DUI Driver Strikes Car, Hydrant, Collapses Store Roof
DUI Driver Strikes Car, Hydrant, Collapses Store Roof
A DUI driver struck another car and a fire hydrant in Canoga Park. Water from the damaged hydrant sent a stream of water onto the roof of a nearby store. The crash also damaged nearby power lines. The weight of the water collapsed the roof and injured 9 people, including two children, inside the store.

Police arrested a woman at the scene on suspicion of driving while impaired. Firefighters were able to shut off the damaged hydrant, but condemned the building. WSS, at De Soto Avenue and Sherman Way needed extensive repairs due to water damage and the roof collapse.

Police reported that the driver tested at twice the legal limit for impairment at the scene.

Canoga Park DUI Lawyer


When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced Canoga Park DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than three decades of criminal defense experience. In that time, he has defended thousands of Californians accused of a DUI in LA.

A drunk driving conviction can cause a lot of problems! This situation will resolve for you, but most impaired driving convictions don’t go away quickly. The prosecutor can charge you with felony or misdemeanor DUI. The charges against you depend entirely on the circumstances of your case. The prosecutor will consider injuries to other people, repeat offenses and other factors before charging you.

Even a misdemeanor conviction can have long-lasting consequences. The DMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license. This happens outside of the criminal case against you. When you go to court, the judge can impose other sanctions, including jail time, fines, and additional license suspension. The judge can also require you to install an expensive ignition interlock device or repeat driver training. Drunk driving convictions can prevent you from crossing the border into Mexico or Canada.
That’s why you need professional, aggressive representation in court. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defender in Los Angeles County and will fight hard to help you retain your rights and freedoms.

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 trial awaits Dem donor Ed Buck
Drug possession trial awaits Dem donor Ed Buck
Ed Buck, a major donor to the Democratic party and a political activist, will face trial next year for drug possession. He also faces battery charges, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

Authorities began investigating Buck after a man reported that he had overdosed on methamphetamine at Buck’s home. According to the victim, Buck gave him a large dose of the drug. He then tried to prevent the man from seeking medical help.

Investigators searched Buck’s home and found it littered with drug paraphernalia and photographs of men in compromising positions. Two other men died of drug overdoses while at Buck’s home. The first death occurred in 2017. The second death occurred earlier this year.

Prosecutors charged Buck in relation to the September case. They have not brought additional charges in the deaths of the two men. In February, the mother of one of the dead men filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck.
Buck remains jailed in a federal facility in lieu of a $4M bond. Buck’s criminal trial is currently scheduled for August 2020. If convicted, he faces 5-8 years in state prison.

West Hollywood drug possession attorney


When you face drug crimes charges, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than 3 decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. He does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he fights aggressively for them in court.

Mr. Helfend handles every case personally. That means you’ll always work directly with him on your case. He doesn’t pass cases to less experienced attorneys working under him. Mr. Helfend is a top-rated defense attorney in Los Angeles County.

Don’t settle for inexperience when your freedom is at stake, and don’t attempt to represent yourself 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 drug possession/embezzlement case.

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Murder Charges Put Baldwin Park Man in Prison for Life
Murder Charges Put Baldwin Park Man in Prison for Life
A Baldwin Park man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murder. According to prosecutors, the man – a gang member – carried out two homicides, two attempted homicides and a stabbing assault in Baldwin Park. The surviving victims included an innocent by-stander, a teenage boy and a woman. Two other men, ages 20 and 22, died after the defendant and his accomplices tracked them down and shot them.

Five other associates of the defendant are already serving prison sentences for their roles in the killings. Prosecutors say the five defendants already in jail acted on the instructions of the gang’s leader. The group targeted individuals thought to be “enemies” of the gang.

The violent attacks took place between May and October 2013. Five of the six men received indeterminate sentences of up to life in prison. A sixth man is serving a 21-year prison sentence for his role in the crimes.

Baldwin Park murder attorney


When you face charges for homicide in California, your life is literally on the line. Your best defense begins with hiring an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

California law allows people convicted of first-degree murder (in some cases) to receive the death penalty. Since 1930, the State of California has executed more than 300 people. Today, about 750 Californians sit on death row, awaiting an execution date. Although there is a moratorium on executions right now, nothing in California law prevents prisoners from being executed. The only thing that stands between these people and their execution date is a change in administrative policy.

Because your life is literally at stake, you need the best possible defense in court. Mr. Helfend is an aggressive defense attorney who will make the effort to overcome prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that the outcome of your case is a foregone conclusion. 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/fraud case.
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Criminal antitrust plea in price fixing case
Criminal antitrust plea in price fixing case
A Houston business owner pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to criminal antitrust violations. The woman, who owns a freight forwarding company, admitted to price fixing for freight shipments to Honduras.

The guilty plea is the third such case closed by the Department of Justice. Last year, two executives of a New Orleans freight forwarder pleaded guilty to price fixing. Federal investigators allege that a group of freight forwarders conspired to raise prices on shipping fees based on the freight’s destination. The ultimate effect of the conspiracy was to limit competition and increase shipping costs.

Although the charge could result in a 10-year sentence, the first two executives received sentences of 18 months or less. In addition, their company agreed to pay a fine of nearly $500,000 in the case. An antitrust conviction could also lead to a fine of as much as $1M. The amount of the fine will depend upon the illegal gain by the defendant or the loss suffered by customers of the freight firm. The scheme operated for a period of four years between 2010 and 2014.

Federal antitrust lawyer


When you face federal charges for criminal anti-competitive practices, hire an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive. Many federal defendants believe that their best strategy is to plead guilty. This isn’t always true! Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced, aggressive defense attorney with federal court experience.

Don’t settle for inexperienced representation and don’t make a plea deal without thoroughly exploring all of your options.
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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Securities fraud conviction lands Sherman Oaks developer in prison
Securities fraud conviction lands Sherman Oaks developer in prison
A Miami judge sentenced a former Sherman Oaks real estate developer to 25 years in prison for securities fraud. Robert H. Shapiro, who purchased high-end real estate in Los Angeles County, pleaded guilty in August to operating a Ponzi scheme.

Shapiro convinced investors to turn over their money to the Woodbridge Group of Companies. The company planned to purchase high-end real estate in Los Angeles, Florida and Colorado. Although the company did purchase a few signature properties, about 10,000 investors – most of whom were elderly – lost more than $1B in assets.

Shapiro admitted to diverting as much as $100M in investor funds to himself. He used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and purchase luxury goods. He left many of his victims penniless. Two other company executives will go to trial next June. They face similar charges, including conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Although he faced 10 felony charges, Shapiro pleaded guilty to just two – conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and tax evasion. For that, the judge in the case applied the maximum sentence – 25 years in prison. In addition, she ordered Shapiro to pay nearly $100M in restitution, and forfeit property purchased with the stolen funds. The forfeiture order specifically claims more than 600 bottles of wine; 7 paintings by recognized artists; a classic car; cash, and jewelry.

Sherman Oaks securities fraud lawyer


When you face charges of investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal defense cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend will fight 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.
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 Charge Snares Former Long Beach Lawyer
Embezzlement Charge Snares Former Long Beach Lawyer
A former Long Beach estate planning lawyer pleaded guilty to tax evasion related to embezzlement. Federal prosecutors claimed the man stole more than $1.6M from clients and then failed to pay taxes on it. Prosecutors said that the federal government was entitled to more than $675,000 in taxes on the stolen funds. As a result of that finding, the IRS assessed the man $1.4M in back taxes and fines over a period of four years.

In 2004, authorities charged the man with filing a false tax return. He spent three years in prison and lost his license to practice law in California. He also served time in state prison for the initial theft of client funds.

To avoid paying the $1.4M assessment, the man established a pair of shell companies that he used to collect payments on work he performed following his release from prison. Between 2008 and 2012, the man directed other people to sign papers indicating that they were the sole managing members of the shell companies. He also directed them to open bank accounts for the shell companies. The man then deposited client payments into bank accounts. Additionally, the man sought a Taxpayer Identification Number in the name of another person without their permission. The federal government also accused him of not paying taxes in calendar year 2012.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison on the tax evasion charge.

Long Beach Embezzlement Attorney


When you face federal charges for theft of funds, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive, and certain federal convictions carry stiff mandatory minimum sentences. An experienced federal criminal defense attorney can assist you throughout the judicial process. In addition to representing you in court, your attorney can advise you on the best course of action.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that a plea deal is your best option. 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/theft case.

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Fraud Conviction for SoCal Doctor
Fraud Conviction for SoCal Doctor
A federal grand jury convicted a Temecula doctor of Medicare fraud earlier this month. The man performed unneeded medical procedures on patients and recruited beneficiaries to participate in the fraud.

According to prosecutors, the doctor initiated the scheme in 2012 and falsely diagnosed patients with a condition called venous insufficiency. The condition prevents adequate blood circulation from the legs to the heart. Following the diagnosis, the doctor performed medically unnecessary procedures. He also billed Medicare using the wrong service codes to increase his payments. In addition, the doctor repackaged used medical supplies.

During the time of the fraud, the doctor submitted more than $12M in claims and received $4.5M in reimbursements. Authorities arrested the doctor in 2016 as part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud. He was among 22 California providers arrested in the sweeps. In the past 12 years, federal authorities have arrested more than 4,000 providers and accused them of improper billing. The cumulative losses totaled nearly $20B in that time. The man will return to court in March for sentencing.

Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer


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

Federal prosecutors are extremely aggressive, so your best defense strategy must include an aggressive federal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has built a reputation for his assertive defense, and will fight hard for you in court. Many defendants facing federal charges assume that their best option is to seek a plea deal.

A plea deal may or may not be in your best interest. Your best option depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. An experienced attorney can help you determine your best course of action, and provide legal support to you throughout the adjudication process.
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 suspect arrested in check cashing scam
Identity theft suspect arrested in check cashing scam
A Thousand Oaks man faces charges of identity theft following his arrest last month. The man concocted an elaborate scam that targeted teens and young adults in the Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles areas.

Police learned of the scam after receiving a number of reports from victims. The man, who is a registered sex offender in Ventura County, carried off the scam using social media.

He initially contacted victims through Instagram, and managed to take control of their Instagram accounts. Using the compromised accounts, he contacted the victims’ Instagram contacts, posing as the account holder. In his conversations, he persuaded targets to assist with cashing a check for a friend of the account holder.

The man would get the intended victim’s phone number and tell them that the account holder’s brother-in-law would meet them at a bank to cash a check. When the victim arrived at the bank, the man posed as the victim’s “brother-in-law” and presented the victims with a forged check for cashing. The victim would cash the check at the bank and give the money to the suspect. Days later, the victim’s bank would inform the victim of the fraud and the associated loss.

Upon investigation, police discovered five victims in Thousand Oaks, and additional victims in Los Angeles, West Covina and Azuza. Police believe there could be additional victims in the case. The man faces one count of using another’s identity to obtain credit. He also faces two counts of identity theft with fraud under $950. He faces four felony counts of forgery and two counts of using a computer to obtain property. In addition, he faces 27 special allegations, which he has denied. The man will return to court on November 4 for matters related to his case.

Los Angeles identity theft attorney


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

Your best defense begins with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always have the benefit of his experience. Don’t settle for inexperience when your freedom is at stake, and don’t attempt to represent yourself 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 identity theft case.

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Domestic violence case against actress dropped
Domestic violence case against actress dropped
Police in Florida will not file domestic violence charges against actress and former Fox News commentator Stacey Dash. Police in Pasco, FL arrested her after she called 911 to report a domestic assault.

When police arrived at the home Dash shares with her husband, police noted signs of injury on him. They arrested her and removed her from the scene. Her husband appeared in court on her behalf and declined to press charges. Authorities released Dash following the court appearance and will not pursue charges. Dash has been vocal about her experiences as a domestic violence victim in prior relationships.

In February 2018, Dash briefly entered the race for California’s 44th District seat in the US House of Representatives. She ran as a Republican. In March 2018, Dash withdrew from the race. The 44th District includes South Los Angeles, but is mostly Hispanic. Ultimately, incumbent Nanette Barragán, a Democrat from San Pedro, won a second term.

Originally a Democrat, Dash switched her party affiliation in 2012 and supported Mitt Romney. She signed with Fox News as a commentator in 2014 and parted company with the network in 2017. Dash maintains her support for the Republican Party, but claims that Hollywood has blacklisted her based on her political views.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


When you face charges related to domestic assault, hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes domestic violence cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

This case illustrates a common outcome for a domestic assault arrest. The victimized party does not want to press charges and must address the legal issues that arise from an arrest. California has very specific laws about bringing and withdrawing domestic assault claims. If you and your spouse are dealing with an arrest, your best approach includes an experienced defense attorney.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to represent yourself 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 domestic violence case.

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DUI Suspect Surrenders After Stealing CHP Vehicle
DUI Suspect Surrenders After Stealing CHP Vehicle
A suspected DUI driver surrendered to police after making off with a marked CHP vehicle. Police spotted a reckless driver in Palmdale earlier this month and attempted to stop the driver. Police initially broke off the pursuit as the driver sped down the 14 Freeway, but later re-engaged with the driver in an attempt to stop the car. The driver led police into Kern County and then pulled over. At that time the driver, stole a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and continued to flee.

The driver left the road several times and also struck pursuing Sheriff’s deputies. The driver then crashed the stolen truck and fled on foot. A woman also exited the stolen truck. While officers chased the suspect on foot, he got into an unoccupied CHP vehicle and fled the scene. Responding officers cornered the suspect and he eventually surrendered. Officers also located the woman and arrested her.

The man faces charges of driving while intoxicated, auto theft, fleeing police and assaulting an officer.

Los Angeles DUI attorney


When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. In his more than 3 decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians facing criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend does not judge clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he works hard to ensure that each client receives the best possible defense in court.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney. 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 DUI case.

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