Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Two men suspected of participating in an Oxnard murder last December face charges following their arrest. An FBI team served a federal search warrant and took one suspect into custody in Farmington, NM. Oxnard police arrested the other suspect locally.

The Oxnard man faces charges of being an accessory after the fact, and received a $110,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31. Ventura County authorities seek to extradite the New Mexico suspect to murder face charges. At the time of the murder, the suspect lived in Oxnard, but relocated to New Mexico immediately afterward.

Police discovered the victim, Giovanni Vega, in the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue last December. Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots, so the police department dispatched an officer to investigate. The officer did not notice anything unusual. About six hours later, a caller asked police to perform a welfare check on an individual in the same area. At that time, they determined the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Although California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is still a very real threat. If you’re accused of committing a homicide, or participating in one, you face some very specific legal challenges. Therefore, you need the help of a very experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience, and takes homicide cases in Ventura County. You risk losing your freedom permanently, so an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you build a solid defense. Don’t bet your freedom on an inexperienced 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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DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
DUI Stop Leads To Weapons Stop in Oxnard
Oxnard police arrested a local man suspected of a DUI offense. Police also charged the man with a weapons offense because they found a loaded gun in the vehicle.

According to police, they responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at about 4:00 PM on Oxnard Boulevard. Police spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of the crash, but the driver fled. The car sustained damage to its right rear tire in the accident. Eventually, the tire disintegrated and the vehicle stopped.

The driver suffered slight injuries in the crash. Because of the driver’s impairment, police took him to the hospital for evaluation. The other driver in the accident did not wish to press charges for the hit-and-run. However, the man still faces charges for the DUI in Ventura and the concealed weapon.

Oxnard DUI attorney


Drunk driving charges are serious, even though prosecutors charge the vast majority of drunk driving arrests as misdemeanors. A drunk driving conviction can have long-lasting consequences. That’s why you need an experienced DUI attorney to assist you throughout the administrative and judicial processes.

Most drunk driving arrests involve first-time offenders. You may not realize that a drunk driving arrest produces parallel but independent administrative and judicial processes. Upon an arrest, the DMV suspends your license immediately. To challenge the suspension, you must request a DMV hearing virtually immediately. You must hire an experienced DUI attorney to work on your behalf.

The criminal process takes place over a longer period of time. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may or may not be jailed while awaiting trial. Again, your successful defense depends on having exceptional representation.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself in court and don’t rely on an inexperienced 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 Oxnard DUI case.

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Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Ventura stop leads to drug possession, weapons charges
Police arrested a Ventura man on suspicion of drug possession and weapons charges following a traffic stop. Ventura officers attempted to stop a man at about 2:30 in the morning. Initially the driver did not stop. Officers also observed him moving around suspiciously in the vehicle while he was driving.

After the driver stopped, police approached the vehicle. Because an officer spotted a firearm in plain sight on the floor, they detained the man and searched the vehicle. During the search, they discovered a quantity of methamphetamine inside the car.

Prosecutors charged the man with one felony and three misdemeanors, including possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, drug possession and driving on a suspended license. His next court appearance is in April. He was given a $50,000 bond, but remains lodged in the Ventura County Jail.

Ventura drug possession attorney


Proposition 47 reduced the severity of several types of drug possession charges. While the severity of drug charges may decrease, the number of other charges you may face could go up. Prosecutors may use Prop 47 offenses as a reason to increase the number of charges against you. By focusing on other offenses like those involving weapons, they can still fight for felony charges against you.

That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive drug possession attorney by your side in court. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in California courtrooms. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Helfend has successfully represented thousands of Californians who faced criminal charges.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. See the difference an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney can make.

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 case.
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Theft Charge for Oxnard Couple
Theft Charge for Oxnard Couple
An off-duty Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy was instrumental in the arrest of an Oxnard couple suspected of auto theft, as well as firearms and drug charges. The deputy was returning home following his shift when he spotted a car that had been reported stolen earlier in the day.

The deputy followed the vehicle, which was later abandoned by the pair in Santa Paula. He contacted the Santa Paula Police Department and informed them that the stolen car had been abandoned in Santa Paula, but that a grey SUV, which was following the stolen car, was potentially involved in the theft.

The SPPD located the suspect SUV and conducted a traffic stop. Two Oxnard residents, Ryan Hotchkiss and Rosa Flores, were arrested. A search of the vehicle turned up cocaine, Ecstasy and a gun that had been reported stolen in Arizona. The off-duty deputy positively identified Flores as the driver of the stolen vehicle. She was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Hotchkiss was charged with various drug and firearms offenses.

Santa Paula theft lawyer


Robert Helfend is an experienced Santa Paula theft lawyer who will assist you with any grand theft, drug possession or firearms-related offenses. Mr. Helfend has provided exceptional criminal defense services in Santa Paula and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to deliver effective courtroom defense.

He has established a reputation for fighting aggressively for his clients, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one who is not interested in fighting 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 theft 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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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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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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Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
A 21-year-old man arrested for a fatal stabbing last August in Camarillo faces lifetime incarceration under California’s three strikes law. Tyler Ostertag, 21, of Camarillo, has already accumulated two felony convictions. He was indicted by a Ventura County grand jury for murder and the special circumstance of using a knife to kill, as well as attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime. He was arraigned on the charges last week, and was expected to plead not guilty.

Three Strikes convictions can lead to life sentence


According to police, Ostertag was involved in a conflict with a group of teens outside of a local fast food restaurant last August and stabbed 16-year-old Daniel Morales in the chest. Morales later died at a local hospital. Ostertag originally fled the scene, but was arrested later that day at a motel in Riverside.

Mandatory sentences – like the ones imposed by California’s Three Strike Law – destroy families and take people who could be productive out of society for excessively long periods of time. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend works with people who are facing tough mandatory sentencing for crimes that don’t (and should) require lengthy incarcerations.

He is a dedicated, skillfull and aggressive criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. For more than 30 years, Mr. Helfend has defended people who are wrongly accused, or who have simply made mistakes.

In the past 30 years, Mr. Helfend has developed the professional resources a good criminal defense attorney needs in court. Each case is different and each defendant is different, so each defense strategy is unique. Whether you’re facing the possibility of your first felony conviction or your third, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to help you avoid convictions that will change your life forever.

No defense attorney can guarantee that he or she can get the charges against you dropped, or that he can make sure you’re acquitted in court. But as an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend can promise you that he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case, and work to help you avoid collecting a “strike” in California. The Three Strikes law doesn’t work as it was intended, and it has created serious problems for California families, Californians who are incarcerated and even for the State of California itself.

Don’t take chances on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or a “factory” practice that will assign your case to an available attorney. Work directly with the attorney who will handle 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 Three Strikes case.

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Murder Conviction in Laut Case
Murder Conviction in Laut Case
Prosecutors in Ventura County won a first-degree murder conviction against Jane Laut, wife of former Olympic track and field standout Dave Laut. After four days of deliberation, the jury found Laut guilty of the murder charge and the special enhancement of personally and intentionally discharging a weapon. Laut was accused of shooting her husband in August 2009.

Domestic violence defense used in murder trial


Dave Laut, who was the athletic director at Hueneme High School at the time of his death, won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic games, held in Los Angeles. Jane Laut claimed that she was the victim of domestic violence throughout the couple’s 29-year marriage. She testified that she had been beaten, raped and abused habitually, and that he had brandished a gun and threatened to shoot her, the couple’s 10-year-old son, and the couple’s two dogs on the night he died.

Jane Laut testified that she and her husband fought over control of the weapon, and that she could not remember exactly what happened during the physical altercation. Prosecutors argued that the evidence did not support Jane Laut’s version of the events of that night, pointing out that Dave Laut had been shot six times at point-blank range in the back of the head.

If you’ve been charged with murder, you need the assistance of an experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in Southern California for more than 30 years, and handles tough felony cases like murder.

Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Prosecutors will work hard to make you believe that the evidence against you is solid. Often, their cases have significant holes, which they hope that you, your attorney or the jury won’t notice. Mr. Helfend exposes the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case against you. He helps the judge and jury develop reasonable doubt that the police and prosecutors have charged the right person, or that the evidence actually supports the charges against you.

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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