DUI Suspect Gets 30 Years For Fatal Diamond Bar Crash
DUI Suspect Gets 30 Years For Fatal Diamond Bar Crash
A Fontana woman will spend 30 years in prison for a fatal Diamond Bar DUI crash that killed six people. One of the victims was the woman’s sister. According to police, the woman drove her Camaro at speeds of 100 mph the wrong way on the 60 Freeway. She collided head-on with a Ford Explorer, which then crashed into a Ford Freestyle.

The woman and the driver of the Freestyle survived the crash. Two female passengers in the Camaro died. All four occupants of the Ford Explorer, a family, also died at the scene. The Freestyle driver was traveling alone at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of February 9, 2014.

Following the crash, police determined that the woman’s blood-alcohol content was .15. She had previously lost her license for a San Bernardino County DUI in 2010. The Department of Motor Vehicles had just restored the woman’s driving privileges a week before the 2014 crash. The driver at fault was 21 at the time of the fatal crash.

In May 2018, the woman pleaded no contest to six counts of second-degree murder at the beginning of her trial. Originally, the judge set a sentencing date in July, but postponed the hearing until last month. In court, the judge imposed the maximum sentence on the woman.

Diamond Bar DUI attorney


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

A fatal DUI case is the worst possible scenario. Prosecutors will focus on getting a conviction and the maximum possible sentence. That’s why you need an experienced attorney by your side in court. An experienced, aggressive attorney will help you navigate the criminal justice system and work toward the best possible outcome.

DUI convictions can result in jail or prison time, fines, license suspensions and other sanctions. Most drunk driving convictions in California result from misdemeanor charges. Regardless of how the prosecutor charges your case, however, you need the assistance of an experienced 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 DUI case.

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Theft Suspect Arrested in South Pasadena
Theft Suspect Arrested in South Pasadena
A homeless Los Angeles man admitted a theft operation to police following his arrest last month. Police responded to a shoplifting report last month and discovered the 28-year-old suspect. During his arrest, police located a number of stolen credit cards belonging to other people. They also found drug paraphernalia.

The man admitted to police that he and his girlfriend frequently shoplifted to support their drug habits. According to the man, he found the credit cards at a homeless encampment where the pair was staying. Police arrested the pair. The man faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and fraudulent possession of credit cards. Police later released the female suspect without charging her.

South Pasadena theft lawyer


Theft cases aren’t always straightforward. When you face charges for stealing, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom defense. He takes theft cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Your best defense strategy involves working with an experienced, aggressive defense lawyer. Mr. Helfend manages every case personally, so you will always work with him on your case. He does not judge clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to provide an exceptional defense.

The severity of the charges against you will depend upon the circumstances of your case. It is critical that you avoid accumulating felony convictions in California. The state’s Three Strikes Law means that a history of felony convictions will produce progressively more harsh penalties. A third conviction for a “violent” felony can result in lifetime incarceration. The best way to defend yourself, and to navigate the justice system is by relying on an experienced attorney.

Don’t risk your freedom on 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 theft fraud case.

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Drug Possession Conviction Nets CBP Agent, Wife
Drug Possession Conviction Nets CBP Agent, Wife
A US Customs and Border Patrol agent and his wife face life in prison following their convictions for drug possession. The pair participated in a drug smuggling operation that moved heroin, marijuana and cocaine from Los Angeles to Chicago.

The Fontana couple became the subject of investigation following a large drug seizure in New Mexico in 2012. Authorities first became aware of the couple’s operation after stopping a truck driver in New Mexico. During the traffic stop, police there found a large shipment of cocaine, heroin and marijuana worth about $1.5 million. In addition, they found banking information in the truck, which identified the CPB agent’s wife.

According to prosecutors, the pair hired the driver to move the contraband from Los Angeles to Chicago. The driver would take drugs to Chicago, and receive payment there. He would then deposit the cash into accounts controlled by the wife. The truck driver pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.

The man was a 25-year veteran of the US Customs and Border Patrol agency. He worked at both the Los Angeles International Airport and the John Wayne Airport during that time. His wife did not work for CBP. Authorities say that an examination of the accounts show that she gambled most of the money at a local casino.

The couple face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life when they are sentenced. They remained in custody following their convictions.

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 both federal and state courts.

Nearly half of all currently incarcerated federal inmates are serving drug related sentences. The Department of Justice devotes an enormous amount of its resources to investigating and prosecuting drug crimes. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced, aggressive federal defense attorney by your side.

Don’t attempt to navigate the federal criminal justice system with an inexperienced attorney. Don’t assume that your best option is to plead guilty.

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 Conviction for Redondo Beach Cold Case
Murder Conviction for Redondo Beach Cold Case
A Gardena man will return to court in March to hear his sentence for a 1995 murder. Police say that Elliot Kimo Laanui shot and killed Ted Emery in a parking lot in Redondo Beach. The victim and his wife were grocery shopping at the time of his murder.

According to police, the suspect approached the victim and shot him without saying a word. He then took a money clip holding $33 and fled. Retired police officers who volunteer their time to work on cold cases revisited the case file in 2011. Using DNA evidence collected from the scene in 1995, officers connected Laanui to the murder.

Laanui was arrested in 2011, and following questioning, made self-incriminating statements regarding the slaying. In addition, Laanui believed that a jailhouse inmate had “snitched” on him regarding the murder. He offered to pay two cellmates to locate a hitman to kill the inmate he believed had betrayed him.Prosecutors were not satisfied with the evidence, so they released Laanui. By 2017, prosecutors were ready to pursue Laanui based on more complete evidence. Coincidentally, Gardena police arrested Laanui following an argument in which he shot an acquaintance.

Police forwarded the Redondo Beach evidence evidence to prosecutors working on the Gardena case. They agreed to present the Redondo Beach information to the judge. The judge in the Gardena case agreed that there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a murder trial.

In late September, a Torrance jury heard the Gardena shooting and the Redondo Beach murder cases. They found Laanui guilty on all counts. Initially, Laanui was scheduled to be sentenced December 11, but the court postponed the sentencing. When he returns to court in March, he will face a sentence of 33 years, plus 25-years-to-life on all charges.

Redondo Beach murder lawyer


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

Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Your life is literally on the line. Following a murder conviction, you could be sentenced to death, or life in prison with or without parole. The state has not executed a prisoner in 13 years. That hasn’t stopped Los Angeles County juries from sentencing prisoners to death. In fact, Los Angeles juries authorize the death penalty more frequently that jurors anywhere else.

Even if you don’t face the death penalty, you could still spend the rest of your life in prison. That alone is reason enough to hire an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Don’t settle for an inexperienced, overworked and under-resourced attorney to defend you in court.

ßContact 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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Antitrust Sentence Closes Price Fixing Case
Antitrust Sentence Closes Price Fixing Case
Last month, a federal judge sentenced a promotional products CEO to prison for antitrust violations. A judge accepted the man’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix prices on silicone wrist bands in the United States.

The man pleaded guilty in August 2017 for his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to implement illegal price manipulations. Federal prosecutors say the man met with other competitors, exchanged texts and emails in support of the conspiracy. The illegal price manipulations took place between 2014 and 2016. The company, Custom Wristbands, also agreed to pay more than $400,000 in criminal fines. The judge sentenced the CEO to serve 30 days in federal prison and complete 12 months of supervised release. In addition, the man must pay a $20,000 fine.

The case is one of several pending against the other conspirators. The Justice Department recently filed cases against the CEO and COO of Netbrands Media for their alleged role in the case. In November, the DOJ filed antitrust charges against Gennex Media and its owner resulting from this investigation. In August 2017, the DOJ filed similar charges against the CEO of Zaappaaz, Inc. That company agreed to pay a $1.9M criminal fine. The CEO of Zaappaaz, Inc., will return to court for sentencing in April 2019.

Los Angeles Antitrust Attorney


The government takes price fixing and other anticompetitive practices seriously. From this case, you can see that antitrust prosecutions can take a long time. Nonetheless, government prosecutors are relentless. When you face anticompetitive charges, hire an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal criminal cases in any circuit in the United States.

Federal defendants often feel as though they have no choice but to plead guilty. This isn’t the case! An aggressive, experienced federal criminal defense attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best bet. Instead, work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate 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 antitrust case.

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Sex crimes charge rocks CHP
Sex crimes charge rocks CHP
A California Highway Patrol officer faces multiple sex crimes charges following his arrest earlier this month. The officer previously worked from the Morongo Base Station in San Bernardino.

According to investigators, the officer faces charges for committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child between 14 and 15. In addition, he faces charges of communicating with a minor for the purposes of committing sex crimes. He also faces charges of meeting with a minor to commit a sex crime.

The CHP contacted the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office for assistance with the investigation. Investigators found that the 12-year veteran worked as a youth recreation volunteer and a church youth volunteer. According to detectives, they found credible allegations of misconduct dating as far back as 2010. In that case, detectives said the officer had contact with a 14-year-old girl between July 2011 and January 2012. He also had contact with a 17-year-old girl between March and August 2014. Police believe it’s possible that the officer contacted more victims during that time.

This is the second case of California officers being accused of sexual offenses against minors in the last two months. A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective also faces charges for committing sexual offenses against a minor. Ventura County is managing that case.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


Sex-related charges are very serious, and have the real potential for a lifetime of impacts. Most sex offenders in California must submit to lifetime registration. No matter where they go, they must register as a sex offender. When you face charges for sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of defendants in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Sexual offense convictions can result in prison time and post-release supervision. That’s hardly the end of a sexual offense conviction, though. Lifetime registration means that you’ll have regular contact with the local police department. You’ll be required to check in periodically and submit to regular searches, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

You may face restrictions on employment, volunteering, where you live and who you live with. There is literally no way to put a past conviction for a sexual offense behind you. Ever. That’s a lot to think about.

That’s also why you need the help of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. You don’t have to face the justice system alone, and you shouldn’t. Don’t wait! 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 Nab Another Cryptocurrency Pioneer
Securities Fraud Charges Nab Another Cryptocurrency Pioneer
Federal prosecutors in Texas have charged the CEO of AriseBank with securities fraud. According to the indictment, the man defrauded bank investors out of more than $4 million.

The man faces three counts each of investment fraud and wire fraud. The man promoted the bank as the first decentralized cryptocurrency banking platform. According to the defendant, the bank worked with a number of digital currencies. He claimed that the bank offered FDIC-insured depositor accounts and a range of traditional banking services. He also said that the bank offered Visa-branded credit and debit cards. In addition, the man told investors that the bank had raised more than $300 million to support the bank’s initial coin offering (ICO). All of these statements were false. Further, the State of Texas had not authorized the bank to conduct business in that state.

Investors could register to participate in the ICO simply by providing an email address at the bank’s website. In violation of US banking laws and regulations, the bank required no other information about the depositor. Registered investors could choose to invest in a number of digital cryptocurrencies.

The man compounded the fraud by telling investors in January that the ICO had raised $600M to date, and expected to be the first billion-dollar ICO in history. By the time of that information release, the State of Texas had issued a cease and desist order. Later that month, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the bank with a host of securities fraud crimes.

Securities fraud attorney


When you face federal charges related to investment fraud, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes securities fraud cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

When you face federal charges, an experienced federal defense attorney is an essential part of your defense. Don’t assume that you should plead guilty in federal court. Although federal attorneys have a high conviction rate, a guilty plea is not always your best bet. Hire an aggressive, experienced federal defense 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 securities fraud case.

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Embezzlement Lands Record Company Accountant In Prison
Embezzlement Lands Record Company Accountant In Prison
The former accountant for a Los Angeles record company will be counting days instead of dollars. The man received a 6-year sentence for embezzlement last month. According to prosecutors, the Sherman Oaks man pleaded no contest to grand theft, filing a false tax return and failing to file a return.

Investigators say the man worked for the record company for 20 years. Beginning in January 2006, the man began siphoning company money from the business. During that time, he wrote more than $3.1 million in checks to himself or to cash. He also made wire transfers to his accounts and made loans from the company to his business.

Company officials discovered the thefts in 2012. Police investigated the matter and filed charges against the accountant in 2016. He pleaded no contest to the charges against him in August of this year. The court ordered the man to begin serving his sentence in January 2019.

In addition to the prison sentence, the man must pay restitution on the full amount of the loss, plus 10% interest annually. That interest accrues from the date of the loss. In addition, the court ordered the man to pay nearly $300,000 in fines plus 10% interest to the California Franchise Tax Board. Those fines cover back taxes on the stolen funds, associated penalties and the cost of the investigation.

Sherman Oaks embezzlement lawyer


Embezzlement is a painful crime for everyone involved. When you face charges of grand theft from an employer, hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes grand theft cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. During his more than 30 years in practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians accused of serious crimes.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is an essential part of an excellent defense. When successful, it helps to mitigate the damage that the state’s Three Strikes Law would otherwise do. Don’t assume that you have no options, or that a guilty plea is your best bet.

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 Lands Grenada Hills Chiropractor In Court
Fraud Lands Grenada Hills Chiropractor In Court
A Grenada Hills chiropractor pleaded guilty to a $150M insurance fraud scam. According to prosecutors, the chiropractor was one of 12 defendants who submitted false insurance billings. The billings represented unnecessary or non-existent surgeries, fake prescriptions, and laboratory work.

The scam involved an illegal referral network of personal injury attorneys who sent patients to the defendants. The attorneys often collected more than $10,000 per month in referral fees. A physician’s assistant sometimes performed surgeries on patients, inflicting additional injuries on them.

The chiropractor pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral. Prosecutors initially indicted him in 2015. Another Los Angeles physician also indicted in the scheme has fled the country. His office manager has also fled the area.

One defendant in the case has already pleaded guilty to similar charges. According to prosecutors, she collected more than $3 million from insurance companies. The court will sentence her in January. She faces as much as nine years in prison. The chiropractor will return to court in June for sentencing. He could spend as many as eight years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The court has not yet heard cases for the other ten defendants. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office led the investigation.

Grenada Hills fraud attorney


When you face charges of defrauding another, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. He will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney. That means you’ll always have the benefit of his extensive criminal defense experience.

Fraud charges can result in not only incarceration, but also restitution and fines. Your best defense starts with hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one who simply wants to facilitate a plea deal. Hire an aggressive criminal defense 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 fraud case.

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Identity Theft Arrests Ends Glendale Shopping Spree
Identity Theft Arrests Ends Glendale Shopping Spree
In October, Glendale police arrested a woman suspected of
identity theft while trying to purchase $12,000 in electronics. According to police, the woman presented false identification and credit cards at the Apple Store in the Glendale Galleria.
07confronted the woman about the fake ID. She admitted that the identification was fake, but said that the credit card she used belonged to her grandmother. Police called the “grandmother” who confirmed the woman’s story and said she did not object to the purchases. Further investigation revealed that the person actually named on the ID card did not know the suspect.

Police arrested the woman and she later posted bail. Investigators are also pursuing potential charges against the woman’s accomplice.

Glendale Identity Theft Lawyer


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 Glendale and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal identity crime cases in any circuit in the United States.

Identity theft takes many forms, and police pursue identity theft charges vigorously. In most cases, identity theft results in additional financial crimes. Law enforcement agencies are often interested in identity thefts precisely because they reveal other crimes. Identity thefts may be organized, or may occur as the result of chance opportunities.

When you face identity-related crimes, don’t take chances on an inexperienced attorney. Instead, hire an attorney who will fight aggressively for you in court. Mr. Helfend doesn’t judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to arrive at the best possible outcome for each client’s 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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