Identity theft charge for fake lawyer
Identity theft charge for fake lawyer
A Lynwood woman faces federal charges for identity theft and mail fraud. According to the US Attorney’s Office, the woman used the identity and bar license number of a California attorney. The woman used the information to fool clients into believing she was an immigration attorney. The woman also filed immigration petitions on behalf of clients.

Allegedly, the woman took thousands of dollars from dozens of clients seeking legal immigration status in the United States. In some cases, the woman actually filed the immigration petitions. In other cases, she pocketed the money. She also created false immigration papers that one person used to enter the United States.

A number of the clients became suspicious after she directed them to go to US Customs and Immigration Services to pick up their green cards. Once there, they discovered that they did not have permanent resident status.

According to US officials, the fake immigration filings the woman entered on behalf of her clients could impair legal immigration.US Customs and Immigration Services forwarded the matter to Homeland Security Investigations. Investigators there uncovered the scheme and then discovered the fraud.

She could face as much as 20 years in prison if convicted on mail fraud charges. She also could receive a mandatory consecutive sentence of 2 years for aggravated identity theft.

Lynwood identity theft attorney


Money often motivates identity theft. In this case, a woman allegedly posed as a court officer and conducted court business. Federal authorities take such cases very seriously. When you face identity theft charges in either federal or state court, hire an experienced attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes cases in both federal and state courts.

The right attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. An experienced attorney knows what the prosecution will do. A good defense attorney will attempt to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. In addition, a good defense attorney will fight to have important evidence against you excluded. He or she will also work to blunt the impact of a conviction on sentencing.

Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively 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 identity theft case.

Photo Credit: Karn Bulsuk, via Flickr.com

Domestic violence suspect leads Lancaster police chase
Domestic violence suspect leads Lancaster police chase
A 19-year-old man wanted for domestic violence and kidnapping led Lancaster police on a chase. The suspect reportedly assaulted his girlfriend and fled the scene with the victim when police arrived.

Police spotted the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver fled at a high rate of speed, but a police helicopter located the vehicle. The car eventually broke down and the driver fled the vehicle. As he was running away, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy accidently struck the man. Rescue personnel transported the man to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries from the crash.

The victim was recovered while still in the suspect’s disabled vehicle. She received treatment at the scene for minor injuries from the assault.

Lancaster domestic violence lawyer


Domestic assault cases can quickly spiral out of control. When you face spousal abuse charges, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes domestic abuse cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

In many domestic cases, the victim does not want to press charges. In other cases, the victim may be coerced into pressing charges. California law provides a very specific way to withdraw a domestic abuse complaint. If your spouse or significant other does not carefully follow these rules, he or she could face charges themselves.

To make matters worse, some criminal defense attorneys won’t even take domestic cases! That’s why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer working on your behalf. It’s also important to choose an attorney who will fight aggressively 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 domestic violence case.

Photo Credit: Tim Shields, via Flickr.com

DUI Arrest for LAPD officer in family's death
DUI Arrest for LAPD officer in family’s death
Prosecutors want to wait for blood test results before charging a LAPD officer in a fiery DUI wreck. According to California Highway Patrol officers, the Santa Ana man struck two vehicles while speeding in a carpool lane. The accident occurred on the 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs. The impact of the crash caused one vehicle to burst into flames, trapping three people inside. All three people, members of one family, died at the scene. Rescue personnel transported the driver of the other vehicle to a hospital for treatment.

The suspect sustained serious injuries in the collision. California Highway Patrol officers arrested the suspect and booked him on suspicion of impaired driving and causing bodily injury. Prosecutors released the man pending results of his post-crash bloodwork. Once the results are in, they will determine whether they will file charges in the case.

Los Angeles DUI attorney


Most DUI arrests result in misdemeanor charges because no one got hurt. When impaired driving results in injury or death, felony charges can apply. As an accused driver, you need the experience of a skilled DUI attorney to represent you in court.

Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom criminal defense experience. He takes DUI cases of all kinds in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He will assist you through the entire judicial process, and will explain all of your options. If you choose to go to court, he will prepare you for trial. If you choose to accept responsibility for the charges against you, he will work toward the most favorable outcome 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 DUI case.

Photo Credit: Mark Bonica, via Flickr.com

Theft charge dogs Rams DE
Theft charge dogs Rams DE
Police arrested a Los Angeles Rams defensive end on suspicion of theft and a weapons charge. According to police, they stopped the man for speeding on Interstate 5. During the traffic stop, police discovered a loaded gun in his vehicle.

Bakersfield authorities reported the gun as stolen in 2009. The District Attorney’s Office charged him with receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft and possession of a high-capacity magazine. At the time of his arrest, the gun had 13 rounds in its magazine. The Los Angeles Rams recently signed him to a contract extension through 2018. He remains with the team, and is free on a $55,000 bond.

Los Angeles theft lawyer


Theft charges can have a significant impact on your life. Prosecutors can bring these charges as misdemeanors or felonies, based on the value of the stolen property. When a California case involves a vehicle or a firearm, prosecutors use the grand theft statute, regardless of value. When you’re facing serious felony charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience and takes criminal defense cases exclusively.

Felony convictions can impact your ability to work, and lawfully carry weapons. In California, felony convictions can also put you at risk of longer sentences, or even lifetime incarceration. The state’s Three Strike’s Law prescribes increasingly severe penalties for repeat felony convictions. Avoiding felony convictions is essential to ensuring your long-term freedom in this state.

Don’t settle for attorneys that won’t fight for your rights, and don’t work with an attorney who doesn’t want to defend you in court. 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 theft case.

Photo Credit: SARS Ninja, via Flickr.com

Drug possession bill could affect sentencing
Drug possession bill could affect sentencing
Among this year’s crop of legislation is one that could end low-level drug possession sentence enhancements. Senate Bill 190 would repeal automatic three-year sentences for repeat drug offenses by offenders convicted of selling small amounts of drugs. An initial offense nets a 3-to-5-year sentence, but with the enhancement, subsequent offenses receive an additional 3-year term.

According to Senator Holly Mitchell, of Los Angeles, the sentence enhancements disproportionately affect minorities, and have not curbed drug sales. The bill is part of a broader effort to reform the state’s approach to corrections for non-violent offenders. Mitchell also sponsored a bill to eliminate court costs and detention fees assessed to the parents of youthful offenders.

Brown could sign the measure or veto it. If he takes no action on the measure by mid-October, the legislation will automatically become law.

Los Angeles drug possession lawyer


The State of California has radically shifted its position on some low-level drug offenses. The cost of incarcerating non-violent offenders is high, so the state aims to reduce jail time for certain offenses. When you’re facing drug possession charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients. His first priority will be to get felony charges against you reduced or dropped. This is important because California still pursues lifetime incarceration for three-time felony offenders.

He fights aggressively for his clients throughout the adjudication process. You’ll work directly with Mr. Helfend on your case, because he does not pass cases to less experienced attorneys. His plain-English style also means that you’ll always understand what’s going on with your case. Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t fight aggressively 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 drug possession case.

Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe, via Flickr.com

Murder Conviction for LA Teen Tossed
Murder Conviction for LA Teen Tossed
A federal appeals panel ruled in favor of a teen murder suspect last week and invalidated his conviction. According to the appeals court, the LAPD violated the suspect’s rights by denying him access to a lawyer. In addition, the panel found that the LAPD pressured the suspect into confessing.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that officers continued to question the 14-year-old after he requested an attorney. The 2005 case involved a gang-related shooting that left one person dead and another person seriously injured.

Prosecutors tried the suspect, who had an I.Q. of 77, as an adult. A psychological assessment conducted in 2006, found that the suspect was susceptible to coercion. Based on his confession, a court found him guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

The panel said the detectives threatened the suspect by telling him that he would be charged with murder. They also suggested that a confession would produce a lenient sentence. The ruling allows prosecutors to retry the defendant.

The defendant’s attorney initially filed a writ of habeas corpus, which the district court denied. The appeals panel overturned the district court ruling. In their ruling, the appeals panel said that detectives failed to prove the suspect voluntarily waived his right to counsel. Additionally, the failure tainted his confession, and granted the suspect’s habeas corpus petition.

Los Angeles murder lawyer


This case illustrates the importance of having an experienced murder lawyer when you’re facing homicide charges. Whether you’re a juvenile or an adult, the investigation and court process can be overwhelming. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and takes cases in Los Angeles County.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or overworked attorney when the stakes are this high! Choose an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for your 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 murder case.

Photo Credit: Paul Kehrer, Flickr.com

Antitrust Case Spurs Ruling Against FBI
Antitrust Case Spurs Ruling Against FBI
In August, a federal judge ruled that the FBI could not use secret recordings in an antitrust case. In the case, FBI investigators made secret recordings on the courthouse steps in San Mateo, CA.

Investigators made the recordings as part of a warrantless surveillance program of defendants in a bid-rigging case. The recordings captured judges, attorneys and courtroom staff, in addition to the five investigation targets.

The San Francisco ruling contradicts an earlier ruling that allowed the use of secret recordings in a similar case in Alameda. According to US District Judge Charles Breyer, the San Mateo case involved people who tried to keep their conversations private. In contrast, the people in the Alameda case talked openly.

In each case, the defendants colluded to keep the auction prices of foreclosed properties low. Later, both groups held private auctions to determine the property’s permanent ownership. In both cases, the court ultimately convicted the defendants of bid-rigging, an antitrust violation. The court also convicted the participants of conspiracy.

Los Angeles antitrust attorney


Although federal prosecutors have significant resources, this ruling shows that an aggressive defense attorney can make a difference. Both antitrust cases involved evidence collected secretly. The secret collection of evidence isn’t always illegal, but it may also not be admissible. An aggressive defense attorney will fight to have significant evidence excluded if investigators collect it improperly.

Robert Helfend is an experienced antitrust attorney in Los Angeles. With more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients. Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. In addition, he will fight to exclude evidence that is central to the prosecution’s case.

When you face federal charges, don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight for you. Instead, choose an experienced, aggressive attorney to defend 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 antitrust case.

Photo Credit: Ognian Mladenov, via Flickr.com

Sex crimes convict arrested in cold case
Sex crimes convict arrested in cold case
A man who served time for sex crimes now faces murder charges in a decades-old homicide. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man, now 65, for a murder that took place in 1980.

According to police, advances in DNA technology, and what they termed as a “series of coincidences” led police to the suspect. Although the case had gone cold, detectives periodically reviewed it.

Law enforcement officials had previously collected the suspect’s DNA following a 1981 arrest for a sexual assault. Although the charges were dropped in that case, he was subsequently arrested and convicted for a different rape. He served more than eight years in prison for that conviction. Following his release, he married and began working in construction. Police arrested the suspect, who lives in San Pedro, at his home.

Investigators say they do not have the evidence to prove that the murder victim was sexually assaulted, but they have the suspect’s DNA on evidence left on the victim’s body. The victim, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was 20 years old. Her nearly nude body was discovered on a beach the day after her husband reported her missing.

San Pedro sex crimes lawyer


With the advent of DNA, the police handle sex crimes very differently than they may have in the past. When you are accused of a sexual assault or related crime, your first move should be to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom criminal defense experience, and takes sex offense cases in Los Angeles County.

Many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sexual assault cases. Either they’re not comfortable defending a person accused of these crimes, or they don’t want to confront the victim. Mr. Helfend takes sexual offense cases, and defends his clients aggressively in court.

Don’t rely on an attorney who doesn’t really want to defend you. Don’t choose an attorney who won’t fight aggressively on your behalf. Work with an attorney who wants to defend you, regardless of what you’ve been accused of.

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.

Photo Credit: barnyz, via Flickr.com

Securities Fraud Charge Hits Syndicated Radio Host
Securities Fraud Charge Hits Syndicated Radio Host
Listeners of CBS Sports’ syndicated “Boomer and Carton” morning sports-talk radio program will have to settle for a solo Boomer Esiason. Craig Carton, the show’s other on-air talent, resigned amid a federal securities fraud investigation and arrest.

According to the federal indictment, Carton and an associate masterminded a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme based on event tickets sales. Allegedly, Carton and his co-conspirator offered to buy and resell blocks of tickets to sports events. The pair would then split the profit on ticket sales with investors. Federal investigators say, however, that Carton and his partner diverted investment funds to pay other investors, and for personal expenses.

Authorities arrested Carton and his co-conspirator in New York City, where the show originates. Federal prosecutors claim that Carton began diverting investor funds to cover massive gambling debts.
Carton did spend some investor money on block ticket purchases,
but the sales didn’t always work out as planned. Reportedly, Carton purchased $850,000 in tickets for Barbra Streisand shows, only to find little secondary demand.

Carton’s on-air co-host was unaware of his legal and financial difficulties. Carton missed an on-air appearance earlier this month. Esiason initially thought Carton was ill. Later, WFAN station management informed him of Carton’s arrest, which Esiason disclosed on-air. WFAN later suspended Carton. Following his suspension, Carton resigned to devote his full attention to his legal difficulties.
Carton and his co-conspirator face charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. If convicted, they face as much as 45 years in prison.

Los Angeles securities fraud attorney


Being on the opposite side of the federal government in court can be frightening. When you face securities fraud, wire fraud or conspiracy charges, you need the assistance of an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal court defense, and is ready to fight for your rights and freedoms. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that your best option is to take a plea deal.

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.

Photo Credit: Andrew Gardecki, via Flickr.com

Embezzlement Charges Catch Hawthorne School Admin
Embezzlement Charges Catch Hawthorne School Admin
The former Centinela Valley Union High School District superintendent faces a dozen felony embezzlement charges. Police arrested the man on August 30. He remained in custody for a week, while awaiting a ruling on a bail hearing.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli granted bail in the case. Then, the accused former superintendent posted a nearly $500,000 bond and was released. Prosecutors believe the loss to the district amounts to between $1.5 million and $3 million.

According to the complaint, the superintendent manipulated the board and district policies to vastly increase his compensation over five years. The embezzlement included the creation of supplemental retirement funds for himself and a limited number of executive administrators. In addition, prosecutors say he manipulated the rules of the retirement plan to dramatically increase his retirement benefits.

His 2013 compensation – the basis of his retirement benefits – exceeded $750,000. That figure is $500,000 more than the district’s next-highest-paid employees. The District Attorney’s Office investigated following the publication of a newspaper article about the superintendent’s “excessive” compensation package.

According to the school board, the members were unaware that the superintendent’s compensation had grown substantially. Allegedly, the superintendent concealed policy revisions among thousands of board by-laws. The board erroneously approved the hidden revisions.
The board voted to fire the superintendent in 2014, but did not publicly disclose the reason for his termination.

Hawthorne embezzlement lawyer


The theft of public funds is a serious offense. When you’re facing these charges, you need the experience of an aggressive embezzlement lawyer on your side. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He will fight aggressively for your rights and freedom in court.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who would rather take a plea than 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 embezzlement case.

Photo Credit: Ervins Strauhmanis, via Flickr.com