DUI Driver Charged in San Gabriel Deaths
DUI Driver Charged in San Gabriel Deaths
A San Gabriel man with a DUI history will face charges in two hit-and-run deaths.

According to police, the man struck a West Covina woman as she pushed her 1-year-old granddaughter in a stroller. The pair were crossing the street at a crosswalk at the time of the collision. They were transported to a local hospital, where they both died from their injuries.

Following the crash, the driver fled, but video from the scene helped to identify the suspect’s vehicle. Following tips from the public, police located the vehicle involved in the crash. The vehicle was not registered to the suspect, but evidence from inside the truck connected it to the man. Four days after the crash, police arrested the suspect following his release from a local medical facility.

Police say the suspect has a history of DUI convictions. They also say that they did not know the man’s intoxication status at the time of the crash. Currently, he faces charges of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. If convicted, the man could face as much as six years in prison. In court, the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains jailed in lieu of a $250,000 bond. He will return to court in December for matters related to his case.

San Gabriel DUI attorney


The worst possible outcome of a drunk driving arrest involves the injury or death of another person. When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drunk driving cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best outcome for your case. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to ensure that you get the best, most aggressive representation available.

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 DUI case.

Photo Credit: Let Ideas Compete, via Flickr.com

Theft Suspect ID'd by stolen strawberries
Theft Suspect ID’d by stolen strawberries
A burglary suspect faces theft charges, thanks to some stolen strawberries. Police used the discarded stems to collect DNA evidence from the perpetrator.

Glendale Police responded to the report of a burglary of a catering van in May. An officer noted that the thief had made off with some fresh strawberries. A search of the area turned up discarded stems, which the police submitted for DNA testing.

The DNA belonged to a 23-year-old man with a prior arrest in 2017. In addition to the DNA, police also located surveillance footage of the suspect entering a home near the burglarized van. In that break in, the suspect stole a wallet. Based on the DNA evidence, officers sought a search warrant and arrested the man at his home. Inside, they found evidence from the burglaries, as well as other items that connected the man to a string of thefts. Police also allege that the suspect stole a set of car keys from a home, and also stole the car.

He remains jailed on a $250,000 bond. He will return to court at the end of November on matters related to his case.

Glendale theft lawyer


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

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Eliminating felony charges is essential in California. Accumulating a history of felony convictions here can result in a life sentence.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works aggressively to provide excellent representation for his clients. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no defense 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 theft case.

Photo Credit: Kamil Porembiński, via Flickr.com

Drug Possession Charges Lead Inglewood Gang Arrests
Drug Possession Charges Lead Inglewood Gang Arrests
Federal authorities arrested 14 members of an Inglewood street gang. They face charges for drug possession and weapons offenses. Prosecutors have filed charges against 13 of the arrestees. They have not yet charged one man with federal offenses.

According to prosecutors, the gang has expanded beyond Inglewood. It also has ties to drug sales in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Prosecutors characterize those arrested as leaders of a criminal enterprise.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the Inglewood Police Department and the FBI conducted arrests sweeps late last month. Prior to the arrests, officers purchased drugs and firearms through their gang contacts. Various gang members supplied cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine to undercover officers.

Charges include selling firearms without a license; drug possession for sale; and possession of a firearm by a felon. Several people also face charges of aiding and abetting. If convicted, the 11 men and one woman – ranging in age from 23-54 – face between 10 years and life. One man has already pleaded guilty and will spend a year and a day in prison. The fourteenth man remains jailed on a probation violation and does not yet face federal charges.

Inglewood 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 drug crimes cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes state drug cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Nearly half (46.1%) of all federal inmates currently in custody serve drug sentences. That’s more than 2.5 times the next largest group of federal inmates, who serve time for weapons offenses. The federal government is serious about prosecuting drug offenders, and can use RICO statutes to combat gang activity.

Don’t on an inexperienced federal defense attorney in court. Hire an aggressive, experienced federal defender when you face charges for drug offenses. 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: WBEZ, via Flickr.com

Sex crimes suspect arrested in Los Angeles
Sex crimes suspect arrested in Los Angeles
Authorities arrested a man wanted for Pacific Beachsex crimes in Los Angeles. According to police, a Pacific Beach woman awoke to find a man sexually assaulting her in her home. The man fled before police arrived. They believe he entered the home through an open window.

The incident took place October 1, but authorities did not arrest him until today. San Diego Police identified the man as a suspect, and released an image of him to the public last week. Authorities in Los Angeles arrested the suspect without incident just after 4:00 AM.

Police also said that the suspect, who is 55, was enrolled as a student at San Diego City College and San Diego Miramar College. The assault took place off campus and is not associated with either facility.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges related to a sexual offense, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Sex offense convictions can have lifetime consequences. Most convictions for sexual offenses require lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. Lifetime registration comes with restrictions that can make it difficult for convicted offenders to find appropriate housing and employment.

In addition, lifetime registration follows you wherever you go. Even if you move out of state, the registration requirement will follow you. This is a heavy price to pay. Worse, many criminal defense attorneys don’t want to handle sexual offense cases. That can make it difficult to get the representation you need in court.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney and see what a difference it can make in the outcome of 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 sex crimes case.

Photo Credit: Bart Everson, via Flickr.com

Securities Fraud Suspect Sentenced After Los Angeles Arrest
Securities Fraud Suspect Sentenced After Los Angeles Arrest
A self-styled “fracking” expert pleaded guilty to securities fraud in Dallas following his Los Angeles arrest. The man, who raised more than $80 million from oil and gas investors kept nearly $25 million for himself.

The man convinced investors to pay for a fixed portion of drilling and exploration costs in exchange for production royalties. He inflated the investor costs by as much as 800% and pocketed the difference between the actual and stated costs.

He oversold shares of drilling operations, commingled investor funds among multiple projects, and diverted investor funds for his own use. In addition, he understated his income by at least $4.5 million in 2014 alone. During that year, he did not file a federal tax return or make any federal tax payments.

He pleaded guilty to securities fraud, engaging in illegal monetary transactions and tax evasion. He faces at least 12 years in federal prison as part of a plea deal in the case. He must also pay $350,000 in fines and must make restitution to his victims.

Federal securities fraud attorney


When you face federal charges for investment fraud, hire an experienced, aggressive securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes federal defense cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Southern California.

Federal prosecutors are well funded and aggressive. You cannot approach a federal defense without excellent representation. Many defendants choose to plead guilty because the prospects of going to court are overwhelming. You don’t have to plead guilty and a conviction is not automatic. When you work with an aggressive, experienced federal defense attorney, you can get good results!

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who isn’t prepared to fight on your behalf.. 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.

Photo Credit: Wild Earth Guardians, via Flickr.com

Embezzlement Charge For Santa Clarita Accountant
Embezzlement Charge For Santa Clarita Accountant
A former accountant from Santa Clarita faces embezzlement charges after allegedly stealing funds from the Girl Scouts and a cancer center.

The woman, 52, was a Certified Public Accountant. Her license, which had been under another name, expired in 2016. The woman did not renew her license at that time. She faces two felony charges of embezzlement by a public or private officer. According to investigators, the woman served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center. She also volunteered as the treasurer for two local Girl Scout troops and a local Girl Scout service unit. Authorities say the woman stole at least $93,000 from the organizations involved. They also indicated that she had volunteered with the Girl Scouts for about 20 years.

According to police, the woman used nearly $60,000 of the stolen Girl Scout funds for her personal expenses between 2013 and 2017. She then diverted money from the Cancer Center before taking it for herself.

If convicted on all charges, the woman could spend nearly four years in prison. She was released on a $20,000 bond the day of her arrest. Prosecutors indicated however, that they would seek a higher bail amount.

Santa Clarita embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges of theft from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Santa Clarita and throughout Southern California.

Personal financial gain almost exclusively motivates embezzlement. Likewise, while most victims want justice, they also want their money back! An experienced criminal defense attorney can use this to help clients avoid long prison terms and work toward restitution.

When you face charges, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do, and don’t attempt to defend yourself in court. Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced lawyer to represent 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 embezzlement case.

Photo Credit: Laura, via Flickr.com

Fraud charges may rise from Montebello audit
Fraud charges may rise from Montebello audit
Independent auditors recommend that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office investigate the Montebello Unified School District for fraud. This is the second time the issue has arisen from the school district.

The MUSD faces increasing pressure to account for bond funds originally designated for construction projects in the school district. Voters passed the bond request in 2016. Auditors have focused on one contractor that no longer provides services to the district.

The report detailed numerous instances where the contractor initially provided one price for services, but later switched services. In many cases, the contractor provided no services, but collected about 4% of the bond money for “project management.”

The district has 28 buildings and planned to use the bond money to repair and upgrade its facilities. According to auditors, the district was a rich target for fraud, and said employees had no idea how to account for the bond money. The district had contracted with the provider in 2005, but canceled the first contract for poor performance.

According to investigators, many of the district’s facilities personnel questioned the district’s choice of that particular contractor in 2016. They say that the company billed nearly $100,000 every month, regardless of the services it performed. The company provided little to no documentation to support invoices. District personnel also say district lawyers never reviewed the company’s contract. The Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating the district’s bond program.

Montebello fraud attorney


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

He does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead he works hard to ensure that his clients receive the best possible representation 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.

Photo Credit: Dave Fischer, via Flickr.com

Identity Theft Case Against Houston Man Proceeds in LA
Identity Theft Case Against Houston Man Proceeds in LA
A Houston man accused of identity theft in Los Angeles will face charges here. Federal prosecutors accuse the man, along with two other individuals, of using false credentials for free airline travel. A second man, already in custody on weapons charges, also faces charges in the airline fraud. A third suspect, formerly of Houston, now lives in Los Angeles. Authorities arrested her last month in relation to the case. She is currently free on a $20,000 bond.

According to authorities, the 25-year-old man conspired with two other people to manufacture fake airline employee credentials. The group than used the credentials to obtain free airline travel on Spirit Airlines. Prosecutors say that the group used the scam throughout most of 2016 and 2017.

Authorities arrested one of the co-conspirators last year for transporting weapons aboard Spirit Airlines planes from Houston to Los Angeles. Once in LA, he sold the weapons despite not having a firearms license. FBI agents investigating the weapons case learned of the air travel scam. They opened a second investigation into the group’s bogus air travel.

If convicted, the 25-year-old Houston man faces 30 years in federal prison. The other two co-conspirators face a total of 37 years in prison for identity theft and fraud. The second co-conspirator, whose arrest triggered the investigations, also faces an additional minimum 5 year sentence for the weapons violations.

Los Angeles 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 federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Identity theft cases are of particular interest to investigators because they often lead to evidence of other crimes. Federal prosecutors are well funded and have enormous resources available to them to prosecute cases. Don’t assume that you have no options, however. Your best defense strategy should include working with an experienced federal defense attorney.

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

Photo Credit: Eric Salard, via Flickr.com

Domestic Violence Plea Lands Former USC player in Jail
Domestic Violence Plea Lands Former USC player in Jail
A former USC football player will spend a year in jail for domestic violence, following a no-contest plea. The man, a graduate of Los Angeles’ Hawkins High School, was considered a five-star recruit when he joined the team. He earned playing time in his first season and caught four passes.

Police arrested him in February, following a domestic assault. He served 21 days on two misdemeanor assault counts in that incident. USC removed him from their roster following his first arrest. He has not played with the team since that time. Police arrested him a second time in July, also for a domestic assault. His second arrest came just weeks after he completed his first jail sentence.

Prosecutors accused him of hitting, scratching and strangling his girlfriend, and charged him with felony assault in the second incident. The judge sentenced the man to one year in jail, and five years of probation. In addition, he must complete 52 domestic violence prevention classes.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


Domestic assault charges can have long-lasting impacts on everyone involved. When you face a domestic abuse charge, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes domestic violence cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his client based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to arrive at the best possible outcome for your case. That could include anything from dismissal or reduction of the charges to a favorable plea bargain.

His nearly 35 years of experience has taught him how to work within California’s complex criminal justice system. This enables him to produce positive results for his clients, regardless of their circumstances.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no good 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 domestic violence case.

Photo Credit: Mick Amato, via Flickr.com

DUI Charge for operating a scooter while impaired
DUI Charge for operating a scooter while impaired
A West Los Angeles man scored a “first” following his arrest for operating a Bird scooter under the influence. The man pleaded no contest to a DUI following his arrest in August.

According to police, the man knocked a 64-year-old pedestrian down while riding the scooter on a city sidewalk. Police found the offending scooter operator and arrested him. His blood-alcohol content at the time of his arrest exceeded the legal impairment limit by more than three times.

He pleaded no contest to the offense in court last month and paid a $550 fine. He must also complete three years of probation and a DUI diversion program. Additionally, he must pay restitution to the victim. The Bird rental agreement specifically states that the renter may not operate the scooter while impaired.

Bird introduced its ride-sharing scooter rental business to cities around the world earlier this year. Many cities object to the company’s approach to scooter rental. San Francisco temporarily removed the company’s scooters from its streets for operating without a permit in June. A growing number of cities have begun to confiscate the scooters that renters have parked illegally on city sidewalks.

West Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


When you face DUI charges in Los Angeles, hire an experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer 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.

Many people don’t understand that DUI laws don’t just apply to cars. Operating any conveyance (including horses!) while drunk can result in a drunk driving arrest. Drunk driving arrests are expensive, and can land you in jail. They can also result in fines, license restrictions, and additional sanctions against you.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to defend yourself 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 DUI case.

Photo Credit: waltarrrrr, via Flickr.com