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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Robbery arrest for Ventura woman
Robbery arrest for Ventura woman
A Ventura woman was arrested on suspicion of robbery, after allegedly accosting a man in a wheelchair outside of a Chase Bank branch on Telegraph Road.

Robbery suspect detained by citizens


Police were called to the bank after receiving reports of a person causing a disturbance outside of the bank. Callers reported that a woman was yelling at bank customers and pedestrians, and banging on the bank’s windows. When they arrived, they discovered 52-year-old Tatiana Winiarz. She reportedly assaulted the man in the wheelchair, and snatched a bag from his lap, which contained the man’s money and medication. After assaulting the man in the wheelchair, Winiarz was detained by citizens in the area until police arrived. The man’s property was returned at the scene, and he was not injured in the incident. Police took Winiarz into custody.

Winiarz has a significant arrest history primarily in Ventura and Oxnard for public intoxication, spousal abuse, battery on a police officer, interfering with business customers and trespassing.

If you’ve been accused robbery, theft or a similar crime, don’t go to court alone, and don’t rely on an overworked, underpaid public defender, who does not have time to examine the realities of your case and who cannot operate in your best interests.

Mr. Helfend is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney in Southern California with more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. When you’re facing criminal charges, you want only the best by your side, and experience makes all the difference in the world.

For offenders with an established low-level criminal history, judges and prosecutors are more interested in strategies that reduce the likelihood of repeat offenses than they are in punishing the offender. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help find alternatives that address the concerns of the court and work in the best interest of the defendant.

Don’t risk your freedom or perpetuate the cycle of court appearances by representing yourself or working with a public defender. Work with a skilled criminal defense attorney and see the difference it can make in your life.

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 robbery case.
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Robbery suspect former USC player
Robbery suspect former USC player
A former USC football player has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Ventura County and Los Angeles County. USC student Bryce Dixon, 19, was first developed as a robbery suspect, after being arrested with Trey Lealaimatafao, 19, a former Louisiana State University football player. Both men had been dismissed from their respective teams for misconduct. The men are suspected of at least nine robberies, and were arrested near USC’s campus following a robbery in Los Angeles County. Police discovered evidence in the suspects’ vehicle tying them to the robberies.

Robbery spree spanned Ventura, Los Angeles Counties


Dixon and Lealaimatafao are suspected of robbery in at least four incidents in Ventura County, including Oxnard and Ventura, as well as unincorporated areas of the county. The pair is also suspected of robbery, carjacking, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in separate incidents in Los Angeles County. Dixon was barred from the USC football team in 2014 and expelled from the University after being accused of sexual assault in 2014. He was reinstated to the University but was not allowed to return to the football team. Lealaimatafao was dismissed from the LSU football team for an alleged battery and robbery incident in 2015, and separate misconduct incidents dating back to 2014.

If you’ve been arrested for a Ventura robbery, theft or grand theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend will help you build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He practices in Ventura County and in criminal courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in defending clients against even the most serious felonies.

Mr. Helfend’s first goal will always be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. No reputable criminal defense attorney will promise you any particular outcome for your case, but Mr. Helfend focuses on delivering the best possible outcome for his clients at all times, based on the facts and circumstances of each case. He is known among prosecutors and judges in Southern California as an aggressive, diligent criminal defense attorney.

In more than 30 years of criminal defense practice, Mr. Helfend has established an impressive history of exceptional criminal defense in and around Ventura County. When you go to court to face serious felony charges like robbery, you don’t want to go alone and you don’t want to go with a criminal defense attorney who isn’t prepared to defend your freedom effectively.

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 robbery case.

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Ventura burglary suspect arrested
Ventura burglary suspect arrested
A 29 year-old Ventura man was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary after a record store was burglarized on Christmas Day. Ventura police responded to an alarm at Salzer’s Records on Valentine Road in Ventura on Friday morning. Initially, there were no signs of a disturbance, so police thought it was a false alarm. When employees returned to work on Saturday, they discovered the burglary and called police to the scene again.

Employees gave description of burglary suspect


Inside the store, employees discovered that a number of display cases had been damaged and several items had been taken in the burglary. Using surveillance footage from the store’s security system, employees were able to give a description of the burglary suspect. Later that morning, Ventura police located Torin Davey of Ventura in a nearby fast-food restaurant. Davey had some of the missing items from the burglary in his possession at the time of his arrest.

If you’ve been arrested for burglary, robbery or theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura County and has established a reputation as a tough, hard-working and aggressive defense attorney.

When you work with the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend, you get the man whose name is on the door. Mr.Helfend himself will manage your burglary case from start to finish. This level of service distinguishes Mr. Helfend from other, larger criminal defense attorneys, who may pass your case along to less experienced staff lawyers. When you hire Mr. Helfend, he will work with you directly to develop a solid defense strategy for your burglary 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 burglary case.

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Ventura Violent Crimes Rising
Ventura Violent Crimes Rising
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says that incidents of violent crimeswere up 30% in the first six months of 2015. In comparison, property crimes were up just 6%. According to officials, violent crimes in Camarillo, Ojai and Fillmore all rose, while Moorpark’s violent crimes rate was unchanged, and violent crimes in Thousand Oaks declined.

Violent crimes account for most of Ventura’s crime increase


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office blamed the rise in property crimes on gangs from outside of Ventura County coming into the area and committing residential burglaries. The VCSO also said that commercial burglaries had risen in Camarillo, Fillmore and Moorpark. The incidence of property crimes in Thousand Oaks rose, noting that both petty theft and grand theft, including the number of stolen vehicles, had risen in that area.
While the Uniform Crime Statistics for the area noted that cases of sexual assault had declined, the number of sexual assaults more than doubled when FBI revisions to the crime statistics were taken into account. The number of murder cases rose from 1 to 3, representing a 200% increase over the same period in 2014. The total number of violent crimes in Ventura County rose from 191 in 2014 to 248 in 2015, accounting for the 30% overall increase.

If you’ve been arrested for murder, assault or violent crimes in Ventura County, you need the professional assistance of a Robert Helfend. Ventura criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, practices criminal defense exclusively and takes both misdemeanor and felony criminal defense work in Ventura County.

Mr. Helfend will aggressively defend your rights in court, and will begin work immediately to have the most serious charges against you dropped or reduced. Convictions for violent crimes like murder, rape and armed robbery can have a lifetime of consequences, and can trigger California’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on inexperienced criminal defense attorneys or court-appointed defenders if you’ve been accused of committing violent crimes in Ventura County. 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 violent crimes case.

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