Domestic Violence Call Leads Police To Felon With Weapons
Domestic Violence Call Leads Police To Felon With Weapons
A Ventura man will return to court later this month to face weapons charges, following a domestic violence call. Police found the man sitting in the car with a female companion with apparent injuries. She told police that the man had hit her.

They arrested the man and confiscated a loaded firearms magazine and an operable tear gas canister. Upon searching the vehicle, they also found three firearms. Two of the weapons were loaded.

Because of his previous felony records, the man is barred from possessing weapons or ammunition. Currently, he faces four felony weapons charges and a misdemeanor charge for possession of tear gas. The man will return to court on May 21 for arraignment on the weapons offenses. He is not currently facing charges for domestic assault.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


When you face charges for a domestic assault, hire an experienced domestic violence 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. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians.

Prosecutors can bring domestic assault charges either as a felony or as a misdemeanor. Domestic assault complaints may not always lead to charges, but police investigate them vigorously. They often lead to other chargeable offenses. Typically, a successful domestic assault prosecution requires the cooperation of the victim. In many cases however, the victim does not want to or cannot cooperate. Pursuing other serious felony charges can lead to the suspect’s incarceration without the assistance of the victim.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at risk.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 Fears Resurrected By 4:00 AM Proposal
DUI Fears Resurrected By 4:00 AM Proposal
A proposal that passed in both chambers of the legislature last term is raising fears about increased DUI arrests in the state. State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduced a bill that would allow some bars to serve alcohol until 4:00 AM. Senate Bill 58 would allow businesses in Cathedral City, Coachella, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood to serve liquor until 4:00 AM. The bill authorizes a pilot program and would authorize extended liquor sales between 2022 and 2027.

Opponents say the change would increase drunk driving as intoxicated people attempt to reach a pilot city. During the last legislative session, then-governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill. Opponents also say that the move to extend liquor sales isn’t being driven by the pilot cities.

Studies conducted in other countries that extended alcohol sales found increases in arrests, crashes, assaults and other alcohol-related ER visits. Additionally, arrest data shows that drunk drivers travel an average of seven miles before being stopped. The likely impact of the law would be that non-participating municipalities would bear the increased cost of enforcement. Further, opponents worry that late-night drinkers will hit the road at about the same time early morning commuters do.

Ventura DUI attorney

When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Regardless of where an officer arrests you, a DUI can be expensive! In addition to lost time and income dealing with the actual arrest, you could also face jail time, increased fines, increased insurance costs and a new interlock requirement for some drivers.

Whether you’re facing a DUI in Ventura or another county in Southern California, you need experienced, aggressive representation in court. Don’t assume that you can save money by representing yourself! You run real legal and financial risks when you attempt to represent yourself in court. Instead, work with an experienced attorney who knows how 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 DUI case.

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Drug Possession Charges Await Ventura Woman
Drug Possession Charges Await Ventura Woman
A Ventura woman faces charges ofdrug possession following her arrest earlier this month. Ventura County officers had been investigating the woman for a few months. They located the woman and detained her. As part of the arrest, the officers searched her, her car and her residence.

Officers located about one pound of methamphetamine, five loaded heroin syringes, prescription pills and a large amount of cash. Officers booked the woman into the Ventura County Jail. A judge released her on a $50,000 bond. She will return to court early next month for matters related to her case.

Ventura 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. In that time, he has defended thousands of Californians in court. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

While the state has made changes to some drug sentences, possession for sale isn’t one of them. You can face felony charges, and spend extended amounts of time in prison for selling drugs.

That’s why you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Aggressive, experienced representation can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution to your case. He will fight hard to get evidence against you excluded, especially if it resulted from an improper or illegal search.

Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your only option following an arrest for drug crimes. 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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Murder case in Camarillo leads to acquittal
Murder case in Camarillo leads to acquittal
A former Camarillo man, charged with the murder of a child, is now free. A jury acquitted the man of murder earlier this month. They also found the man not guilty of assault causing death.

The charges stem from the death of a 3-year-old boy in 2014. The boy suffered injuries while at home with his mother and the mother’s boyfriend. The mother took her son to the hospital for treatment, but the boy died two days later.

The man and woman married in 2016 and moved to Evergreen CO. Investigators in Ventura County, however, extradited the man and charged him with murder and assault. Key to the man’s acquittal was the testimony of the Ventura County Medical Examiner. The ME determined that the child’s death could not be classified as a homicide. She also indicated that the child’s injuries were consistent with a fall, which is what the parents described.

Following his acquittal, authorities released the man from custody. He had remained jailed in Ventura County since his extradition in 2016.

Camarillo murder lawyer


When you face charges for a homicide, hire an aggressive, experienced murder 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.

This case demonstrates that the evidence doesn’t always support the prosecutor’s case. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney on your side who will fight for you. Homicide is the most serious conviction you can hold in California, especially when the case involves a child.

An aggressive, experienced attorney will fight tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Expert testimony can raise critical questions in the jury’s mind regarding the truthfulness of the prosecutor’s evidence. This comes about only when you have a dedicated criminal defense attorney working for 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 Case Against StarKist Could Bankrupt Company
Antitrust Case Against StarKist Could Bankrupt Company
StarKist Tuna agreed last fall to plead guilty to criminal antitrust charges in a tuna price-fixing scheme. The case, which is proceeding in the Northern District of California, is moving in to the sentencing phase. According to StarKist’s attorneys, however, the potential fines could bankrupt the company.

StarKist admitted in court filings to selling $600M in tuna under a collusive pricing scheme. The company participated in the price-fixing arrangement between 2011 and 2013. Other major tuna producers have also entered guilty pleas in the case. Individually, executives from StarKist and Bumble Bee also face criminal charges.

Based on the company’s sales volume at that time, the prescribed monetary penalty is between $50M and $100M. The company’s attorneys say that if the judge applies the minimum fine, the company can continue operations. If the judge imposes the maximum fine, however, the company will cease operations. This is true, they argue, because the company expects to lose lawsuits from aggrieved commercial customers. The combined restitution and criminal fines could leave the company with no operating funds.

Bumble Bee, another defendant in the case, also pleaded with a federal judge to lower the possible fine during sentencing. The company argued that a high fine would leave the company insolvent. The judge agreed to the relief, provided that the company gave additional information about the operation of the scheme. In the StarKist case, the judge is not likely to be swayed by that argument, since StarKist pleaded guilty last. DOJ attorneys say they have evidence to prove that the company can pay the higher fine without bankrupting itself.

US District Court Judge Edward Chen will rule on the matter in June.

Federal criminal antitrust attorney


When you face charges of criminal antitrust, hire an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes criminal antitrust cases in any federal circuit in the United States.

Antitrust convictions can effectively end your professional career. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for you.

Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your only 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 charges catch up with Santa Paula man
Sex crimes charges catch up with Santa Paula man
A Santa Paula man faces charges for sex crimes for a 2013 rape. According to police, a computer identified the man as a suspect after police entered his DNA into a crime database.

Santa Paula Police say that they arrested the man for an unrelated crime. As part of that arrest, they loaded his DNA into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The database produced a match between the suspect and a previously unsolved sexual assault. Following the CODIS identification, police found additional evidence linking the man to the assault.

In that case, the suspect abducted a woman walking down the street. He forced her into a secluded area and assaulted her. He also threatened her with a knife. The woman reported the crime, but authorities could not locate the suspect at that time.

Police sought a warrant for the man’s arrest and located him in Fillmore. He currently works as a roofer. The suspect faces numerous charges related to the sexual assault. He also faces charges of kidnapping for robbery and dissuading a witness by force or threat. He has pleaded not guilty to four felonies and six special allegations related to the case.

Santa Paula 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 takes sexual offense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Many defense attorneys don’t want to take sexual offense cases. They may be uncomfortable with the nature of the allegations, or the appearance of defending a violent criminal.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for a case. The presence of DNA evidence doesn’t always guarantee a conviction. Faulty collection methods and poor handling can taint the evidence, rendering it meaningless. An aggressive criminal defense attorney will work hard to get this evidence suppressed at trial. This can make a conviction much less likely.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t defend you aggressively. 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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Former SeaWorld Attorney Pleads in Securities Fraud Case
Former SeaWorld Attorney Pleads in Securities Fraud Case
A former attorney for SeaWorld pleaded guilty to securities fraud in an insider trading scheme. According to prosecutors, the man used unreleased earnings information to time a major stock purchase.

The man purchased 18,000 shares of the company’s stock just days before it announced better-than-expected quarterly earnings. Following the announcement, the share price rose more than $4.25 per share. He then sold the stock, reaping a profit of nearly $65,000.

By purchasing company shares, the man violated both company policy and federal securities laws. The man should have sought permission from the company’s general counsel to both purchase and sell shares. Federal authorities contacted the company late in 2018 to inquire about the stock purchase and sale. SeaWorld conducted an internal investigation and determined that the man had used inside information to make his purchase decision.

In federal court last week, the man pleaded guilty to securities fraud as part of a plea agreement. The US District Court for the Middle District of Florida has not yet set a date for sentencing. At sentencing, the court will determine penalties, including incarceration, disgorgement and fines. The maximum penalty for insider trading is 20 years in prison and as much as a $5 million fine.

Federal securities fraud attorney


Investment fraud can take many forms, including insider trading. When you face charges related to profiteering on inside information, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any circuit in the United States.

Federal authorities aggressively pursue investment fraud and insider trading. Your best defense includes an experienced criminal defense attorney who will represent you throughout the judicial process. An experienced attorney will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If you opt to take a plea deal, your attorney will work toward the best possible resolution for your case. This includes reducing any potential prison term and/or fines that may be associated with 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 securities fraud case.

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Moorpark Mom Accused of Embezzlement
Moorpark Mom Accused of Embezzlement
A Moorpark woman faces embezzlement charges following the theft of money from a local school. The woman served as the treasurer of the Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology (FAST) Boosters. She also has a prior criminal history, which includes convictions for identity theft, commercial burglary and forgery.

According to investigators, the woman stole an undisclosed amount of money from the group. The group’s Facebook page says the group strives to raise $90,000 annually for the school. A spokesperson also said that when it discovered the fraudulent activity, the group immediately contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The school is part of the Moorpark Unified School District. The district has asked community members to participate in the school’s final two fundraisers for the year. It also indicated that the district would look at providing additional financial oversight to booster groups to deter future thefts.

Currently, the suspect faces six felony counts of grand theft, and also one special allegation of excessive loss exceeding $100,000. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and also denied the special allegation. The woman will return to court on April 26 for matters related to her case.

Moorpark Embezzlement Lawyer


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

Embezzlement can have a devastating effect on businesses and organizations. In many cases, the victims’ first concerns involve restitution. Experienced defense lawyers know that the key to a successful restitution does not involve lengthy incarceration. In fact, a short jail term or no jail at all gives the victims the best chance at being made whole.

Mr. Helfend will work aggressively to create the best possible outcome for your case. Sometimes, that includes getting the charges against you reduced or dropped. It also may mean securing a resolution that meets the needs of all parties and satisfies judicial interests.

Don’t assume that an arrest is the same thing as a conviction, and don’t assume that you have no options. Instead, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the judicial 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 County embezzlement case.

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Fraud Charge Lands Ventura Dentist in Boston Court
Fraud Charge Lands Ventura Dentist in Boston Court
A Ventura dentist faces fraud charges related to the college admissions scandal. Prosecutors have accused the man of paying $150,000 in bribes. He faces one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of honest services mail fraud.

According to prosecutors, the man paid to portray his daughter as an elite lacrosse player. She did not play the sport. He also paid the USC women’s lacrosse coach a bribe of $50,000. The coach pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering last month. Prosecutors also charged the school’s water polo coach in the scandal.

The suspect is a professor at USC, where he worked for more than 30 years. He is currently on leave from the institution. According to his lawyers, the man has already lost three book contracts as a result of his arrest. He has been released on bail, and has the court’s permission to travel to previously scheduled international speaking engagements.

The Ventura man is one of more than 30 parents who face charges in the scheme. Parents paid to alter their children’s test scores and present them as athletes to prestigious universities. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He will return to court in Boston in June on matters related to his case.

Ventura Fraud Attorney


When you face criminal charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced federal fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 3 decades of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any circuit in the United States. He takes state cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Most often, monetary gain is the object of fraud, however sometimes other factors motivate it. Felony convictions can have a lasting impact on your life and your lifestyle. They can permanently tarnish your reputation, and result in loss of income. Even unproven allegations can impact your life. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney by your side.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. Don’t take on federal prosecutors on your own and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your only 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Charge for Camarillo Caregiver
Identity Theft Charge for Camarillo Caregiver
A Camarillo woman faces charge of identity theft after opening a credit line in a patient’s name. According to Simi Valley Police, the victim contacted them to report credit card fraud. A credit card company placed a call to her to inquire about an account in her name. She then indicated that she had never opened the account in question.

According to investigators, the victim had hired the caregiver several years earlier to walk her dog and clean her house. Eventually, the suspect took on more care responsibilities for the terminally ill woman. Using the victim’s personal information, the suspect opened a line of credit and made about $11,000 worth of purchases. She committed the fraud over a period of six months.

The woman faces charges of identity theft from an elder or dependent adult. She is free on a $50,000 bond and will return to court on April 17 for arraignment.

Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer


Authorities pay special attention to identity theft because it often signals other criminal activity, When you face charges for an identity related crime, 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. During his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians against a variety of charges.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Many people find themselves in difficult criminal court situations. This may make them reluctant to seek help, or may make them more willing to accept a plea deal.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help by working to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. While this may not succeed all the time, even reducing the charges can have a major positive effect.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience and don’t assume that a plea deal is always in your best interest. (Often it is not.) 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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