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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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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Murder charge sticks for Ventura man
Homicide charge sticks for Ventura man
A 38-year-old Ventura man was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an acquaintance in June 2013. According to prosecutors, Cornell Allen, Jr., planned to kill Stefan Delondon Johnson because he believed that Johnson had slept with Allen’s girlfriend.

Allen’s attorneys argued that Allen shot Johnson in self-defense following an argument between the two men. After the shooting, Allen called police to tell them that he had shot an intruder. He was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide.

The jury, however, was not persuaded that the homicide was premeditated. Instead, they found Allen guilty of second-degree murder, but also determined that the special allegation against Allen – discharging a firearm to cause great bodily injury – was true. Allen will return to court for sentencing on November 7.

Ventura murder attorney


In California, there is no more serious crime than homicide. A conviction on first-degree murder charges can lead to lifetime imprisonment (25 years or more) with or without parole, or it can result in the death penalty. When you are facing a murder charge, your life is literally at risk. That’s why you must have an experienced murder attorney with you throughout the judicial process.

The difference between sentencing for first –degree homicide and second-degree homicide is significant. A second-degree homicide conviction can result in a sentence of 15 years to life. Special circumstances can add years to your sentence, so it’s important to fight the charges against you aggressively.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Southern California, and will take your case. He has a reputation for being an aggressive defender in court, and prosecutors know that there are no “slam dunks” when Robert Helfend is on 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 murder case.

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Dealers Face Drug Crimes Charges for ODs
Dealers Face Drug Crimes Charges for ODs
In an effort to reduce overdose deaths and near deaths, Ventura County is trying a new approach to prosecuting people who supply drugs that lead to overdose deaths in other individuals with drug crimes. A person who supplies a controlled substance that leads to an overdose or the death of another individual can face involuntary manslaughter charges with a special enhancement of causing great bodily injury.

A conviction on the charges could result in a state prison sentence of up to 8 years. Without the enhancement, the maximum sentence on an involuntary manslaughter conviction would be four years, which a defendant can serve in a local jail, rather than in a state prison.

Ventura Drug Crimes Attorney


Ventura County has already filed charges with enhancements against at least four people this year. One of the four cases has already been presented in trial court and resulted in a conviction. By itself, this is the best reason to contact an experienced drug crimes attorney if you have been arrested or accused of supplying drugs that caused the death of a person.

To date, there have been about a half-dozen overdose deaths in the county in 2016. In comparison, in 2015, 27 people died from drug overdoses in Ventura County. The majority of the deaths were connected to heroin, synthetic opiods and/or methamphetamine.

Being able to prove that someone overdosed is forensically easy, but connecting a specific drug dealer to drugs that resulted an overdose can be much more difficult. As a result, police officers who are called to the scene of an overdose now treat the location as a crime scene, and investigate the overdose as they would investigate a murder or attempted murder.

The tactic is too new to know whether it will have a significant impact on drug sales or overdose deaths in Ventura County. If you’ve been arrested in Ventura for supplying drugs that caused the death of another person, do not wait and do not attempt to defend yourself. Instead, contact Robert Helfend, an experienced drug crimes lawyer in Ventura County for assistance.

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 drug crimes case.

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Murder charge for Simi Valley Woman
Murder charge for Simi Valley Woman
A 75-year-old Simi Valley woman was arrested and charged with the murder of her longtime 84-year-old companion last month. Mary Karacas allegedly shot Salvatore Orefice to death during an altercation. The pair were moving out of a home that had been sold at the time of the incident.

The buyers stopped by the home to verify that Karacas and Orefice had vacated the home, and discovered Orefice’s body. They called the police to the home. While the police were investigating, Karacas returned to the scene and told police she had shot Orefice. She was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail. She was later charged with murder and a special allegation of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm, causing great bodily injury. Karacas was given a bail of $750,000, but remains in jail. She faces a sentence of 50 years to life if convicted on all charges.

Murder lawyer you can trust


There are no criminal charges more serious than homicide. In California, the circumstances of the crime determine the homicide charge you can face. In addition, the prosecutor can also file special allegations that may increase the penalties if you are convicted. Certain special allegations can also make you eligible for the death penalty – one possible outcome of a conviction for killing someone in California. That’s why you need a murder lawyer with experience.

Homicide cases are special, primarily because the penalties are so severe, and the risk is so great to both the State and the defendant(s). Only the most experienced attorneys take homicide cases. In Ventura County, if you’ve been charged with murder, murder lawyer Robert Helfend can take your case.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense law exclusively for more than 30 years in courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has defended thousands of clients, and will bring his significant defense experience to bear on your case.

Homicide defense takes special preparation, and Mr. Helfend has the time and resources to devote to your defense. He will challenge the prosecution’s case at each step, and will seek out weaknesses that he can use to get charges against you reduced or dropped. As his client, you will work closely with Mr. Helfend to establish a solid defense strategy. Your case will get the personal attention it deserves.

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 Ends in Murder
Domestic Abuse Ends in Murder
A Bakersfield man led detectives to the Ventura County location of his wife’s body after co-workers reported the woman missing. Gonzalo Garibay, 44, was arrested in connection with her murder, which police suspect was the result of domestic violence. Rosa Garibay, 41, was the mother of three children, and was last seen by her co-workers on Sunday, July 17.

Garibay led detectives to a remote site in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, where he had placed his wife’s body. According to Bakersfield police, they visited the Garibay home five times between 2014 and 2016, with two of the calls arising from domestic violence complaints.

Garibay was charged with a single, misdemeanor count of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in 2015, but the charge was later dropped. Police removed two vehicles from the Garibay household, and indicated that one showed signs of blood spatter. The three minor children are currently in the custody of their paternal grandparents. Police said that if Garibay had not taken them to the location of his wife’s body, it likely never would have been found.

Domestic Violence Attorney


Domestic violence is a complex crime, and requires the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney. In many cases, accusations of spousal abuse split apart couples and families. The situation may escalate, and result in more serious outcomes.

In many cases, couples and families can benefit from alternative early interventions, which can help avoid future incidents of domestic abuse. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your spouse or partner find alternative, non-criminal interventions that satisfy the Court and help avoid future domestic abuse allegations. The Court is always ready to adjudicate matters; that’s why it exists. Often, however a better resolution is available, and helps to re-unite families and couples while avoiding criminal convictions.

If you’re facing a domestic abuse charge, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead,

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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Oxnard man faces charges for murder, drug crimes
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Guillermo Teran, 23, of Oxnard and Tomas Ramos Ochoa, 34, of Los Angeles are facing murder and attempted murder charges following what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad. Teran, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug crimes, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Christian Barrera-Rivera, 23 and Sony Pena, 28.

According to police reports, Barrera-Rivera and Pena arranged to meet the defendants in Woodland Hills to conduct a drug-related transaction. Shortly after their arrival, the pair was fired upon by Teran and Ochoa. Barrera-Rivera and Pena fled the scene in their vehicle, but following a chase, Teran and Ochoa again confronted the victims in Tarzana, where the fatal shootings occurred. Pena was declared dead at the scene, and Barrera-Rivera died later at a local hospital.

Hire a rurder lawyer with drug crimes experience


Teran was convicted of drug crimes in federal court in 2012. In addition to the multiple murder charges, both men also face charges of murder during the commission of a robbery and murder by means of discharging a firearm.

If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer, like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. When allegations against you also include drug crimes, it is especially important to work with a drug crimes lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights.

Both murder and drug crimes carry stiff penalties in California. In cases like this, the circumstances of the case may lead the prosecutor to seek the death penalty against you. Another possibility is that you’ll face a life sentence with no possibility of parole. In either case, your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive murder lawyer who also has significant defense experience as drug crimes lawyer. Don’t wait, and don’t trust an inexperienced attorney when your future is at stake.

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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Attempted Murder Plea in Oxnard
Attempted Homicide Plea in Oxnard
An Oxnard man pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of a former Ventura mayor, Greg Carson. Alejandro Valdez also pleaded no contest to residential robbery, which occurred in an incident related to the attempted killing. Initially, Valdez had pleaded not guilty to both charges, but changed his plea on both counts. According to police, Carson was shot after he interrupted a burglary at his home last fall. Police also indicated that the shooting had nothing to do with Carson’s previous service as mayor, and that Carson and Valdez knew each other prior to the shooting.

Nothing replaces an experienced attempted murder lawyer


Homicide cases rest entirely on the evidence, but the stakes are exceptionally high. A conviction on murder charges can result in a life sentence, with or without parole, or worse, a death sentence. Witness testimony, DNA evidence, surveillance footage, forensic evidence and expert testimony all play a role in a murder trial. Each of these types of evidence can be defeated, but it takes a skilled, experienced attorney to bring together the resources you need to protect your freedom and defend yourself successfully in court.

If you’ve been arrested for intentionally causing someone’s death, robbery, burglary or crimes involving a weapon, Ventura murder lawyer Robert Helfend can help. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively in Southern California and takes all types of felony cases in Ventura County.

Homicide is the most serious criminal charge you can face. You need an exceptional defense to avoid the most serious penalties the law allows. When you’re accused of homicide in any degree, don’t rely on inexperienced criminal defense lawyers or court-appointed defenders.

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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