DUI Arrest in Simi Valley
DUI Arrest in Simi Valley
Simi Valley Police arrested a man on suspicion of DUIlast month. Following the arrest, police determined that the man had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

According to police, they responded to a report of a collision. Once on scene, a woman reported that a man struck her car and then crashed into a nearby newspaper stand. Police arrested the man, and determined that he had a blood-alcohol content of .29, which is nearly four times the legal limit.

The man, a 54-year-old Simi Valley resident, told police that he had consumed a single martini about three hours prior to the crash. He was booked on a misdemeanor DUI in Ventura County Jail. The woman suffered no injuries in the accident.

Simi Valley DUI attorney


Most DUI arrests result in misdemeanor charges in California. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanors aren’t serious, however! Misdemeanor drunk driving charges can take a long time to resolve and will be very expensive. That’s why you need an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend.

In California, a drunk driving arrest results in an immediate suspension of your driver’s license. This suspension isn’t part of the criminal process; it’s an administrative action on the part of the California DMV. The DMV process does provide a way for you to get the suspension lifted, but you must contest the arrest and appear at a DMV hearing. This does not take the place of a criminal process.

The criminal process requires you to make an appearance in court. If the court finds you guilty, the judge can impose any number of sanctions against you, in addition to the DMV’s automatic license suspension. These sanctions could include jail time, fines, driving restrictions and driver retraining. They can also include additional license suspension and the use of an ignition interlock on your car.

The judge will determine how long each sanction will remain in place. You may think that you can represent yourself in court, but that’s not a good idea. An experienced attorney can actually improve the outcome of your case. Don’t attempt to represent yourself when you face a DUI 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 DUI case.

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Theft Sting Nets Five Oxnard Suspects
Theft Sting Nets Five Oxnard Suspects
Oxnard police arrested five suspects in a theft sting. According to police, they conducted undercover surveillance of an Oxnard Wal-Mart over the course of nine hours. Store employees signaled officers who were waiting outside of the store, when they saw an incident occur. Officers arrested the five individuals once they exited the store with stolen merchandise.

All five people detained reside in Oxnard. Four people will face criminal charges. Police arrested the fifth person on outstanding warrants. In addition to shoplifting charges, two of the five people also face drug charges.

Oxnard theft lawyer


When you’re facing theft charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced Oxnard theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. He knows what it takes to successfully defend clients in court.

Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He will fight aggressively to protect your rights and freedoms. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Theft charges can either be misdemeanors or felonies in California, depending upon the circumstances of the case. The value of the property in question also plays some role in determining how the prosecutor charges a case.

An aggressive attorney will fight to get felony charges eliminated or reduced. The State’s Three Strikes Law imposes additional penalties for repeat felony convictions. In addition, a violent felony conviction could land you in prison for life!

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, an unprepared attorney, or one who won’t 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 theft case.

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Drug Possession Convictions for Jail SmugglersDrug Possession Convictions for Jail Smugglers
Drug Possession Convictions for Jail Smugglers
Four people will spend time in the Ventura County Jail following their convictions on drug possession charges. The two men and two women faced charges after attempting to smuggle drugs into the Ventura County Jail.

A jail inmate caught the attention of investigators after they found drugs on him following a random search. The inmate was serving jail time for identity theft, drug possession, domestic violence and probation violations. He had a work assignment at the pre-trial detention facility.

According to investigators, the inmate’s wife purchased drugs and tossed the drugs over the fence at the Ojai Police station. A second inmate who worked at the station retrieve the drugs and gave them to the first inmate at the pre-trial detention facility. The police intercepted the drugs before the inmate could bring them into the County Jail.

Police charged the two inmates, the inmate’s wife and the person from whom she bought the drugs. They each received jail sentences and three years’ probation for attempting to bring drugs into the jail.

Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer


When you face drug possession charges, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney. In many cases in California, drug possession penalties have changed, thanks to Proposition 47. Proposition 47 won’t eliminate some drug possession charges, however.

It’s natural to want to help the people we love, but when that person is already incarcerated, providing them with contraband can get you in big trouble! That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience, and fights aggressively for his clients in court.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Choose an aggressive attorney who will 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 drug possession case.

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Murder attempt in Camarillo leads to charges
Murder attempt in Camarillo leads to charges
A 21 year old Camarillo woman faces attempted murder charges. According to police, the woman struck her husband with a car and then left the scene of the collision.

Rescue personnel transported him to the hospital for treatment. The husband suffered significant injuries, however doctors expect him to make a full recovery. The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute between the man and his wife. Police interviewed witnesses and collected evidence at the scene, then arrested her.

The Prosecutor’s Office filed several felony charges against the woman, including attempted murder, corporal injury to spouse and assault with a deadly weapon.

A Ventura County Superior Court judge gave the woman a $560,000 bond. She will appear in Ventura County Superior Court for a hearing on October 2.

Camarillo murder lawyer


Homicide charges are exceptionally serious. When you’re facing any type of homicide charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Initially, his focus will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This is important because you want to avoid felony convictions in California.

The state’s Three Strikes Law means that you’ll spend additional time in prison (even for non-violent felonies) if you accumulate subsequent convictions. A third, violent felony conviction can also lead to lifetime incarceration.

Decisions we make in the heat of the moment can have devastating, lifelong consequences, so you need an experienced attorney by your side. Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for 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 murder case.

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Antitrust Target Gets Two SF Contracts
Antitrust Target Gets Two SF Contracts
The City of San Francisco awarded two city contracts to an embattled San Francisco area contractor. The man faces federal antitrust charges related to bid rigging.

Federal authorities indicted him as part of the sprawling Chow case. FBI investigators say that he colluded with a contracting officer and other contractors to divide up contracting work for the Department of Energy. Investigators say that the man agreed to submit fraudulent bids for renovation work. The conspirators designed the artificially high bid to ensure that another conspirator’s bid won the work.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency awarded two contracts to his firm, following careful scrutiny of the operation. According to the man, he no longer owns an interest in the company, however the company still uses his name. He also says he divested himself of ownership in the company in 2014. The company’s website recently listed him and his wife as company principals. As recently as 2016, he was still promoting his affiliation with the company.

The company describes itself as an advisor that assists disadvantaged businesses in securing contract work. The San Francisco contracts are worth $1.6 million. The SFMTA says its contracting rules do not prohibit working with indicted contractors. If an indictment results in a conviction, the SFMTA would move to modify its existing contracts.

California antitrust attorney


Antitrust actions can have significant and long-term impacts. Federal antitrust violations can be pursued in either criminal or civil courts. Criminal charges can also result in lengthy prison sentences and fines. When you’re facing criminal charges, you need an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes ases in any federal circuit in the country.

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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Sex crimes plea from Simi Valley Man
Sex crimes plea from Simi Valley Man
A Simi Valley man pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving children. According to Ventura County prosecutors, Ryan Faith, of Simi Valley could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Faith pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts a child. He also admitted to substantial sexual conduct with a person under the age of 11, and to committing this crime with multiple victims. In a second case, Faith also admitted to aggravated possession of child pornography. According to investigators, Faith had more than 600 graphic images of children at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors also said that Faith molested two children he lived following his April 2016 arrest.

Faith drew the attention of multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Simi Valley Police Department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Faith will return to Ventura County Superior Court on October 12 for sentencing. Prosecutors expect the judge to hand down a life sentence in the case.

Simi Valley sex crimes lawyer


This case illustrates the seriousness of a sex crimes conviction. When you’re facing sex crimes charges of any nature, hire an experienced, aggressive sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes sex crimes cases in Simi Valley and throughout Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges they face. Instead, he works to develop aggressive, effective courtroom defense strategies. Sex crimes convictions can lead to lifetime incarceration, or long sentences. Even after completing a sentence, most sex offenders must also submit to lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry.

Living as a registered sex offender can affect your housing and employment options following your release. An aggressive, experienced criminal defense lawyer can make a big difference in the outcome of 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities Fraud Conviction In Penny Stocks Case
Securities Fraud Conviction In Penny Stocks Case
A federal judge found a San Diego man guilty of securities fraud last week. Adesh Kumar Tyagi must pay federal regulators nearly $300,000 after he admitted that he falsely inflated stock prices.

Tyagi said he used phony press releases and other tricks to inflate shares of Systems America, Inc. According to investigators, Tyagi bought shares in the company at the end of the day to drive up the stock’s opening price. He also failed to notify Securities and Exchange Commission investigators about his involvement in criminal cases in 2009.

He formerly worked at a San Diego financial consulting firm. Investigators found that Tyagi claimed that Systems America was much larger than it was. His claims induced investors to buy stocks in the company. Tyagi also hid information about a nearly $5 million embezzlement charge, and a Las Vegas lawsuit.

Tyagi is also the subject of a separate criminal securities fraud case, which remains open. In the civil matter, Tyagi must repay the money within 12 months to avoid further action. Additionally, he may not buy or sell penny stocks, or any securities in which he has a financial interest of greater than 10 percent.

California securities fraud attorney


Securities fraud convictions can have a lasting impact on financial professionals. When you’re facing federal securities charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and takes cases in both the federal and state courts. His first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible, he will work aggressively to defend your freedom in court.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced or ineffective 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Plea for N. California Veteran
Embezzlement Plea for N. California Veteran
A former Navy pilot pleaded guilty to embezzlement in US District Court in San Diego. Anthony Ventura, 71, admitted to taking nearly $125,000 from The Distinguished Flying Cross Society, a veteran’s group. Ventura is a member of the society, which honors military airmen from all branches of the armed services.

Ventura flew in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and earned a Bronze Star. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud, mail fraud and filing a false tax return. His trouble began in 2014, after he filed for bankruptcy. He told the court he took the money to fund his lifestyle after going broke.

Ventura served as the group’s treasurer between 2012 and 2016. During that time, he opened a credit union account and transferred society funds to it. Then, he used the money for stock purchases and to operate his stable, Sovran Star Stables. According to the US Attorney in the case, the society intended to use the money to fund scholarship programs.

To disguise the theft, Ventura created false quarterly statements for the organization’s board of directors, and filed a false tax return on behalf of the group. As part of his plea agreement, he will forfeit any remaining funds in his possession and will repay the stolen money. He also faces up to 20 years in federal prison on the wire fraud and mail fraud charges, as well as three years for filing the false tax return.

Ventura embezzlement lawyer


When you face federal charges for financial crimes, you need an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom defense. He takes cases in both state and federal courts.

Embezzlement cases can be very difficult for all involved, because the money is usually intended for specific purposes. Repayment is an important component of embezzlement sentencing, so limiting jail time is key to ensuring restitution. An experienced attorney will work toward the best possible resolution of the case, and maximize the opportunity for repayment. Don’t settle for 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charges For Card Skimming Crew
Fraud Charges For Card Skimming Crew
Camarillo police arrested three Glendale men for conspiracy, forgery, identity theft and fraudulent use of a card scanning device. Additionally, one man faces a charge of destroying evidence. A gas station owner observed the men attempting to orchestrate a fraud, using credit card skimmers. The station owner had just purchased a new video surveillance system. He was testing it out when he saw the three men tampering with the station’s gas pumps.

He contacted police who responded to the scene and arrested the men. While on scene, the police determined that the pumps at the station had credit card skimmers. In addition, police discovered evidence connecting the men to a credit card skimming operation.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is currently holding two of the men on a $250,000 bond. The third man is not eligible for bail due to a parole violation. All three men will appear in Ventura County Superior Court on October 11.

Camarillo fraud attorney


When you face identity theft charges, your first step in defending yourself should be to hire an aggressive fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience in Camarillo and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will involve getting charges against you reduced or dropped. Eliminating charges against you ensures that you will not have to face trial. That alone can reduce or eliminate your risk of incarceration or other penalties. When you face felony charges, reduction and elimination also spares you from dealing with the state’s Three Strikes Law. In California, an accumulation of felony charges puts you at risk of increased sentences or even lifetime incarceration.

Mr. Helfend fights aggressively for his clients in court. That’s something that some inexperienced criminal defense attorneys don’t do! Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight 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 Couple Arrested in Ventura
Identity Theft Couple Arrested in Ventura
The spending habits of a Ventura couple led to their arrest on identity theft charges. According to police, they received a complaint from an Ojai business owner about unauthorized use of their business checks.

Investigators discovered a series of thefts beginning in March 2017, and then identified a Ventura pair as suspects. Detectives noted that the man purchased an expensive sports car valued at nearly $100,000. He paid for the vehicle with a fraudulent cashier’s check apparently from Bank of America.

Police obtained a warrant and searched the couple’s home. Inside they found stolen Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, passports, checks, credit cards and other property belonging to at least 117 different people. In addition, they found blank check paper and check printing equipment.

Police arrested the couple, and then transported them to the Ventura County Jail. The court released the woman on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in court today on matters related to the case. Prosecutors charged the man with seven felony counts and two misdemeanors. The charges include identify theft, forgery, grand theft auto, obtaining credit with another person’s identity, possessing personal information of more than ten people, a weapons charge and receiving stolen property. The suspect has a criminal history that includes previous felony convictions. He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond, and will also appear in court today on matters related to the case.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity theft often leads investigators to other criminal activity. As a result, police and prosecutors are serious about pursuing these cases. Under California law, identity theft charges can be felonies or misdemeanors, depending upon the circumstances. When you’re facing felony charges, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will get charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. This alone can provide protection for you from the state’s Three Strike’s Law. Whether or not you have a prior history of felony convictions, it is important to limit the law’s ability to impact your future.
Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively on your behalf and don’t assume that an arrest automatically means a conviction.

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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