Robert M. Helfend is a distinguished California criminal defense attorney with offices in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Ventura. With over thirty-four years of experience, Mr. Helfend concentrates his practice on federal and state crimes, including, but not limited to, homicides, sex offenses, child pornography, drug trafficking, embezzlement, and domestic violence. He has been recognized as a top 100 trial attorney by the National Trial Lawyers for his aggressive representation and innovative defense methods.
Though today Mr. Helfend is widely regarded as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in California, his journey to the top of his field took a circuitous path. He began his career in real estate only to be left bored and unfulfilled by his choice. As he describes, he switched to criminal defense because of his desire to make a difference in people’s lives:
In criminal defense, you have an opportunity to really help people through a very difficult and vulnerable time in their lives. Additionally, thorough hard work and honestly, you can achieve independence by running your own practice. Having my own law office, allowed me to practice law and raise a family at the same time. It was very important for me to be home every night in time to have dinner with my wife and kids. In many areas of law this is not possible.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Helfend went on to pursue his Juris Doctor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He graduated in 1983 and has been exclusively practicing criminal defense law ever since. Over the years, he has played an integral part in nearly 100 jury trials in Southern California, from child molestation to murder.
Today, Mr. Helfend runs a booming practice and maintains a reputation for honesty, integrity, and success. A fierce and highly skilled attorney, he personally represents the criminally accused at every stage of the legal process and passionately defends their rights in Court. With a focus on providing the most cutting-edge, hard-hitting defense tactics, Mr. Helfend’s clients can rest assured that everything possible will be done to achieve a positive outcome.
As a thought leader in his field, Mr. Helfend keeps his clients updated on prevailing trends and changes in criminal defense law through his free educational blog. Commenting on one development, in particular, he notes that California has liberalized prior marijuana-related convictions as well as a select few additional felonies, which has led to second chances for many of his clients:
With the legalization of marijuana, many people have the opportunity to get their felony criminal records reduced to misdemeanors and expunged. For example, prior marijuana distribution charges may now be misdemeanors. This will significantly impact clients of mine whose past convictions have made it difficult to acquire meaningful employment. There are additional drug possession and theft-related offenses which will qualify for a reduction to a misdemeanor and expungement as well.
After more than three decades dedicated to criminal defense, Mr. Helfend shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he hopes to continue doing what he does best: vehemently defending his clients' rights. Outside of the office, Mr. Helfend enjoys skiing, kiteboarding, and biking.
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