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Eileen Peck is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Television. She also holds an Associate Degree in Digital Electronics from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. She worked for nearly 20 years in the Information Technology and networking fields for higher-education and non-profit institutions prior to establishing a freelance writing business in 2007. She offers a variety of business writing products for small- and medium-sized businesses, including web and marketing content, strategic business documents and business proposals.

DUI Arrests Skyrocket For Memorial Day Weekend
DUI Arrests Skyrocket For Memorial Day Weekend
Nearly 1,100 people need a, DUI defense lawyer following this year’s Memorial Day weekend. According to the California Highway Patrol, its officers arrested 1,099 people suspected of drunk driving.

In addition, 34 people died in 21 DUI-related accidents during the holiday period. About half of those people were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their deaths.

The number of arrests represents a 4% increase over the same period in 2018. While arrests were up, the number of fatalities decreased from last year. In 2018, 37 people died in DUI-related accidents over the holiday period. The CHP holiday enforcement period began Friday afternoon and ended Monday night at 11:59 PM. Within the first 30 hours of the holiday weekend, officers had made nearly 750 arrests and responded to 18 highway fatalities.

DUI laws have recently changed in California. First-time offenders are likely to receive stiffer penalties than they may have in the past. In addition, they will be required to use an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer


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

Most drunk driving cases result in misdemeanor charges. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor isn’t serious! Even a first arrest can result in thousands of dollars in fines and related expenses, and the suspension of your driver’s license. In addition, you could be required to serve jail time, take driver retraining classes and meet other sentencing requirements.

Some people also believe that they can defend themselves in court. This is quite possibly the worst possible way to “save money.” Hiring a professional defense attorney can make a major difference 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 DUI case.

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Drug possession suspect punches deputy
Drug possession suspect punches deputy
A man being arrested on suspicion of drug possession now faces additional assault charges. According to the Sheriff’s office in Santa Clarita Valley, deputies responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle in Valencia.

While at the scene, deputies discovered a man ransacking a vehicle. During the arrest attempt, the suspect punched one of the deputies in the face. He also attempted to run away. Two other deputies at the scene captured the suspect and arrested him. At that time, the arresting officers discovered narcotics in the man’s possession.

First responders transported the deputy to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. They also transported the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during the arrest. Following his release from the hospital, deputies transported the suspect to the jail for processing. He is expected to face charges of drug possession, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Santa Clarita Drug Possession attorney


Policing agencies are interested in drug crimes because they often have connections to other crimes. When you face charges involving drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Thanks to voter initiatives, the state has realigned its approach to certain drug crimes. By changing the way the state treats drug crimes, it can eliminate incarceration as a possible result of conviction on low-level, non-violent crimes. In addition, the decriminalization of marijuana opens up additional possibilities for people who have a record of previous convictions related to marijuana possession.

The state is not so forgiving when drug crimes involve other substances, like opioids like heroin, methamphetamine and prescription pills. When you face charges for drug offenses, your best defense is an aggressive experienced attorney. Your attorney will fight hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who doesn’t want to 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/embezzlement case.

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Murder Indictment in Rapper's Death
Murder Indictment in Rapper’s Death
A grand jury indicted a suspect in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. According to prosecutors, the suspect shot the rapper to death and wounded two other people. The shooting took place outside of Hussle’s clothing store. Nipsey Hussle was the name used by the Grammy-nominated artist. His legal name was Ermias Asghedom.

The suspect now faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of assault with a firearm. He also faces one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Following the unsealing of the indictment, the man pleaded not guilty to the charges. The grand jury examination means that prosecutors can proceed directly to trial. Alternately, the man would have faced a preliminary hearing on the evidence. Prosecutors initially charged the suspect on April 4, 2019.

The suspect allegedly shot Hussle in South Los Angeles outside of The Marathon Clothing Store on March 31. Investigators believe the shooting resulted from a dispute between the two men. Two other men who were with Hussle at the time of the shooting, received non-serious injuries. Authorities arrested the man two days later in Bellflower. He remains jailed in lieu of a bond of more than $6.5M.

Los Angeles murder attorney


First-degree homicide is the most serious charge you can face under California law. When you face these charges, hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide defense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Even though California Governor Gavin Newsome has placed a moratorium on executions, there is no suspension of the death penalty in California. Judges and juries can still sentence prisoners to death.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive defense attorney by your side in court. An experienced attorney will work hard to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Your attorney can also work to get damaging evidence against you suppressed. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself.

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

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Antitrust Case Nets Guilty Plea
Antitrust Case Nets Guilty Plea
A former salesman for a North Carolina furniture firm pleaded guilty to antitrust violations in federal court in Charleston, NC. Prosecutors had accused the man of rigging bids for furnishings for US embassies around the world.

The man provided a federal employee with inducements to award contracts to the man’s firm. Those inducements included meals and entertainment tickets to concerts and ballets. The man admitted that he had received information regarding competing bids prior to receiving the contract from the State Department.

Prosecutors said that the man gained a competitive advantage over at least three other bidders in the scheme. The man, who previously worked for Bernhardt Furniture Co., of Lenoir, NC. In addition to receiving bid information, the man also received design plans. Using the information, he constructed a highly competitive bid.

When he returns to court, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The judge could also impose another three years of supervised release following the incarceration period. The State Department’s Office of the Inspector general initiated the investigation into the bids after finding irregularities in the process.

Los Angeles antitrust lawyer


When you face federal charges for an antitrust violation, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and takes federal cases in any US circuit. Additionally, he takes state level antitrust cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Antitrust laws provide both civil and criminal penalties. Criminal antitrust violations include bid rigging, price fixing and market allocation schemes. Any anticompetitive practice is subject to federal and state antitrust laws.

Many federal defendants assume that their only option in federal court is to plead guilty. With the right attorney and the right strategy, it is possible to prevail against federal prosecutors. Sometimes, the evidence is overwhelming and a guilty plea may be your best option, but it shouldn’t be your primary strategy.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for your 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 antitrust/identity theft case.

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Sex Crimes Plea From Youth Basketball Coach
Sex Crimes Plea From Youth Basketball Coach
A former Santa Clarita basketball coach pleaded no contest last month to sex crimes involving children. The plea included nine felony counts including lewd acts on a child and sexual battery. As part of the deal, it’s likely that the man will serve nine years in state prison.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives began investigating the man last year after a victim came forward. During the investigation, police located an additional eight victims. According to police, the incidents dated back to 2008 and the victims were between 14 and 17 at the time of the incidents.

Prosecutors say that the man molested the boys at their homes under the guise of delivering physical therapy treatments. The man gained access to the boys through local high school basketball programs. He also worked to gain the trust of the boys’ parents. The man also persuaded the parents to allow him to offer private coaching sessions to improve their game skills.

Investigators have not identified all of the schools where the man worked, but he did formerly coach at West Ranch High School, Canyon High School and Trinity Classical Academy. Prosecutors have said that none of the assaults happened on school grounds.

Los Angeles sex crimes attorney


When you face charges for sexual offenses, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense.

Sex crimes convictions can have a lifelong impact on you. Most sex offense convictions require lifetime registration on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. This potentially limits where you can live and work. Despite state court rulings to the contrary, many localities still attempt to enforce illegal ordinances that attempt to dictate where you can live and who you can live with.

An experienced, aggressive attorney can help you fight the sexual offense charges against you, and potentially get them reduced or dropped. Many attorneys don’t want to defend people accused of sexual offenses. This results in weak defenses and poor outcomes in court for those accused.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. M 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 suspected arrested at Los Angeles airport
Securities fraud suspected arrested at Los Angeles airport
Authorities arrested a man suspected of securities fraud at the Los Angeles International Airport. He now faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The man’s sister also faces charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors in New York say the siblings orchestrated a massive cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme. Known as OneCoin, the fraud purported to be a multi-billion-dollar cryptocurrency company. In reality it was nothing but a scam.

Investigators say that the pair initiated the scam in 2014 and enticed investors to give the company their money. OneCoin investors received commissions for recruiting other investors into the scam. According to the FBI, between late 2014 and 2016, the conspirators amassed more than $3B in investor funds. Emails between one defendant and an unnamed co-conspirator show that the writer understood that their commission model was unsustainable. It also directly appealed to “greedy” investors. The defendant also claimed to be able to manipulate the exchange to change the cryptocurrency’s worth.

Initially, the sister ran the fraud, but she disappeared in 2017 and remains out of custody. At that time, the brother took over the company’s operations. He traveled worldwide soliciting investors in the OneCoin scheme. The company itself is based in Bulgaria, and the defendants are Russian citizens. The pair perpetuated the fraud by providing investors with phony documentation about the currency’s actual worth.

The fraud gained the attention of law enforcement agencies around the world. While the brother remains jailed in the United States, authorities continue to look for his sister.

Los Angeles Securities fraud lawyer


When you face charges for irregularities in the sales of securities, hire an experienced securities fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes cases in state courts in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Securities fraud cases can be very complex. Proper defense may require the use of financial experts who can testify on your behalf. Sometimes, the prosecutor’s case against you is overwhelming, and an acquittal is not a possibility. When that’s your circumstance, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will work hard to get selected charges against you reduced or dropped. This can help reduce the impact of a conviction on you and limit the judge’s sentence.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced lawyer for this kind of help. 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 Plea Lands LA Man In Prison
Embezzlement Plea Lands LA Man In Prison
A Los Angeles man will spend 6 years in federal prison for embezzlement following a guilty plea. The sentence represents the first of several expected in a scheme involving a Houston construction project.

According to federal prosecutors, the nine co-conspirators submitted fake invoices to the Beck Group for a building renovation project. One of the participants, a Houston man, served as the construction manager for the project in 2016 and 2017. He approved the phony invoices from the shell companies, which the general contractor then paid.

The Los Angeles man created shell companies to submit invoices for products and services. Following payment, the men shifted payment proceeds to themselves and the other conspirators. In addition, they received kickbacks from the other conspirators. The conspirators provided nothing of value to the project. All of the co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to the scheme.

According to prosecutors, the conspirators submitted phony invoices totaling $3.4M for non-existent work on a luxury hotel redevelopment project. The general contractor completed the hotel rehabilitation project, using federal funds from a controversial immigration program, in 2017. Prior to the redevelopment project, the building in downtown Houston, had been abandoned.

The remaining co-conspirators will return to court in the following weeks for sentencing. They could face as much as 20 years in prison and maximum fines of $6.8M.

Los Angeles Embezzlement Attorney


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

Embezzlement is primarily a financial crime of opportunity. When the alleged theft involves federal funds, the prosecution can be brutal. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney in court.

While federal laws do have significant penalties, an experienced criminal defense attorney can sometimes get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, the experienced attorney will work toward the best possible outcome for the client. Positive outcomes could include reduced sentences and/or reduced fines.

Don’t settle for an inexperienced 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 embezzlement case.

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Identity theft conviction for Northridge man
Identity theft conviction for Northridge man
A jury found a Northridge man guilty of a slew of charges, including identity theft, fraud and conspiracy. Jurors convicted the man of all 51 counts he faced as the leader of a theft operation.

According to federal prosecutors, the man and his conspirators used stolen Social Security numbers to apply for and get credit. They also used stolen information to open shell corporations, bank accounts and get loans. Additionally, the conspirators purchased homes and cars.

Conspirators sought loans on cars that they had already shipped overseas. Additionally, the group persuaded some merchants to participate in the scheme. Merchants allowed conspirators to withdraw money through Point-of-Sale transactions. In addition, the leader reported no income whatsoever to the IRS between 2009 and 2017.

When authorities initially attempted to arrest him in Atlanta, he fled to a home he owned in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They later took the man into custody there. Authorities then searched the man’s home in Northridge and two Los Angeles area storage units. During the search, investigators found stolen Social Security numbers, identity documents and dozens of fraudulent credit cards.

The man will return to federal court on August 5 for sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of more than 1,000 years in prison.

Northridge identity theft attorney


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

Federal prosecutors are well resourced and can stack up an impossible number of charges against you. This is enough to scare any defendant! Often, defendants choose to plead guilty rather than face the uncertain outcome of a trial. With an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side, it is possible to successfully defend yourself.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that a guilty plea is your best move. 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 investigation dropped against Rick Schroder
Domestic violence investigation dropped against Rick Schroder
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will not pursue domestic violence charges against actor Rick Schroder. Police arrested the actor on May 1, after Schroder’s girlfriend reported an assault.

According to police, Schroder’s girlfriend called 911 to report that the actor had punched her. Police dispatched deputies to the scene, but the woman became uncooperative with them. She refused to tell deputies what happened and would not allow them to take pictures. During the 911 call, she told the operator that Schroder had punched her in the face. The following day, the woman told investigators that she believed Schroder hit her accidentally after she startled him while he slept. At the time of the incident, she claimed that Schroder was under the influence of Ambien and alcohol.

This is the second time Schroder has been arrested for domestic violence. According to investigators, they arrested Schroder last month for an incident his girlfriend described as “a big misunderstanding.”

In evaluating the case, the District Attorney’s Office acknowledged that moving forward with the case would have been difficult. The victim was non-cooperative and allegedly under the influence of alcohol when the event occurred.

Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer


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

This case demonstrates the difficulty you can encounter in a domestic assault case. Often victims and witnesses don’t want to cooperate with police or the District Attorney. People may find themselves in challenging domestic situations, and misunderstandings do occur. When you find yourself facing charges, your best strategy is to hire a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney to represent 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.

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

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

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

Lancaster DUI attorney


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

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

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

Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you don’t have any defense options. Instead, work with an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.

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