Glendale Murder Trial Nets Life Sentences
Glendale Murder Trial Nets Life Sentences
Two Burbank men could spend the rest of their lives in prison for a 2013 Glendalemurder. Eric Pearson, 26, pleaded guilty to the beating death of Nicholas Carter. A jury found Donald Thurman, 30, guilty of first degree murder last month. Pearson will serve a sentence of 25 years to life, while Thurman received a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Thurman and the victim had briefly been roommates. According to prosecutors, Pearson and Thurman invited Carter to join them for dinner. At some point, Pearson beat Carter to death with a baseball bat at the urging of Thurman. Pearson testified that Thurman said he was an undercover California Highway Patrol officer. He also said that Thurman threatened to kill Pearson’s girlfriend if Pearson did not cooperate with the plan.

The men buried Carter’s body in the Angeles National Forest, and used his debit card to withdraw $5,000 from his account. They also used the man’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases. At the time police found Carter’s body, Thurman was in jail on an unrelated Verdugo Hills embezzlement charge.

Burbank murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge the State of California can bring against a person. When you face homicide charges, your life is literally at stake. In California, a prosecutor can seek the death penalty. If the State prevails, you could lose your life! That’s why you need an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend at your side.

Murder charges (and the resulting sentence – if convicted) depend upon the circumstances of your case. In California, you may receive a range of sentences, including the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or some number of years. An experienced, aggressive attorney will work hard to get felony charges against you reduced or dropped.

Eliminating charges against you can be a valuable strategy. Repeated convictions – especially for a violent crime – can put you in prison for life in California. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight aggressively for you in court.

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

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Sex crimes registration change didn’t end homelessness
Sex crimes registration change didn’t end homelessness
Two years ago, the California Supreme Court struck down restrictions on where people convicted of sex crimes could live. The ruling sought to increase the availability of housing for released offenders.

New data from the California Department of Justice shows that the ruling had little to no impact on homelessness among the state’s registered sex offenders. In 2015 just prior to the Supreme Court ruling, the state had 6,422 homeless registrants. Today, the state has 6,329 homeless registrants a drop of about 1.5%.

Prior to 2015, people with sex crimes convictions could not live within 2,000 feet of a school, park or other child-centric place. The court ruled that the law excluded registered sex offenders from living in most urban areas of the state. Supporters of the ruling also believed that housing restrictions made it harder for sex offenders to find employment. That, in turn, would lead to less stability and a higher likelihood of recidivist behavior. Law enforcement officials also believed that the law made it harder to track sex offenders.

Following the ruling, the parole board stopped applying housing restrictions unless they found crime increases around a parolee. Today, about three-fourths of sex offenders have no housing restrictions following their release. Nonetheless, homelessness among registered sex offenders hasn’t changed much. Some analysts believe that municipal restrictions on sex offender housing may be a barrier to housing, despite the law.

While all states have a sex offender registry, only Alabama, California, Florida and South Carolina have a lifetime registration requirement. The state legislature is currently considering changes to the state’s sex offender registration laws.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


This study demonstrates one of the challenges of living with a sex crimes conviction. If you’re accused of a sexual offense, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. He does not judge clients based on what they’ve been accused of. He simply works hard to secure his clients’ rights and freedom.

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

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Securities Fraud Charges Stick Against "Pharma Bro"
Securities Fraud Charges Stick Against “Pharma Bro”
A federal jury found former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli guilty of securities fraud. Shkreli achieved notoriety for raising the per-dose price of an AIDS drug from $13 to $750.

Federal prosecutors indicted Shkreli in an unrelated case. According to federal investigators, Shkreli lied to investors about two failed hedge funds he operated. Shkreli faced eight charges related to the case. They included securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Although Shkreli gained notoriety as “Pharma Bro” the case against him revolved around two hedge funds. Prosecutors say that Shkreli lost large sums of investor money in the stock market. Shkreli then lied to investors about the status of their investments, and the funds’ financial health.

According to prosecutors, Shkreli looted another company he owned in order to recover funds for his investors. Shkreli’s attorney argued that although he may be an unlikeable character, raising the price of a drug is not illegal. He also argued that ultimately no one was “victimized” by Shkreli’s plan to repay his investors.

Los Angeles securities fraud attorney


Securities cases are complex, as this story demonstrates. Although prosecutors successfully claimed that the defendant lied to investors, they ultimately couldn’t show a significant harm. The judge has not yet sentenced this defendant, but he could face up to 25 years in prison. The seriousness of securities fraud sentences explains why you need an experienced securities fraud attorney.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California for nearly 35 years. He takes cases in both federal and state courts, and will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms.

Don’t wait to hire experienced counsel. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County securities fraud case.

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Father-Daughter Duo Face Embezzlement Charge
Father-Daughter Duo Face Embezzlement Charge
A Long Beach father and daughter face embezzlement charges for allegedly taking investor funds. The scam targeted injured workers who received workers’ compensation payments in what is known as a workers’ compensation set-aside arrangement. In those cases, workers receive insurance payments to cover future healthcare needs. Then they invest the payments to ensure continuous care.

The father operated a financial services firm in Long Beach and accepted insurance payouts for investment. Instead of investing the funds, the man redirected them to his personal accounts. He also directed funds to his daughter. They used the funds to open and operate a cigar store in Naples.

According to investigators, the pair embezzled nearly $275,000 from injured workers who had received insurance settlements. They caught the attention of investigators in late 2014, after interest payments to the investors began to bounce.

The father-daughter duo face two counts each of felony grand theft by embezzlement and 15 counts each of money laundering. If convicted on all charges, they face a maximum sentence of more than 16 years in state prison.

Long Beach Embezzlement lawyer


In most cases, an embezzlement victim wants his or her stolen funds returned. Often, the funds represent a lifetime of savings, or money that they specifically intend to use for another purpose. Embezzlement is a devastating crime, both for the victim and the perpetrator. Careless sentencing can also ensure that the victim never receives full restitution. That’s why you need an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend if you’re facing charges.

Embezzlement is an aggravating crime and the desire for justice is strong – especially in cases that involve vulnerable victims. Giving a perpetrator a lengthy sentence, however, virtually ensures that the victim will never be made whole. While the perpetrator sits in prison, he or she cannot or make restitution payments. The longer the sentence is, the longer the victim must wait for justice. Often a better solution allows the perpetrator to make restitution payments as quickly as possible.

obert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense in Southern California courtrooms. He always works toward the best possible solution for all parties. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney.

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

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Fraud Charges For Two Los Angeles County Men
Fraud Charges For Two Los Angeles County Men
Two Los Angeles County men face fraud charges for cheating In-N-Out Burger out of at least $150,000. One of the men, a former employee of the company, resides in Lakewood. The other man, a Downey resident, worked for a company that supplies machine parts to the fast food chain.

According to police, the Lakewood man worked for In N Out Burger as a forklift driver. The Downey man worked for a company that supplies forklift parts. Investigators claim that the men conspired to write phony invoices for forklift parts at grossly inflated prices.

The men began writing and submitting phony invoices in 2005. Investigators discovered the scam in 2016. According to investigators, the documented loss to the company exceeds $158,000, although they believe the actual losses were much higher.

The men face a single charge of grand theft, 34 counts of forgery and an enhancement of loss exceeding $65,000. They also face an enhancement of aggravated white-collar exceeding $100,000.

Los Angeles Fraud Attorney


Fraud is almost exclusively a financial crime, although sometimes people have other reasons for defrauding a victim. California law makes both civil and criminal provisions for the act of defrauding someone. Prosecutors can charge the crime as a misdemeanor or a felony. Prosecutors can also classify fraud as a “white-collar crime” depending upon the circumstances of the case. White-collar enhancements can lead to increased prison time, large fines and other sanctions. Therefore you need an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend, if you’re facing criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and knows what it takes to defend his clients effectively in court. His first strategy will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. This is significant because California law provides additional penalties for successive fraud convictions.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.

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Domestic Violence Investigation Leads to Leave
Domestic Violence Investigation Leads to Leave
A Los Angeles County prosecutor is on administrative leave while Pomona police pursue a domestic violence investigation. According to police, the man refused to cooperate with officers who responded to a 911 call from the man’s wife.

Citing a conflict of interest, however, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office transferred the case to the California state attorney general’s office. The Attorney General’s Office will determine whether to prosecute the case.

According to the police report, the man and woman argued in their home, and then the confrontation turned physical. Responding officers said that the man was uncooperative and appeared to be intoxicated.

Police handcuffed the man and placed him under arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor battery. The woman told officers, however, that her husband characterized the physical contact as an accident. She did not show any signs of physical injury, but said she called 911 out of frustration.

Pomona domestic violence attorney


If you’re facing a domestic abuse charge, then you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense, and takes cases in Los Angeles County.

This situation captures what often occurs in a reported domestic abuse case. In many cases, the alleged “abuse” does not rise to the level of a criminal action, and neither party wants to pursue a complaint. Police must often remove one or both parties from the scene. With little evidence to go on, prosecutors must determine whether or not they can present the matter to a judge.

Courts cannot compel married individuals to testify against each other, but California has a specific procedure for withdrawing a domestic abuse complaint. If a complainant does not follow the procedure, he or she can find themselves in trouble with the law.

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

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DUI Charge For Man Who Injured 9
DUI Charge For Man Who Injured 9
Los Angeles police arrested a local man on suspicion of DUI and felony hit and run. The man crashed his van into an outdoor dining area at The Fish Spot. Following the accident, which injured 9 individuals, the man attempted to flee the scene.

Restaurant patrons chased the suspect and detained him until police arrived. According to witnesses, the driver of the van ran a red light and collided with another car. Following the initial collision, the van driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb. The van came to rest among a large number of late afternoon diners.

One of the diners, a 44-year old man was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. Eight other diners and employees suffered various injuries. All are expected to recover.

Authorities released the man the day after the accident occurred on a $100,000 bond. He will appear on charges of DUI in LA Superior Court later this month.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


This case describes one of the worst possible DUI arrest circumstances. The majority of drunk driving arrests in California are misdemeanors. Prosecutors can seek felony drunk driving charges when a crash results in injuries or death. They can also seek felony charges when a person has a history of drunk driving arrests. If you’re facing a drunk driving charge in Los Angeles County, hire an experienced DUI

Drunk driving charges are serious because a felony conviction can put you in prison. You can also lose your driver’s license permanently or for a long period of time. In addition, drunk driving convictions – whether felonious or not – can result in additional license suspensions, fines, driving restrictions and other sanctions.

Do not attempt to defend yourself, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to fight, reduce or eliminate drunk driving charges in court.

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

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Drug possession seizures back in play
Drug possession seizures back in play
The Justice Department will resume civil asset forfeitures for drug possession and other crimes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reauthorized the controversial practice last week.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder restricted the practice in 2015 in part to address growing concerns from Congress that policing agencies were abusing it. Critics cite the high volume of asset forfeitures that did not result in criminal charges or convictions. The Drug Enforcement Agency used the technique to seize nearly $1B in assets in less than a decade. In many cases, the agency did not find a proven link to criminal activity.

Currently, police can seize property, money and other assets from individuals without obtaining a conviction. This has raised significant constitutional questions regarding due process. Nearly half of all states restrict the use of civil asset forfeiture, but these restrictions do not prevent civil asset forfeiture under federal law.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that police agencies may again use the policy, but stressed that they can only retain assets if they can demonstrate the asset’s connection to criminal activity.

Los Angeles drug possession attorney


If you’re facing drug possession charges, you need an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. The federal and state governments treat drug possession differently than most crimes, and have different tools they can use.

That’s why you must have an attorney who knows what it takes to defend you against state or federal prosecutors. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively for your constitutional rights.

Don’t make yourself a victim of policing agencies and prosecutors in a drug possession case. Work with an attorney you can trust.

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

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Attempted Murder Charge for LA Man
Attempted Murder Charge for LA Man
A Los Angeles man faces 19 counts of attempted murder, after engaging police in a shootout. In addition to the attempted murder charges, the man also faces 27 counts of assaulting a peace officer, assaulting a police animal causing injury, assault with a firearm and firearm possession by a felon.

According to police, the suspect began shooting at them as they prepared to conduct a probation search. The man fled the scene. Initially, police could not locate the man, but a police dog found him in a nearby backyard. The suspect shot the police dog in the hind leg.

Police later located the man hiding behind a nearby house. Again, the suspect fired on police, and hit one officer’s helmet. The suspect continued the gun battle, but eventually surrendered to police. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Los Angeles murder attorney


Attempted murder charges are serious and can result in lifetime incarceration. If you’re facing attempted murder charges, you need to hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in providing courtroom defense in Southern California. He knows what it takes to defend his clients.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re accused of doing. Instead, he works hard to provide an effective defense. One of his first priorities will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he works to achieve the best possible resolution in your case.

Reducing the severity of the charges against you is important because it can effectively limit prison time, or take certain sentences off the table. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney!

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

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Identity Theft Charge for Glendale Couple
Identity Theft Charge for Glendale Couple
Glendale police arrested a Los Angeles couple and charged them with identity theft and grand theft.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at a local motel on a GMC Yukon. Officers stopped the vehicle after noticing that it did not have a front license plate. The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the stop. The driver was also a parolee.

During the stop, officers discovered that the Yukon had been reported stolen is Nevada. The driver presented falsified documents for the vehicle, including a fake change of ownership document.

The man’s girlfriend arrived on scene during the traffic stop. Police arrested both people and charged them with identity theft, grand theft auto and forgery. They also charged the man with driving on a suspended license.

Glendale identity theft attorney


If you’re arrested for identity theft, grand theft or a related charge in Glendale, you need the assistance of an experienced identity theft attorney. Robert Helfend takes identity theft cases in Glendale and throughout Southern California.

He has nearly 35 years of experience defending Southern Californians charged with crimes. His first priority will be to get charges against you reduced or dropped. Avoiding felony convictions – especially if you already have a conviction history – is essential. Judges have no choice but to apply lengthy sentences when you have subsequent felony convictions. A third conviction can result in a life sentence in California, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cafecredit/31685128766/Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you, and don’t attempt to defend yourself against felony charges. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County identity theft case.

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