Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Charge For Ojai MMA Fighter
For the second time in recent weeks, a Ventura County amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter will face domestic violence charges. Police accuse the man, who lives in Ojai, of deliberately injuring his girlfriend in a domestic dispute. The alleged assault took place at the girlfriend’s Westlake Village residence. Due to its location, Los Angeles County prosecutors are handling the case.

According to police, the woman suffered physical injuries, including cuts, abrasions and a concussion. She sought treatment at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. The assault took place in early April. A judge assigned a $50,000 bond. Authorities released the suspect while awaiting trial. If convicted, however, the man faces as much as four years in state prison.

Earlier this month, Jonathan Koppenhaver, a former Simi Valley resident and professional MMA fighter, received a 36-year sentence in Nevada for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and beating his former girlfriend and her companion. Koppenhaver was also convicted of attempted murder in that case.

Ojai Domestic Violence Lawyer


A domestic abuse conviction can have serious consequences. In addition to a potential prison sentence, a felony domestic assault conviction could lead to future problems for you if you run afoul of the law again. Therefore, any time you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Robert Helfend is a domestic violence lawyer with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges they’re facing. Instead, he works tirelessly to develop a strong defense strategy. That may involve trying to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. It may involve moving toward an alternative resolution that suits the needs and desires of all parties involved.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney for a domestic abuse 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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Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
A homeless Santa Paula man will face murder charges when he returns to court next week. Police and prosecutors accuse him of pouring a flammable liquid on another homeless man and setting him on fire.

The incident took place on May 13 at Veterans Park in Santa Paula. The victim suffered burns over half of his body. Responders took the man to the UCLA Medical Center for treatment. He died there from his injuries about 10 days after the incident.

Prosecutors initially charged the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm during the commission of a felony. He also faced charges of felony aggravated mayhem with a special deadly weapon allegation. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first-degree murder after the victim’s death. He also faces arson charges. Authorities are holding him at the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $1M. If convicted, the suspect faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect has a long history of contact with local policing agencies, including more than 70 arrests. His arrest record includes mostly minor offenses, including drug possession, weapons possession and battery.

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Murder is the most serious charge you can face. The prosecutor may also add special allegations, which further increase your risk of receiving the death penalty. A first degree murder conviction can result in lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole. Your life is literally at stake. If you’re facing murder charges in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will fight aggressively to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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 Conviction for MMA Fighter
Domestic Violence Conviction for MMA Fighter
A Las Vegas jury convicted a mixed martial arts fighter of domestic violence and a host of other felony charges. War Machine fled Las Vegas in 2014 to avoid prosecution. He changed his legal name from Jonathan Koppenhaver, but has not fought professionally since 2013.

Simi Valley Police arrested the man and returned him to Nevada to face charges. The jury convicted him on 29 of 24 charges. They could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge – attempted murder. Prosecutors in Las Vegas say that War Machine beat and sexually assaulted his former girlfriend on several occasions. He also assaulted the woman’s companion, whom she had been dating for a couple of months.

The female victim in the case suffered a broken nose, facial injuries, injuries to her leg and a lacerated liver. She also testified that the defendant threatened her with a knife. She escaped to a neighbor’s house during the assault. The male victim testified that he suffered a broken nose, a dislocated shoulder, bite marks and bruising.

The defendant’s attorney attributed Koppenhaver’s violent behavior to brain injuries suffered during MMA fights, his significant steroid abuse and potentially improper use of prescription stimulants and anti-depressants. Koppenhaver could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court in June.

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This case illustrates how a domestic abuse case can spiral quickly out of control. If you’re facing a domestic violence charge, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients.

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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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.

Oxnard murder lawyer


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.

Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


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.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


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.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


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.

Oxnard murder lawyer


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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