Drug Possession Charge Follows Unlicensed Driver
Drug Possession Charge Follows Unlicensed Driver
A man driving a truck faces charges of drug possession following a traffic stop. A motorcycle officer spotted the semi-trailer in Moorpark, which was displaying a homemade license plate. The plate purported to be from the state of “Califas” a slang term for California.

After stopping the driver, the officer determined that the man was under the influence of narcotics. The officer then arrested the man on suspicion of DUI and narcotics possession. In addition, the man had no valid driver’s license, but he did have a warrant for his arrest.

The officer works for a new detail in Ventura County to monitor commercial traffic in the county. The man’s truck was impounded and towed from the scene because officers determined it to be unsafe to drive.

Moorpark Drug Possession Lawyer


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

Drug possession laws in California have changed, but only for certain drugs and offenses. Opioid possession, methamphetamine possession and possession for sale still carry serious charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, your attorney will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally. That means you’ll always work directly with him on your case. In larger, less personal law firms, your case could be passed to a less experienced attorney. When you work with Robert Helfend, he will always be with you in court and throughout the judicial process. In addition, Mr. Helfend can help you get eligible prior drug convictions removed from your record.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent 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 drug possession case.

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Lake Sherwood man escapes attempted murder conviction
Lake Sherwood man escapes attempted murder conviction
A Lake Sherwood man will spend time in prison for attacking his former wife but escaped a conviction for attempted murder. Instead, the one-time Goldman Sachs executive could spend four years in jail for corporal injury on a spouse.

Prosecutors claimed that the man tried to throw his former wife over a third-floor ledge in Westlake following an argument. The man’s attorney argued that he intended to hurt his former wife but did not intend to kill her.

The jury, including five men and seven women, agreed with the defense. The pair had been locked in an intense custody battle for more than four years. The jury could not agree that the prosecution had proven that he both planned and intended to kill her.

The man remains jailed without bond in the Ventura County Jail awaiting sentencing. He will return to court on July 2 for matters related to the case.

Lake Sherwood murder lawyer


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

The law requires that prosecutors prove all of the specific elements of a crime to win a conviction. In this case, the prosecutor could not prove intent, one of the major elements of attempted murder.

An experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney will fight hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When a case goes to trial, an exceptional defense attorney will work hard to make prosecutors prove each element. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t want to do the work to defend 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 murder case.

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Antitrust Picture Grows Murky for Pharma Companies, Execs
Antitrust Picture Grows Murky for Pharma Companies, Execs
The Department of Justice has resumed charging generic pharmaceutical companies with criminal antitrust. Under US antitrust laws, federal prosecutors can charge corporations with criminal violations of competition laws.

Last month, the DOJ filed criminal and civil complaints against Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for bid-rigging, price-fixing and market-allocation. The single-count indictment charged that the company conspired with other pharmaceutical companies to eliminate competition.

The charges against Heritage involve the price of glyburide, a generic drug used to treat diabetes. Glyburide is classified as a sulfonylurea, which is designed to trigger the release of insulin. The company has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice. It has also settled a civil suit brought by the DOJ.

The deferred prosecution agreement requires the company to pay a fine of $225,000 and continue cooperating with the Department of Justice on the probe. It also confirms that the DOJ’s probe extends beyond Heritage Pharmaceuticals, and beyond the price manipulation of glyburide. In 2016, the DOJ criminally charged Heritage Pharmaceutical CEO Jeff Glazer and President Jason Malek with price-fixing. Both men have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Ventura antitrust attorney


When you face criminal charges for anti-competitive practices, your first step should be to hire an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Criminal antitrust probes can lead to high fines and long prison sentences. Because antitrust probes often involve conspiracies, defendants often rush to make plea deals, even when the evidence against them is slim. Defendants who make deals early often receive better treatment than those who attempt to make a deal later or make no deal at all.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney who doesn’t know the federal court system.
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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Ventura Music Teacher Indicted for Sex Crimes
Ventura Music Teacher Indicted for Sex Crimes
A Ventura music teacher at the center of a case involving flutes tainted with bodily fluids now faces sex crimes charges. The latest charges do not relate to the contaminated musical instruments. A California grand jury also indicted the man on six counts of lewd acts on a child. According to prosecutors, the victims included five females under the age of 14. Prosecutors filed the latest charges in Orange County.

Additionally, federal prosecutors filed five other sex offense charges against the man last fall. In that indictment, federal authorities say the man attempted to entice a child to send him sexually explicit images. They also claim that the man traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minors.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges related to sex offenses, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Sex crimes convictions will have a lasting impact on you. Aside from long incarceration terms, California law requires most sex offenders to register on the state’s sex offender registry. In most cases, sex offender registration is a lifetime status. This status moves with you, even if you move out of the State of California.

Further, sex offender status can limit your ability to find suitable housing and employment. In addition, registration can limit who you can live with. It will subject you to regular compliance checks by local law enforcement, and you will be immediately considered a suspect in sex crimes that occur in your vicinity.

You can effectively fight sex crimes accusations, but you need the assistance of an experienced aggressive attorney who actually wants to take your case. Many criminal defense attorneys shy away from sex offense cases.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t waste time looking for an attorney who doesn’t want to take 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/domestic violence case.

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Securities Fraud Plea Ends Investment Case
Securities Fraud Plea Ends Investment Case
A Florida man pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a US District Court in New York. According to authorities, the man met with a partner and an investor in New York in 2010. The trio planned to develop and use a high-frequency trading algorithm.

During the meeting, the Florida man told the prospective investor that he had substantial funds already on account with a particular clearing firm. That relationship would allow the group to receive favorable trading terms. The man then suggested that the investor wire him $250,000, which he would put add to his account at the clearing firm. The investment would allow the trader to use the trading algorithm they’d developed.

The investor wired the money, but the Florida man transferred only $233,000 to the clearing firm. He used the remainder of the investor’s funds for his own personal benefit. Several months later, the Florida man stopped making payments to the vendor who had actually developed the trading algorithm. The investor contacted the Florida man and requested the return of his investment, which he had been assured was still intact.

In reality, the Florida man had used most of the investor’s funds to cover trading losses and expenses incurred at the clearing firm. He also misappropriated a large share of the investor’s money and used it for his own personal benefit. He returned $50,000 to the investor.

In court, the Florida man pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing in August.

Ventura securities fraud attorney


Federal penalties for investment fraud are severe. When you face charges of securities fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes federal defense cases in any federal district court in the United States. He also takes state securities fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Most federal defendants choose to plead guilty in the hope of securing a lighter sentence. In reality, it is possible to beat federal charges in court, but it requires an experienced, aggressive defense attorney. Don’t make the assumption that a guilty plea is either your best or only option when fighting federal charges.

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 charge for Moorpark cafeteria worker
Embezzlement charge for Moorpark cafeteria worker
A Moorpark woman who formerly worked for the Moorpark Unified School District faces embezzlement charges. Investigators claim the woman stole more than $160,000 from the district between 2012 and 2016.

The woman had worked for the school district for 25 years. She purchased food and drinks for the district and processed money collected from lunch sales. According to prosecutors, the woman routinely pocketed cash from lunches, using the money to make personal purchases. The MUSD discovered the thefts in November 2016 and placed three employees on leave.

As a result of the thefts, the MUSD has changed its cash management procedures at all school sites. Currently, she faces seven felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and five felony counts of grand theft. If convicted, the woman could face more than 13 years in prison. She remains free on a $20,000 bond and will return to court on August 16 for arraignment on the charges.

This is the second time in 2019 that the school district has discovered funds missing. In the first case, a volunteer faces charges for misappropriating more than $100,000 from the Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology Booster Club. That case is still pending.

Moorpark Embezzlement Lawyer


When you face charges related to theft from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

All victims want justice, but embezzlement victims particularly want their stolen funds returned. In many cases, the money gets spent on intangible items, so full restitution can be tricky. The best approach to restitution (following a conviction) is to allow the defendant as much time as possible to make restitution to the victims. This is best accomplished by sentences that include little to no jail time. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help make this happen.

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 Suspect Sentenced to Two Years
Fraud Suspect Sentenced to Two Years
A Woodland Hills man who pleaded guilty to insurancefraud will spend two years in jail. According to investigators, the man filed a phony insurance claim on damage to his car. Police say the man damaged his vehicle in a crash while illegally off-roading in Hungry Valley State Park. He then filed an insurance claim with his insurer.

The insurance company became suspicious of the claim and repeatedly asked for clarification about the damages from the man. The claimant repeatedly lied to the company about the nature of the damage to the vehicle. Eventually however, the man confessed to the actual source of the damages. During his sentencing hearing, the man sought a stay to delay his incarceration, which the judge denied. In addition to spending two years in jail, the judge required the man to pay $3,821 in restitution to the insurance company. The judge imposed a jail term in part because the man has a history of prior convictions. As part of his plea deal, the man pleaded guilty to a single count of insurance fraud. Prosecutors dropped 12 additional counts of insurance fraud and 48 other special allegations related to the case.

Woodland Hills Fraud Attorney


When you face charges related to fraudulent insurance claims, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Prosecutors sometimes overcharge a defendant, and the prospect of facing that much time can be alarming. When this happens to you, you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. This case illustrates how a plea agreement can work in the defendant’s favor. By getting the bulk of the charges and enhancements dropped, the man will spend two years in the County Jail. The alternative could have been years in state prison. Additionally, the history of felony convictions put the defendant at risk of a second strike. California’s Three Strikes Law extends prison terms for second felony convictions, so the defense attorney’s work here is critical.

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 fraud case.

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Simi Valley Identity Theft Leads To Wild RV Chase
Simi Valley Identity Theft Leads To Wild RV Chase
Police arrested a Granada Hills woman after she led them on a wild chase while driving an RV. Later, they linked the spree to a Simi Valley identity theft. According to police, a Simi Valley resident informed them on April 30 that someone used her identity to buy a motorcycle. The person also bought an RV in Downey.

The victim also noted that an unknown person began making purchases on her credit on April 26. Additionally, she reported the identity theft to authorities in Los Angeles.

The stolen RV resurfaced last week as part of a wild chase in Los Angeles County. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office tried to pull the driver of the RV over. Instead, the driver fled and CHP officers joined in on the chase. The chase came to a halt following a crash in Tarzana, but the driver caused several other collisions.

During the chase, the RV driver hit several cars and a utility pole. She also collided with a palm tree in a shopping center parking lot. That crash tore off the RV’s passenger door, and dislodged the vehicle’s windshield. The woman had two dogs in the vehicle with her, and one escaped during a crash. She crashed into a car in Tarzana, which completely disabled the RV. The driver attempted to flee with the other dog, but authorities arrested her after a brief chase.

The driver of one of the vehicles struck during the chase suffered injuries and required hospitalization. Currently, the driver faces charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, felony hit-and-run, felony DUI and felony assault. She may face additional charges in other jurisdictions. The suspect remains jailed in Los Angeles County in lieu of a $705,000 bail. She will return to court on May 31, for matters related to her case.

Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer


Investigators are very interested in identity related crimes because they often connect to other criminal activity. When you face charges for identity crimes, hire an experience 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.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.

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DUI Driver Crashes Into Simi Valley Garage
DUI Driver Crashes Into Simi Valley Garage
Authorities arrested a Sylmar man for DUI
after he crashed into a Simi Valley garage. According to witnesses, the man drove his van into the garage and then attempted to leave the scene.

In addition to striking the garage, he also hit a parked SUV and a mailbox. Neighbors prevented the man from leaving the crash scene. The man’s van sustained significant damage in the collisions, as did the parked car. The garage was deemed to be structurally unsound following the incident.

According to police, the driver, a 54-year-old man, appeared to be intoxicated. Tests later revealed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24%. That’s three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Initially, investigators took the man to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Later, they booked him into the county jail on suspicion of drunk driving. He received a DUI citation and will return to court on June 28 for matters related to his case.

Simi Valley DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for a DUI in Ventura, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Intoxicated driving laws apply to alcohol consumption and any other substance that can impair your driving ability. Most drunk driving cases result in misdemeanor charges. Certain factors can affect that, including a history of impaired driving, and any resulting injuries.

Both the DMV and the courts have simultaneous processes that take place when the police arrest you for drunk driving. The DMV process is automated, and it will most often result in a license suspension. The court can also impose other sanctions on you, including jail time, fines, interlock devices and more.

A drunk driving conviction can be very expensive, but it can cost even more when you don’t have proper representation. 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 and weapons charges for Oxnard man
Drug possession and weapons charges for Oxnard man
An Oxnard man with a felony history faces drug possession and weapons charges. According to the Oxnard Police Department, officers saw a man with a large knife who was also loitering in a residential area.

Police determined that a vehicle parked near the area belonged to the suspect. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered an unregistered loaded handgun, heroin and also drug paraphernalia in the car. Because of his prior felony convictions, the suspect is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Authorities arrested the man and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. He faces three felony weapons charges, and also three misdemeanor drug charges. The suspect posted a bail of $60,000 and will return to court on May 31 for arraignment.

Oxnard drug possession attorney


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

The state has recently changed its approach to certain low-level drug offenses. Unfortunately, a past felony history can work against you. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive defense attorney on your side. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to provide the best possible defense at all times.

He also manages every case personally, and will not hand your case off to a less experienced attorney. This can happen in a larger, less personal law firm. You’ll always have the benefit of Mr. Helfend’s extensive defense experience. 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.

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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