Hollywood Murder Suspect Receives Death Penalty
Hollywood Murder Suspect Receives Death Penalty
A man convicted in two Hollywood murder cases received the death penalty. Michael Gargiulo, known as the “Hollywood Ripper” will join about 750 other California Death Row inmates.

Authorities accused Gargiulo of killing and mutilating two Southern California women and attacking a third. He attacked all of the women in their homes. Gargiulo is also expected to face murder charges in Illinois in the death of a woman there. Family members found the Illinois victim stabbed to death on the steps of her family’s home in 1993.

Prosecutors contend that Gargiulo murdered his first California victim in 2001, and a second woman in El Monte in 2005. He attacked a third woman in her Santa Monica home in 2008, but cut himself during the knife attack. Authorities were able to identify Gargiulo through evidence left at the scene of the last attack. The Santa Monica victim survived the attack.

Gargiulo lived close to all of the victims and stalked them prior to attacking them. Investigators arrested him shortly after the Santa Monica attack, but have only recently been able to bring the man to trial. A number of legal maneuvers and combined with several attorney changes prevented the trial from moving forward.

The jury heard the case and convicted the man in August. They recommended a death sentence last month, during the penalty phase of the man’s trial.

Hollywood murder lawyer


When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. During his three-and-a-half decades of defense practice, he has represented thousands of Californians.

Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. As this case illustrates, the state still applies the death penalty, even though it is not currently conducting executions. In California, about 750 people sit on Death Row, and the state adds more people every year.

Your best defense in any criminal case is to hire a top-rated defender. Robert Helfend’s first priority will be 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.

Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that you have no 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 murder case.

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Sex crimes arrest follows Moorpark drug bust
Sex crimes arrest follows Moorpark drug bust
Authorities in Ventura County arrested a man for sex crimes following his arrest last month. Investigators initially contacted the man while they were following up on potential narcotics trafficking.

During that investigation, detectives found evidence that the man was engaged in sexual activity with underage females. The man now faces charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a child under 18 and possession or control of child pornography.

In August, Ventura County authorities arrested the same man on narcotics-related charges. At that time, authorities were investigating the man’s drug sales to minors. He remains free on a $50,000 bail, but faces numerous charges and the revocation of his probation.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


When you face charges related to sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. MRHM has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes sex offense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Convictions for sexual offenses can literally affect you for the rest of your life. They can control where you live, what you do for a living and who you can associate with. They can also impact the way you use a computer, your ability to cross the border and other simple things. Most sex offense convictions will require lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. As a registered sex offender, local authorities will subject you to “compliance checks” regularly. If you are out of compliance with registration rules, you could return to prison.

Your best defense is an experienced sex crimes lawyer who can help you through the judicial process. Mr. Helfend does not judge clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

A conviction for sexual offenses will follow you around for the rest of your life, regardless of the circumstances. Don’t settle for inexperience, or make a plea deal you’ll regret later. Work with a top-rated defense attorney and see what a difference Robert Helfend can make in 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.

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Securities Fraud Charge Snares US Congressman
Securities Fraud Charge Snares US Congressman
Chris Collins, a US representative from New York, resigned after federal authorities charged him with securities fraud. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to investigators following his resignation.

Voters in New York’s 27th District returned Collins to office by a narrow margin in November 2018 despite the indictment. Previously, Congressman Collins had pleaded not guilty to the charges and said he intended to fight them. Authorities announced that they intended to pursue additional charges against Collins.

Following that disclosure, Collins changed his plea and resigned from his office. The additional charges would have included securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A judge could have sentenced him to 20 years on each of those charges, if he were convicted.

The charges stem from advance information the Congressman received regarding a failed clinical trial for an Australian pharmaceutical company. Collins had previously sat on the company’s Board of Directors. He passed the information to his son, who sold thousands of shares of stock before the company announced the failure. Through the stock sale, the son avoided nearly $600,000 in losses.

The House Office of Congressional Ethics previously targeted Collins in a probe of his conduct in 2017. Investigators there concluded that Collins may have violated House ethics rules in that case.

When he returns to court, Mr. Collins could face a sentence of as much as 10 years in federal prison.

Los Angeles securities fraud attorney


When you face charges related to investment fraud or insider trading, hire an experienced securities fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Federal prosecutors fight aggressively for convictions, so your best defense is to fight back aggressively. Many federal defendants believe that their best deal is a plea bargain. That might be true in some cases, but it’s not always the case! When you have a top-rated defender on your side, you can be sure that you’re getting the best advice and counsel on 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 For Suzuki Accountant
Embezzlement Charge For Suzuki Accountant
A former accountant for Suzuki Motors of America faces embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing $1.8M from the company. According to investigators, the woman worked for the company between 2012 and 2017 in the accounting department.

Almost immediately after she began working at the company, she started depositing money into her personal accounts. She falsified documents to hide the thefts. The company fired her in 2017, when allegations of the thefts surfaced. Authorities in Orange County spent more than a year investigating the case. They arrested her last month at her home.

She faces 89 charges of embezzlement. Suzuki Motors of America sued both the woman and her husband in civil court last year. The case, which was settled, is scheduled to be dismissed in 2024 as part of the agreement. The civil case does not affect the criminal charges pending against the woman.

Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer


When you face charges related to theft from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of criminal defense experience. During that time, he has defended thousands of Californians in both state and federal courts.

Embezzlement is most often a crime of opportunity. The victims’ first priority is to be made whole. Although a long prison sentence might be satisfying from the standpoint of justice, it doesn’t help the victim achieve the goal of restoration.

Effective criminal defense attorneys know that defendants can best make restitution when they are free to work. They can’t do that when they are serving a long prison sentence.

If this describes you, your best defense is an experienced attorney who will fight for the best outcome for you. Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when you can have a top-rated defender on your side.

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 Conviction Sends Hawthorne Father To Jail
Fraud Conviction Sends Hawthorne Father To Jail
A fraud conviction will put a Hawthorne father in jail. Prosecutors accused the man of killing his two disabled sons in an insurance scam. According to investigators, the man drove his car into the Port of Los Angeles with his sons in the back seat.

The federal jury found the man guilty of guilty of mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He attempted to collect on life insurance policies he had taken out on his children. The boys’ mother, who was in the car, testified that she could not swim. She was fearful when her husband accelerated the car toward the water.

Following the crash, the man swam to safety through an open window. Nearby fishermen rescued the wife by throwing her a floatation device.

Both sons had been diagnosed with autism. The father took out $7M in life insurance policies on the boys. At the time of the boys’ deaths, he had obtained 8 accidental death policies over the course of 8 months. According to his financial records, he made less than $30,000 annually, but paid $6,000 in premiums for the policies. He used some of the proceeds from the policies to buy land in Egypt and a boat.

The father had experienced financial difficulties prior to the incident and had declared bankruptcy. The mother, who is not a citizen, said her husband forced her to sign marriage papers to obtain legal status. State authorities have charged the father with murder and he is awaiting trial.
He faces up to 212 years in federal prison when he returns to court for sentencing.

Hawthorne Fraud Attorney


When you face charges for fraudulent activity, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in 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.

Fraud convictions can have a serious impact on your future. In addition to long prison sentences, a fraud conviction can make it difficult to rebuild your life.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when you can have a top-rated defender on your side.
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 Conviction Lands Court Hacker In Prison
Identity Theft Conviction Lands Court Hacker In Prison
A 33-year-old Texas resident will spend 12 years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft. The man allegedly hacked into the Los Angeles Superior Court system. The man sent millions of phishing emails designed to trick users into disclosing their banking and court information.

The court also ordered the man to serve three years of supervised release following incarceration and pay $50,000 in restitution. This is the second conviction related to this case. Robert Charles Nicholson, of Brooklyn, NY also pleaded guilty to his role in the scam.

Three additional defendants remain out of custody and outside the United States. Federal prosecutors accuse them of creating “phishing kits” for the defendant’s use.

According to testimony, the scam collected credentials and banking information from hundreds of LASC employees. Federal agents were able to track the suspicious activity to the defendant’s home in Katy, TX. During a search of the home, agents found a USB drive in the toilet, and a damaged laptop. Agents connected both devices to the defendant, and found stolen information on both devices.

Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer


When you face charges related to identity theft, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney 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.

Federal prosecutors are aggressive and unforgiving. To defend yourself in federal court, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. MMRH handles every case personally. He will not pass your case to a less experienced attorney.

Don’t settle for inexperience when you can have a top-rated defender on your side. 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 Latest Defense: Air Pollution?
Domestic Violence Latest Defense: Air Pollution?
A newly released study conducted by Colorado State University links domestic violence to air pollution. Study authors suggest that decreasing daily pollutants by 10% could save nearly $1.5B in crime-related costs annually.

Researchers used data from 2013-2016 to examine the impact of weather, wildfire smoke and other pollutants on crime rates. The data originated from the EPA, NOAA, Oregon State and the FBI.

Researchers examined micropollutants – those particles smaller than 2.5µm, and ozone – in nearly 400 counties in the United States. Using the data, researchers correlated changes in the crime rate with changes in the local pollution count. According to researchers, they associated a 10% increase in micropollutants with a 0.14% increase in assaults. They also correlated a 10% increase in ozone exposure to a 0.3% increase in violent crimes.

The CSU researchers noted that the change in daily pollutant exposure had a pronounced effect on domestic assaults. Lower temperatures exacerbated the connection between pollution and crime. The data revealed that assaultive behavior began to rise well before pollution reached current EPA air-quality standards.

Rising pollution levels had no discernible impact on property crime rates.

Los Angeles domestic violence attorney


When you face charges for domestic assault, hire an experienced Los Angeles domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He is a top-rated defender and takes domestic abuse cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

While California leads the nation in pollution control standards, an “air quality” defense probably won’t get you very far. When you face spousal abuse charges, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you and your family.

In many cases, the victim of a domestic assault doesn’t want to press charges. Investigators may pressure the victim to file an assault complaint anyway. California law makes it difficult to withdraw a domestic assault complaint without risk to complainant. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.

Don’t settle for a flimsy defense and don’t assume that a plea bargain is in your best interest. 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 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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