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Robert Michael Helfend

Criminal defense Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.6   16 reviews

About Robert

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Focus exclusively on State and Federal Criminal Defense.

    38 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Federal crime
    50%
    Focus exclusively on State and Federal Criminal Defense.

    38 years, 500 cases

Licensed for 38 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1984
Updated 09/09/2022

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Robert M. Helfend Attorney At Law
13101 Washington Blvd., Suite 464
Los Angeles, CA, 90066

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Nancy | May 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in California
Robert Helfend Is by far the best attorney I have ever hired. I have hired other attorney's in the past, but what impressed me most about Mr. Helfend was that he was very confident about getting me the best outcome, I didn't even think I could get. He was very straight forward and told me what to expect every step of the way. He knew the judges, the prosecutors and most importantly he knows the law. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again if needed. I recommend him to friends and family and I am so thankful for his work ethics, he goes above and beyond for his clients. And he is really humorous and had me laughing throughout a very stressful time in my life, I was charged with multiple felonies for identity theft and he got the case dismissed just recently in March 2022. I hired him for two federal indictments for my fiance who is currently not serving any prison time for federal identity theft, charged, back to back. Mr. Helfend did the impossible and got him out of Federal prison. Who does that???? Again I can not say enough about this wonderful, knowledgeable man. I am forever grateful and I will never forget. Respectfully Nancy Cuellar
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2021
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Amazing experience
5 stars for Robert's professionalism and knowledge of the law. He goes the extra mile for his clients and gets the job done
Posted by Jalleh | November 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Ok so where do I begin? You think you do the 'right' things when you are dealing with a cybercrime/ID theft/bank fraud. But turned out I did not. Mistakenly I thought I had done 'everything' correctly only to be confronted with charges with the very same things I was almost victimized with the first time. Long story short? I was scared and horrified beyond belief that I had to deal with being turned from a victim into perpetrator as I had found a court summons in my mail one day of the very same allegations that a yr before before I had fought against. I almost been turned into a victim for this incident that I thought I had put to rest. Like anybody seeking this type of help, I did a ton of research and found Mr. Helfend and actually had a recommendation for him (my cousin is a lawyer and knew him by reputation and said hire this guy) For six months I didn't know what was going to happen to me as to what my fate was going to be. Even though Mr Helfend offered me consolation of what could happen, what he was doing, who he was talking to etc. But still, there are weird parts of your brain that can take over with thoughts that nagged me as to what could happen as to what my fate would be. He was 'incredibly' patient as time passed as the 'system' almost failed me on an epic level. As he had dealt with the courts, who disregarded the evidence I already had, He forced my accusers to acknowledge that I had evidence already which he submitted for me when I gave it too him and that I had fought back and then some, of which he did the same for me as my accusers vainly adhered to the charges that were brought against me, which were found out have distorted sentences/words and false facts that were brought forth by a 2nd party. In the end I thank him for helping me retain my sanity and is truly a saint among us mortals that has a passion for fighting for people who are innocent of crimes and the allegations that are brought against them and actually found 'extra' evidence (that I didn't know about that supported my innocence that I didn't know existed) to support what I already had and still questioned my accusers 'every' step of the way when they tried to refute every little thing. So long story short? I was ultimately found innocent. This man is also a saint for the patience he had, for knowing the frustration, fear and the insanity I was feeling and I will never forget that. What more can you ask for than a person who has serious passion for what he does? Only great person at what he does for living with a gift for this type of knowledge and will fight to the bitter end. If there was some way that this website could give someone a 10 star rating on this site I would, but I'll be content with a 5 star rating.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2020
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Case Never Even Filed and Completely Dismissed
I had an unfortunate encounter in a solicitation case and Robert did a truly masterful job of getting the case dismissed before it was even filed with the judge and then subsequently was successful at getting my record sealed which is pretty challenging to do given my court case wasn’t even taken before a judge but he was able to pull it off and I am eternally grateful for all of his help. As I’m sure you know these situations are tremendously stressful and I had a lot of questions given I had never previously been in trouble with the law and Robert did a wonderful job of holding my hand through this process and walking me through all the steps and giving me confidence that this matter would go away. I had called around to a number of places initially and a lot of these intake centers like to use scare tactics to get you to sign up with them but Robert was calm, straight forward and transparent and that honesty and “bed-side manner” carried through after hiring him as well. Very competent guy and will go to bat for you. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Sharline | August 20, 2019
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Thank You Attorney Robert Helfend
I am in Awe of Attorney Robert Helfend. Attorney Helfend changed my family's life. Because of Attorney Helfend my son will graduate from CSUN in December 2019. Before meeting Attorney Helfend my family's spirits had almost been broken by the words of those in the public defenders office.After Nine months of the public defender's office giving no good outcome a miracle happened. Attorney Helfend stuck with us,fought for us and gave us back our hope.From the moment I met Attorney Helfend. I knew it! A direct man with heart. Attorney Helfend never let us give hope.We got stronger. Five months later my son was freed. Attorney Helfend is a force to be reckoned with. We can never repay Attorney Helfend. I hope Attorney Robert Helfend will attend my Son's graduation. So much Thankfulness and Love I send to Attorney Robert Helfend and all of his family.
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Posted by Mark | March 7, 2019
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Came through AGAIN!
I am FORTUNATE to have known Attorney Robert Helfend for over 25 years. UNFORTUNATELY for ME, I required his services 25 years ago because I got myself into trouble with a violent, (now ex)-wife. After posting bail, I was LUCKY to select Attorney Helfend from a dizzying array of attorneys (in the then “Yellow Pages”- remember, 25 years ago). I telephoned his office and was treated cordially and with respect when requesting his representation. I hired Mr. Helfend without hesitation. When I did meet with Attorney Helfend, he was a confident, no nonsense young man- and I was very impressed with his demeanor as well. If you ever find yourself in the position I was facing, you will comprehend the gravity of the importance of the aggressive confidence Attorney Helfend presented. This is EXTREMELY important in an attorney. NOT arrogance, NOT wishy-washy, or ill prepared (as I have had some experience with in a civil case in which I lost). Under Attorney Helfend’s guidance & leadership, we prevailed in my criminal case with a ruling of exoneration, case dismissed. Fast-forward 25 years, and no further brushes with the law; I was interested in exercising my 2nd Amendment right to purchase a firearm. Pursuing due diligence, I submitted a PFEC (personal firearm eligibility check) to the California DOJ. To my horror and dismay, I got a reply stating I was “ineligible” to purchase or possess. Anyone who has had to deal with the California DOJ, knows this to be an undesirable endeavor... red tape, bureaucracy, and delays. I quickly submitted an inquiry of my criminal record to the FBI and the results indicated no reason for the “ineligible” status. No convictions- which was accurate. I then realized I found myself in a similar situation as 25 years ago. I needed an attorney. You shouldn’t be surprised that my FIRST thought was of Attorney Helfend. Thankfully, I found he was still practicing law in the area and I called to discuss my case. He quickly returned my call and we began strategizing a plan of attack. Admittedly, Attorney Helfend’s forte is criminal law, but it is his wisdom and calculating talent that provided a path to an excellent resolution of my 2nd Amendment status from “ineligible” to “eligible” with the California DOJ. Since then, I have successfully, legally, made 2 separate firearm purchases, with no issues what-so-ever. It feels good to be treated as a citizen with ALL my U.S. Constitutional rights. I am forever indebted to Attorney Robert Helfend. Thank you Sir.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
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Thanks Robert
Mr helfend he is a great lawyer ,well known in the courts .he saved my life ..he reduced my charge from DV to disturbing the peace and if i hired him working on my case from the beginning i know my case will be dismissed...im an immigrant and he saved me from deportation he was working professionally and he knows what he is doing exactly..following my immigration lawer to see what he can do for me to stay here ..he will be my lawer forever ..thank u so much robert again ..high recommended attorney
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
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Direct and Honest
Robert Helfend represented my case from start to end. He literally drove out to meet with me in person several times and handled my case in a very professional manner in which he always told me the truth and what to expect. Several years ago, I made a mistake and was willing to face my penalties but not without professional help. Since I have never broken any laws, this was my first time offence. Robert Helfend was able to keep me out of prison, and pro-long the case enough for me to make proper arrangements. At the end I pleaded guilty and instead of serving years of prison time, I was given the following: 1. One year of "in-house" jail which is a local community near my home where I was able to continue to go to work but live at this apartment looking complex 2. make restitution payments back to company I took from 3. of course 3 years probation 4. eligible for felony to be reduce to misdemeanor upon all conditions met especially paying back all restitution. I followed all the court obligations and after three years Robert Helfend represented me again for my pen code 1203.4 and got my sentence reduce from felony to misdemeanor. Although I hope I never ever need another criminal attorney, I cannot imagine what life could have been without his help. Thank you Robert Helfend best regards, LC
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Posted by Steve | September 26, 2016
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Hiring Rob was the best decision I ever did. Highly recommend !!
I dropped my old "soft" criminal attorney and upgraded to HELFEND. Rob was confident from the very beginning all the way to the end. He met with me, heard my side, and quickly assessed a brighter future for me. He gave me hope Vs. my last attorney who depressed me. You can definitely see the years of experience behind everything he does and in the way he speaks with others on behalf of you. He kicks ass !! Best part about Rob was his humor. The guy is funny. He's actually a pretty cool dude on a personal level. Always smiling and in control. Great attorney overall. Highly recommend. No complaints. He reduced my charge big time. Reduced to the lowest misdemeanor of a different category. No violence on my record in the end. Had a small court fee and anger management classes. Soooo glad I hired him. It could have been so much worse. Maybe even 1 -2 years in jail.
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Posted by Pat | March 11, 2015
Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
Robert Helfend is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I've ever worked with. He was so knowledgeable, and always made sure I understood everything every step of the way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants an understanding, caring, and truly helpful lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2015
A Fantastic Criminal Defense Lawyer
Robert was my criminal defense lawyer in a traffic case. Having never being involved in anything like this before, Robert continuously reassured me that everything would work out and that he was working hard to get the case settled in my favor. Robert is a straight shooter, easy to talk to, and really takes care of his clients inside and outside the courtroom. Ultimately my case was dismissed, thanks to Robert’s great work.
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Posted by Pete | October 14, 2014
Saved my bacon!
Mr. Helfend absolutely saved my bacon. After finding myself charged with fraud, I was terrified. I have never been introduced to the legal system from this side before, and it was unsettling. However, Robert was able to calm me down and help me figure out my situation. He even got the case dropped before trial! I don't want to be in another situation where I need a criminal defense lawyer, but if I ever am, I know who I will call! :D
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2014
A Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
Robert Helfend was such a helpful attorney! I wouldn't have ever made it through my marijuana possession case without him. He really took time to understand my case, and find all of the evidence he needed to get me acquitted. I highly recommend him for and criminal defense case!
Posted by Molly | June 30, 2014
Robert M. Helfend is a great DUI attorney.
Robert M. Helfend helped me get through my legal struggles in a very reliable and thorough way when I was wrongfully charged with a DUI. Thanks to him, I have a clean record today because I was properly defended. I highly recommend Robert M, Helfend, criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Javier | July 26, 2015
He lost my case.
I was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on cop.He not only took my money but,didn't inform me that my case had the terms of 3 to 5 years imprisonment,the low 3 years the mid with 4 years and the high 5 years .Not only did he not tell me of this but lied about getting me off on a program,he just took my money's wouldn't recommend this guy to any one .Do you research on attorneys for your benefit.
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Posted by Kenestta | May 24, 2017
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GUILTY,BUT UNSATISFIED
I found this guy on the internet,i also did my homework on him..Like others my story wasnt so happy. I take full responsibility for my crime BUT.....this guy had me depressed,then happy,then depressed and so fourth..he told me everything we be ok and that he would get me 6 months house arrest. In all reality he bought time till my oldest was 18 yrs of age so that she may care for my kids while i was in custody..When it was time for court i didnt see or hear a Fight in him nor a Defense. I paid what he asked for when i couldve just had a public defender..Since ive bern out of custody i have yet been able to reach him nor get a returned phone call. Im glad to read and see that most of you were satisfied with his profession.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2019
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2018
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
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  • Lead Counsel
  • 2013
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as an experienced, knowledgeable, and ethical attorney. He is a credit to his area of law. He knows the subject matter and stays current on new developments in the jurisdiction."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Helfend is a highly experienced and knowledgeable attorney. He uses his experience and knowledge to get great results for his clients, and I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rob for a number of years now. I'm not exactly sure how he does it but he is always pulling rabbits out of hats and achieving unbelievably amazing results for his clients that are charged with serious felonies. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A highly experienced lawyer with the knowledge, experience and professionalism to handle the most complex criminal cases. Highly recommended."
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Los Angeles Criminal defense Lawyer Robert Michael Helfend
Robert Michael Helfend
Criminal defense Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 38 years