Drug possession charge arises from Oxnard traffic stop
Drug possession charge arises from Oxnard traffic stop
An Oxnard man faces drug possession and weapons charges following an early morning traffic stop. Oxnard police say an officer stopped a vehicle for a code violation. During the stop, the officer discovered that the man was driving on a suspended license.

Upon searching the vehicle, the officer discovered a loaded firearm and arrested the driver. In addition, the search also produced a controlled substance. The man now faces felony drug possession charges with a firearm. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possessing a firearm with an altered or removed serial number and carrying a loaded firearm.

He posted a $50,000 bail, but he will return to court for arraignment on the charges this week.

Oxnard drug possession attorney


Although the state has shifted its position on minor drug charges, prosecutors still vigorously pursue felony drug crimes. When you’re facing drug charges, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes drug cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Avoiding felony charges is exceptionally important, especially in California. The state’s Three Strikes Law poses a serious threat to citizens. A history of felony convictions can put you in prison for life under this law.

An aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you by getting charges against you reduced or dropped. Your attorney can also help get evidence against you excluded, particularly if it came from a legally questionable search.

Don’t settle for attorneys who won’t fight for your rights, and don’t accept an inexperienced attorney! Instead, work with 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 drug possession case.

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Murder Charge for Thousand Oaks Woman
Murder Charge for Thousand Oaks Woman
A Thousand Oaks woman faces murder charges in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the man dead and the woman suffering from major injuries at a residence.

Investigators say the man died from multiple stab wounds he suffered during a fight with the woman. Rescue personnel transported the woman to the hospital following the fight. The woman is an audiologist who works at UCLA Health. The victim worked at an accounting firm in Camarillo and planned to seek a CPA credential.

Investigators also say that the woman’s injuries appeared to be self-inflicted. The altercation took place on May 28. Authorities arrested her on June 1 after doctors released her from the hospital. She is currently free on a $510,000 bond. She returns to court on July 6 for arraignment for murder and a special allegation of using a deadly weapon.

Thousand Oaks Murder Attorney


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. Your life is literally in the balance. Prosecutors can choose to seek the death penalty under certain circumstances. You could also face up to life in prison, with or without parole. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced, aggressive murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense and will fight aggressively for you.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally. You will always work directly with him on your matter, and you will always know the status of your case. He has a reputation as an aggressive defender and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible resolution 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 Case Against Tuna CEO Leads To Criminal Charges
Antitrust Case Against Tuna CEO Leads To Criminal Charges
A federal grand jury indicted Christopher Lischewski, the CEO of Bumble Bee foods as part of an
antitrust investigation. The grand jury determined that the government had produced sufficient evidence of antitrust price-fixing for packaged seafood products.

According to the Department of Justice, Bumble Bee Foods regularly met with competitors between November 2010 and December 2013. The DOJ also claims Bumble Bee, Starkist and Chicken of the Sea conspired to set the prices of packaged seafood products. Major US grocery companies sued Bumble Bee amid the DOJ investigation, claiming the companies colluded to set prices.

The DOJ has also indicted three other people in connection with the price fixing scheme. In 2016, a Bumble Bee senior Vice President pleaded guilty to conspiracy. In 2017, Bumble Bee paid a $25 million criminal fine, after admitting it participated in the anti-competitive conspiracy. If convicted, Lischewski faces up to 10 years in federal prison and also a $1 million fine.

Lion Capital, a British private equity firm, owns Bumble Bee Foods of San Diego. The Thai Union Group owns El Segundo’s Chicken of the Sea. South Korea’s largest fishing company, Dongwon Industries, purchased Starkist from Del Monte in 2008. Starkist is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

California Antitrust Lawyer


When you face criminal anticompetitive charges, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Antitrust statutes feature both civil and criminal penalties. Certain anti-competitive actions violate the criminal provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act. These actions include price fixing, bid rigging and also market allocation.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is your best strategy when facing federal prosecutors. The Department of Justice has immense resources and rarely takes cases to court that it isn’t sure it can win. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself, however. An aggressive attorney can help build an effective defense strategy, eliminate charges and then reduce the potential impact of 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 antitrust case.

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Sex crimes charges will not feature in Golden State murder cases
Sex crimes charges will not feature in Golden State murder cases
Although DNA collected from sex crimes victims identified a suspect, the Golden State Killer will likely only face murder charges. The statute of limitations has expired for prosecuting sexual offenses associated with the suspect.

Investigators recently gave a more detailed account of how they tracked down the prime suspect in the case, Joseph DeAngelo, Jr. Investigators submitted DNA samples preserved from a Ventura County crime scene to several private genealogy websites. Using the DNA evidence, one site produced a match of a distant relative.

Detectives then constructed a family tree of the distant relative and identified several potential suspects. They eliminated all but one suspect, who lived in and around the areas where the Golden State Killer struck. Investigators then obtained a search warrant and collected a DNA sample from the suspect’s car. The suspect had parked the car in the parking lot of a local retailer. Police collected the sample while the suspect shopped.

The car sample returned DNA profiles from three people, one of whom was the source of the crime scene DNA. Investigators then collected a DNA sample from the prime suspect’s household trash. That sample also matched the crime scene DNA conclusively, and authorities sought an arrest warrant for him.

Over the years, authorities have matched DNA from separate crime scenes to each other. They knew that the killer had operated in both Northern and Southern California and had periodically changed his MO. In addition, Visalia authorities now believe that DeAngelo is also responsible for the 1975 murder of a professor there. The professor was shot as he defended his daughter from an attempted kidnapping.

Recently unsealed search warrants also included descriptions of dozens of items DeAngelo is thought to have taken from crime scenes. Investigators have not said whether searches of DeAngelo’s home produced any of the missing items. A list of seized items, as well as evidence from the suspect’s computer and phone remain sealed.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


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

It’s important to have exceptional representation when facing charges for sexual offenses. Aside from spending significant time in prison, most California sex offenders must register in the state’s sex offender database. Sex offender registration can prevent you from finding suitable work and living accommodations after release. It also places onerous compliance requirements upon offenders, including restrictions on computer use and address verification among others.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities fraud plea nets 19 months
Securities fraud plea nets 19 months
A Fairfield, CT consultant pleaded guilty to securities fraud and transacting in criminal proceeds. The man and his partner falsely claimed that their companies held warrants to purchase stock in a California company, eAgency. eAgency is a mobile security products company, located in Newport Beach, CA.

The man had served as eAgency’s president and CEO between 2006 and 2007. He also served as a consultant for the company until 2013.

As part of his plea agreement, the man admitted that he had falsely represented the existence, number, validity and terms of warrants issued by eAgency. He also admitted that he misled investors about his personal investments in and connections to the company. As part of the scheme, he and a business partner sold unregistered securities in the LLCs. Investors purchased shares of four limited liability corporations the man owned, believing the companies held valuable stock warrants. They did not.

In February, a federal judge sentenced his business partner to 78 months in federal prison for his role in the scheme. According to federal investigators, the pair defrauded investors of about $5 million, beginning in 2009.

Following his plea agreement, the judge sentenced the man to 19 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release. He also ordered the man to forfeit more than $5M in proceeds from the scheme. In 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission barred the man from acting as a broker, dealer, agent or representative. They also barred him from issuing, trading, dealing in, buying or selling penny stocks.

California securities fraud lawyer


When you face securities fraud charges, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes securities fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the United States.

Securities fraud laws are complex. An exceptional defense requires the effort of an attorney who will fight aggressively for you. Although securities fraud often involves high dollar amounts, the stakes can be higher for a defendant. Because securities are so tightly regulated, criminal proceedings can result in the loss of your professional credentials and licenses. In addition, you can be required to forfeit earnings, pay fines and restitution if convicted.

Don’t settle for an attorney 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 securities fraud case.

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Fraud Plea in Oxnard Illegal Foreclosure Case
Fraud Plea in Oxnard Illegal Foreclosure Case
A former Thousand Oaks real estate agent admitted to foreclosure fraud last month. According to prosecutors, the man accepted $40,000 in fees from clients to help them avoid foreclosure in Oxnard.

After accepting funds, Sanchez promised two Oxnard homeowners that he would help them avoid foreclosure. He then said he would negotiate with their lenders on their behalf. Instead, he provided virtually no assistance to the homeowners. Subsequently, one person lost his home.

The District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud unit investigated the homeowners’ claims. When he acted fraudulently as their agent, the man prevented the homeowners from receiving legitimate foreclosure avoidance assistance.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful foreclosure and also admitted two special allegations of fraud. He will return to court in November for sentencing. At that time, he is likely to receive a 365-day jail sentence and will be required to make full restitution to the victims.

Oxnard Fraud Lawyer


Fraudulent activity can take many forms. When you face charges related to a fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes criminal cases of all types in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Deceptive foreclosure assistance is primarily a financial crime. Although the state always has a strong interest in discouraging fraud, the victims’ first concerns are regarding their losses. An experienced attorney can help ensure that a plea agreement meets the needs of the victims. These agreements can also help meet the state’s interest in justice while minimizing the negative impact on the defendant.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively for you in court, and don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney. Choose a proven fighter 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 fraud case.

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Domestic Violence Arrest Leads to Drug, Weapons Charges
Domestic Violence Arrest Leads to Drug, Weapons Charges
A domestic violence complaint led to the arrest of an Oxnard man earlier this month. Oxnard police responded to a complaint at a local residence. The suspect had left the residence, but police located him nearby, sleeping in his car. The suspect had a gun in the car, which police removed without waking him up. Once they secured the weapon, they woke the man and arrested him.

A further search of the man’s vehicle produced narcotics. Police booked the man into the Ventura County Jail on a variety of charges, including domestic battery, weapons offenses and drug possession. He faces two felony charges of drug possession with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors also charged him with two special allegations of prior felony convictions. He also faces misdemeanor battery, vandalism, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

A judge assigned a bail of $60,000 and instructed the suspect to have no contact with the victim. He will return to court today for matters related to the case.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic abuse complaints can lead to other more serious charges, as this case demonstrates. When you face domestic assault charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. He has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense and takes cases in Ventura County.

His first priority is to get charges against you reduced or dropped. This is especially important if you already have a prior felony conviction. In California, repeated felony convictions can send you to prison for the rest of your life. This is true even when those felonies may not otherwise produce a life sentence.

Your lawyer must fight aggressively for you at every step of the judicial process. Some attorneys would rather plea than fight for their clients’ freedom. Don’t settle for an attorney who isn’t interested in defending 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Driver From Fillmore Found Guilty
DUI Driver From Fillmore Found Guilty
A Fillmore jury found a man guilty of a DUI that injured four people. The man, Lino Isaias Davalos Perez, faced two felony charges, including causing great bodily injury and driving while intoxicated.

Perez’s blood alcohol level was 0.15 at the time of the crash, which injured his passenger and three people in another vehicle. In addition, he had no valid driver license at the time of the crash. According to police, Perez crossed the center line on Telegraph Road in Ventura and crashed into a vehicle. It rolled over due to the force of the impact, but the driver did not suffer any significant injuries.

Perez then recrossed the center line and struck another westbound vehicle. Passengers in both Perez’s car and one of the other vehicles suffered bruises, broken bones and internal injuries. He has a previous conviction for drunk driving, as well as a felony conviction for carjacking.

The crash occurred in April 2016, but he did not appear for trial until February 2018. Following his conviction, a judge sentenced Perez to 17 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2030.

Fillmore DUI attorney


This case illustrates the potential outcome of a felony DUI prosecution. While most DUI cases in California are misdemeanors, injuries and death can result in felony prosecutions. When you face a DUI in Ventura, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

A drunk driving charge can seem daunting. In California, you’ll need to deal with both the DMV and the court system. The DMV process is administrative, but a DUI arrest results in the immediate suspension of your driver license. This suspension is separate from any additional sanctions that a court can place on you.

As this case demonstrates, the judicial process can take a long time. A history of DUI convictions (even one) can result in incarceration, additional sanctions and costs. Don’t attempt to defend yourself when you’re facing drunk driving charges. Hire 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 DUI case.

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Theft Lands Moorpark Insurance Agent in Hot Water
Theft Lands Moorpark Insurance Agent in Hot Water
A Moorpark insurance agent faces charges of grand theft after taking advantage of a person with dementia. According to police, the agent sold a $1.2 million annuity policy to a dependent adult with recently diagnosed dementia. The agent conspired with a caretaker relative who made multiple withdrawals from the annuity.

The relative impersonated the victim in telephone calls to the insurance company, and forged withdrawal paperwork. The insurance agent called the insurance underwriter more than a dozen times to assist the relative in the withdrawals. In addition to losing more than $700,000 from the annuity, the victim lost an additional $92,000 in early withdrawal penalties.

Although the agent lives in Moorpark, the San Diego District Attorney’s office is prosecuting the case. The relative, who faces charges as a co-conspirator, lives in Oceanside. California Department of Insurance detectives investigated the case. The co-conspirators face 16 felony counts each of grand theft, caretaker theft and forgery.

Moorpark theft lawyer


When you face charges related to grand theft, embezzlement or similar crimes, hire an experienced theft 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.

Mr. Helfend fights aggressively for his clients, and will fight for you, too. Licensed professionals face additional challenges because convictions result in the loss of license. That impacts your ability to work following the conclusion of the judicial process. It’s also why you need to have an attorney who will work tirelessly to defend you and your livelihood. Don’t risk your future on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for you.

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 theft case.
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VSCO Delivers Drug Possession Arrest for Heroin Driver
VSCO Delivers Drug Possession Arrest for Heroin Driver
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged driver for an Ojai Valley heroin delivery service. The driver, a 22-year-old Port Hueneme man, faces charges of drug possession According to police, the operation made thousands of drug deliveries in Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard and Port Hueneme each month.

Drug enforcement officers learned of the popular drug delivery service and investigated it for a period of several months. After obtaining search and arrest warrants, deputies arrested the alleged driver as he walked to his car earlier this month. Police found heroin on the suspect at the time of his arrest.

Upon searching the suspect’s home, they found more than 1,000 pre-packaged doses of heroin, as well as an imitation firearm. He is currently housed in the Ventura County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Authorities have charged him with possession of a controlled substance for sale. In addition, he faces a special enhancement of possessing more than 14.25 grams of heroin for sale. He pleaded not guilty to the possession charge and denied the special allegation. He will return to court on May 23 on matters related to the case.

Port Hueneme Drug Possession Lawyer


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, and takes drug possession cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Drug possession laws in California have changed, but drug possession for sale is still a felony. When you already have a drug conviction, the judge can impose longer sentences. That’s why it’s important to have an aggressive attorney who will fight to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

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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