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.

Simi Valley Domestic Violence Attorney


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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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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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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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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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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