Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura
Domestic Violence Call Turns Violent in Ventura
Ventura police responded last month to a domestic violence call in that city. Several neighbors called 911 to report a fighting couple. They also reported that the man had a gun, and had fired shots.

Police arrived and arrested the man. Upon investigation, they discovered that the man hit the woman several times in the head. Police recovered the gun at the scene. Although neighbors reported hearing shots, the man had not fired the weapon. Prosecutors charged the man with domestic assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

Ventura Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve never been arrested for domestic violence before, your first concern will be the well being of your family. You may be afraid of going to jail because of a domestic incident. In any domestic assault case, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Robert Helfend is a Ventura domestic violence attorney with more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense.

Domestic assault in California isn’t a straightforward proposition. Prosecutors can charge you with a misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the circumstances of your case. They may also opt not to charge you at all, even though the police arrested you at the time of the incident.

The court’s first priority will be to ensure the safety of everyone in the domestic situation. A skilled, experienced defense attorney will work first to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional defense services to thousands of Southern Californians for more than three decades. He knows what it takes to represent clients and families who are dealing with a domestic violence arrest.

Don’t rely on inexperience, and don’t jeopardize your rights by attempting to defend yourself in court. 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 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.

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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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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 Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Domestic Violence Restraining Order Nets Oxnard Man
Camarillo police arrested an Oxnard man and charged him with violating a domestic violence restraining order. Police investigated the man after receiving a complaint from the subject’s ex-wife that he had violated a restraining order.

They investigated the complaint and found that the man had likely violated the court order as many as six times in a six-week period in multiple Ventura County jurisdictions. During those encounters, police said that the man threatened his former wife.

Prosecutors charged him with felony stalking and four misdemeanor counts of violating the restraining order. He will appear in Ventura County Superior Court again on May 8.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic abuse cases can be complicated. In addition to charges that may arise from a particular incident, you may become the subject of a restraining order. Given the specifics of your circumstances, adhering to the terms of a restraining order is essential. It also underscores the need to work with an experienced domestic violence lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Prosecutors in California can file domestic abuse and stalking charges as felonies or misdemeanors. The distinction is important because felony convictions put you at an ongoing risk of long-term incarceration, thanks to California’s Three Strikes Law. It also provides your lawyer with the opportunity to reduce charges against you. This can mean the difference between getting on with your life and incarceration.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you work through the adjudication process. You want the right results. Sometimes, the only way to achieve that is with the help of an aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, especially when your freedom is on the line.

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.

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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Identity Theft Suspects Arrested in Ventura
Identity Theft Suspects Arrested in Ventura
Six people were arrested in Ventura for a variety of offenses, including identity theft, domestic violence, drug offenses and gang-related activities. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made arrests as part of a larger immigration sweep operation.

The entire operation netted arrests of 161 people in Southern California. According to ICE, more than 90% of those arrested have previous criminal convictions. The agency reported that those arrested came from 13 different countries. The majority of those arrested came from Mexico. Other arrestees were from Central and South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean.

The operation primarily targeted foreign nationals with criminal convictions and gang affiliations. It also targeted people who re-entered the country after deportation or disregarded an order to leave the country. ICE conducted the entire operation. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, ICE officials did not inform them of the operation.

Ventura Identity Theft Lawyer


If prosecutors charge you with identity theft, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Both the state and federal courts prosecute identity theft. Depending upon your circumstances, you may be charged in either court. Additionally, prosecutors can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. The distinction is important because felony convictions in California can have significant consequences.

Federal authorities take an interest in identity related crimes because they are a “gateway” to more serious offenses. While some identity crimes support illegal immigration, others simply facilitate illegal monetary gain.

If you’re facing theft charges involving identity in either federal or state court, don’t attempt to defend yourself. Since Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, he will work directly with you on your defense. Don’t rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom. Work with an attorney who will fight aggressively for 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 identity theft 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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Oxnard Police Seek Domestic Violence Suspect
Oxnard Police Seek Domestic Violence Suspect
A man accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s home and kidnapping her is wanted by the Oxnard police. Earlier this month, police were called to an Oxnard home to respond to a report of a domestic violence assault.

At the scene, a woman reported that Jamell Taylor, 31, had broken into the home and forced her 29-year-old daughter to leave the house with him. Taylor was armed at the time of the kidnapping. The daughter was involved in a romantic relationship with Taylor.

Officers searched the area and located the woman about two hours later, but Taylor was no longer present. The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries, and did not require hospitalization. Police have not yet found Taylor, who is wanted for questioning regarding the incident. He is also wanted for a parole violation.

Oxnard Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic violence charges can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you have prior felony convictions, a domestic violence conviction can potentially send you to prison for the rest of your life under California’s Three Strikes Law.

The potential of a life sentence is the clearest reason you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Oxnard and throughout Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend handles each case personally, so you will always receive the full benefit of his experience. Unlike larger, less personal law firms, Mr. Helfend will not pass your case along to a less experienced criminal defense attorney.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend yourself in court. 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 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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