Drug possession Charge for Ventura Marijuana Thief
Drug possession Charge for Ventura Marijuana Thief
A Ventura man faces drug possession charges after stealing 50 pounds of marijuana. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, a Ventura man and a San Diego woman burglarized a local marijuana farm.

Workers at a local orchard discovered that a fence on their property had been damaged overnight. The fence separates the orchard from a marijuana farm next door. Later, police determined that thieves accessed the marijuana farm after cutting a hole in the orchard’s fence.

Investigators identified suspects in the burglary and then located the suspects at a Carpinteria motel. Inside the motel room, deputies found the stolen marijuana. They also found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, burglary tools, live marijuana plants, and other stolen property.

Authorities have since charged the pair with drug possession, burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools. They also face vandalism and conspiracy charges.

Ventura drug possession attorney


When you face multiple felony charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

While drug laws in California have changed for the individual user, drug possession for sale is still a serious offense. In California, possession of more than a pound of certain drugs can result in a sentence of up to 99 years in prison!

That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Even with the possibility of parole, drug sentences in California can result in lifetime incarceration. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight for your rights 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 drug possession case.

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Juveniles Charged In Christmas Day Murder
Juveniles Charged In Christmas Day Murder
Two Ventura juveniles and a 20-year-old man face charges for a Christmas Day
murder. According to police, the three men approached the victim in a parking garage, then attacked him. Video surveillance captured the assault.

Police say the video shows the trio beating, then stabbing the man. The three suspects are known gang members, and police say this was not a random incident. Police arrested the adult suspect on December 27 and a juvenile suspect on December 28. The other juvenile suspect was already in custody for another incident. Authorities charged all three suspects with homicide, street terrorism and conspiracy.

The adult suspect will return to court for a probable cause hearing on January 31. He also faces additional drug and weapons charges for an unrelated arrest. He remains jailed in lieu of a $1.16M bond. Prosecutors also filed a motion to transfer the two juvenile cases to adult court.

Ventura Murder Attorney


Murder is the most serious crime you can face in California. Your life is literally at stake. While California has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is a realistic possibility. Nearly 750 California prisoners sit on death row today awaiting execution. When you face homicide charges in Ventura County, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend takes homicide defense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to get their charges reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he works hard to ensure the best possible outcome for their cases.

Don’t settle for working with an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for your freedom. 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 murder case.

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Sex crimes suspect returns to Ventura court
Sex crimes suspect returns to Ventura court
A man accused of sex crimes against children returned to court today. The Goleta resident faces two felony charges each of luring and sending harmful matter to a child.

According to police, the man used Internet chat rooms to make contact with minor females. He attempted to lure them into sexual activity with him. In October, the man made contact with a law enforcement agent posing as a 15-year-old female. He arranged to meet her and engage in sexual activity with her. Police arrested the man when he arrived at the designated meeting spot.

While this is the man’s first arrest for this behavior, officials believe that he has had improper contact with minors in the past. Authorities arrested the suspect in October, and he remains housed in the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $350,000.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


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 courtroom defense. He will fight aggressively for your freedom.

Many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sexual offense cases, especially when they involve underage victims. Mr. Helfend doesn’t refuse clients accused of sexual offenses. He doesn’t judge his clients based on what they’re charged with. Instead, he works tirelessly to provide them with the best possible representation in court.

Avoiding convictions for sexual offenses is important. Convictions can result in lifetime sex offender registry requirements. Sex offender registration can cause significant problems for you, even after you’ve completed your sentence. Many sex offenders have difficulty finding appropriate housing and employment. Some registered sex offenders have become targets for other peoples’ aggression.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who doesn’t want to 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 charge trips unlicensed agent
Securities fraud charge trips unlicensed agent
The California Department of Insurance announced the conviction of an unlicensed insurance agent for securities fraud and insurance fraud.

According to CDI investigators, the man cheated at least 10 victims out of more than $100,000. Investigators say the man sold phony insurance policies and investments to victims. Victims discovered the fraud when they attempted to make a claim on one of the phony policies.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud, one count of grand theft and an aggravated white collar enhancement. A California company attempted to file a worker’s compensation claim for an injured employee, and discovered it had no coverage. Another company separately discovered that its worker’s compensation policy was non-existent. Both companies filed complaints with the California Department of Insurance.

The man sold policies to the victims and collected premiums, but never initiated insurance coverage. After leaving the insurance agency where he worked, the man continued to sell fake insurance policies using a fake corporation that he established in Nevada.

After collecting premiums, the man issued fake insurance certificates. Investigators say that the man used at least $20,000 in premiums he collected to pay for his own expenses. In addition, he posed as a registered stock broker and collected $80,000 from investors. He was not a licensed broker, and never invested the money on their behalf.

Securities fraud lawyer


When you face securities fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom criminal defense experience. He fights aggressively for his clients.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Mr. Helfend manages each case he takes personally, so you will work directly with him on your 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 securities fraud case.
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Embezzlement Conviction Serves Up 7 Month Sentence
Embezzlement Conviction Serves Up 7 Month Sentence
A Ventura County judge served a former Simi Valley bartender a 7 month sentence for embezzlement . The man worked for a local restaurant and discovered that he could load a gift card with value, then cancel the sale. The loaded value would remain on the card.

The man and another co-worker used the scheme successfully for more than two years. After loading and canceling gift card transactions, the pair would pocket cash sales and used the fraudulent gift cards to pay for meals. The pair ran the scam between 2011 and 2013. In October, a judge sentenced the co-worker to 7 months in jail, three years’ probation and restitution of more than $50,000.

In addition to the jail sentence, the judge sentenced the Van Nuys man to five years’ probation and ordered restitution of $75,000. The judge also ordered the man to report to the Ventura County Jail to begin serving his sentence on February 16.

Simi Valley Embezzlement Attorney


When you face embezzlement charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of criminal courtroom defense experience. He’ll fight aggressively on your behalf.

Embezzlement is a crime of opportunity, and the court’s primary interest is in making the victim whole. To do that, the court may impose a sentence that best facilitates the defendant’s ability to make restitution. An experienced defense attorney will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, an excellent attorney will work toward the best possible resolution of your case.

Don’t settle for 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 embezzlement.

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Camarillo Woman Faces Identity Theft Charges
Camarillo Woman Faces Identity Theft Charges
Police arrested a Camarillo woman last month for multiple cases of identity theft. According to police, the woman was already awaiting trial on another identity theft charge when they arrested her.

Police say that the woman persuaded the court to move a scheduled court appearance in November to January. While on bail, she removed a credit card from a vehicle in Camarillo and used it at several local businesses. Police used video surveillance to identify the woman.

After obtaining a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, police found stolen property from at least 10 different people. The woman generally targeted unattended vehicles. Police found stolen property from one residential burglary. In addition to the stolen property, police also found illegal weapons and drugs at the woman’s residence.

Police arrested the suspect in Ventura and booked her into the Ventura County Jail. She remains jailed on a bail of $410,000, and will return to court on January 12 for matters related to the cases.

Camarillo Identity Theft Attorney


When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors rarely pursue identity theft charges alone. Normally, identity theft is associated with other – sometimes more serious – charges. Stealing another person’s identity can result in either misdemeanor charges or felony charges, depending upon the circumstances of the case.

In California, it’s critical to avoid accumulating felony convictions. The state’s Three Strikes Law can put a person behind bars for life. If you accumulate a second felony convictions, you’ll be subjected to a longer sentence. If you accumulate a third felony conviction for a violent crime, you will face lifetime incarceration under the Three Strikes Law.

When you face felony charges, your freedom is literally at stake. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. 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/murder case.

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Domestic Violence Assault Results In Road Rage Arrest
Domestic Violence Assault Results In Road Rage Arrest
Police arrested a Ventura man for domestic violence following a road rage incident. According to police, an officer spotted what appeared to be a road rage incident. One of the drivers pulled over and spoke with the officer. The other driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

The officer initiated pursuit and the driver eventually pulled into a driveway and fled into the residence. Police eventually convinced the man to come outside. According to police, the first driver, a woman, told them she was attempting to comply with a court order regarding the couple’s children.

She attempted to drop them off at the man’s home, but he exited the house with a crowbar and began hitting the woman’s car. She fled the scene and the man followed her. He rear-ended the car hard enough to break the rear bumper. That also happened to be when the officer spotted the incident.

Police arrested the man and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. He faces a number of misdemeanor charges in the case, including child endangerment and disobeying a domestic relations court order. He also faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and evading police. In addition, he is charged with three misdemeanor probation violations from incidents in 2015 and 2016.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic assaults can have far-reaching consequences. When you face domestic abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He knows what it takes to defend his clients.

Mr. Helfend provides exceptional, aggressive representation to his clients. In his decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians against criminal complaints. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to help 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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DUI Charge For Ventura Teen
DUI Charge For Ventura Teen
A 19-year-old Ventura resident faces charges for a DUI in Ventura earlier this month. Authorities arrested the man following a crash in a Ventura neighborhood. According to witnesses, the man hit two parked vehicles and also rolled his car over in a driveway. When police arrived, they said the man appeared to be drunk. They performed field sobriety tests and arrested him for DUI.

A breath-alcohol test showed that the man was driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08%. Authorities arrested the man at the scene after determining that he had not injured himself in the crash.

Ventura DUI attorney


Underage drinking and driving can result in serious consequences. When you face a drunk driving charge in Ventura County, hire an experienced local DUI attorney to assist you. Drunk driving is a serious offense, but most DUI cases in California result only in misdemeanor charges.

Even a misdemeanor charge can cost thousands of dollars, and result in jail time, license suspension, driver retraining and other sanctions. If convicted, the Court could force you to install an expensive interlock device on your car’s ignition system. You could lose your license or drive with restricted driving privileges for months – or longer.

The DMV’s administrative process immediately suspends your driver’s license upon arrest. The criminal proceeding against you could result in additional suspension of driving privileges or other sanctions.

Many people who have a drunk driving arrest assume that there is nothing they can do to improve their situation. Worse, many people come to court without professional representation with predictably disastrous results. Don’t attempt to defend yourself in court 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/sex crimes case.

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Theft Suspect from Ventura Will Spend 8 Years in Prison
Theft Suspect from Ventura Will Spend 8 Years in Prison
A Ventura man will spend the next eight years in prison for
theft. Police arrested him and charged him with grand theft after a resident found the suspect in his car.

In August, a Ventura resident called police to report that he had seen his stolen car parked nearby. Officers responded to the scene and saw the suspect leaving the area. Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested the man.

According to the victim, he left his car keys in a backpack at State Beach Park. When he returned to his belongings, he noticed that his keys were missing. He also discovered that his car had been stolen from the park. The man found his car the next day in another section of Ventura. When police arrested the suspect and removed him from the car, they found additional items belonging to the victim.

They booked the man into the Ventura County Jail for stealing the car, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. Following the conclusion of the judicial process, the man was found guilty and a judge sentenced him to eight years in state prison.

Ventura theft lawyer


When you face criminal charges in Ventura, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Theft charges can result in significant prison sentences, especially if you already have a felony conviction history.

The state’s Three Strikes Law can extend your sentence for a conviction on a subsequent felony. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working on your case. Avoiding repeat felony convictions can be key to avoiding the possibility of lifetime incarceration in the future.

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

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Drug Possession Charge for Ventura Pair
Drug Possession Charge for Ventura Pair
Federal authorities arrested two Ventura County residents for drug possession. Federal investigators say that the drug distribution operation resides in the San Fernando Valley.

According to police, the men – residents of Newbury Park and Ventura – purchased drugs from “Manny’s Delivery Service.” Following the purchase, they attempted to resell the drugs in Ventura County. Police arrested the would-be dealers along with five other people. The seven newly arrested people join another nine people facing related charges.

Police say that the service took orders over the phone for heroin and cocaine. The service the dispatched drivers to meet the buyers in various locations in the San Fernando Valley. The ring operators stored bulk quantities of the drugs in a stash house. They also parceled out the drugs and distributed them from a second facility in Van Nuys.

The Ventura resident faces federal charges including possession with intent to distribute nearly 1 pound of heroin. He also faces charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The Newbury Park man faces charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

The case is being tried in the United States District Court in Los Angeles.

Ventura Drug Possession Lawyer


Federal drug prosecutions comprised about 32% of the new criminal cases in federal courts in 2016. They were the most common type of federal criminal prosecutions this year. When you face federal drug charges, hire an experienced federal drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal courtroom defense experience in federal courts.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Mr. Helfend takes each case personally, and will work directly with you on your defense. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney 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 drug possession case.

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