Murder Suspect Arrested in Meiners Oaks
Murder Suspect Arrested in Meiners Oaks
A Meiners Oaks man faces murder charges in the shooting death of his neighbor. The shooting happened in September. According to investigators, two men engaged in a dispute. The dispute escalated and resulted in the shooting death of the victim.

Neighbors called police after hearing gunfire. Police arrived and found the victim lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Despite efforts to save him, the man died at the scene. Police arrested the suspect the same day and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. The suspect had no serious past criminal history.

He remains jailed on a $1,000,000 bond, and faces charges of felony murder and a special allegation of personal and intentional discharge of a firearm. The suspect has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Meiners Oaks murder lawyer


You can’t find a more serious charge in California law than homicide. The state’s death penalty law means that your life could literally hang in the balance. Further, special allegations could mean that you may spend the rest of your life in prison without parole. When you stand accused of homicide, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes murder cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

In a homicide case, your best defense strategy includes an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend, with more than 30 years of experience, has defended thousands of Californians. He manages every case personally, so your defense will not be left to a less experienced lawyer. His plain-English style means that you’ll always understand the status of your case.

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. Don’t leave your defense to an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t really want 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 Prosecutions To Go Up
Antitrust Prosecutions To Go Up
The Department of Justice announced earlier this month it intention to increaseantitrust prosecutions specifically for bid rigging. In addition, the Department’s new focus will be on state and local procurement fraud.

Makan Delrahim, who leads the US DOJ Antitrust Division said that the Department will focus on contracting conspiracies. He signaled interest in contractors who may have already corrupted the bidding process on certain state and local government contracts.

Delrahim said that the DOJ has targeted a relatively low number of federal contractors for bid rigging in the past. He expects that to change within the next few months, however. He indicated that the DOJ intends to convene a task force that aims to identify fraudulent bidding. Initially the taskforce will focus on state and local bidding irregularities. He also reminded fraudsters that the government will cut the best deals for contractors who come forward early. Those informants, he said, will pay lower fines and damages. Historically, the “last man standing” in a federal conspiracy investigation faces the stiffest penalties.

Delrahim announced the plan in a speech earlier this month. The DOJ recently settled bid rigging claims against three South Korean firms that provide fuel services for the US military fleet stationed there.

Federal criminal antitrust attorney


When you face federal criminal bid rigging or conspiracy charges, hire an experienced criminal antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Southern California courts.

The government has an excellent track record of convictions. In part, it’s because they’re well financed and they choose their court cases carefully. Just because they have an exceptional conviction rate, that doesn’t mean you stand no chance against them.

Your best strategy is to hire an experienced, aggressive federal criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will always benefit from his experience and skill. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option.

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

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Sex crimes suspect arrested after Woolsey Fire Burglary
Sex crimes suspect arrested after Woolsey Fire Burglary
A man with a history of sex crimes convictions faces a new set of charges following a Thousand Oaks burglary. Two Thousand Oaks residents returned to their home following an evacuation and discovered a burglar. The man, who did not have shoes, ran from the scene carrying clothing from the home.

Using surveillance footage from a neighbor’s home, police identified a suspicious vehicle fleeing the neighborhood. Several days later, city workers contacted police, saying they had found numerous articles of women’s clothing in a park restroom. Surveillance video showed a semi-nude man enter and exit the restroom wearing women’s lingerie. The suspect also appeared to have an ankle tether. The video also showed the man leaving the park in the same vehicle that fled from the earlier burglary scene.

Based on the surveillance information, investigators identified the suspect as a registered sex offender currently on parole. In addition to sex offenses, the man also has a burglary conviction. Police arrested the man at a relative’s home in Thousand Oaks. They secured a search warrant for the man’s home in Northridge. There, they discovered additional items taken from the Thousand Oaks burglary, and a collection of women’s clothing.

The suspect remains jailed at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of a $160,000 bond. Currently, he faces a felony charge of residential burglary and a misdemeanor lewd conduct charge. He will return to court on December 3 on matters related to his case.

Thousand Oaks sex crimes lawyer


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

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works aggressively to get charges reduced and dropped. He also builds an aggressive defense for his clients, always aimed toward achieving the best possible outcome.

Sex offense convictions usually result in sex offender registration, often for life. It’s important to have aggressive, prepared and experienced counsel when you face this possibility. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.

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

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Securities Fraud Catches Up With Maine Lawmaker
Securities Fraud Catches Up With Maine Lawmaker
A former Maine lawmaker will spend time in prison for securities fraud following his conviction there this month. The man used some of the proceeds from his scheme to purchase a home in Cloverdale, CA. In addition, he renovated the home and lived there.

According to prosecutors, the man was a registered securities dealer and a former Maine lawmaker. He served as a financial consultant for two widows in Maine. As part of his professional relationship, he managed trusts for the two elderly women. One of the women also created a trust for her disabled veteran son. The securities dealer began writing checks to himself and his company from the trust. He also used trust funds to pay his personal expenses. He met with one widow weekly to discuss her finances, leading her to believe that her money was secure. The victim died in 2012, but investigators say the thefts occurred between 2010 and 2016.

The other victim, also elderly, allowed the defendant to manage her trust. She had been acquainted with the man’s family for decades and had known the man since his birth. As with the first victim, the man wrote checks to himself and his company from the widow’s trust. Investigators believe that the man defrauded the victims and their estates of more than $3 million.

He faced a total of 15 felony counts ranging from securities violations to tax evasion. A jury convicted him on all charges. This is not the first time he has run afoul of securities laws, however. In 2001, the State of Maine suspended his securities license for two years in 2002, following substantial violations. The suspension barred him from working as an investment professional during that time. Following his reinstatement, he served in the Maine legislature for two years. Following his most recent arrest, the State of Maine again suspended his securities license. Prior to the resolution of the current case, the state accused him of continuing to represent clients engaged in securities transactions.

Securities fraud attorney


When you face charges related to securities fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in both state and federal courts.

Don’t settle for inexperienced counsel 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement From Ventura Police Foundation Leads To Charges
Embezzlement From Ventura Police Foundation Leads To Charges
An 80-year-old volunteer for the Ventura Police Community Foundation faces embezzlement charges. The man, who worked as a volunteer treasurer, allegedly stole nearly $120,000 from the foundation beginning in 2014.

The man allegedly made personal purchases and ATM withdrawals from the foundation’s account. The suspect also worked as a civilian employee in the department. His regular employment did not include his work on the foundation board.

The Ventura Police Community Foundation typically uses its resources to fund community events and youth programs. Police discovered the theft in August and then turned the matter over to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. They also fired the man from his civilian job and removed him as the group’s treasurer.

Prosecutors charged him with four counts of grand theft by embezzlement. If convicted, he could face as much as five years in jail. The court released him on a $20,000 bond. He will appear next in court on December 18 for matters related to his case.

Ventura Embezzlement Lawyer


When you face charges of stealing money from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Southern Californians and takes cases in Ventura County. He also takes cases throughout Southern California.

Embezzlement victims want restitution, first and foremost. Their first concern, believe it or not, is their financial well-being. Often, theft isn’t detected right away, which gives victims little time to react to their changed financial position. An experienced attorney can work with prosecutors and judges to help ensure that victims receive restitution. At the same time, limiting jail time for the offender can create the best opportunity for returning stolen resources.

When you face embezzlement charges, your best defense is an experienced, aggressive attorney who works hard for you. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients under the circumstances.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no options following an arrest. 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 Charges Stem From Oxnard Car Fire
Fraud Charges Stem From Oxnard Car Fire
Oxnard Police filed fraud and arson charges against two men for a 2017 car fire. According to police, the vehicle’s owner reported the car stolen. The Newbury Park man filed several insurance claims on the car, a 2015 Toyota Prius. Police found the car ablaze in an Oxnard alley a short time later. Evidence at the scene led them to suspect arson.

The owner collected about $17,000 from his insurance company for the damaged vehicle. Investigators believe that a second man, acquainted with the owner, torched the car after the owner reported it stolen.

Police arrested both men. The man who police suspect burned the car faces two counts of insurance fraud and one count of arson. The car’s owner faces one count of arson and six counts of insurance fraud. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of filing a false police report.

Both men paid a $20,000 bond and will return to court on December 19 for matters related to their cases.

Oxnard Fraud Attorney


When you face fraud charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California. A history of felonies can lead to longer prison sentences, or even lifetime incarceration. A smart, aggressive and effective criminal defense attorney will fight to get your charges reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, your attorney should work toward the best possible outcome for you.

Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians accused of the most serious crimes. When you’re facing trial, your challenges can seem insurmountable. You may not understand the criminal justice system, or what’s likely to happen. That’s why having a skilled attorney in your corner is essential. Don’t go to court by yourself or assume that there’s nothing you can do.

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

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Identity Theft Charge Awaits Girlfriend of VC suspect
Identity Theft Charge Awaits Girlfriend of VC suspect
A man awaiting extradition to Ventura County on identity theft charges will spend more time in an Arkansas jail. The suspect, Nicholas Lowe and his girlfriend, Maxine Feldstein, hoped for an early reunion. Lowe, however, sat in the Washington County (Arkansas) Jail.

Ventura County authorities wanted to extradite Lowe back to California to answer to identity theft charges in Simi Valley. Feldstein contacted Washington County Sheriff’s Department officials and posed as a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy. She told Washington County officials that Ventura County wanted to cancel its extradition request. Feldstein indicated that the Ventura County Jail was overcrowded. Since Lowe’s arrest represented a low priority, the county no longer wanted to extradite Lowe. Without the pending hold request, Washington County officials released Lowe.

Two days after his release, Ventura County officials contacted Washington County to make extradition arrangements. That’s when Washington County officials revealed the circumstances of Lowe’s erroneous release. Washington County officials issued a new warrant for Lowe’s arrest, and a second warrant for Feldstein. Two and a half weeks later, Washington County officials arrested the pair, and they remain jailed there. Once Lowe’s latest issue with Washington County is resolved, he return to Ventura County to address his outstanding warrant.

Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face charges for identity crimes, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Simi Valley and throughout Southern California.

Apparently unbeknownst to this couple, most defendants are bail-eligible. Bail allows you to leave the jail following an arrest, provided that you meet certain conditions. An experienced defense attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and the adjudication process.

Don’t rely on inexperience when your freedom is on the line. Hire an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney and see what a difference professional representation can make. 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 Suspect Dies in VC Jail
Domestic Violence Suspect Dies in VC Jail
A man lodged in the Ventura County Jail for violating a domestic violence restraining order died last month while in custody. Police arrested the man, Michael Larios Torres, on October 5. He remained jailed while awaiting a court appearance. Jail officials found the man unresponsive in his cell on October 25.

Despite receiving treatment by emergency personnel, the man died at the jail. Police later indicated that Torres died as the result of blunt force trauma and compression to his neck. Officials ruled the death a homicide and charged the man’s cellmate, Vu Cong Dao, 35 of Palmdale, with murder.

Police arrested Dao for felony burglary and misdemeanor vandalism. While in custody, jail officials also charged Dao with resisting an executive officer and battery upon an officer. Two days later, Dao allegedly assaulted Torres, resulting in his death.

Dao remains in custody on a $2 million bond and will return to court on November 26 for matters related to his cases.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Attorney


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

One of Mr. Helfend’s first priorities will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential to your long term defense strategy. Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California. A history of felony convictions in California could place you in prison for life. In addition, reducing charges against you may make you eligible for bail, or reduce your bail amount. This can enable you to remain free on bond while your matter makes its way through the courts.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Also, don’t assume that you have no options once you’ve been arrested. 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 Arrest Leads To Weapons Charges
DUI Arrest Leads To Weapons Charges
An Oxnard man arrested for DUI also faced weapons and drug charges. According to Oxnard police, they arrested a man after pulling over his vehicle. During the stop, officers noted that he appeared to be driving while intoxicated. They searched the vehicle, and discovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle with a high-capacity magazine. They also found cocaine in the vehicle.

Prosecutors initially charged the man with misdemeanor DUI, and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm. They also charged him with carrying a loaded firearm and a large capacity magazine. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, driving with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08% and giving false information to a police officer. Prosecutors dropped the other two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance. Both of the dismissed charges were misdemeanors.

The judge sentenced the man to 36 months of probation and fines of nearly $3,500. If he does not successfully complete the terms of his probation, he will face jail time for his convictions.

Oxnard DUI Lawyer


When you face a DUI in Ventura County, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Most drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. Although less serious than felonies, misdemeanor convictions can still have severe consequences. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, license suspensions, fines, expensive driver retraining classes, and other driving restrictions. In addition, you could pay thousands of dollars more in insurance costs. You could also be forced into high-risk insurance based on drunk driving convictions.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Put a professional, aggressive defense attorney to work on your case and see the difference it can make.

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 arrest for Simi Valley parolees
Drug possession arrest for Simi Valley parolees
Simi Valley police arrested two parolees for drug possession and weapons offenses last month. Police there conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle when the driver appeared to make evasive maneuvers.

The driver stopped at a local gas station, so the officer made contact with him. Because one of the vehicle occupants is on parole, the officer searched the vehicle. Warrantless searches are often a condition of parole, as was the case here.

The officer discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine in the vehicle. In addition, the officer found multiple loaded handguns. Police arrested two people. The female suspect faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Prosecutors dropped the charges against the male suspect. The female suspect was released on her own recognizance. She will return to court on December 7 for matters related to her case.

Simi Valley drug possession attorney


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

State law now treats minor possession very differently from possession for sale. California has taken steps to reform its approach to drug crimes, but you can still be arrested for them. Drug crimes still account for a significant number of convictions, and you can spend time in jail as a result.

An experienced attorney will fight immediately to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential in California, because a history of felony convictions can lead to longer sentences. A third felony conviction for a violent felony can result in lifetime incarceration.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. Don’t assume that a drug charge will have an insignificant impact on you, and don’t attempt to defend yourself. Hire an experienced, aggressive criminal defense 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 drug possession case.

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