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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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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Bystander nabs Oxnard sex crimes suspect
Bystander nabs Oxnard sex crimes suspect
An Oxnard resident heard a woman crying for help last week and saw a suspect fleeing the area. He then followed the man until Oxnard police arrived. They detained the suspect on suspicion of sex crimes including sexual battery on a woman.

According to police, the victim said a man attacked her as she was walking down the street around 1:40 PM. He restrained her and assaulted her. She broke away from the suspect and ran away. Following the arest, the victim positively identified the suspect, whom police later identified as Luis Borunda, 25.

They arrested Borunda and charged him with felony sexual battery. Ventura County Jail records show that he left the jail on February 26, and is due back in court on March 13.

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If you’re facing sex crimes charges in Oxnard, including sexual battery or sexual assault, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes sex crimes defense cases in Oxnard and throughout Southern California. His 35 years of experience can help you defend yourself against these serious charges..

A sex crimes conviction often leads to enlistment on the state’s sex offender registry. Sex offender status can prevent you from finding appropriate housing or employment. Employers often fire workers who have been accused of sexual offenses, even before they’re convicted of a crime. Sex offender registration often follows you for life. Even if you leave the State of California, you must register as a sex offender in your new city of residence.

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you minimize the impact of convictions related to sexual offenses. Don’t simply plead guilty because you think the evidence against you is overwhelming, and don’t attempt to defend yourself against sex crimes charges.

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 sex crimes 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.

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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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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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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Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Oxnard
Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Oxnard
Police in Oxnard arrested a domestic violence suspect after finding him hiding in a dryer. Ivan Lopez, 30, of Oxnard, was wanted on a felony domestic abuse warrant. Police received a tip that Lopez may be at a local residence.

When authorities arrived, the sought and received permission to search the premises. During the search, they encountered a locked laundry room in the home. Believing that Lopez was in the locked room, they asked him to come outside, but he did not. Officers made entry into the room and discovered Lopez hiding in a clothes dryer.

He was arrested on the outstanding warrant, and was also charged with delaying a peace officer.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Attorney


If you have an outstanding warrant in a domestic abuse case, your first step should be to hire an experienced, aggressive domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, and does not pass defense cases to less experienced associates.

Mr. Helfend provides a well-researched, aggressive criminal defense. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, and takes cases in Ventura County, and throughout Southern California. He has established a reputation among judges and prosecutors as being an aggressive criminal defense attorney who always fights for his clients’ rights.

Every domestic abuse case is different. In some cases, the victim has been pressured to file charges and does not really want to move forward with a criminal matter. Without an experienced attorney, a domestic abuse complainant can run afoul of California law if he or she attempts to withdraw the charges.

Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience. 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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