DUI Checkpoint Leads to Wrong-Way Arrest
DUI Checkpoint Leads to Wrong-Way Arrest
A driver who attempted to avoid a local DUI checkpoint was arrested after trying to flee. According to police, the driver approached the checkpoint on Main Street in Ventura. Upon noting the checkpoint, the driver made a U-turn and fled the wrong way down Main Street. Another officer stationed nearby apprehended and arrested the driver.

The driver was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of driving DUI in Ventura. While the checkpoint was operational, Ventura police screened nearly 450 of the 914 drivers who passed through the stop. In addition to the single drunk driving arrest, two other drivers received citations for driving with a suspended license. One driver received a marijuana possession citation. Additionally, officers detained two unlicensed drivers and impounded their vehicles.

At the same time, Oxnard Police also set up a DUI checkpoint, which netted one intoxicated driver. Police there also issued a total of 48 citations, the majority for driving on suspended or revoked licenses.

Ventura DUI attorney


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

Two of three drunk driving arrests result in misdemeanor charges in California. That doesn’t mean that an intoxicated driving arrest isn’t serious. In addition to potential jail time and fines, you could also receive license suspensions and restrictions. The court could order you to install an expensive ignition interlock device on your vehicle – even for a first offense. In addition, the court can order you to take driver retraining classes.

The drunk driving process in California results in an immediate suspension of your license by the DMV. This is not part of the court process! It takes place in addition to whatever sanctions the court may impose. You may be able to have your driver license re-instated by the DMV, but you must ask for a hearing almost immediately following your arrest.

Drunk driving arrests can be expensive and time-consuming. In addition, an arrest will likely increase your insurance costs substantially. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the court process following a drunk driving arrest.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura DUI case.
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Theft Charge for Los Angeles Suspect
Theft Charge for Los Angeles Suspect
A Los Angeles woman faces theft charges following a two-month-long investigation. The woman targeted high-end clothing stores in Ventura and Orange Counties. Simi Valley Police say the woman had a particular fondness for the local Macy’s store there.

According to police, they served a search warrant in Los Angeles last month on the woman’s residence. They discovered evidence during the search that connected the woman to a string of incidents. As a result, she now faces charges of grand theft, conspiracy and organized retail theft. The organized retail fraud charge is new, having been introduced in January. Prosecutors accuse her of committing organized retail fraud at least twice in a 12-month period. The charge is a felony. She also faces two felony grand theft charges.

Police believe that the woman operated as part of a larger, organized crime ring. They believe she worked with as many as a half-dozen other suspects. The woman posted a bail of $25,000 and will return to court on March 18 for arraignment.

Simi Valley theft lawyer


When you face charges for stealing, hire an experienced theft 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.

Retail fraud can lead to grand theft charges, depending upon the value of the stolen merchandise. Repeated or organized retail fraud can now lead to additional felony charges.

In California, it’s important to avoid felony convictions. The state’s Three Strikes Law can increase penalties on subsequent convictions. A third conviction for a violent felony can put you in prison for life.

Your best strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. He also manages every case personally, so you will work directly with him on your case.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no options following an arrest. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura theft case.

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Drug Possession Charge Stems From Santa Paula Traffic Stop
Drug Possession Charge Stems From Santa Paula Traffic Stop
A Santa Paula man faces charges of drug possession for sale following a traffic stop there. According to Santa Paula police, an officer observed the man making an unsafe left turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop.

During the stop, the officer noted drug paraphernalia visible inside the vehicle. The officer arrested the driver and performed a search of the vehicle. Inside, the officer located 26 grams of methamphetamine, 21 grams of heroin, a number of drug pipes and a large sum of cash. They also found a switchblade.

The suspect faces two counts of felony drug possession for sale, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a misdemeanor weapons charge for the knife. In addition, prosecutors have made four special allegations related to the man’s previous criminal history.

A judge initially set the man’s bail at $130,000, but later reduced it to $70,000. He remains in custody and will return to court on March 13 for matters related to his case.

Santa Paula Drug Possession Lawyer


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

About 40% of California’s currently incarcerated population has at least one drug-related conviction. Although the state has recently relaxed penalties for certain drug crimes, possession for sale and heroin possession aren’t among them.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney by your side in court. The court is unlikely to be lenient in these cases, but an experienced attorney can help you navigate the court process. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead, 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 of Santa Paula bystander nets guilty verdict
Murder of Santa Paula bystander nets guilty verdict
A Ventura County jury found a Santa Paula gang member guilty of murder in a 2014 shooting. Jurors convicted Mark James Martinez, 36, of first-degree murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. They also found true a series of special allegations. They included personally discharging a weapon and committing crimes for the benefit of a street gang.

The victim, a Santa Paula woman, died from gunshots fired inadvertently into her home between rival gangs. According to witnesses, the rival gangs confronted each other outside the victim’s home. A physical altercation escalated to a shooting. One gang member produced a weapon and fired at Martinez, who fired back. The bullet entered the victim’s home and struck her in the neck, and she died in her kitchen.

The other gang member who fired first, Ernesto Marron, Jr., pled guilty in January to negligently discharging a firearm. He also pleaded guilty to personally discharging a weapon and committing crimes for the benefit of a street gang. He remains jailed awaiting sentencing in that case.

A third gang member pleaded guilty to shooting at an inhabited dwelling and committing crimes for a street gang. He is now serving an 11-year sentence. Martinez will return to court April 29 for sentencing. He is expected to receive a life sentence at that time.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


There is no more serious charge in California than homicide. California’s death penalty has put nearly 750 people on death row, awaiting execution. When you face homicide charges here, your best approach is to hire an experienced, aggressive murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

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 you. Don’t rely on inexperience when your life is literally at stake. Instead, 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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Oak Park sex crimes suspect returns to prison
Oak Park sex crimes suspect returns to prison
An Oak Park man will return to prison for 10 years for sex crimes. The man, a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty in January to possessing and attempted distribution of child pornography.

Police discovered the pornographic images on the man’s tablet during a routine parole search. At the time, the man had been on parole for previous sex crimes, and for impersonating a police officer. Additional investigation showed that the man also had child pornography on his cell phone. He was also attempting to distribute those images through a cloud account.

According to investigators, the man left prison on parole in 2017. At the time, Corrections officials indicated that he posed a serious risk of re-offending. As part of his plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted distribution of child pornography. Additionally, he admitted six special allegations, which gave him a second strike. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss two felony counts of possession of child pornography. They also dismissed three felony counts of attempted distribution of child pornography. Additionally, the dismissed 10 special allegations related to the case.

The judge in the case sentenced him to 10 years and 4 months in state prison.

Oak Park sex crimes lawyer


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

Facing the prospect of a long prison sentence, or life after prison as a registered sex offender can be daunting. Your first move should be to hire an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will help you through the process. Sex offender registration can make it impossible to find work or housing. It can also subject you to constant searches, compliance checks and other intrusions.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Most sexual offense convictions require sex offender registration, often for life. This label follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. It can even prevent you from leaving the country.

An experienced lawyer can help you through the judicial process, and help you make decisions about how to proceed. Mr. Helfend always focuses on what’s in your best interest, and on achieving a positive outcome.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County sex crimes case.

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Securities Fraud Charge Nails California Lawyer
Securities Fraud Charge Nails California Lawyer
A Denver jury convicted man licensed to practice law in California of securities fraud. Guy M. Jean-Pierre, also known as Marcelo Dominguez de Guerra also stands convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

In all, the jury returned guilty verdicts on 28 of 29 counts against Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre’s current troubles relate back to a business he started with his co-conspirators. The business repurposed steel shipping containers for marijuana growing. Initially, the business focused on Colorado and other states that also permit marijuana growing.

At some point, Jean-Pierre began illegally selling stock in the company, known as FusionPharm. He also concealed the role of a co-conspirator who had previous felony securities fraud convictions.

This is not Jean-Pierre’s first brush with the federal courts. In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Jean-Pierre with forging attorney opinion letters. This followed charges by the Southern District of New York in 2012 accusing Jean-Pierre of the same thing. In 2015, a federal judge permanently barred Jean-Pierre from any penny-stock activity. The Securities and Exchange Commission also barred Jean-Pierre from practicing as an attorney before the Commission at that time.

Jean-Pierre will return to court in July for sentencing.

Ventura securities fraud attorney


When you face charges related to investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the United States. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has defended thousands of individuals.

Certain federal crimes carry very serious penalties that can put you in prison for decades. The circumstances of your case will determine the potential prison sentence you could face. Regardless, your defense strategy should include hiring an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Many federal defendants choose to plead guilty. Often, they feel as though the federal case against them is overwhelming. With the right defense strategy, however, you can prevail in federal court. Mr. Helfend will immediately being working 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. A plea deal isn’t always in your best interest, though. Working with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of 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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Embezzlement Charge for Newbury Park Man
Embezzlement Charge for Newbury Park Man
A Newbury Park man turned himself in after an alleged embezzlement of funds from a local non-profit. The man is a member of the Rotary Club of Newbury Park and also served as the club’s treasurer for years. Members of the club reported the incident to Thousand Oaks police in November. Following an investigation, police say that the man stole club funds for about two-and-a-half years. In that time, the man allegedly made off with about $50,000.

According to investigators, the suspect works in Oxnard and is also active in the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Rotary Club is a charitable organization that organizes a number of fundraisers each year. In addition, they provide meals for the homeless, scholarships to students and also improve community resources for people with special needs.

According to the club, the alleged theft will not impact the club’s ability to provide charitable community services.

Newbury Park Embezzlement Lawyer


When you face charges for embezzling funds from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has effectively defended thousands of Californians.

Justice for embezzlement victims involves recovering their losses. Employers and organizations can lose their profits or even their operating capital. This can have a significant impact on their ability to survive. An experienced defense attorney knows that the best approach in these cases is to accommodate the needs of the victims. Long prison sentences don’t tend to accomplish this.

An experienced, aggressive defense attorney can help guide you through the judicial process, and also work toward the best possible outcome for you. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Likewise, don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option.

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

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Camarillo man gets 14-year fraud sentence
Camarillo man gets 14-year fraud sentence
A Camarillo man will spend 14 years in federal prison for unemployment fraud. According to federal prosecutors, he fabricated companies, then submitted unemployment claims against them.

Multiple conspirators participated in the fraud. While the scam was running, the group filed more than 700 unemployment claims using the names of nearly 400 people and more than 40 fictitious companies. The conspirators claimed nearly $4 million in benefits and another nearly $1 million from the United States Treasury. Three more Camarillo residents have already pleaded guilty in the scheme. They are awaiting sentencing.

Camarillo Fraud Attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes fraud cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal defense cases in any circuit in the United States.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works tirelessly to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for the case.

When you face federal charges, having an experienced, aggressive attorney is a key part of your defense strategy. Federal prosecutors are well financed and have the resources they need to win a conviction. Many federal defendants simply choose to plead guilty, rather than mounting potentially bankrupting defense. A good, solid federal defense strategy doesn’t require years and endless financial resources. It does, however, require a criminal defense attorney who is willing to do what it takes to succeed.

When your freedom is at stake, don’t rely on inexperience, and don’t assume that a guilty plea will produce the best outcome. 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 Charges for Simi Valley Vehicle Burglars
Identity Theft Charges for Simi Valley Vehicle Burglars
Two defendants face charges of identity theft following their arrests in Simi Valley. According to Simi Valley police, a witness saw both men checking car door handles in a neighborhood.

After responding to the call, police discovered two suspects matching the witness’s description. The officers found the men in possession of stolen items, including credit cards belonging to a number of people. Police arrested the men, residents of Moorpark and Simi Valley, and booked them into the Ventura County Jail. At trial, the judge sentenced the men to time served and ordered that they pay a fine.

Simi Valley Identity Theft Lawyer


Identity crimes are of particular interest to law enforcement because they usually connect to other crimes. When you face charges of identity theft, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time he has defended thousands of Californians accused of a wide variety of offenses. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Identity theft violates both federal and state laws. This means you could be tried in either court system. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor identity theft could result in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year or both. Felony identity theft could lead to a prison sentence of up to three years, fines up to $10,000, or both.

Avoiding felony convictions in California is important. The state’s Three Strikes Law provides for enhanced penalties for people with a history of felony convictions. A third serious felony could put you in prison for life in California. Today, 3,000-4,000 non-violent felons are serving life sentences in California because of the Three Strikes Law.

Mr. Helfend will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t rely on inexperience, and don’t work with an overworked defender 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 County identity theft case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Sought in Oxnard
Domestic Violence Suspect Sought in Oxnard
Oxnard police are searching for a female suspect suspected of domestic violence. According to police, they responded to a call for assistance at an intersection near Channel Islands Harbor. When they arrived, they found a man suffering a stab wound.

Ambulance personnel then transported the man to a local hospital for treatment. Police continued to search the area for a female suspect, who had fled on foot. Officers at the scene indicated that the altercation was related to a domestic dispute between the couple.

The suspect remains at large.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Attorney


When you face charges in a domestic abuse case, your first step should be to hire an experienced, aggressive domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend delivers exceptional, aggressive criminal defense. He has nearly 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and takes cases in Ventura County, and throughout Southern California.

Domestic abuse cases are unique; different factors play into each allegation of domestic assault. When the police become involved, it isn’t unusual to find that, the victim feels pressured to file charges. In many cases, they do not really want to move forward with criminal charges. A domestic abuse victim can run afoul of California law when he or she attempts to drop the charges. Without the help of a competent attorney, this can make matters much worse for both the defendant and the victim.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally and does not pass defense cases to less experienced associates. That means you’ll always have the benefit of his experience. He will personally represent you in every court appearance. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for 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 domestic violence case.

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