If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Van Nuys, it’s important to have a California criminal defense attorney who will do everything it takes to defend your rights and freedom. 

As a Southern California defense attorney with over 30 years of experience, Robert M. Helfend has successfully defended clients in over 4,000 criminal cases. From misdemeanor drug charges to sex crimes, homicide and Federal crimes, Mr. Helfend applies his extensive legal knowledge to every case and lends his dedicated and careful attention to every client.  

Robert M. Helfend has been rated as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in California, representing clients in Van Nuys and throughout the Los Angeles area. He has been named a Lead Counsel Attorney, an Expert Network Distinguished Attorney, a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorney, a SuperLawyers Rated attorney, and an Expertise.com Top Attorney. 

Your peace of mind depends on knowing that your defense attorney is dedicated to working for you. Mr. Helfend prioritizes communicating with his clients about their rights and options throughout the legal process and helping to put their minds at ease during what is often a stressful and anxious time. 

When you’re choosing a defense attorney to represent you in a Van Nuys criminal case, you want someone whose record of successful case outcomes and satisfied clients speaks for itself. Call today for your free case evaluation – 800-834-6434.

Experienced criminal defense in Van Nuys

If you or someone you love has been arrested in Van Nuys, it is never too soon to contact a defense attorney who can help you navigate the intimidating and often-confusing legal process. As an attorney with extensive experience navigating the San Fernando Valley criminal and judicial system, Robert M. Helfend can assist you every step of the way.

If someone is arrested in Van Nuys, they will most likely be taken to the Van Nuys Jail, which is located within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Community Police Station at:

6240 Sylmar Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91401

The Van Nuys Jail serves as a holding facility for both men and women who are arrested by either the LAPD or California Highway Patrol. Once someone is booked in the Van Nuys Jail, they will usually remain there until they

  • Post bail
  • Are released on their own recognizance
  • Are taken to court for arraignment

Arraignments are typically held within 2 days of a defendant’s arrest at which point the judge will either continue the arraignment or set a pre-trial hearing. If an inmate is not able to be released on their own recognizance, can’t post bail, or is convicted they will typically be transferred to a larger Los Angeles County facility. 

Obtaining information about an inmate in Van Nuys

If your loved one is detained in the Van Nuys jail, a defense attorney can obtain information about their case and help you to determine the next best course of action. If you know the inmate’s full legal name and/or booking number, you can also obtain information about them the following ways:

  • Call the Van Nuys Jail at (818) 374-9645
  • Call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department inmate information line at (213) 473-6100
  • Visit the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department inmate information website https://app5.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm 

Posting bail at the Van Nuys jail

When a defendant is arrested, the court will designate an amount of money that must be paid to release the defendant from jail that will assure the court that the defendant will attend their required court appearances after their release. That amount of money is what is known as the defendant’s “bail.” The bail amount will vary based on the alleged crime(s).

Anyone can post bail on behalf of an inmate. Bail can be paid directly to the Van Nuys Police Station any time, 24/7. If you choose to post bail on an inmate’s behalf, the Van Nuys Jail accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Bail bonds: The most common way to post bail is through a bail bond because you are only required to pay 10% of the bail amount as opposed to the full amount. That 10% will be paid as a fee to the bail bondsman and will not be refunded to you. However, if the defendant makes all their court appearances, you will not be required to pay the remainder of the bail. If the defendant fails to make their court appearances, you will be responsible for paying the remaining amount to the bondsman. 
  • Cash bail: If you post cash bail, you must pay the full amount upfront after which the inmate will be released to await arraignment. However, if the defendant makes all their court appearances, the full amount will be returned to you upon the conclusion of the case.
  • Cashier’s check: Posting bail with a cashier’s check is like cash bail in that you must pay the full amount. If you post a defendant’s bail by cashier’s check, it may take several hours or even up to a few days before they are released (depending on the day and time that the bail is posted) since the funds must be verified. 
  • Money order: If you post a defendant’s bail by money order, it must be for the entire bail amount.

After an inmate has been released on bail, it is possible to have the bail amount reduced or eliminated. This can only be done through a bail hearing which is scheduled by a Van Nuys criminal defense attorney. As soon as bail has been posted, if you haven’t already contacted an attorney, it is essential that you do so right away.

Contacting and visiting an inmate at the Van Nuys jail

A Van Nuys criminal defense attorney is allowed to visit an inmate in the Van Nuys Jail 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. However, inmates are not allowed to receive incoming calls or mail at the facility. As soon as an inmate is booked at the jail, they are allowed 30 minutes to an hour to make free local phone calls to contact family, contact an attorney, or arrange bail. 

Inmates are also allowed up to 15 minutes of visitation from one guest a day, seven days a week, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. 

Your dedicated Van Nuys criminal defense attorney

Depending on the severity of the allegations you or your loved one are facing, a criminal conviction or criminal record can have far reaching consequences for the rest of your life. Finding a defense attorney who will fight for your rights is an essential step in working to protect your future. Robert M. Helfend and his legal team will be there to advocate for you throughout the legal process, no matter the charges or allegations that have been brought against you. You deserve a dedicated attorney whose only priority is achieving the best possible outcome for you. 

Robert M. Helfend’s practice is based in Los Angeles County, serving clients in Van Nuys and throughout Southern California. Whether you’re facing charges for a minor infraction, white-collar crime, violent crime or anything in between, Robert M. Helfend is prepared to take your case. 

Facing potential jail time, fines or other consequences can be frightening. With Robert M. Helfend and his dedicated staff representing you, you can feel confident that you have an experienced legal team aggressively defending your rights. Call today for your free case evaluation – 800-834-6434.