LA Defense Attorney Robert Helfend Secures Dismissal In Drug Case

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District attorney drops charges after illegal search, arrest.

Robert M. Helfend, Attorney at Law

Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend has successfully secured a dismissal for a client who had been arrested and charged with Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance. Mr. Helfend sought the dismissal of charges against his client from the Los Angeles Superior Court, case number GA085681, after California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records showed that the arresting agency made contradictory statements regarding the circumstances of the client's arrest.

"My client was arrested after he had decided not to complete a previously arranged drug transaction," says Mr. Helfend. "The arresting agency searched my client's vehicle and found one pound of methamphetamine."

The Court and the District Attorney concluded that the search and arrest were illegal after Mr. Helfend elicited contradictory statements from the arresting officer concerning his client's detention. Further, Mr. Helfend explains, the arresting agency's records of the incident did not support the officer's version of the events that led up to his client's arrest.

"Once we asked for transcripts of the Deputy's radio transmissions and records of the traffic stop made on the Deputy's mobile computer, it became clear that the agency's own records and those of the DMV did not support the Deputy's version of the events of that day. We filed a motion to suppress the evidence found during the search of my client's vehicle, and were able to get the charges against my client dismissed.

Mr. Helfend says that making sure that all of the assertions presented by an arresting agency align with the records of an event is an essential element of criminal defense. "Having records that didn't support the Deputy's versions of the event enabled us to persuade the District Attorney and the Court that my client's arrest was illegal and that the search of his vehicle was tainted as a result. Without the evidence secured during the search, the DA was unable to proceed to trial in this case."

About Robert M. Helfend
Robert M. Helfend is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, CA. His primary office is located at 22337 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 309 in Malibu. He also has offices in Century City, Beverly Hills and Van Nuys. His practice provides federal criminal defense services nationwide, and California state criminal defense services for clients in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Mr. Helfend is a graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1984.

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