Ventura Domestic Violence Suspect Sentenced to Life
Ventura Domestic Violence Suspect Sentenced to Life
A former Ojai man who attempted to kill his former girlfriend in a domestic violence dispute will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. In 2015, the man shot his former girlfriend nine times, but she survived. He also shot and killed the father of the woman’s then-current boyfriend.

The couple met in Ventura County, had a child and at one point moved to Katy, Texas. Shortly after the move, the couple split up and the woman returned to Ventura County. She became involved with another man. The suspect, who had remained in Texas, drove 1,600 miles and hunted the woman down. He found her at her boyfriend’s father’s home, where he shot her. He also shot the boyfriend’s father, who died at the scene.

Initially, the suspect fled to Mexico, but authorities apprehended the man two days after the shootings. A Ventura County couple on vacation in Mexico recognized the man following a social media post by the Ventura Police Department.

Earlier this year, the man – who had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges – changed his plea. As part of the deal, the judge sentenced the man to 72 years to life in prison and ordered the suspect to pay restitution.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


This case represents one of the worst possible outcomes for a domestic assault situation. When you face charges for spousal abuse, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes domestic violence cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Fortunately, most domestic assault cases don’t end in murder. Nonetheless, a domestic assault conviction can wreak havoc on your life. Depending upon your circumstances, domestic assault cases can sometimes be eligible for diversion programs. These programs seek to address the root causes of domestic assaults and eliminate recurrences.

If you’re facing domestic assault charges – especially as a first -time offender – you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians in his more than 3 decades of practice.

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 Conviction Stands in Sheriff Deputy's Death
DUI Conviction Stands in Sheriff Deputy’s Death
A Camarillo man will remain in prison for the DUI death of a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy in 2014. A three-judge panel ruled that media about the case did not taint the jury pool. They also ruled that the man’s attorney did not commit an error by not filing to move the trial.

Kevin Hogrefe argued that his attorney should have sought a change of venue following the crash. Hogrefe argued that a memorial to the trooper unfairly prejudiced the jury pool.

Hogrefe struck and killed the deputy while driving drunk on Highway 101 in 2014. Shortly after striking the deputy, Hogrefe crashed his car. Hogrefe also argued that the judge erred by allowing the prosecutor to use his prior DUI convictions. Hogrefe claimed that they should be suppressed because he was a minor at the time.

A jury convicted Hogrefe of second-degree murder in 2016. A judge sentenced the man to 15-years to life in prison. Currently, he is incarcerated at Avenal State Prison in Avenal.

Ventura DUI attorney


This case illustrates one of the worst possible outcomes for a drunk driving case – second-degree murder charges. When you face charges for impaired driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in DUI defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Most drunk driving cases in California result in misdemeanor charges. For those cases that involve serious injury or death, the prosecutor will seek felony charges. A drunk driving death can result in second-degree murder charges depending on the circumstances.

When you face these charges, your best defense is to hire an experienced attorney. Mr. Helfend will work hard on your case to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This can have a significant impact on sentencing, if your case goes to trial.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no options besides a guilty plea. 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 Suspect Arrested in Ventura
Theft Suspect Arrested in Ventura
Ventura police arrested a man suspected of car theft after finding the car in a motel parking lot. On June 11, a Ventura resident reported a stolen vehicle. The next morning, officers spotted the stolen vehicle in a motel parking lot and waited for the suspect to return.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect left the motel and attempted to drive the car out of the lot. Police stopped the man at that time and arrested him. During the stop, police also found a 32-year-old woman with the suspect. They arrested her on five outstanding warrants for misdemeanor offenses.

Police booked the suspect into jail. He will return to court on July 11 for matters related to his case.

Ventura theft lawyer


When you face grand theft charges in Ventura, hire an experienced grand 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.

Grand theft convictions can result in jail or prison sentences, depending on the circumstance of your case. When you face these charges, your best defense is to hire an experienced attorney who will fight aggressively for you.

Mr. Helfend will first work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. Mr. Helfend manages every case personally. You will work directly with him on all matters related to your case. He doesn’t pass cases to less experienced attorneys, so you will always have the benefit of his experience.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Even when a criminal matter seems small, the consequences can still be significant.

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 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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