DUI Crash Results in Not Guilty Plea in Lancaster Death
DUI Crash Results in Not Guilty Plea in Lancaster Death
An elementary school principal from Pearblossom pleaded not guilty to murder charges in aDUI death last fall. The crash occurred on November 15, 2018 in Lancaster. According to witnesses, the woman crossed the center line and crashed head-on with another car.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 29-year old Lancaster woman, died at the scene. The suspect suffered non-life-threatening injuries

According to court records, the principal, a 36-year-old woman, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. She remains jailed in lieu of a $2M bail. The suspect will return to court on June 3 to determine the date of her preliminary hearing. If convicted, the woman could receive a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Lancaster DUI attorney


When you face charges related to a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

This case represents the worst possible scenario for someone arrested for drunk driving. When impaired driving results in injury, you can face felony charges. When impaired driving results in death, you can face second-degree murder charges. In this case, the suspect, an active member of the community, sits in jail because of a high bail.

In most cases, a high bail isn’t warranted. If this describes your situation, an experienced attorney will first work to get excessive bail lowered or eliminated. The next priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This strategy is key to limiting (or eliminating) the possibility of significant prison time. It may not work in all circumstances, but an aggressive, experienced defense attorney will pursue all possible avenues on his client’s behalf.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you don’t have any defense options. Instead, work with an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you. 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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Theft Suspects Indicted in Federal Court
Theft Suspects Indicted in Federal Court
A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted five people for theft for their roles in elaborate jewelry heists. According to investigators, the suspects would follow their intended targets before robbing them of money and gems.

All five suspects are already in federal custody. Each faces charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

Three of the suspects have local addresses in Los Angeles and Pomona. The remaining suspects hail from Australia and Colombia. One of the Los Angeles suspects, along with the Australian man also face second counts of interference with commerce by robbery. Investigators claim that the men began operating in 2017 and conspired to commit robberies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

Police identified one of the Los Angeles suspects as the ringleader and say he recruited Colombians to assist in robberies. According to investigators, the group targeted jewelers in stores or malls in Orange County or in Los Angeles’ Jewelry District. In addition, they located other victims at certain trade shows.

One member of the crew would follow the intended target, who was carrying large sums of cash or jewelry. The scout would wait for an opportunity to rob the victim, even if it meant following the victim for days.

Authorities arrested three of the men last month as they were targeting an intended victim at a Santa Clara show. The men tailed the intended victim to jewelry stores, a home and the Santa Clara Convention Center. Police arrested a fourth suspect in Las Vegas, NV and arrested the fifth suspect in Los Angeles the next day. Three of the men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The other two suspects face as much as 40 years in prison, if convicted.

Los Angeles theft lawyer


When you face charges related to stealing, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Don’t attempt to represent yourself and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best strategy in federal 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 theft case.

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Drug Possession Bust Yields $1.25M in Meth
Drug Possession Bust Yields $1.25M in Meth
Alhambra and West Covina police arrested two men in San Bernardino County for drug possession. According to investigators, the suspects had 500 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as fentanyl, cash and weapons. The arrests took place at an Apple Valley auto repair facility. The suspects, a 55-year old man from Apple Valley and a 21-year-old man from Ontario face a range of charges. They include possession of methamphetamine for sale, transporting methamphetamine for sale and possession of methamphetamine while armed.

Officers from Alhambra and West Covina in Los Angeles County investigated the suspects as part of a larger operation. The larger investigation targeted drug trafficking by the Sinaloa cartel in the region.

Los Angeles 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. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

While California has changed some of its drug laws, possession for sale is not among them. You can face serious prison time and fines for a possession conviction. In addition, you can face additional penalties for possessing certain types of drugs, even in small quantities. Working for or as part of a gang can also put you in jeopardy of federal RICO statutes. Conviction in a RICO case could send you to prison for life.

That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney following an arrest. In his more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians against the most serious charges. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will always work toward the best possible resolution for your case.

Don’t settle for inexperienced counsel, or an attorney who isn’t interested in exploring all avenues of defense.

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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Murder Suspect Arrested in Barry Crane Murder
Murder Suspect Arrested in Barry Crane Murder
Police in Rutherford College, NC arrested a murder in a 1985 Los Angeles cold case. The victim, Barry Crane, was a television producer and director. The 57-year-old Crane died after being beaten and strangled by an unknown assailant. A housekeeper found Crane’s body wrapped in bedding in the victim’s garage. Crane, who was a champion bridge player, attended a tournament the night before he died.

Police could not identify any property or missing valuables from Crane’s home, however his car was gone. Investigators found the vehicle near Frazier Park the same day they discovered Crane’s body. They collected fingerprints, cigarette butts and blood samples, along with Crane’s personal property.

The case went cold almost immediately and the police did not develop any suspects in the case. Last year, a fingerprint specialist informed the LAPD investigators that she could analyze the fingerprints they’d recovered from the car in 1985. One of the prints matched a man whom police in Utah arrested in 1997 for domestic violence. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a social media site and a cell phone carrier. Using the search warrant, they located the man in Rutherford College, NC.

At the time, the man worked in a local auto repair shop. Police there observed the man discarding a disposable coffee cup, and several cigarette butts. They collected the evidence and extracted the suspect’s DNA. The DNA on the freshly discarded cigarette butts matched the DNA from cigarette butts retrieved from Crane’s car.

Last week, police in Los Angeles charged the man with Crane’s murder. Hiatt professed to have no recollection of the victim, but said he remembered the name after a reporter asked. The suspect also said he did not recall killing Crane, but acknowledged his heavy drug use in 1985. Los Angeles authorities are seeking to extradite the suspect to Los Angeles for trial.

Los Angeles murder lawyer


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

Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could face the death penalty. While the governor has declared a moratorium on executions, prosecutors can still seek and win the death penalty in some cases.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you, or one who doesn’t really want to work aggressively on your case. 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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Antitrust Charge Nets Insulation Contractor
Antitrust Charge Nets Insulation Contractor
As part of the Department of Justice’s renewed focus on antitrust violations, several bid rigging cases are proceeding. In Connecticut, the US Attorney there announced that an insulation contractor pleaded guilty to bid rigging. The indictment valued the overall scheme at more than $45 million.

According to prosecutors, the contractor coordinated with other bidders to inflate prices on public and private construction projects. The case included worksites in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Prosecutors say that the collusive agreement took place between 2011 and 2018. The co-conspirators attempted to conceal their communications by using “burner” cell phones and encrypted messaging.

The Connecticut contractor represents the second conviction in the case. When he returns to court for sentencing, he could receive 10 years on the antitrust charge, 20 years on the fraud charge and fines of up to $1.25M. As part of the settlement, the contractor has already agreed to forfeit his home and cash in his bank account.

The US Department of Justice will continue to focus on antitrust actions, which include bid rigging, price fixing and market allocation schemes. The DOJ has already announced several high-profile cases that focus on the elimination of competition in various industries.

Criminal Antitrust Attorney


When you face criminal charges for anticompetitive practices, hire an experienced criminal antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience and takes cases in any US federal circuit.

Antitrust laws are strong in the United States, and feature both civil and criminal components. The laws can hold both corporations and individuals criminally and civilly responsible for anticompetitive actions. In addition, fines for corporations can reach $100M or more in certain cases. Individuals can also face personal fines of $1M or more, and 10 years in prison.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your only option in a federal case. 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 antitrust case.

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Sex crimes convicts may get new rules in Santa Clarita
Sex crimes convicts may get new rules in Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita residents convicted of sex crimes may get reduced restrictions following a 2015 California Supreme Court ruling. A city ordinance currently prevents offenders from residing near schools, parks, libraries and child care centers. The ordinance also bars registered sex offenders from living together or in the same multi-family residence.

In 2015, the state’s Supreme Court ruled such ordinances were generally unconstitutional because they were too restrictive. Santa Clarita’s ordinance is more restrictive than the specific laws that the court struck down. The court found that such restrictions did not improve public safety. In fact, the ordinances often made it more difficult to monitor and rehabilitate offenders. Additionally, burdensome residency restrictions often increased homelessness among registered sex offenders. The increase in homelessness among registered sex offenders actually increased the threat to public safety.

Earlier this year, an attorney sued the City of Santa Clarita to challenge the city’s registered sex offender restrictions. Conditionally, the attorney will drop the lawsuit if the city repeals the offending ordinance. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office no longer enforces the Santa Clarita ordinance requirements. Additionally, the city’s attorney’s have recommended that the City Council repeal the ordinance.

The Santa Clarita City Council will discuss the ordinance and its repeal this week.

Santa Clarita sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges for sexual offenses in Santa Clarita, hire an experienced sex crimes 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.

This situation exemplifies the consequences of a conviction for a sexual offense. Registered sex offenders often have a hard time finding appropriate housing and employment following their release. In addition, registration requirements and compliance checks cause additional hardship on offenders. Lifetime registration means that even when your sentence is complete, you’re never out of the view of the Department of Corrections. No other criminal convictions work that way!

Don’t put your constitutional liberties at risk. When you face charges for a sex-related offense, work with an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight 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 sex crimes case.

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Securities Fraud Plea Ends Trucking Case
Securities Fraud Plea Ends Trucking Case
Celadon, an Indianapolis-based national trucking firm will pay more than $42M in restitution for itssecurities fraud conviction. In addition, a former president of a Celadon subsidiary has reached a plea agreement. The executive faced charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, making false statements and falsifying records.

The executive’s plea agreement does not include a sentence. Instead, the federal judge hearing the case will determine the sentence, which could be as long as 5 years.

The trouble began when the company tried to aggressively grow its fleet from 750 trucks to more than 11,000. Many of the company’s trucks had significant mechanical problems, so drivers did not want to lease the trucks.

According to prosecutors, the company hid massive losses in its leasing subsidiary by altering business records and leasing documents. The company now says that it overstated its 2013-2016 earnings by $250M. As a result, the company also faces civil charges by the SEC of accounting fraud.

Prior to the settlement, the company replaced most of its executive team, including its CEO and Chief Financial Officer. The company has also been selling off assets and subsidiaries, and canceled plans to build a new headquarters. The company’s stock is worth just 8% of its value in 2015.

Federal securities fraud attorney


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

Investment fraud convictions can have a serious and long-lasting impact on your life. Often, they produce not only criminal actions against you but also civil cases. This can limit your ability to work in your field of expertise, and can subject you to high fines and restitution.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to defend you. Instead, 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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Embezzlement Charges Catch Paramount Brother and Sister Duo
Embezzlement Charges Catch Paramount Brother and Sister Duo
A brother-and-sister duo who run a Paramount construction company face embezzlement, fraud and theft charges. According to investigators, the pair participated in a $6M workers’ compensation fraud.

The brother pleaded no contest to one count each of workers’ compensation fraud, and grand theft of labor. The sister -the firm’s office manager – pleaded no contest to one count each of workers’ compensation fraud and insurance fraud. As part of their pleas, they admitted to embezzling more than $500,000 from the State Compensation Insurance Fund.

Investigators say that the pair altered employment records to reduce the firm’s workers’ compensation insurance premiums. In addition, the office manager both failed to report and concealed workers’ on-the-job injuries. Also, the pair underpaid workers assigned to a student housing renovation project at UCLA.

As part of the sentencing agreement, the pair will pay $6.3 million in restitution to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. The defendants will also reimburse the state for more than $5,000 in investigative costs. They will also pay $30,000 in fines, complete one year of supervised release and 500 hours of community service.

If the brother and sister meet the terms of the sentence agreement, the court will reduce their convictions to misdemeanors. If they fail to meet the terms of the sentence, the brother will face eight years in state prison. The sister could serve an incarceration term of nine years.

Paramount embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges for embezzling money in an employment setting, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than 3 decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

In most cases, embezzlement victims want first to be made whole. As the victim, a state agency also wants to discourage potential future schemes. This case demonstrates the effectiveness of non-incarceration style sentencing. The plea agreement required full restitution plus a reasonable fine amount. In addition, the court required a year of supervision and community service. The State Compensation Insurance Fund will receive the amount it should have been due. The defendants will also pay the cost of the state’s investigation. Additionally, the sentence did not disadvantage the state by requiring expensive or long-term incarceration.

An experienced criminal defense attorney will work with the court and the prosecutors to create a winnable situation for everyone. This is an important outcome for a no-contest plea.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your freedom is at stake. 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 Hit Los Angeles Area Chiropractors
Fraud Charges Hit Los Angeles Area Chiropractors
Fifteen Los Angeles area chiropractors face charges in an insurance fraud scheme. Some participants may also face charges of embezzlement. According to investigators, a Studio City chiropractor referred auto accident patients to the doctors in exchange for a referral fee.

During the three-year period, the lead defendant collected more than $6M from referral fees. In addition, investigators say that he also embezzled more than $500,000 from more than two dozen insurance companies. He also faces charges for filing false tax returns and money laundering. According to prosecutors, he faces a sentence of nearly 19 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities have arrested most of the participating chiropractors. Prosecutors allege that the defendants billed insurance companies for services they never provided. Additionally, prosecutors are seeking significant bail amounts for those charged. Prosecutors will also ask for sentences of at least 10 years following any co-conspirator convictions.

Los Angeles fraud attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activities, hire an experienced criminal fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. In that time, he has provided excellent defense for thousands of Californians.

Facing a felony conviction can be frightening. In this case, the prosecutor is aggressively seeking long prison sentences, high bail and significant restitution. Reasonable bail is a Constitutional right. It allows someone who is accused to maintain the semblance of a normal life while awaiting trial. It is only meant to guarantee a defendant’s return to court. It is not meant to punish someone who hasn’t even been tried yet. Excessive bail can negatively impact a person’s finances and their standing in the community. Additionally, a fraud conviction could mean the loss of professional credentials and financial ruin.

An aggressive, experienced attorney will fight for your rights before, during and after trial. By demonstrating that you should receive a reasonable bail, your attorney can help you avoid pre-trial detention. This will enable you to continue working, and prepare your defense.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t stand up to overly aggressive prosecutors. 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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Identity Theft Equipment Located at Monterey Park Gang House
Identity Theft Equipment Located at Monterey Park Gang House
Authorities arrested nine people with gang ties following a shootout at a Monterey Park house. According to authorities, a local gang uses the house for illegal gambling, drug sales, weapons storage and identity theft. The property featured barred windows and doors, and had a video security system in place.

According to police, a dispute arose between two rival gangs at the home. The shootout did not injure anyone, but two nearby homes and four cars sustained damage.

According to police, they discovered a large gambling operation, stored weapons, drugs and equipment used in identity theft inside. In addition, officers discovered two stolen vehicles parked outside. They arrested nine people, several of whom attempted to flee the scene. They were arrested following a short chase. Police used the video surveillance taken from the home’s system as evidence.

The nine people arrested are all residents of Los Angeles County and known gang members or associates. Eight of the nine suspects remain jailed. One suspect posted bond and was released. His whereabouts are unknown.

Monterey Park Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face charges for identity theft, 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 Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Identity theft is very interesting to investigators because it often leads to more serious crimes. That’s why you need an experienced identity theft lawyer to defend you in court. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he focuses on developing the best possible defense strategy under the circumstances.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight for you in court. See what a difference an engaged, experienced and aggressive attorney can make for your case. 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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