more closely at food production as a source of antitrust violations. Recently, milk and poultry producers have also come under federal price fixing scrutiny. Federal regulators found that milk producers unlawfully slaughtered hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to inflate the price of milk. That action is the subject of a multi-state settlement that provides rebates directly to customers.

Ventura County antitrust attorney


Antitrust statutes are complex. They feature both civil and criminal penalties, and represent a real danger to executives. If you’re accused of antitrust violations – price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, kickbacks or other crime, call Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is a noted federal criminal defense practitioner. He has the experience to serve as your antitrust attorney.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He offers an aggressive style of defense, and will work endlessly to protect your rights and 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 County antitrust case.

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Securities Fraud Charge for Oxnard Man
Securities Fraud Charge for Oxnard Man
An Oxnard man will face charges of securities fraud because he promised his victims that he could triple their money by investing it in stocks. He falsely told his victims that he was an investment broker.

As part of the scam, the man accepted cash only. Detectives from the Oxnard Police Department arrested him after discovering that Los Angeles County issued a warrant for his arrest. The man does not hold a securities license, but perpetrated the same scam in Los Angeles County.

Oxnard Securities fraud attorney


If you’re facing charges of securities fraud, or a financial crime related to investments, you need the assistance of an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense and for more than 30 years, thousands of Southern Californians have turned to him for help.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense. He does not pass cases along to less experienced attorneys, which can happen at larger, less personal law firms.

Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients in court and throughout the judicial process. He does not judge clients based on what they’ve been charged with, but works to ensure their rights. First, he will work to get charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. He uses a plain-English approach with his clients, so you’ll always understand what is happening with your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t work with an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you in court. Felony convictions can affect you for the rest of your life, so choosing the right counsel is essential.

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 fraud case.

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Drug Possession Charge for Santa Paula Shop Owner
Drug Possession Charge for Santa Paula Shop Owner
Prosecutors in Ventura County charged the owner of an auto shop with drug possession over 1 kilogram and transporting a controlled substance. The shop owner, and a close business associate, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, the man was using the shop as cover for a cocaine and heroin trafficking operation. Detectives began investigating the business after receiving a tip. In addition to selling cocaine and heroin, detectives say that the owner also sold methamphetamine.

Raids conducted on the shop and other related locations yielded nearly 3 poulds of cotaine and more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine. Prosecutors asked Ventura County Superior Court Judge Dino Inumerable to increase the men’s bail to $500,000. Police also arrested two other defendants associated with the operation. The shop owner was released on bail, however the rest of the defendants remain jailed on $500,000 bonds.

Santa Paula Drug Possession Attorney


Proposition 47 relaxed drug sentencing in some drug possession cases, but prosecutors aggressively pursue drug trafficking charges. If you’re accused of drug trafficking or a related crime, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in criminal defense cases. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is your best asset when you’re facing criminal charges. You want an attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights and freedom throughout the judicial process. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when your life and your freedom are at stake.

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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Fraud Charge for Local Couple
Fraud Charge for Local Couple
A husband-and-wife team from Beverly Hills have been charged with fraud in a workers’ compensation scam. According to prosecutors, the pair recruited doctors and pharmacists to prescribe and provide unnecessary treatments paid for through the workers’ compensation insurance program.

The couple used three wholly owned companies to perpetrate the fraud. They paid kickbacks to the doctors and pharmacists around the state for participating in the scam. Between 2011 and 2015, the couple collected more than $23 million in payments from the fund. In addition to the couple, prosecutors charged 21 doctors and five pharmacists for their roles in the scheme.

The participants overbilled insurance companies, ordered bogus tests and provided sham treatments to more than 13,000 patients. If convicted on all charges, the couple faces more than 100 years in prison. Investigators from the California Department of Insurance

Ventura Fraud Attorney


Both the state and the federal government aggressively prosecute fraud cases that target government funded programs. If you’re facing fraud charges in Ventura County or in another Southern California jurisdiction, you need the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to deliver an effective, aggressive defense. He uses a multi-pronged approach that seeks to reduce or dismiss charges against his clients. Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California, because each felony conviction results in a “strike” against you. California’s Three Strikes Law provides increased penalties for successive felony convictions.

When dismissal isn’t a possibility, he will work toward the best possible result for his clients. Don’t count on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for 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 County fraud case.

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Identity Theft Cases Down At IRS
Identity Theft Cases Down At IRS
The Internal Revenue Service says that it reduced identity theft related to fraudulent tax returns by nearly half since 2014. According to the agency, investigators prevented thieves from filing almost 1 million fake tax returns in the most recent tax year.

Agency records show that fraudulent filings peaked in 2014, when scammers successfully filed more than three-quarters of a million phony returns. The IRS now flags major discrepancies in taxpayer filings from year to year to help identify potentially fraudulent returns. Preparers must also do more to properly identify filers before submitting their returns. The agency also moved the deadline for employers to file wage data with the IRS. With more timely wage data in hand, the agency can spot problematic returns more easily.

Identity thieves favor the Earned Income Credit, so the agency made changes to its process for handling EIC claims. This year, filers claiming the EIC saw their refunds delayed until at least mid-February. The delay provided more time for the agency to identify both fraudulent filings and identity theft among low income wage earners. The agency also aims to prevent fraudulent filers from misappropriating a filer’s identity.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft is always taken seriously, but the federal government actively pursues people who file fraudulent tax returns. If you’re facing an identity theft prosecution, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully. If you’re facing criminal charges, make the right choice for yourself by hiring an experienced, aggressive criminal 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 identity theft case.

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