Murder Charge for Ventura County Jail Inmate
Murder Charge for Ventura County Jail Inmate
A Ventura County Jail inmate faces charges of second-degree murder following the death of another inmate. Jeffrey Kibler, 53, died on September 11 in the jail.

Kibler left the jail on September 11 to receive medical treatment following what Kibler described as “a fall.” Medical personnel pronounced him dead just hours after he left the jail for treatment. An autopsy revealed that Kibler suffered injuries consistent with an assault, and were not the result of the fall Kibler had initially described.

An investigation into the death showed that Kibler and another inmate fought in the jail’s day room prior to Kibler’s injuries. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, there is no video footage of the assault.

Authorities detained the inmate thought responsible for Kibler’s death on a parole violation. He pleaded guilty to grand theft auto and resisting arrest in 2017. Kibler was also in jail on a probation violation. Kibler was the first of two VCJ inmates to die while in custody this year. On September 12, just one day after Kibler’s death, another inmate suffered a brain aneurysm in the day room and died shortly thereafter. Another inmate was arrested the following week for a serious assault on his cellmate that left the man unresponsive.

The inmate accused in Kibler’s death pleaded not guilty to the charge and seven related special allegations. He remains jailed on a $2M bond and will return to court next week on matters related to the case.

Ventura murder lawyer


When you face homicide charges of any kind, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes murder cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. The state has the death penalty. While the state has executed no prisoners in more than a decade, nearly 750 people remain on death row. The state had been mired in legal arguments regarding its execution procedures. A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year eliminated those objections. Now, the state has assigned execution dates to nearly two dozen inmates. Now is definitely not the time to take chances on a homicide 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 murder case.

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Antitrust Action on Internet Search Algorithms Expected
Antitrust Action on Internet Search Algorithms Expected
The Department of Justice says it intends to prosecute a novel antitrust complaint against certain companies for price fixing. The DOJ claims that some companies used Internet search algorithms to fix prices.

The DOJ’s Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim made the statements in testimony before a Senate subcommittee last week. He did not detail the DOJ’s case against the companies, or identify the investigation targets. He did indicate that the DOJ’s actions would feature criminal charges.

Delrahim responded to a question by Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal, who said Internet search engines were not always consumer friendly. Blumenthal indicated that the search engines didn’t always direct consumers to the best options or best prices. Delrahim then acknowledged that companies could collaborate to use search engine algorithms anticompetitively.

He also indicated that the Department of Justice would be bringing such a case to court this month. The DOJ has never before investigated the anticompetitive use of search engines. Search engine companies like Google typically keep their search algorithms secret to frustrate third-party manipulation. Users may only become aware of changes to the algorithm when search engine results change.

Ventura antitrust attorney


When you face criminal charges for anticompetitive behavior, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. If that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Facing federal charges can be both frightening and difficult. Federal prosecutors have an extremely high conviction rate, but that doesn’t mean you have no options.

When you face federal charges, your best defense strategy should include an experienced aggressive attorney who will fight for you.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 suspect enmeshed in second investigation
Sex crimes suspect enmeshed in second investigation
A Ventura man suspected of sex crimes faces an inquiry into potentially contaminated musical instruments. The man arrested last month founded a charitable organization designed to distribute flutes to children around the world. Investigators now say that some of the gift flutes appear to be contaminated with semen.

California authorities began collecting the organization’s flutes in 2017, following a tip. At least four Orange County districts say that their students may have come into contact with contaminated instruments. The contamination investigation is unrelated to the child pornography indictment.

Authorities arrested the man in Los Angeles on an indictment for producing child pornography. According to the indictment, the man enticed a female victim to produce pornographic images. He also attempted to entice another victim to send him sexually explicit images. In addition, authorities say the man traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minors and possessed child pornography. Authorities say that the suspect also sent dozens of graphic images to the victim. None of the minors in the child sex cases reside in Southern California.

The suspect will return to court in early November for trial on the child pornography charges. He does not currently face charges related to the contaminated flutes.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes sex crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Many defense attorneys don’t like to take sex crimes cases. They’re uncomfortable defending against these allegations, especially when the case involves child victims. Given the seriousness of sex offense allegations and the potential lifetime consequences, your best defense includes an experienced, engaged 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities Fraud Plea in Los Angeles Insider Trading Case
Securities Fraud Plea in Los Angeles Insider Trading Case
A former Los Angeles investment banker pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a Philadelphia courtroom. Damilare Sonoiki enlisted former NFL linebacker Mychal Kendricks in the scheme, which netted Kendricks more than $1M. Kendricks pleaded guilty to his role in the plan. The NFL suspended the Seattle Seahawks player following his guilty plea. Kendricks appealed the suspension but was recently denied reinstatement. He will return to federal court in January for sentencing. He expects to receive between 30 and 37 months in federal prison. In the meantime, Kendricks will not be permitted to join the team.

Sonoiki worked as an investment analyst for Goldman Sachs. Beginning in 2014, Sonoiki provided Kendricks with insider information on stock trades. The linebacker invested according to Sonoiki’s instructions and generated a profit of more than $1.2 million. Kendricks paid Sonoiki about $10,000 in cash and provided him with access to exclusive events. Additionally, Kendricks provided NFL tickets, nightclub admissions and access to celebrities and performers.

Sonoiki left Goldman Sachs in 2015 to pursue his dream of being a comedy writer. He has previously written for the ABC sitcom Black-ish and for Fox’s The Simpsons. Sonoiki remains free on a $100,000 bail. When he returns for sentencing, he faces nearly four years in federal prison.

California securities fraud attorney


When you face charges for investment fraud or insider trading, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is an important component of criminal defense strategy, especially when facing federal charges. Federal prosecutors have enormous resources available to them, but that doesn’t mean a defendant can’t beat them. Federal prosecutors choose their cases very carefully, which allows them to claim a very high conviction rate. By working to reduce or drop charges, an experienced attorney can change trial prospects and make a defendant a less inviting target.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is on the line. 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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Fraud Lands Former Simi Valley Police Officer in Jail
Fraud Lands Former Simi Valley Police Officer in Jail
A former Simi Valley police officer accused of time-card fraud will be marking time in the Ventura County Jail. A judge recently sentenced the officer to 300 days in jail for stealing more than $100,000 in phony overtime wages.

The former officer pleaded no contest to one count of attempted grand theft and four counts of grand theft. At his sentencing, he acknowledged responsibility for his actions. According to investigators, the officer began falsifying his time card as early as 2009. The charges stem from false time reports between 2014 and September 2017. Attorneys for the city say the theft amounted to more than $102,000. The City could not seek charges dating back to 2009 because the statute of limitations on the crimes expired.

Initially, a watch commander noted a discrepancy between the officer’s time card and his reported shifts. That led to a more intensive investigation of the officer’s time reports. The officer began working for the department in 2008 and was named Officer of the Year in 2012. The officer has already made full financial restitution to the City.

Simi Valley Fraud Attorney


When you face fraud, embezzlement or grand theft allegations, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Fraud is most often committed for financial gain. While victims want to see justice, their first concern is often restitution. Mr. Helfend’s 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 resolution to your case. Sometimes, you can’t avoid criminal proceedings. In this case, an experienced attorney will work with the prosecutor to arrive at a fair, just outcome.

Don’t risk your freedom and financial security by working with an inexperienced attorney. Instead, 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 Charges For Oxnard Couple
Identity Theft Charges For Oxnard Couple
Oxnard Police arrested a man and woman on suspicion of identity theft. Working in conjunction with the US Secret Service, Oxnard Police served a search warrant on the couple’s home. Inside, they found check printing equipment and counterfeit money. They also found opioids and methamphetamine.

Police began to investigate a series of stolen check reports in August. Their investigation led them to the couple. According to police, they recovered evidence from the home from victims throughout Ventura County. The couple targeted victims in Ventura, Camarillo and also in Oxnard.

The woman remains jailed on a $125,000 bond. She faces three felony counts of identity theft and one felony count of forgery. She also has prior convictions, and will return to court next week on matters related to her case.

The man faces felony drug possession charges and received a $30,000 bond. He will return to court in November on matters related to his case.

Oxnard Identity Theft Lawyer


The government is very interested in pursuing identity theft cases because they often lead to other charges. When you face identity theft charges in Ventura, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Avoiding felony convictions in California is essential, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law. A history of felony convictions can result in longer prison sentences and increased fines. In addition, a third conviction for a violent felony can send you to prison for life.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you can’t beat a prosecutor’s case against you. 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/antitrust case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested on Weapons Charges
Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested on Weapons Charges
A Fillmore man previously convicted ofdomestic violence faces new charges of weapons manufacturing. Police initially arrested the suspect in 2015 following an assault on his 17-year-old girlfriend at the Fillmore Library. In that incident, the woman suffered minor injuries. The man fled the area and attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on medications. Eventually, police arrested the man in Piru.

Following a conviction on that offense, he lost his rights to possess firearms. Police began investigating the man earlier this summer. They recently served a search warrant on his Fillmore residence. Inside, police found a handgun, two handgun kits, two AK-47 kits and ammunition. Prosecutors charged the man with four weapons-related felonies. He pleaded guilty to two charges. The court will dismiss the remaining two charges when he appears for sentencing in November. He remains jailed in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

Fillmore Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic assault convictions can have lasting effects. In this case, the defendant lost his right to possess firearms. His latest arrest will likely result in prison time and future weapons restrictions. When you face domestic assault charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. He takes domestic assault cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. California’s “three strikes” law makes avoiding felony convictions an absolute necessity. Conviction on a third, violent felony can result in a lifetime prison sentence. A second “strike” can result in longer prison sentences and increased fines.

Don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Instead, rely on the experience of a capable, aggressive defense attorney who can best represent your interests.

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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DUI Arrests Aren't Just For Drunk Drivers
DUI Arrests Aren’t Just For Drunk Drivers
Mention a DUI arrest and people conjure up images of a drunk driver. “Drunk driving” arrests don’t just happen for drinkers, however. Any substance that can impair your driving can result in a drunk driving arrest.

In California, where individuals can use recreational marijuana legally, drivers can face impaired driving charges, if an officer sees specific signs of impairment. Additionally, drivers can also face charges after using a prescription medication that impairs the user’s driving abilities.

While states can more easily set standards for what constitutes alcohol impairment, measuring drug impairments aren’t always straightforward. Every person metabolizes drugs differently, and few states set scientifically supported standards for drug impairments. A fixed amount of a drug does not reliably produce the same level of impairment in every person.

As a result, California relies on officer observations to determine whether a person meets the definition of impaired. Initially, an officer’s observations also play an important role in identifying potentially alcohol-impaired drivers. DUI checkpoints allow officers to visually inspect drivers for signs of impairment. Outward signs – appearance, smell, speech, physical coordination – can lead an officer to suspect impairment. Officers can run preliminary tests for alcohol impairment at the traffic stop. Drug impairment evaluation requires more time and doesn’t always include a precise measurement of “how impaired” a driver is.

Ventura DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for a DUI in Ventura, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Whether you face charges for an alcohol-related driving offense or a marijuana related offense, your best defense is an aggressive, experienced criminal defense lawyer.

While the determination of impairment may be different, the results of a DUI conviction are the same. You can lose your license, pay hefty fines, spend time in jail and be required to meet a number of conditions to get your license back. Impaired driving cases (and their defenses) can be complicated. 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 County DUI case.

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Drug possession case against ice cream truck driver
Drug possession case against ice cream truck driver
Long Beach police arrested two men for drug possession for allegedly selling drugs from an ice cream truck. Investigators say the truck was being used to disguise a distribution point for marijuana and methamphetamine.

Following the men’s arrests, police searched the ice cream truck and found marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of as much as $4,000. They also found a drug scale, plastic bags for drug distribution and a handgun. Police arrested the men last month.

One suspect faced charges of possession for sale. The second suspect faced charges of possession for sale, possession of a handgun while selling drugs, and felony firearm charges. The state took custody of both suspects, following a court appearance in early September.

Ventura drug possession attorney


When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

The state is shifting its position on certain drug offenses, but possession for sale can result in a felony conviction. It can also result in prison time. Since California is a “three-strikes” state, it’s important to avoid felony convictions whenever possible.

Mr. Helfend’s first strategy 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. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your case.

It’s important to understand the differences between personal possession charges and possession for sale. An experienced lawyer can help you understand the differences between these charges, and the potential consequences. If you have questions regarding Proposition 47, or its potential impact on prior drug convictions, please contact us. We may be able to help you address your drug conviction, depending on the circumstances 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 drug possession case.

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Murder Conviction Results For Simi Valley Man
Murder Conviction Results For Simi Valley Man
A jury convicted a Simi Valley man of second-degree murder in a 2009 death. Prosecutors initially sought a first degree homicide charge, but the jury opted for a lesser offense. The same jury failed to reach a verdict on a residential burglary charge.

According to prosecutors, a friend found the victim on the floor of her home in 2009. The woman was known as a regular drug user, and autopsy findings showed heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in her system. Initially, the coroner ruled the death an accidental overdose.

Prosecutors alleged however that the man and a female companion went to the victim’s house to steal her mail. Investigators showed that the pair was committing identity theft against the victim, and went to the home for that purpose. The female companion lived with the victim at one time, but moved out after a falling-out. An altercation broke out between the women, during which the man restrained the woman’s dog. The coroner reclassified the victim’s death as a homicide, ruling that she had been smothered.

The former roommate also faces charges in the victim’s death. Prosecutors have not yet tried her, but they accuse her of first degree murder. The roommate’s former husband, a third accomplice, pleaded guilty to burglary in December 2016.

Simi Valley Murder Attorney


When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience, and takes homicide cases in Ventura County.

Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Although the State has not executed a prisoner in over a decade, the death penalty is alive and well here. With a first-degree homicide conviction, you can spend the rest of your life in prison with or without parole. A second-degree murder conviction can result in a sentence of 15 years to life. Parole may or may not be a possibility.

Your best defense is an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Don’t rely on an inexperienced defender, or one 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 murder case.

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