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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Murder sentence in 1997 case
Murder sentence in 1997 case
A Ventura County judge sentenced a Port Hueneme man to life in prison for a 1997 murder. The man will not be eligible for parole. The victim, a 16-year-old-boy, died of stab wounds he received in his home. The victim and his mother surprised a burglar upon returning to their Ventura home.

The case went unsolved for more than 17 years, but advances in DNA testing finally produced a usable DNA profile. The teen confronted the burglar, and was stabbed three times. He died at the hospital.

Based on physical evidence at the scene, the defendant admitted to being in the home, but denied stabbing the boy. Controversy surrounded the case because the defendant’s DNA was not on the knife, which was found near the crime scene.

Computer analysis matched the defendant’s DNA profile to the crime scene evidence in 2014. He is now a married father of four. The defendant plans to appeal his conviction.

Port Hueneme Murder Attorney


Because California is a death penalty state, a murder charge literally puts your life on the line. You need experienced aggressive representation by an experienced murder attorney. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He has represented thousands of Californians in that time, and provides effective, aggressive criminal defense.

While DNA analysis is the “go-to” tool for criminal investigators, DNA evidence doesn’t mean the jury gets an “open-and-shut” case. A competent defense attorney knows how to challenge the evidence against his clients, regardless of what it is.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or ineffective attorney 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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Identity Theft Arrest in Ojai Burglary
Identity Theft Arrest in Ojai Burglary
An Oceanside man was arrested in connection with an Ojai burglary in October. He was also charged with vehicle theft and identity theft.

According to police, Jonathan Jessop, 37, broke into an Ojai home and stole credit cards, which he later used to buy more than $10,000 worth of merchandise. He also stole a vehicle from the home. Jessop used the credit cards at home improvement stores in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties before he was arrested. Police used surveillance videos from the stores to identify Jessop. He was arrested in San Bernardino County in late November after briefly fleeing from police. Police recovered the stolen vehicle, which Jessop had been using.

Jessop is a transient and has a series of arrests on his record. He has a past criminal record that includes burglary and drug possession. He was charged with three counts of burglary, multiple counts of identity theft and grand theft. His bail was set at $500,000.

Ojai Identity Theft Attorney


If you’ve been arrested for identity theft, burglary or any similar charge, Ojai identity theft attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years.

He has represented thousands of Californians who face criminal charges, and works hard to get the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. Mr. Helfend has established an excellent reputation among prosecutors, attorneys and judges as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t rely on a firm whose attorneys will pass your matter on to less experienced defense counsel. 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 identity theft case.
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Drug possession arrest for 3 from Ventura
Drug possession arrest for 3 from Ventura
Three Ventura residents were arrested in Carpinteria and charged with residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Santa Barbara deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary, and identified a red Ford Fiesta as a vehicle of interest. A few minutes later, deputies spotted a vehicle matching that description and conducted a stop at a local gas station. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies discovered items taken from the burglarized home, as well as methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.

Sarah Ringler, 27, Shannon Salas, 43, and Joseph Grizzaffi, 37, were booked into the Santa Barbara jail. Ringler was held on a $50,000 bond. Salas posted bail in the amount of $50,000 and was released. Grizzaffi was denied bail because he had an outstanding warrant on another matter.

Ventura Drug possession lawyer


If you’ve been arrested for drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia or any other charge, your first response should be to hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend.

The drug possession landscape in California is changing for marijuana, but all drug laws and penalties are still in effect for every other drug. Drug enforcement is still a very high priority for the State of California, and enforcement efforts are likely to be increased for illegal drugs.

The majority of Californians who are in prison today are there for drug-related offenses. Becoming part of this grim statistic is unlikely to have a positive impact on your life. Aside from spending time in prison, you’re unlikely to recover meaningfully from incarceration.

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend is your best defense strategy in a drug possession case. Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms in court. Getting charges against you reduced or dropped is a key part of a defense strategy, especially if you have previous convictions. Additional felony convictions in California can extend prison sentences, so being able to reduce or eliminate charges against you may be critical for a positive outcome.

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 possession/drug crimes case.

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Theft Suspects Nabbed in Ventura
Theft Suspects Nabbed in Ventura
Ventura police arrested three suspects in connection with a theft scam directed toward local banks. According to police, Wells Fargo Bank employees contacted them about a man who was attempting to use a credit card and a false ID to take a cash advance at the bank. The man fled the bank before officers arrived, but bank employees were able to provide a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

VPD received a second call from a different Wells Fargo Bank stating that a person was attempting to make a large withdrawal from the bank using a fake debit card. Employees were able to identify the vehicle being used by the person before he fled the location. The vehicle descriptions in both incidents matched.

Later VPD officers spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Inside the car were three men and a woman, all from Illinois. The men were wearing military uniforms, and officers found a large number of fake IDs, fake credit cards, equipment for manufacturing fake credit cards, logo information related to military charities, fake military documentation and more than $30,000 in cash.

The men were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, forgery and conspiracy. The woman was not charged, and was released. Police later determined that the men were successful in withdrawing cash from banks in Camarillo and Oxnard. One of the suspects, Glynn Ford, was arrested late last year in Illinois and charged in a similar fraud scam that targeted more than 1,600 people outside of Chicago.

Ventura Theft Lawyer


Theft charges, including identity theft and related crimes like forgery, can result in prison sentences and large restitution orders. If you’ve been arrested for identity misappropriation, burglary or forgery, you need the expert assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has provided criminal defense counsel in Venture County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and will fight aggressively on your behalf.

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 burglary(theft)case.

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Vagrant arrested in Ventura Theft
Vagrant arrested in Ventura Theft
Ventura Police arrested a vagrant and charged her in the theft of a small trailer from a residence last month.

According to Ventura police, they were called to a home to take a report of a burglary there. The homeowners had inadvertently left their garage door open for a brief period during the day. While the garage was open, the suspect, Brandi Kolacki, 38, entered the garage and removed a bicycle trailer. The incident was captured on the home’s video security system. Using the videotape, police developed a description of the suspect and the stolen item.

Two days later, the investigating officer saw a woman who resembled the suspect and questioned her. He determined that she was the suspect in the videotape, and that she still possessed the trailer. Kolacki was arrested at that time for residential burglary and for being in possession of stolen property. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant on another matter. At the time of her arrest, she was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, drugs and counterfeit money and now also faces charges for that.

Ventura Theft Lawyer


If you’re arrested for a theft of any kind, you should immediately seek the assistance of a qualified, experienced Ventura theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He practices law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

In his years as a practicing defense attorney, Mr. Helfend has handled thousands of criminal cases against area residents. He can provide specific, aggressive defense services in any criminal matter. When you are arrested and charged with a criminal matter in Ventura County, don’t attempt to defend yourself, and don’t rely on an inexperienced or overworked defense attorney. Your freedom 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 theft case.

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Theft suspect fingered by prints
Theft suspect fingered by prints
A man was arrested in Oxnard earlier this week in connection with a theft that occurred in 2014. The VCSD learned that fingerprint and DNA evidence collected at the scene of an Ojai burglary was recently matched to 22-year-old Gabriel Garza after his fingerprints were submitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database in connection with an unrelated March 2016 arrest.
While being questioned about the Ojai theft, Garza confessed to the incident and was booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

An experienced Ventura theft attorney


When you’re facing a theft charge, the best defense strategy to employ is to hire a respected theft attorney like Robert Helfend. A theft charge can arise from any number of events, including a shoplifting arrest. It can also arise from more serious events. Theft in California can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending upon the value of the stolen property. In some cases, the value of the property doesn’t matter; a grand theft charge can be leveled against you based on what was stolen, or even how an item is stolen.

With the help of an experienced theft attorney like Robert Helfend, you can build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. If it’s not possible to get charges dropped or reduced, he will work toward the best possible resolution, given your circumstances.

An experienced theft attorney can help you navigate the process of preparing your defense, as well as other elements of the adjudication process. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, you’ll always work directly with him on your case. That’s the kind of personal attention you may not get from an attorney in a larger defense firm.

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 theft 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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Oxnard Murder Charge in Cold Case
Oxnard Murder Charge in Cold Case
A 52-year old man already serving a life sentence for murder was charged with the rape and murder of a young Thousand Oaks woman who was killed in 1985.

Detectives reviewing cold cases reopened the matter and conducted new DNA tests on evidence from the crime scene. Isabel Hernandez was found stabbed to death in the Oxnard apartment of her boyfriend, who was attending a Bruce Springsteen concert at the time of her death.

Evidence from the scene implicated Vincent Mackey, who was convicted of the beating death of his employer, Jason Sprigg, in 1986. Mackey burglarized an El Rio business where he worked, and encountered Sprigg, who was working late. He beat Sprigg to death with a hammer. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether Mackey will face the death penalty in Hernandez’ death.

Hire an aggressive Ventura County murder lawyer


Ventura County murder lawyer Robert Helfend offers aggressive, experienced criminal defense. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and handles each case that comes into his office personally. He takes felony cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

An experienced murder lawyer understands the stakes, and will fight aggressively for you in court. The penalties for homicide in California depend upon the circumstances of the case, but first-degree murder convictions can result in the death penalty, or lifetime incarceration with or without parole. The stakes are exceptionally high, so if you’re facing homicide charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side.

Mr. Helfend’s entire practice and career have been focused on providing effective criminal defense. Over the last 30 years, he has amassed valuable experience that he will bring to bear on your case. Mr. Helfend will do what it takes to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. No attorney can promise a particular outcome in any court case, but Mr. Helfend will always work toward the best possible outcome for you, regardless of the charges against you.

When you’ve been charged with the death of another person in Ventura County, it only makes sense to rely on an aggressive, experienced and effective Ventura County murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. 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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A local man was detained by police following a burglary at a Thousand Oaks pharmacy last week. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at about 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police discovered that the pharmacy’s window had been smashed.

You need an experienced Ventura burglary attorney


Deputies located a subject near the pharmacy and detained him for questioning. After questioning him, they released him without arresting him, and are still investigating the incident.
If you’ve been arrested for burglary in Ventura County, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. With more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend takes on even the toughest cases.

In cases like this, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to ensure that you are properly represented at each stage of a criminal investigation, and throughout the judicial process, if the criminal investigation leads to charges against you. Simply being in the area when a crime is committed doesn’t make you a criminal, but the police are simply looking to make a quick arrest. If you happen to be unlucky enough to be in the area, the police and prosecutor could try to hold you responsible for being in the wrong place at the right time.

As your attorney, his first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. He will also force the prosecutor to make his case against you. Mr. Helfend has established a reputation in Southern California courts as an aggressive, skilled criminal defense attorney. His experience will help him determine the best defense strategy for your case.

When your freedom is at risk, don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid 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 burglary case.

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