Domestic Violence Conviction Leads to 29-Year Sentence
Domestic Violence Conviction Leads to 29-Year Sentence
A Ventura man will spend the next 29 years in prison following a domestic violence conviction. A jury found the man guilty of false imprisonment; inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant; and witness intimidation. The jury also found true 16 special allegations against the man, including a “third-strike.” The jury found him not guilty of exhibiting a deadly weapon, and the judge dismissed a charge of making criminal threats. In addition, the jury found not true one allegation of using a deadly weapon.

According to prosecutors, the man pinned his then-girlfriend to a table. The pair fell to the floor, and the woman suffered serious injuries on impact. The man also prevented the woman from moving following the fall. When the woman tried to change her clothes and seek medical treatment, the man threatened her. He also attempted to dissuade her from reporting her injuries to authorities.

The suspect has a history of domestic abuse, which included felony convictions for kidnapping and making criminal threats.

Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic abuse charges can result in significant prison time, especially for those with a prior history of felony offenses. When you face charges for spousal abuse, 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.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. This case illustrates the chilling effect that a “third strike” can have on sentencing. The law doubles sentences for second felony convictions and can impose lifetime incarceration for a third violent felony.

That’s why your first move following an arrest should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Relying on an inexperienced defender can have significant negative consequences for you and your future.

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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Thousand Oaks DUI Could Send Lawyer to Jail For 10 Years
Thousand Oaks DUI Could Send Lawyer to Jail For 10 Years
A local attorney faces as much as 10years in prison for a DUI death. According to police, the man crashed into a tree in Thousand Oaks, killing his passenger. At the time of his arrest, the man had a blood-alcohol content that exceeded .15.

Police said that the man crashed into a tree and his vehicle overturned on Westland Avenue in Thousand Oaks. Both the man and his passenger suffered serious injuries in the collision. An ambulance crew transported the man and his passenger, a 38-year-old Canoga Park woman, to the hospital. Doctors there pronounced the woman dead.

The man faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces two special allegations of committing a serious felony and driving with a BAC of .15 or more. He will return to court on May 8 for matters related to his case.

Thousand Oaks DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for a DUI in Ventura County, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. He takes drunk driving cases in Ventura County.

Two out of three drunk driving cases in California result in misdemeanor charges. The remaining one-third result in felony cases. How the prosecutor charges you depends upon the circumstances of your case. Serious injuries or death typically result in felony charges. Additionally, the driver’s history with prior drunk driving arrests can also factor into the seriousness of the charges.

California’s drunk driving laws produce serious consequences, even for those facing misdemeanor charges. Immediately upon a drunk driving arrest, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license. You can challenge this suspension, but you must schedule a timely hearing with the DMV. It’s also important to know that the DMV operates independently of the court. A judge can extend this suspension as part of a criminal sanction.

Don’t assume that you can (or should) represent yourself in court. Instead, hire an experienced attorney who will represent you throughout 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 DUI case.

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Drug possession arrest nets four Ventura residents
Drug possession arrest nets four Ventura residents
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four city residents on suspicion of drug possession for sale. According to deputies, narcotics investigators had been monitoring the home of a subject suspected of selling drugs. They witnessed the subject conducting a drug sale in a vehicle parked outside of his home.

Once the suspected sale was complete, deputies conducted a traffic stop and arrested two women inside the car. Both women were on probation at the time of the traffic stop. Additionally, they both had outstanding warrants for their arrests. A search of the vehicle produced two ounces of methamphetamine and a small quantity of heroin prepared for sale.

Later, deputies conducted a second traffic stop of a man who had just left the investigation subject’s home. They arrested the driver of that vehicle, who also had a warrant out for his arrest. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies discovered drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of methamphetamine. They arrested the man on the outstanding warrant.

Deputies returned to the subject’s home and found him in a vehicle parked near his home. They searched the vehicle and recovered nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine, a small amount of heroin and cash. Deputies arrested the suspect and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. He was later released without being charged. The remaining three suspects remain jailed on the outstanding warrants and probation violations. They will return to court later this month to address the arrest warrants.

Ventura drug possession attorney


When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug cases in Ventura County.

Prosecutors love drug crimes because they represent easy convictions and long sentences. Without an aggressive attorney fighting for the defendant, this statement could be very true. In many cases, a prosecutor’s entire case rests on the legality of a search. If the search is not conducted properly, any evidence found during that search must be thrown out. Often, this makes a prosecutor’s case collapse.

Without an experienced defense attorney to challenge a prosecutor’s case, or the legality of searches, a defendant can find himself on a quick route to prison. That’s why you need to have an attorney by your side throughout the judicial process. An experienced attorney knows how to protect your rights. Don’t assume that you can represent yourself in court, and don’t admit to anything without consulting a lawyer first.

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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Attempted Murder Arrest in El Rio Shooting
Attempted Murder Arrest in El Rio Shooting
Police arrested a Ventura man on suspicion of attempted murder in an El Rio weekend shooting. Hospital staff at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard informed police that they were treating a man with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel later transferred the man to the Ventura County Medical Center for additional treatment.

According to police, the suspect and the victim had engaged in an argument. The suspect produced a weapon and shot the man in the chest. The shooting took place in El Rio, just outside of Oxnard. Investigators identified the suspect and obtained search and arrest warrants. During the search of the suspects home, officers located a firearm, ammunition and also “a large quantity of narcotics.”

The suspect does not currently face charges of attempted murder, however he faces charges of assault, and weapons and drug charges. He also faces twelve special allegations, which, if true, could result in extended prison terms. The judge freed the suspect on a $170,000 bond and will return to court on April 5 for matters related to his case.

El Rio Murder Attorney


When you face charges for homicide or attempted homicide, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Homicide and attempted homicide are very serious charges in the State of California. Despite the governor’s recent moratorium on executions, the death penalty is still very much on the books. The moratorium on executions does not mean that death row prisoners received clemency, or sentence commutations.

When you face these serious charges, your best defense is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having an aggressive, experienced and prepared defense on your side can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or hope that the state’s position on executions will change. 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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Rams coach pleads not guilty to Moorpark sex crimes
Rams coach pleads not guilty to Moorpark sex crimes
A strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams pleaded not guilty to sex crimes charges. Authorities arraigned the man on several counts of sexual battery earlier this month. According to the complaint, a Moorpark woman accused him of intimately touching her without permission at a private residence. He pleaded not guilty to three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. The incidents allegedly took place in June 2018.

Authorities arrested the man initially in January. He posted a $5,000 bond and authorities released him. He did not travel to New Orleans or to the Super Bowl with the Rams. The team released a statement saying that it was aware of the charges against the coach. The coach is currently on leave from the team and will remain so until the court resolves the charges.

He did not appear in court for the arraignment. His attorney entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf and indicated that he intends to fight the charges. The man will return to court on April 19 for a pretrial examination. If the case moves to trial, a conviction could result in an 18-month sentence. The court would also likely require him to register as a sex offender for life.

Moorpark sex crimes attorney


When someone accuses you of committing sexual offenses, your best move is to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes sex crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Even misdemeanor sexual offense convictions are serious. They can trigger a sexual offender registry requirement that can follow you for life. Sex offender status can interfere with your ability to find work and housing. It can also interfere with family relationships and diminish your status in your community.

Don’t make the assumption that you can’t fight the charges against you, and don’t assume that a plea deal is in your best interest. Instead, work with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your reputation, rights and freedoms.

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

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Securities fraud plea for former bank exec
Securities fraud plea for former bank exec
A former CEO of a now-defunct “bank” pleaded guilty to securities fraud in Texas earlier this month. Jason Rice admitted to stealing more than $4 million from his investors. According to the federal indictment, Rice made false statements to investors about the company’s capital and its services. He also told investors that the company had financial relationships it did not have.

Initially, the State of Texas issued a cease-and-desist order in January to Rice’s company, AriseBank. The entity used the word “bank” in its name although it was not authorized to provide banking services. Additionally, the entity promised investors returns of up to 20% on their initial investments. Rice later issued a press release claiming to have raised $600M in an initial coin offering (ICO). The release also indicated that the entity expected to receive $1B in initial investments. Regulators from the US Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating Rice at that point.

The SEC indicated in its complaint that AriseBank had not registered with the SEC, so its ICO was illegal. Regulators also noted that Rice’s literature claimed that his company could offer FDIC-insured bank accounts and bank transactions. The company also claimed to have a partnership with Visa. All of those statements were false.

The FBI arrested Rice in late November 2018. Federal prosecutors charged Rice and his partner, Stanley Ford, with securities fraud and wire fraud. Earlier this month, Rice pleaded guilty to a single count of securities fraud. The court has already ordered the men to disgorge more than $2.2 million in cash assets and nearly $70,000 in interest on the funds. Additionally, each man must pay a fine of nearly $185,000. The fines and fees do not preclude additional restitution orders. Rice will return to court on July 11 for sentencing. At that time, the judge could assign a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Securities fraud lawyer


When you face charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the United States.

Securities can be governed by both civil and criminal laws. When you face criminal charges for investment fraud, your best defense is to hire an experienced federal criminal attorney to defend you. Federal prosecutors are aggressive and well-resourced. They will not drop a case they believe they can win. To defend yourself, you need an attorney who is aggressive and has federal defense experience.

Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option, and don’t assume that you can’t win in federal 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Sentence For Newbury Park Woman
Embezzlement Sentence For Newbury Park Woman
A Newbury Park woman will spend 18 months in jail and 2.5 years on probation for embezzlement . In January, the woman pleaded guilty to three felony counts of grand theft and also one count of forgery.

According to investigators, the 57-year-old woman worked for a local data storage company. Part of her job responsibilities included billing clients. While there, she misdirected client payments to accounts she controlled. The company discovered the thefts in December 2017. Investigators examined the company’s financial records and then confirmed the thefts. In all, police say the woman stole more than $180,000.

In addition to the jail term, the judge also ordered the woman to repay more than $300,000 in restitution. The increased amount covers the additional accounting costs as well as legal fees associated with prosecuting the theft.

Newbury Park Embezzlement Attorney


Embezzlement is a form of grand theft. When you face charges for financial crimes related to employment, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense and takes cases in Ventura County. In his decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians accused of a variety of crimes.

One key element of an embezzlement case is restitution. Victims want to be made whole. Often, major financial losses can destabilize or even shutter businesses or organizations. An experienced defense attorney can use this to help reduce any potential sentence.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally. That means you’ll always work directly with him on your case. He will not pass your case along to a less experienced defender. His plain-English style also means that you’ll always understand the status of your case.

Don’t rely on inexperience, and do not attempt to represent yourself in a criminal court 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 embezzlement case.

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Fraud Convictions for Separate Auto Cases
Fraud Convictions for Separate Auto Cases
According to the Ventura County District Attorney, four defendants pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in three separate cases.

IN the first case, a man with an existing felony conviction attempted to persuade his insurance company to repair his truck. He damaged the truck while off-roading illegally in Hungry Valley State Park. The defendant submitted a false insurance claim to repair significant damage to the vehicle. In an effort to get payment, he repeatedly lied to the insurance company about the damage. Because the man has previous felony convictions, he could receive a sentence of up to 10 years. He will return to court in May for sentencing.

To men who conspired to commit arson and insurance fraud also pleaded guilty. In this case, a Thousand Oaks man paid an Oxnard man to burn the man’s Prius. He then attempted to collect an insurance payout on the car. Both men will return to court next week for sentencing. The owner of the car has already paid full restitution to the insurance company. He has also paid a $1,200 fine to the Oxnard Fire Department and $660 to Toyota.

The third defendant, a Ventura woman initially faced six felony counts of Insurance fraud and one felony count of commercial burglary. In a plea deal, she agreed to plead guilty to two counts of insurance fraud. The court will drop the remaining charges at sentencing next week. The charges arose following a car accident in 2017.

Ventura Fraud Lawyer


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud 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.

The motive for fraudulent activity is normally money, but sometimes people commit it for other reasons. Regardless of your circumstances, your first defensive move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Theses cases also illustrate the danger that awaits those who have previous felony convictions. A previous conviction can turn what could be a five-year sentence into a 10-year sentence! The state’s Three Strikes Law can double penalties on a second strike. A conviction for a third, violent felony can lead to lifetime incarceration!

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one who isn’t interested in taking 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Suspect Sentenced in Hit-and-Run
Identity Theft Suspect Sentenced in Hit-and-Run
A Ventura woman will spend eight years and four months in prison for vehicular manslaughter. In addition, the woman pleaded guilty to possession of a forged driver license and misdemeanor identity theft. The identity charges were unrelated to the vehicular manslaughter case.

According to prosecutors, the woman was driving while intoxicated. She left the roadway adjacent to the Ventura County Government Complex. The woman struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk who later died of her injuries. According to police, the driver briefly stopped after striking the woman, then fled the scene of the accident. Investigators located the driver and determined that she had operated the vehicle while under the influence of drugs. The accident occurred on April 25, 2017 just prior to 8:00 AM.

In addition to those charges, the woman also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court while on bail.

Ventura Identity Theft Attorney


When you face criminal charges that include identity crimes, hire an experienced identity theft attorney 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.

Identity crimes are of interest to investigators because they often lead to other, more serious charges. Prosecutors can charge identity theft as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The crime is also a federal offense. How and where you face charges will depend upon the circumstances of your case.

Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always work directly with him on your case. He does not refer cases to less experienced attorneys, as can happen in larger law firms. Your case will receive his full attention.

Don’t entrust your freedom to an inexperienced attorney, and don’t attempt to represent yourself.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.
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Domestic Violence Suspect Convicted in 2013 Rape
Domestic Violence Suspect Convicted in 2013 Rape
A Ventura man could spend 58 years to life in prison for rape and domestic violence . A jury convicted the man of the 2013 assault of his former girlfriend. They also found true the special allegation of kidnapping.

According to authorities, the incidents took place in Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura. Police say the man forced his way into the victim’s home in the early morning hours of June 23, 2013. He then beat the woman and forced her into his vehicle. The suspect sexually assaulted her at a second location, then drove the woman to the hospital. Then, he fled the area. The man had previously made criminal threats toward the woman and was the subject of a domestic violence restraining order.

Authorities initially arrested the man in November 2013, but a series of delays pushed the trial date to February. The defendant will return to court in April for sentencing.

Ventura Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic abuse convictions can have serious consequences, especially when paired with other offenses. When you face charges for domestic violence, hire an experienced domestic violence 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.

Each domestic assault case is different, but many couples and families don’t want to complete the judicial process. When this describes your situation, you want to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side. If your case includes other charges, or you have a history of abuse convictions, you definitely need professional representation.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He simply works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. This can be invaluable in California, where the state’s Three Strikes Law can double sentence lengths.

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 domestic violence case.

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