Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
A man already serving a life sentence in a California prison pleaded no contest to a 1985 Oxnard murder. Vincent Mackey, 54, was preparing for a trial involving the murder of Isabel Hernandez in 1985. Instead of proceeding to trial, he offered a no-contest plea in the case. According to prosecutors, DNA evidence collected at the time of the attack implicated Mackey.

Mackey broke into the apartment where Hernandez lived, raped her and stabbed her to death. The police could not identify a suspect, but they collected and preserved evidence from the scene. The Oxnard Police Department reactivated the investigation into Hernandez’ death in 2013, and tested the crime scene evidence.

In 2014, a computerized check of known felons produced a match between Mackey and the Oxnard crime scene. In 1987, a jury convicted Mackey of the murder of James Sprigg, Mackey’s employer. Mackey killed Sprigg less than a year after he murdered Hernandez. He received a life sentence with no possibility of parole in that case.

Because the prosecutor opted not to seek the death penalty, Mackey will receive another life sentence in the case. Mackey’s sentencing is set for April 20.

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In California, murder will put you at risk of receiving the death penalty. Because your life is on the line, you need an aggressive murder lawyer to defend you. Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in courtroom defense.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so his clients always receive the benefit of his extensive experience. Don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid criminal defense attorney, especially when your life is at risk.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Ventura
Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Ventura
Ventura police arrested a man suspected of domestic violence. A passerby attempted to intervene in the domestic dispute, and the suspect began to assault the man. Neighbors called police because of the altercation between the two men. Police found the passerby unconscious at the scene when they arrived.

According to witnesses, the suspect confronted the passerby about the dispute he’d witnessed. The suspect fled with the woman and an infant in a car before the police arrived.

While the police investigated the incident, the woman and the infant arrived at the Ventura County Medical Center. The woman sought treatment for assault injuries. Medical personnel transferred the infant to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police located the suspect the next day, and arrested him on suspicion of felony domestic violence. He also faces charges of witness intimidation, battery causing serious bodily injury and being a post-release offender. A judge set the suspect’s bail at $540,000.

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Domestic abuse charges are never simple. They often involve both the family and criminal court systems. You need experienced, aggressive and professional criminal representation, since one case may involve many different agencies. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He has served thousands of Californians in his nearly 35 years of practice. He takes domestic assault defense cases in Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. While you are a client, you’ll work directly with him as your attorney. You get the best possible representation in court because he does not pass any cases to less experienced attorneys. In a larger law firm, you’re likely to get less personal attention.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself against domestic abuse allegations, and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Attempted Murder Suspect Jailed in Santa Paula
Attempted Murder Suspect Jailed in Santa Paula
Santa Paula police arrested a local man on charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury to a cohabitant. Police responded to Las Piedras Park to investigate a report of an injured woman there. When they arrived, they discovered an 18-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman told police that the suspect became angry with her and struck her repeatedly. During the attack, she said he also attempted to choke her while the couple was sitting in a car. The victim told police that she believed that the suspect was going to kill her. Police located the suspect and arrested him in connection with the assault.

They booked him into the Ventura County Jail and held him on a bail of $505,000. He made bail later that week, and will return to court in April on the charges.

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If you’re facing charges of attempted murder or murder in Santa Paula, or other charges in connection with an assault, your first step should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more that 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Santa Paula and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally. When you work with the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend, a very experienced attorney will handle your case. Courtroom defense experience matters, especially in violent felony cases.

He does not judge his clients based upon the charges against them. He provides exceptional representation and defense counsel to his clients, and works hard to get the charges against them reduced or dropped. This is important when the state accuses you of a violent felony, since the state’s Three Strikes Law will affect you. Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t settle for an inexperienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Oak View Stabbing
Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Oak View Stabbing
Police arrested a Ventura man recently in connection with a domestic violence assault in Oak View. In December, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a domestic assault in Oak View. When they arrived on the scene, deputies found a woman who had received a significant knife wound. She then identified her attacker as Colin Meyer, her boyfriend.

According to police, Meyer stabbed the woman in the face and throat before fleeing the scene. Paramedics transported the woman to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment.

Police then obtained search warrants for Meyers’ home in Ventura, and conducted a search the day after the alleged assault took place. When they entered Meyers’ residence, police found him suffering from a self-inflicted injury, and transported him to the hospital for treatment.

Police then arrested Meyer and booked him into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Meyer remains at the jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond. He will appear in court in April.

Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


If the police arrest you for domestic violence in Ventura, or any related charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and has defended thousands of clients in that time. Mr. Helfend’s clients rely on his extensive defense experience to help them navigate the criminal court system.

Domestic violence charges in California can be tricky for both the defendant and the victim. It’s definitely not a situation to face alone. If prosecutors accuse you of a domestic assault or you face charges related to domestic abuse, do not attempt to defend yourself in court. Rely on the experience of an attorney with a 30+-year track record of successful criminal defense.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Ventura couple arrested for sex crimes
Ventura couple arrested for sex crimes
A Ventura couple was arrested and charged with sex crimes involving human trafficking. Asia Jones, 18, of Riverside and Percy Stanley, 27, of Arkansas, following reports of possible prostitution in Ventura.

A witness called police to report that a young woman had been dropped off in the neighborhood in a silver Mercedes Benz, following which the woman met up with an unknown Hispanic male. The witness then reported the couple having sex in a neighbor’s back yard. When the caller confronted the couple, both people ran away. Police found a female matching the description provided by the witness and determined that she had been reported missing from Riverside County.

Police also stopped a couple in Ventura because the woman matched the description provided by the witness, but discovered that although the stop was the result of mistaken identity, the couple was associated with the missing Riverside girl.

Upon further investigation, police found that all three people had been staying at a Ventura motel, and the Jones and Stanley had posted an advertisement for sex with the 16-year-old on the Internet. Police located the Mercedes Benz and found that it was registered to Stanley, along with evidence that suggested that Stanley and Jones were pimping the 16-year-old girl.

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Human trafficking and other sex crimes have gained attention from police and prosecutors in recent years. The Internet provides an easy way to arrange sex-for-hire, and determined prosecutors have stepped up their efforts to charge and convict persons involved in promoting the sex trade.

If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Many criminal defense attorneys won’t take sex crimes cases, particularly ones that involve minors. But as a defendant, you’re entitled to representation. Your attorney must be aggressive, and dedicated to providing superior representation and counsel in court.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or on an attorney who is uncomfortable with providing defense counsel for individuals accused of sex crimes.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura sex crimes case.

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Murder suspect captured after brief chase
Murder suspect captured after brief chase
A 33-year-old Oxnard man wanted in connection with his wife’s murder last week was arrested in Somis, following a brief chase. Alfredo Ortiz argued with his wife, Theresa Ortiz outside of their Oxnard home. He dragged his wife into the home, where he shot her several times. The couple has six children together, and the children were at home at the time of the incident.

The children fled the home and neighbors called police. Ortiz fled the scene. Police located him near Somis, after a woman reported that Ortiz forced her to drive him there at gunpoint. While in Somis, police received a report from a man who said that a man fitting Ortiz’ description had tried unsuccessfully to steal his car. Police located Ortiz shortly afterward and arrested him.

According to the Oxnard Police Department, Ortiz has an arrest history that includes DUI and resisting arrest, but had no prior history of domestic violence or other violent felonies.

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The most serious charge you can face in any courtroom is first-degree murder. In California, a first-degree murder conviction can result in life in prison with or without parole, or the death penalty. A list of “special circumstances” developed by the legislature and in some cases by California voters determines whether or not you’ll face the death penalty. Just because a “special circumstance” is present doesn’t automatically result in a death penalty case, but a special circumstance must be present if the prosecutor intends to seek a death sentence.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, if you’re being charged with murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Creating an effective murder defense is a time-consuming and exhausting effort. To succeed, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced attorney who will do what it takes to provide effective defense and counsel.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced lawyer, or one who isn’t committed to doing what it takes to defend your rights and freedoms. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Domestic Violence Charges for Ventura Man
Domestic Violence Charges for Ventura Man
A Ventura man is facing domestic violence charges, aggravated mayhem and attempted murder charges following a violent knife attack on his girlfriend.

According to Ojai police, they responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute. When they arrived, they found a woman with a long laceration on her face. She had been slashed by her boyfriend, Colin Meyer, during their dispute. Meyer fled the scene before police arrived.

The woman was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Later, police spotted the suspect in Ventura, and he was arrested. He was also transported to the Ventura County Medical Center to receive treatment for a self-inflicted knife wound. He was arraigned on the domestic violence assault and attempted murder charges. He was given a $1M bond. He is currently awaiting trial in the Ventura County Jail.

Ojai Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve been arrested on a domestic violence charge, your first move should be to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has provided effective, aggressive defense services for hundreds of Southern California residents, and is ready to take your domestic violence case.

No one will dispute that a criminal conviction will have life-altering consequences, but the consequences don’t start at the time of conviction. Even being arrested for a crime – whether you’re convicted or not – will have a significant impact on your life.

Bail is a constitutional right. In most cases, if you’ve been arrested, you’ll be granted bail. The purpose of bail is to ensure that you return to court, so there are some circumstances in which you will not receive bail. For example, if you’ve arrested for murder, or if you pose an obvious flight risk while facing serious criminal charges, the judge may not grant bail, or may set bail very high.

Sometimes however, judges set a very high bail knowing that a defendant doesn’t have the resources to get a bond. An aggressive criminal defense lawyer will work to ensure that your rights are respected throughout the criminal process, and will advocate on your behalf for everything, including a reasonable bail amount.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight for your rights. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence/sex crimes case.

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Ventura murder suspect arrested in TX
Ventura murder suspect arrested in TX
A man suspected in a double shooting in Ventura on December 4, in which one person died, was arrested for murder in Amarillo, TX on December 15. According to news reports, Ventura police developed information that Sadiki Shakur, of Ventura, had fled the area following a shooting.

Police allege that Shakur shot Spencer Turner, 27, of Ventura and another man as they left the Golden China Restaurant. Turner died at the scene and the other man was taken to the hospital. No motive for the shootings is known.

Amarillo police spotted Shakur’s rental vehicle parked at an Amarillo pizza restaurant. They surveilled the car until Shakur and another man left the restaurant. They conducted a traffic stop and arrested Shakur, the driver, and Ryan Pierret, a passenger, who is not connected to the shootings. Pierret was arrested for drug possession for having a small amount of marijuana on his person. Shakur is being held without bond in Amarillo, and faces an extradition hearing to California.

Ventura Murder Attorney

Murder is the most serious crime one can face in the State of California. Conviction on a homicide charge can result in the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a long prison term. If you’ve been accused of murder in Ventura, it’s essential that you hire an experienced Ventura murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He has the experience to provide a rigorous, aggressive and effective defense on your behalf. Don’t put your life on the line or take risks with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.
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8431438320_36759bc993_zA Long Beach man was sentenced to 21 years in prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies involving domestic violence , assault, human trafficking, pandering and pimping. Simi Valley police worked with multiple other agencies in Southern California to identify and arrest Andrew Jordan.

According to police and prosecutors, Jordan forced multiple women into prostitution. Jordan would take the women to areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and order them to provide sex acts in exchange for money. He required the women to earn a certain amount each day, and monitored the time they spent with clients, and the areas in which they worked. When the women did not comply or did not meet his demands, he would severely physically assault them.

Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence is normally thought of as a “family” crime, but you do not need to be related to a person to be charged with domestic assault. If you’ve been accused of domestic assault or spousal abuse, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Domestic violence charges can be added to other felony counts against you in order to give prosecutors a chance to enhance the charges against you or extend a sentence, if you’re convicted. Since domestic violence is a “violent felony” prosecutors can also use it to trigger lifetime imprisonment under California’s Three Strikes Law, if you have prior felony convictions on your record.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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Moorpark Domestic Violence Arrest
Moorpark Domestic Violence Arrest
A Moorpark man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, kidnapping and making criminal threats against his girlfriend. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Tarter, 36, at his mother’s home, after his girlfriend told police that Tarter had kidnapped and assaulted her. He was booked into the East County Jail and bail was set at $250,000.

Moorpark domestic violence attorney


Domestic abuse is a growing phenomenon in both California and in Ventura County. According to the California Department of Justice, police agencies in Ventura County responded to more than 7,000 domestic abuse calls last year.

Domestic abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties for conviction vary, depending upon the circumstances of the case. If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence in Moorpark or in Ventura County, your first move should be to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney who can defend you in court.

Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense and has provided superior defense representation for thousands of Californians charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.

Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best possible outcome for his clients. Unlike lawyers who work in larger firms, Mr. Helfend handles each case he takes personally. You will work directly with him on your defense strategy, and he will be with you throughout the judicial process against you.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperienced defense representation. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.

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