Murder case mistrial declared in Oxnard
Murder case mistrial declared in Oxnard
A Ventura County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial in a 2013 Oxnard murder case. Judge Matthew Guasco halted the trial shortly before lawyers planned to make their opening statements. Guasco determined that one of the jurors willfully disregarded jury instructions.

Lawyers selected twelve jurors and three alternates as part of their routine procedures. The judge delayed the trial because a judicial assistant received an email regarding a juror. The judge questioned the jurors individually and determined that one juror disobeyed jury instructions. The court also set a hearing on a contempt of court proceeding against the juror.

According to the public defenders in the case, the judge ordered the jurors not research the case or anyone involved in the case. He also ordered the jurors to avoid social media research as well as discussing the case with each other. A judge typically issues similar instructions in any jury trial.

The original jury selection took about a month, and must be redone with a new jury pool. The case itself will examine the prosecution’s contention that the defendant broke into an Oxnard apartment to kill someone he knew. He mistakenly entered the wrong apartment, however, and killed an individual unknown to him. The defendant faces more than 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. Choosing the right jury members is essential. An experienced murder attorney knows who to look for on a jury panel, and how to select the right jury members.

That knowledge comes only from extensive courtroom practice, so it’s important to select an experienced attorney who will fight to put the right jury panel together for your case. Robert Helfend practices criminal defense cases exclusively. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney when your life is literally in the balance. 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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Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
A 47-year-old Oxnard man will be sentenced in July, following a second-degree murder conviction. Oscar Hernandez Valles faces 16 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Olegario Tello Valladolid, 25, also of Oxnard.

The men became embroiled in a disagreement at Las Sirenas Bar & Grill on December 28, 2013. Valles reportedly stabbed Valladolid several times with a knife. He left the scene, but turned himself in to Oxnard police several hours after the incident. In addition to finding Valles guilty of second-degree murder, the jury also found the special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon during the commission of the murder. Valladolid was unarmed at the time of his death.

Oxnard Murder Lawyer


Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face in California. Depending upon the way prosecutors charge you, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a sentence of years up to life in prison. Because the stakes are so high, you need to work with an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He knows what it takes to create a strong defense. Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients and works to get the best possible resolution at all times.

A key component of his defense strategy involves getting the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. That’s important in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, especially when the stakes are this high. Instead, work with an attorney who knows what it takes to defend his clients 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 murder case.

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DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing House
DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing House
Police in Oxnard arrested a DUI suspect after he crashed his car into a home. The collision injured an 8-year-old girl and collapsed her bedroom.

The crash occurred at 3:08 AM. Police responded to the scene and arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving. The suspect attempted to leave the scene before police arrived, but a neighbor held the man at the accident site. The girl suffered minor injuries in the accident. Two other children were sleeping in the room at the time of the collision, but received no injuries.

Oxnard DUI lawyer


If you’re arrested for a DUI in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense and takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. With more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience, Mr. Helfend will provide aggressive, effective criminal defense.

An intoxicated driving charge is serious because a conviction can significantly impact your life. Although prosecutors charge most drunk driving suspects with misdemeanors, under the right circumstances, you could face one or more felony counts.

In addition to working through the criminal process, drivers accused of drunk driving will also face a DMV process. Administrative sanctions include an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. They differ from those that can be applied in a criminal court.

Aside from license suspension, you can also face jail time, fines, fees, driver retraining requirements, expensive ignition interlock requirements, increased insurance costs and additional suspensions or restrictions on your driver’s license. Because a drunk driving arrest is a criminal matter, you need (and want) the assistance of a true criminal defense professional.

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 DUI case.

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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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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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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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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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SD Woman Convicted for Oxnard Embezzlement
SD Woman Convicted for Oxnard Embezzlement
A San Diego woman pleaded guilty to an embezzlement scheme involving three Oxnard car dealerships. The woman, who pleaded guilty to three counts of grand theft, admitted to stealing more than $65,000. Prosecutors say the actual amount of the losses exceeded $140,000.

Alexander of Oxnard hired the woman as an accountant in 2012. She began to divert funds from both payroll and petty cash. She used the money to pay off credit card debts. The judge sentenced the woman to 24 months in jail and ordered her to make full restitution. She must also serve 28 months of supervised release following her jail term.

According to prosecutors, a related Arizona car dealership is suing the woman to recover nearly $350,000 that she allegedly stole while working in a similar position there.

Oxnard Embezzlement Lawyer


Workplace crimes are common, and they’re almost always financially motivated. A workplace crime conviction can have a long-lasting impact on your life. If you’re facing a workplace-related criminal charge like embezzlement, lawyer Robert Helfend can take your case.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively, and in his more than 30 years of practice, he has defended thousands of Californians. Mr. Helfend is known as an aggressive defender of his clients rights. His clients love his straightforward, “plain-English” approach to criminal defense.

They also appreciate the personal attention Mr. Helfend gives their cases. He handles each case personally, so his clients work directly with him on their defense. Experience counts for a lot in criminal defense, so be sure your first step in defending yourself is the right one. Choose an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you 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 securities embezzlement case.

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Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Elder Fraud Nets Camarillo Contractor 10 Years
Ventura County prosecutors won a 10-year sentence for a man convicted of a fraud scheme that targeted elderly victims. The man operated a plumbing business that offered a low-cost drain cleaning “special.” He used the ruse to gain access to victims’ homes.

Once inside, the man “discovered” severe plumbing problems, which he offered to “fix” for thousands of dollars. Once securing a contract for the work, the man changed the terms and raised prices. If the victims complained, he would turn them over to collection agencies and file liens on their homes.

According to prosecutors, at the time of his arrest, the man held nearly $310,000 in fraudulent liens on victims’ properties. Investigators discovered 31 victims. In addition to a 10-year prison sentence, the judge ordered the man to make full restitution to the victims.

Initially, the man possessed a valid contractor’s license for businesses in Oxnard and Camarillo. They expired in 2011 and 2013, although the defendant continued to hold himself as a licensed professional. In 2014, the Contractors State License Board revoked the expired licenses. The defendant will not be permitted to hold a valid contractor’s license again.

Camarillo Fraud Lawyer


Workplace related fraud convictions can have long-lasting consequences. As this case demonstrates, administrative regulators can permanently impact your ability to hold a job, even after you complete a criminal sentence.

Not being able to hold a job interferes with your ability to make restitution payments, so it makes sense to work with an experienced fraud lawyer who can help the prosecutor and court arrive at a resolution that meets the needs of the victims without permanently scarring the defendant’s ability to live independently.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. As your criminal defense attorney, he will create an effective defense strategy that protects your interests during and after the adjudication process.

Don’t rely on 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 fraud/drug possession 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.

Oxnard sex crimes lawyer


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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