Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair
Drug Possession Charges Hit Ventura Pair
Ventura Police say they’ve arrested two people for drug possession. The arrests followed a code inspection of a home previously targeted for drug activity. Two residents of the home also recently pleaded guilty to maintaining a place of drug use.

Officers raided the home and initially detained six occupants, but released four people following the raid. Police found an outstanding arrest warrant for one of the home’s occupants. The other man faces charges of possession of methamphetamine. Police also recovered small amounts of heroin and cocaine during the raid. Police will submit a bag found during the raid for forensic testing to attempt to identify the owner. Additional charges could be filed against the occupants pending the test results.

In addition to finding numerous code violations, officers also found a significant amount of drug paraphernalia throughout the house. The house has been the subject of numerous drug investigations in the past. Investigators say that it’s clear that the home is still a site of drug activity in the neighborhood.

Ventura Drug Possession Attorney


Although California voters authorized reductions in the severity of drug sentences, some drug possession crimes are still prosecuted vigorously. If you’re facing drug charges of any kind, contact drug possession attorney Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura and throughout Southern California. In many drug cases, the evidence does not support the type and severity of the charges filed against a defendant. Mr. Helfend’s aggressive defense style ensures that prosecutors must fully support the charges against a person.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight for your rights and freedoms in court. Work with an experienced attorney who knows what it takes to succeed.

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 Charges Dismissed Against Ojai Marijuana Coop CEO
Fraud Charges Dismissed Against Ojai Marijuana Coop CEO
A Ventura County Superior Court judge dropped criminal charges against Jeffrey Kroll, the president and co-founder of the Shangri La Care Cooperative in Ojai. Kroll faced dozens of felony charges, including fraud, manufacturing cannabis and maintaining a place for selling or using marijuana. He also faced charges of conspiracy to sell marijuana. In addition, prosecutors charged Kroll with tax code violations, including failing to file income tax reports as well as filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors accused Kroll of wildly inflating the price of marijuana charged to co-op members. They also claimed that Kroll was manufacturing cannabis oil within 250 feet of a school. They also accused Kroll of redirecting co-op funds into his personal accounts.

The Court dropped some of the charges against Kroll at an earlier hearing. In that hearing, Superior Court Judge Michelle Castillo ruled that the prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to proceed with their case. In the most recent hearing, Judge Michael Leif ruled that the prosecutors had failed to properly file charges against Kroll, so he dropped the remaining charges.

After the hearing, prosecutors vowed to refile charges against Kroll. According to procedural rules, they have three years to refile misdemeanor charges. They also have four years to refile felony charges. Two other Shangri La officers face trial on related charges, including conspiracy, misdemeanor possession and misdemeanor transportation.

In a separate action, co-op members filed a $12M lawsuit against Ventura County for its role in shutting down the co-op. In that lawsuit, co-op members claim that the county’s illegal pursuit of the co-op denied them access to medical marijuana. Several co-op patients have died since the co-op stopped operating, and several others are near death.

Ojai Fraud Attorney


If you’re facing fraud charges in Ojai, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively and takes cases in Ventura County. He also takes cases throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. He will also ensure that prosecutors follow the law to the letter as they attempt to prosecute the case against you.

Thousands of Californians have relied on Mr. Helfend’s aggressive defense style. He has nearly 35 years of courtroom experience and knows what it takes to succeed. Don’t rely on inexperienced attorneys, or timid counsel that won’t fight for your rights and freedoms.

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 Call Turns Violent in Ventura
Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura
Ventura police responded last month to a domestic violence call in that city. Several neighbors called 911 to report a fighting couple. They also reported that the man had a gun, and had fired shots.

Police arrived and arrested the man. Upon investigation, they discovered that the man hit the woman several times in the head. Police recovered the gun at the scene. Although neighbors reported hearing shots, the man had not fired the weapon. Prosecutors charged the man with domestic assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve never been arrested for domestic violence before, your first concern will be the well being of your family. You may be afraid of going to jail because of a domestic incident. In any domestic assault case, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Robert Helfend is a Ventura domestic violence attorney with more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense.

Domestic assault in California isn’t a straightforward proposition. Prosecutors can charge you with a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the circumstances of your case. They may also opt not to charge you at all, even though the police arrested you at the time of the incident.

The court’s first priority will be to ensure the safety of everyone in the domestic situation. A skilled, experienced defense attorney will work first to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional defense services to thousands of Southern Californians for more than three decades. He knows what it takes to represent clients and families who are dealing with a domestic violence arrest.

Don’t rely on inexperience, and don’t jeopardize your rights by attempting to defend yourself 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 County domestic violence case.

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Identity Theft Rap Sinks Former Thousand Oaks Captain
Identity Theft Rap Sinks Former Thousand Oaks Captain
A former Thousand Oaks woman faces as much as 10 years in prison for aggravated identity theft. She also pleaded guilty to making false statements on a passport application.

The woman fled Californian in 1986, following the murder of her then-husband in Lompoc. Although a jury convicted a landscaping contractor of the husband’s murder, the man insisted that he had been hired by the woman’s boyfriend to kill the victim. The pair later married and divorced in Texas.

When she arrived in Texas, she assumed the identity of a dead infant. Using the assumed identity, she obtained a state driver’s license, a US passport and a mariner’s license. She also obtained TSA clearances that enabled her to enter secure port areas. She worked primarily as a boat captain aboard luxury yachts in Galveston Bay. Federal agents arrested the woman after she applied to renew her mariner’s license through the Coast Guard in 2016.

The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office concluded that there is insufficient evidence to tie the couple to a murder-for-hire plot. Federal authorities, however, accepted the woman’s guilty plea in the identity theft case against her. She faces a two-year mandatory sentence on aggravated identity theft. She could also receive as much as 10 years for making false statements to a federal entity.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Lawyer


Although money motivates most identity theft cases, some people use it to avoid prosecution, or to simply “disappear.” Unfortunately, many common transactions involve state and federal government offices. Applying for a mortgage, credit, state identification and professional licenses all put you in contact with a government agency. Falsifying information on applications can lead to big trouble. If you’re facing identity theft charges, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in both state and federal courts, and will work tirelessly to defend his clients. Don’t risk your freedom by working with an attorney who won’t aggressively defend you 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 County identity theft case.

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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.

Simi Valley DUI lawyer


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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Drug possession investigation nets Newhall man
Drug possession investigation nets Newhall man
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Newhall man and charged him with drug possession for sale. Investigators believe the man supplied methamphetamine in Ventura County.

Following the man’s arrest, deputies recovered nearly a pound of methamphetamine from the man’s car. They also discovered 2 ounces of heroin and a large amount of cash. Prosecutors charged him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale. He also faces misdemeanor charges of giving false information to a police officer as well as driving without a license. Los Angeles County has also issued an arrest warrant for the same man, using a known alias.

The man is being held at the Ventura County Jail on an $86,000 bond. He will appear in court again next week. In addition to officers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the Oxnard Police Department and the California National Guard also participated in the investigation.

Ventura County Drug Possession Attorney


California recently changed its sentencing approach for certain drug crimes. Drug possession for sale, however, is still treated more seriously. That’s why you need an experienced Ventura County drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and takes drug cases in Ventura County.

A felony conviction of any kind, including one for drug possession for sale, can raise the stakes for you in California. Thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law, having one felony conviction means longer sentences for subsequent convictions. Conviction for a third, violent felony means spending the rest of your life in prison.

The stakes are too high in California to rely on inexperienced attorneys or those 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 drug possession case.

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Murder case mistrial declared in Oxnard
Murder case mistrial declared in Oxnard
A Ventura County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial in a 2013 Oxnard murder case. Judge Matthew Guasco halted the trial shortly before lawyers planned to make their opening statements. Guasco determined that one of the jurors willfully disregarded jury instructions.

Lawyers selected twelve jurors and three alternates as part of their routine procedures. The judge delayed the trial because a judicial assistant received an email regarding a juror. The judge questioned the jurors individually and determined that one juror disobeyed jury instructions. The court also set a hearing on a contempt of court proceeding against the juror.

According to the public defenders in the case, the judge ordered the jurors not research the case or anyone involved in the case. He also ordered the jurors to avoid social media research as well as discussing the case with each other. A judge typically issues similar instructions in any jury trial.

The original jury selection took about a month, and must be redone with a new jury pool. The case itself will examine the prosecution’s contention that the defendant broke into an Oxnard apartment to kill someone he knew. He mistakenly entered the wrong apartment, however, and killed an individual unknown to him. The defendant faces more than 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. Choosing the right jury members is essential. An experienced murder attorney knows who to look for on a jury panel, and how to select the right jury members.

That knowledge comes only from extensive courtroom practice, so it’s important to select an experienced attorney who will fight to put the right jury panel together for your case. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense cases exclusively. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your life is literally in the balance. 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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Sex crimes convictions could lead to 118 year sentence
Sex crimes convictions could lead to 118 year sentence
A Camarillo man faces a sentence of 118 years to life following his conviction on sex crimes charges. Jurors convicted Thomas Bork, 68, of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and one count of continuous sexual abuse. Jurors also convicted him of two counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child and five counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a child.

According to prosecutors, their case against Bork involved four victims. They say, however, that Bork’s criminal sexual behavior dates back 40 years. Bork served as a foster parent to at least two of his victims, beginning in 2010. An earlier victim notified Child Protective Services that Bork’s foster children were in danger.

Investigators located at least a half-dozen victims in three counties. One victim testified that Bork had molested her in the 1970’s, beginning when she was four years old. For most of Bork’s victims, the statute of limitations prevented him from facing additional criminal charges in their cases.

Camarillo sex crimes attorney


If you’re facing sex crimes charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in providing effective criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Many criminal defense attorneys will not take sex crimes cases, particularly when they involve child victims. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re charged with. Instead, he works to create an effective defense for his clients.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or one who doesn’t want to defend you in court. Instead, work with an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud convict also faces civil suit
Securities fraud convict also faces civil suit
The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a California man who pled guilty to securities fraud in 2016. The SEC suit seeks to recover nearly $300,000 that the agency says he gained illegally.

According to the SEC, Adesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO of Systems America, Inc., falsely inflated the value of his company’s stock. He also provided false disclosure information to improve the company’s rating on an online trading site. As part of the scheme, Tyagi created and released false press releases through PR Newswire. He also made numerous purchases and sales of the company stock to increase its price.

The company traded its stock on the over-the-counter market beginning in 2010. Tyagi founded the company in 1994, but converted it into a publicly traded shell company in 2010. The SEC seeks not only to recover the money Tyagi made on the trades, but also seeks punitive damages. The agency also wants to bar Tyagi from operating as a director or officer in future business endeavors. It also wants to prevent Tyagi from offering penny stocks in the future. Tyagi will receive his federal criminal sentence in January 2018

California securities fraud lawyer


This case illustrates the dangers of a securities fraud case. The government can pursue both criminal and civil cases for the same events. Because securities fraud charges are so serious, you need to hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer to defend you.

A securities fraud conviction can result in a prison term, significant fines, restitution, forfeiture and other consequences. A securities fraud conviction can also result in the loss of professional credentials you need to work in the industry. Following a conviction, you’re likely to be prevented – at least for a period of time – from working in the industry. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can receive permanent professional sanctions.

Sanctions like these can follow you long after you complete a prison sentence. An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help reduce or eliminate charges against you. Reducing the severity of the charges against you may also reduce the severity of professional sanctions that accompany a conviction.

The federal government doesn’t rely on inexperienced prosecutors to try your case. You shouldn’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you 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 County securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
Embezzlement Plea Deal in Simi Valley
The former director of the Simi Valley Community Foundation pleaded guilty to embezzlement . The investigation into the suspected embezzlement at the non-profit began last July. Investigators claim that the former director, Joanne Abruzzese, of Simi Valley, stole more than $45,000 from the Foundation.

Abruzzese pleaded guilty to grand theft and forgery last month. As part of the plea agreement, she could spend nearly four years in prison. She will also pay restitution. Abruzzese indicated that she planned to pay full restitution prior to her sentencing in July.

According to investigators, Abruzzese used the Foundation’s money to pay her personal mortgage. She began working for the Foundation in 2012 and took over as the director in 2014. While working as the director, Abruzzese wrote checks from the Foundation to her mortgage holder, and forged a second signature on the organization’s checks.

The embezzlement interrupted plans to bring a number of non-profit agencies together in one location as part of an initiative known as Under One Roof. Whether and how the initiative will go forward remains unclear.

Simi Valley embezzlement attorney


First and foremost, embezzlement is a financial crime. At the same time, it can have significant, negative impact on the victims. The primary goal of justice in these cases is to return the victims to their previous position. Punishment is also likely, but the court must balance punishment with the need to make the victim whole again. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced embezzlement attorney, if you’re facing this kind of charge.

An experienced attorney can work with the court and the prosecutor to reduce or eliminate charges against you. This may limit the impact of a conviction on you, while ensuring that the victim’s needs are also addressed.

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 case.

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