Santa Paula drug house yields drug possession arrest
Santa Paula drug house yields drug possession arrest
Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Chula Vista man for drug possession earlier this month. While on surveillance of a suspected drug house, police observed the man exiting the house with drugs.

The detectives followed the man to another location in Santa Paula, where a uniformed officer conducted a traffic stop. The suspect initially supplied the officer with a false name. Upon discovery of his legal name, officers also discovered that the man had a misdemeanor arrest warrant for domestic violence.

Officers arrested the suspect. Upon conducting a search, they located four ounces of heroin, two ounces of methamphetamine, paraphernalia associated with drug sales and a large sum of cash. The man faces two felony counts of drug possession for sale. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges. He remains jailed in lieu of a $50,000 bond on the drug charges and a $25,000 bond on the outstanding warrant. The suspect will return to court on February 21 for matters related to his case.

Santa Paula drug possession attorney


When you face charges for drug crimes, including possession for sale, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes drug cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. In his nearly 35 years of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians, and will work hard to defend you.

While the state has changed some of its minor drug possession laws, crimes involving heroin are still prosecuted vigorously. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive defense attorney by your side. Many “second strike” inmates in the California prison system are there due to drug convictions. These men and women are literally one step away from spending the rest of their lives in prison.

Don’t become part of this tragic statistic. Instead, work with an experienced criminal defense attorney when you face drug 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 drug possession case.

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Murder Law For Oxnard Teen Ruled Unconstitutional
Murder Law For Oxnard Teen Ruled Unconstitutional
A Ventura County judge says the state law barring 14- and 15-year-old from being tried as adults for murder is unconstitutional. The constitutionality question arose from two Ventura County murder cases. In one case, a 15-year-old Oxnard boy faces charges in two separate homicides.

Investigators say the boy shot a Port Hueneme man in April 2018 and then stabbed an Oxnard man the following month. Ventura County prosecutors filed motions seeking to try the boy as an adult in both cases. Before the court ruled on the motion, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1391 into law. The law prevents young teens from being tried as adults.

In his ruling, Judge Kevin McGee said he intended to grant the prosecutors’ requests. In doing so, he therefore found the new law to be unconstitutional. McGee is not the only judge to question the propriety of SB 1391. Judges in Kern, Santa Clara, San Diego and Solano Counties have also questioned the law’s constitutionality. Other courts have accepted the law, raising questions about the need for a clarification from a higher court. The State Attorney General’s Office has also said that the law is constitutional and that it comports with voter-approved Proposition 57.

The lawyer representing the juvenile at the center of the case expects to file an appeal of McGee’s ruling. The constitutionality question revolves around whether trying teens as adults can achieve the rehabilitation called for by Proposition 57. If tried in juvenile court, the murder defendant could be released from state custody in his mid-20’s. If tried as an adult, the defendant could remain incarcerated indefinitely.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face under California law. For a juvenile defendant, the prospect of lifetime imprisonment is exceptionally harsh. When you face homicide charges – regardless of your age – you need an experienced murder attorney. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Californians in court during that time. He takes murder cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

An effective murder defense requires an experienced, focused and aggressive criminal defense attorney. When your life is literally at stake, don’t rely on inexperience to help you. Instead, hire an attorney who will 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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Antitrust Trial Underway in San Francisco
Antitrust Trial Underway in San Francisco
Two San Francisco area contractors face charges in a wide ranging antitrust probe of government contractors. The US Attorney in San Francisco is prosecuting another case related to political corruption and bid rigging. This trial focuses on the Hunters Point Shipyard.

The case is related to an investigation of a local man with ties to the Chinese mob. According to prosecutors, the contractors conspired to control bidding on a federal contract. The contract in question was worth more than $5 million.

During the investigation, FBI agents became aware of a much larger conspiracy that involved state government contracts. According to agents, the conspirators agreed to find a cooperative contractor in Southern California to pursue a $5 million state contract.

Prosecutors say that the conspirators put in phony bids for both the state and federal contracting opportunities. Investigators say the conspirators shared information about their bids prior to submitting them. The same contractors placed bids to renovate the Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition, the bidders cooperated with each other to determine who would submit the winning bid.

The contractors did not know that one of the conspirators was an undercover FBI operative. Lawyers for the men say that their companies did not benefit from any collusive agreements. They also suggest that the FBI entrapped their clients in an effort to target other conspirators. One of the conspirators, a political consultant, may have paid city officials for favorable treatment on certain contractor bids.

Federal Criminal Antitrust Lawyer


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

Federal criminal antitrust prosecutions can take years. Many defendants choose to plead guilty rather than go through the expense of a trial. Pleading guilty, however, isn’t your only option, and you don’t have to go broke defending yourself. Work with an experienced, aggressive attorney to get the best defense results.

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 case highlights new sentencing possibilities
Sex crimes case highlights new sentencing possibilities
A judge sentenced a Lake Isabella man to 17 years on prison after he beat a child molester to death. Initially, the man had faced murder charges, but a jury acquitted him, instead convicting him of voluntary manslaughter. The victim had committed sex crimes against children in the past. One of the factors in the man’s sentence was an enhancement for having a prior serious felony conviction.

A new ruling from the 5th District Court of Appeals finds that judges may have more sentencing discretion. Senate Bill 1393, which just took effect, allows judges to dismiss sentence enhancements. SB 1393 does not require judges to strike sentence enhancements, but rather gives them more judicial discretion.

The defendant had a prior felony assault conviction on his record from 2009. The sentence enhancement extended his sentence by five years. The new law allows judges to exercise discretion in the furtherance of justice. In this case, the man’s sentence has been overturned and remanded to the trial court for consideration. He remains convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but the court could resentence his to serve less time.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


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

SB 1393 leaves open the possibility that judges can be more flexible with the state’s rigid sentencing laws. California’s Three Strikes Law provides extended penalties for second and third felony convictions. For those with a prior felony conviction, drastic increases in sentencing can rob years from your life. Often, non-violent felonies can count as a second strike, bringing you one step away from lifetime incarceration.

That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly 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.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that you can’t stand up against the court system in 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 sex crimes/domestic violence case.

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Securities fraud indictment fells Wells Fargo advisor
Securities fraud indictment fells Wells Fargo advisor
A former Wells Fargo financial advisor faces 128 felony counts, includingsecurities fraud and forgery. Federal authorities claim that the man operated a long-running Ponzi scheme that targeted elderly and vulnerable clients.

Over a period of fourteen years, authorities say the man transferred annuity assets to other accounts to hide financial shortfalls. Several of the victims have or had Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. By the time authorities stepped in, they say the man had filched more than $1M from his clients.

He faces charges of forgery, theft of more than $150,000 from a vulnerable adult, telecommunications fraud and investment fraud. Wells Fargo said it fired the man in 2017 following allegations that he had moved client money without authorization. According to the company, the man also issued phony account statements. The Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) barred the man last March after he failed to respond to the agency’s inquiries.

Some clients have already received settlements totaling $1.7 million. Another client, who filed a claim in 2007, received a settlement of $80,000. More clients have filed other arbitration cases, which have not yet been decided.

The scam – which took place in Ohio – fell apart when state regulators launched an investigation in 2017. Authorities arrested the man in late December, and he pleaded not guilty to the charges last month.

Federal securities fraud lawyer


When you face federal or state charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes both federal and state cases. Mr. Helfend defends against federal charges in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Many defendants choose to plead guilty to federal charges. While this approach may have some advantages, it’s not always the best strategy. Your first move should always be to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Having aggressive, experienced representation in court can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.

Don’t wait, and don’t take chances on inexperienced counsel. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Plea From Former Newbury Park Woman
Embezzlement Plea From Former Newbury Park Woman
A former executive director of a Camarillo medical office pleaded guilty to embezzlement earlier this month. According to police, the woman embezzled more than $1M from her employer, mainly by filing false expense claims. The woman drafted fictitious invoices and credit card statements to bolster her claims.

Initially, the Ventura Superior Court scheduled her trial for mid-2017, but the woman claimed she was suffering from dementia. The court then scheduled a hearing to evaluate that claim. During the hearing a jury viewed video evidence that demonstrated the woman’s mental fitness.

The woman pleaded guilty to 15 counts of grand theft and forgery. The court will dismiss several other felony counts and enhancements at sentencing. She also pleaded guilty to special enhancements of excessive taking and aggravated white-collar crime. The woman is now a Las Vegas resident. She remains free on a $300,000 will return to court on March 15 for sentencing. At that time, she could receive a maximum of eight years in prison. The judge will also likely require restitution in her sentence.

Newbury Park Embezzlement Attorney


When you face embezzlement charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced, aggressive embezzlement attorney. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes embezzlement cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Embezzlement is a form of grand theft. Special allegations and sentence enhancements can affect a successful conviction. Special allegations can be based on a number of factors, including the amount of money involved.

Although these grand theft cases often involve eye-popping dollar figures, victims first want to be made whole. An aggressive experienced defense attorney will work to get past the amount of money involved and work toward a settlement. Mr. Helfend’s 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.

Don’t automatically assume that your best option is to plead guilty. Many factors are at work in an employment theft case. Instead, hire an experienced attorney to represent you in court.

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

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Fraud Suspects Arrested at LAX
Fraud Suspects Arrested at LAX
Two women accused of fraud found themselves in handcuffs last month at LAX. The women were attempting to board a plane for China in an effort to elude federal and state authorities.

According to investigators, the women extorted members of San Francisco’s Chinese community in what police called a “blessing scam.” Police say the women targeted elderly members of the community by promising to lift curses in exchange for cash. In a two-week period, the women collected $180,000 in cash and valuables from four victims. Law enforcement agencies from San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and also the US Customs and Border Patrol cooperated in the arrests. Authorities in San Francisco charged the women with fraud, grand theft, petty theft, extortion and elder abuse.

Ventura Fraud Lawyer


When you face charges for fraudulent activities, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. He will also provide aggressive representation for you.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you’ll always work directly with him on every aspect of your case. He will appear with you in every court case, and provide reliable advice on everything from extradition to pleas.

Fraud is typically a financial crime, and victims want to be made whole. The state also has an interest in protecting vulnerable individuals. California law imposes strict penalties on people who target elderly or vulnerable individuals. When you face charges like this, your best strategy is an experienced defense lawyer.

Don’t wait, don’t admit guilt without consulting an attorney and don’t attempt to represent 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Charge for Thousand Oaks Man
Identity Theft Charge for Thousand Oaks Man
A Thousand Oaks man accused of opening a credit card in his ex-girlfriend’s name faces charges of identity theft. He also faces charges of vandalism and stalking. Between October and December, a number of victims reported damage to their vehicles. The victims all lived in the same apartment complex as the ex-girlfriend.

The woman reported to police that she thought her former boyfriend may be responsible for the damage. She also said that she had recently ended the relationship and was afraid of the man. During the investigation, detectives conducted a traffic stop on the suspect. Inside the car, they found evidence linking the man to the vandalism incidents. They also discovered that the suspect had opened a line of credit in the woman’s name.

Police arrested the man and lodged him in the Ventura County Jail. In addition to the pending charges, the man also had an outstanding warrant. He remains jailed on a combined bail of $425,000. He will return to court on February 11 for a preliminary examination.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Attorney


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

Identity crimes are very interesting to authorities, because they often lead to other crimes. Your best defense in this case is to work with an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He also does not pass cases on to less experienced attorneys. You’ll always work directly with him on your case.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at stake. 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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Domestic Violence Conviction Puts Ventura Man in Prison
Domestic Violence Conviction Puts Ventura Man in Prison
A Ventura man will return to court in March for sentencing on a domestic violence conviction. The jury found the man guilty of inflicting corporal injury on a co-inhabitant, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness by force or violence. Additionally, they found multiple special allegations true. The special allegations included inflicting great bodily injury, and second and third strikes.

The jury found the man not guilty of exhibiting a deadly weapon. They also found a special allegation of using a deadly weapon not true. The court dismissed a single felony count of making criminal threats.

The suspect has a prior history of domestic abuse, kidnapping and making criminal threats. In a case that dates back to 2007, he pleaded guilty to five domestic assault felonies and two misdemeanors. In that case, the judge sentenced him to four years in prison. His previous convictions involved a different victim. Because of his history, the judge will sentence him under California’s Three Strikes law. When he returns to court, he could receive a sentence of more than 60 years in prison.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


When you face charges of domestic abuse, your best defense strategy must include an experienced domestic violence lawyer. This case demonstrates the seriousness of the state’s Three Strikes Law. An accumulation of felony convictions can result in lifetime incarceration.

That’s hard to think about, but it’s very much true. California’s justice system is not forgiving of prior convictions. Convictions that would otherwise result in a short incarceration can quickly morph into life sentences. That’s why you need to rely on an experienced, aggressive attorney to defend you.

About 25% of California’s prison population is classified as a “striker.” That means these men and women are inching closer to lifetime incarceration. At one time, more than 1,300 third-strike prisoners were serving life sentences for petty theft. Don’t become part of this tragic statistic.

Work with an experienced, aggressive 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Driver Injures Two Passengers in Oxnard
DUI Driver Injures Two Passengers in Oxnard
An Oxnard man faces DUI charges following a crash that seriously injured his passengers. According to Oxnard Police, the man lost control of his vehicle and hit a brick wall and a tree. The driver suffered minor injuries, but the crash critically injured his two passengers.

Police say that the driver was traveling “at a high rate of speed” when he left the roadway. The two injured men, ages 26 and 36, were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Officers said that the driver cooperated with them after the crash, but was under the influence of alcohol. They arrested him at the scene and booked him into the Ventura County Jail.

The driver faces charges of DUI causing injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08% causing injury and driving without a license. He remains jailed in lieu of a $160,000 bond and will return to court on February 6.

Oxnard DUI attorney


When you face charges of drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Californians accused of driving while intoxicated. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

A conviction for drunk driving can have significant impacts on you. Aside from risking jail time and fines, you can also lose your driving privileges. The judge can choose to impose restrictions on your license or force you to attend expensive driver retraining courses. In addition, you may have to install an expensive interlock device on your ignition. The cost of your insurance can rise substantially, or you could lose your insurance coverage. If you have a history of drunk driving convictions, the penalties can accelerate.

Your best strategy is to have an experienced attorney represent you in court. An experienced attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. In addition to guiding you through the legal process, your attorney can help you take steps to strengthen 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 DUI case.

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