Domestic Violence Situation Escalates in Simi Valley
Domestic Violence Situation Escalates in Simi Valley
A Simi Valley officer discharged his weapon while responding to a domestic violence call. According to police, they received a report of a man attempting to break into a home there. A domestic violence restraining order prevented the man from contacting the resident.

The woman told police dispatchers that the man was attempting to break into the home through a window. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw the suspect through a sliding glass door. He was armed with a box cutter and was threatening the woman and her young child.

An office discharged his weapon into the sliding glass door, breaking it open. The police then made entry into the home. The suspect briefly barricaded himself in a bedroom with the two victims. Shortly thereafter, the suspect released the woman and her child and surrendered to police. No one was injured.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. He will return to court on August 14 for a prior domestic assault arrest. He also faces six felony charges related to the most recent arrest. The suspect remains jailed on a $105,000 bail.

Simi Valley Domestic Violence Lawyer


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

Domestic abuse cases are among the most complex in the criminal justice system. Police and prosecutors may have little choice but to go forward with arrests and prosecutions in domestic abuse cases. When the victim wants to prosecute, this is the right result. In many cases however, the victim does not want to prosecute and that complicates a domestic abuse case.

Your best defense is to work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Having an attorney by your side can help you achieve a positive result for you and your family.

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 Death Leads To 5-year Prison Sentence
DUI Death Leads To 5-year Prison Sentence
A 24-year-old Oxnard man will spend five years in prison for a DUI crash. The collision severely injured two passengers riding in the man’s car. About three months after the accident, one of the passengers died of his injuries.

According to Oxnard police, the man drove his car at a high rate of speed, then lost control of it. He collided with a tree and a brick retaining wall. The driver did not suffer serious injuries in the crash, but his passengers did. Earlier this year, the man pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also pleaded guilty to causing injury while driving drunk. The judge sentenced the man to five years in prison. He must also make restitution payments to his victims.

Oxnard DUI attorney


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

The number of drunk driving arrests in California has decreased over the last decade. This is likely due in part to better driver training and increased drunk driving penalties. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of Californians face drunk driving arrests every year.

Fortunately, most drunk driving arrests result in only misdemeanor charges. That’s not to say misdemeanors aren’t serious! Even with a misdemeanor drunk driving conviction, you begin to establish a history of drunk driving. This can come back to haunt you if police arrest you again for impaired driving.

In addition to the immediate suspension of your driver’s license, you can face jail time and fines. The judge can also order driving restrictions, an ignition interlock device, driver retraining and other sanctions.

Many people attempt to defend themselves when facing a DUI. This is a mistake! Your best defense will come from an experienced defense attorney who can help you navigate the court process.

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 Leads to Burglary Charges
Theft Leads to Burglary Charges
A 22-year-old Ventura man faces charges of theft following a burglary there.

According to police, the man broke into a Ventura home last week and stole credit cards and property belonging to the resident. No one was home at the time of the break-in. Police later discovered that someone was using the stolen credit cards at the Pacific View Mall. After developing the man as a suspect in the burglary, officers located the man at the mall. At the time of the arrest, the man also had credit cards stolen from a vehicle break-in. He also had property taken from the Ventura home.

Police arrested him for the burglaries and thefts. They also arrested him on a burglary warrant from Los Angeles County. He faces two felony burglary charges and two special allegations for prior offenses. If found true, the special allegations will eliminate his eligibility for parole. He also faces eight misdemeanor charges related to identity theft. Charges on his outstanding warrant in Los Angeles will be handled separately. The man remains jailed in lieu of a $170,000 bail. He will return to court on August 9 for matters related to his case.

Ventura theft lawyer


When you face charges for taking property or money, hire an experienced Ventura theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defense lawyer in Ventura County. In his 35 years of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally. You’ll always have the benefit of his experience because he does not pass cases to less experienced attorneys. This can sometimes happen in a larger, less personal law firm. Mr. Helfend has built a reputation for being an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights.

Don’t settle for inexperience when your freedom is on the line. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura theft case.

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Drug Possession, Elder Abuse Charges in Oxnard
Drug Possession, Elder Abuse Charges in Oxnard
A 47-year-old Oxnard man may face charges of drug possession and elder abuse. Authorities raided an Oxnard home after developing evidence that it was being used to distribute narcotics.

Officers served the search warrant and discovered methamphetamine, heroin and other evidence of drug sales. They also found evidence that the man had been financially abusing an elder since February. Police arrested the man and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. They later released him without filing charges. Less than a week later, officers re-arrested the man and cited him. He will return to court on that citation on October 2.

The District Attorney’s Office could file additional charges against the man pending additional investigation.

Oxnard Drug Possession Lawyer


When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer 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.

California has recently relaxed some drug possession laws, but the new approach does not apply to possession for sale. It also does not apply to methamphetamine, heroin and other similar narcotics. When you face charges for possession for sale, your best defense starts with an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.

An experienced lawyer will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, your attorney will work aggressively to defend your freedom. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated criminal defense attorney. He manages each case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your case. His plain-English style also means that you’ll always understand the status of your case.

Don’t settle for inexperience 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 drug possession case.

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Attempted Murder Charge in Newbury Park Assault
Attempted Murder Charge in Newbury Park Assault
A Los Angeles woman faces charges of attempted murder for an assault at a Newbury Park hotel. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic assault complaint at the hotel. When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old Los Angeles woman beating a 63-year-old Oxnard man.

The pair had also been in an altercation earlier. A witness to the assault said that the woman said she was going to kill the victim. Officers arrested the woman and then booked her into the Ventura County Jail. The Sheriff’s office did not say what the fight was about, or how the two people were related. The woman remains jailed in lieu of a $500,000 bond. She will return to court on August 29 for arraignment.

Newbury Park murder lawyer


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Attempted homicide is very serious as well. If convicted, you could spend your life in prison for an attempted homicide. When you face these serious charges, your best defense is to work with an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally. You’ll always work directly with him on your matter. 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.

Avoiding felony convictions in California is essential. The state’s Three Strike’s Law brings you closer to lifetime incarceration with each felony conviction. A third conviction for a violent felony could result in the permanent loss of your freedom.

When your freedom is at stake, work only with a top-rated defense attorney who knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients. 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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Camarillo sex crimes suspect gets three years in prison
Camarillo sex crimes suspect gets three years in prison
A Camarillo man with previous convictions for sex crimes will spend nearly three years in prison for possession of child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2016.

In June, the man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography as a registered sex offender. He also admitted to probation violations. In May, authorities discovered a phone in the man’s possession that contained a memory card with child pornography. After, they also discovered that the man was using encryption while surfing the Internet. That was a violation of multiple conditions of his probation.

The judge terminated the man’s probation and then activated a suspended sentence from his first conviction. The man becomes eligible for parole in 2020.

Camarillo sex crimes lawyer


Convictions for sexual offenses aren’t like other convictions. In most cases, convicted sex offenders must register with their state of residence. They must also consent to warrantless searches as well as other conditions that impinge upon their civil rights. Most often, sex offender registration is a lifetime sentence. Release conditions can include forfeiting the right to use the Internet and computers. They can also restrict your right to associate freely with others. Your release conditions may additionally require you to avoid certain individuals, housing, or types of employment. When you face charges for sexual offenses, you need an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He is a top-rated defense attorney in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Many criminal defense attorneys don’t want to take sex crimes cases. They may be uncomfortable with the nature of the accusations or confronting vulnerable witnesses. Mr. Helfend takes sex crimes cases of all types and will work aggressively to defend you.

Don’t rely on inexperience to defend you, and don’t assume that you have no options when facing sexual offense 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities Fraud Sentence Stands for "Pharma Bro"
Securities Fraud Sentence Stands for “Pharma Bro”
A former pharmaceutical company executive will remain in prison, having lost an appeal on his securities fraud case. Martin Shkreli asked a federal appeals court to overturn a 7-year sentence on his 2017 fraud conviction.

The US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals refused to set aside his sentence by a 3-0 vote. In addition, the Court ordered Shkreli to forfeit $7.3M, and pay more than $463,000 in restitution and fines. As the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli raised the price of a low-cost HIV treatment by more than 5,500%.

The price hike for the drug Daraprim was not related to his securities fraud conviction. Instead, investigators said that Shkreli misled investors in two hedge funds he also ran, as well as another pharmaceutical company, Retrophin. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that Shkreli repeatedly lied to hedge fund investors, and then used investor funds to start Retrophin. Shkreli argued that the large investment returns from Retrophin invalidated any harm investors may have suffered.

In August 2017, a federal jury found Shkreli guilty of just three of eight charges. In his appeal, Shkreli claimed that the judge’s instructions confused the jury, leading them to an unjust guilty verdict. His attorney said that they are unlikely to seek a vote from the entire 2nd Circuit Court panel. Instead, they may seek an appeal from the US Supreme Court. Shkreli is currently serving his sentence at a low-security facility in Allenwood, PA. He is scheduled for release in 2023.

Ventura securities fraud attorney


When you face charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes securities fraud cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Securities fraud cases can be complex. Your defense attorney needs to bring together expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. Additionally, your defense must fight aggressively on your behalf, since federal prosecutors are very well-funded.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced defender and don’t assume that a plea agreement is in your best interest. 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 Former School Board Association Head
Embezzlement Charge For Former School Board Association Head
The head of the Riverside County School Board Association faces four felony counts of embezzlement following an internal investigation. The Riverside District Attorney’s Office charged the man with embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and grand theft.

According to investigators, an incoming treasurer discovered some suspicious transactions in the Association’s accounts. The man allegedly used the Association’s debit card to pay his personal bills and make unauthorized purchases. The amount of the loss from debit card use was $17,000. Additionally, the man wrote checks from a checking account belonging to a booster club. Those losses totaled $23,000. The total amount of the loss is currently $40,000.

The man, who had served on the Corona-Norco Unified School District Board, lost his seat there in 2018. Following that loss, the RCSBA replaced him with a currently serving member. The man hid the theft by withholding the treasurer’s reports from other members of the executive team. Following a weekend audit, the incoming treasurer reported the matter to the District Attorney’s Office. Association funds come from dues that the member organizations pay. The thefts occurred between 2012 and 2017.

Ventura Embezzlement Lawyer


When you face charges related to theft from an employer or a volunteer organization, hire an experienced embezzlement 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.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you’ll always have the benefit of his experience. He will not pass cases on to less experienced attorneys.

He has also developed a well-known reputation for aggressively defending his clients. Why settle for inexperience when you can have a top-rated defender on your side. 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 Conviction Lands Oxnard Man In Federal Prison
Fraud Conviction Lands Oxnard Man In Federal Prison
An Oxnard man who worked as a civilian purchaser at Naval Base Ventura County will spend nearly six years in prison for fraud. According to investigators, the man accepted bribes and kickbacks over several years. Beginning in 2008, the purchaser accepted cash payments from a Ventura County contractor who submitted phony invoices. The purchaser then approved payment for the invoices. Between 2008 and 2011, the man accepted about $375,000 in cash payments.

Later, the purchaser created a phony company to accept invoice payments by check from the contractor. In 2011, the purchaser began to accept checks from the contractor. In 2013, the purchasing officer also bought a maintenance company, and then began accepting phony payments through that company. Investigators determined that the man collected another $850,000 in fake-invoice payments.

The Ventura contractor pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier this year. The purchaser admitted his role in collecting the phony payments and admitted that many of his invoices were fraudulent. In addition to fraud and conspiracy charges, the man also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and filing false tax returns.

The purchasing officer will spend 5 years and 10 months in jail and will be required to pay about $1.2M in restitution to the federal government.

Oxnard Fraud Attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any US district. He also takes state-level cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally and knows what it takes to provide a successful federal defense. His first priority is to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best outcome for your case.

Working with an experienced federal defense attorney can make a major difference in 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Sentence for Thousand Oaks Woman
Identity Theft Sentence for Thousand Oaks Woman
A Thousand Oaks woman received a sentence of two years in jail and four years of supervised release. Earlier, the woman pleaded guilty to six counts of grand theft for embezzling about $200,000 from two employers. She also pleaded guilty to one special allegation of Aggravated White-Collar Crime. As part of the plea agreement, the court dropped four counts of grand theft, one count of forgery and one count of identity theft. The court also dismissed 25 special allegations related to excessive loss and aggravated white-collar crime.

The woman worked as a bookkeeper for a local firm between 2012 and 2017. The woman wrote checks to herself and made unauthorized ATM withdrawals. She used the money to pay off student loans, pay credit card bills and pay for personal expenses. She also worked for a firm that manages a Ventura area golf course. In that position, she also wrote checks to herself and changed accounting software entries to hide the thefts.

The woman is currently in custody, but will return to court in early August for a restitution hearing related to the case.

Thousand Oaks Identity Theft Lawyer


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

Police and prosecutors pursue identity fraud cases because they often lead to larger crimes. Identity fraud can include everything from forging someone else’s signature to stealing credit cards or identification.

You can be prosecuted for identity-related crimes in either state or federal courts. You can also be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of the case. When you face identity theft charges, your best defense is an experienced, aggressive defense attorney who will fight for you in court.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that a plea bargain 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 identity theft case.

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