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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San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
San Gabriel Woman Sentenced On Sex Crimes Charges
A Ventura judge sent a San Gabriel woman to prison for 11 years and fined her nearly $1M for human trafficking. In addition to a sex crimes charge, the woman also pleaded guilty to multiple other felony counts. They included pimping, money laundering, and a single count of filing a false tax return.

Defeng Hu, 33, acted as a dispatcher for a Ventura County human trafficking operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Backpage.com advertisement that featured photographs of a Chinese woman. The ad indicated that she offered “escort services” at a Camarillo hotel. In reality, the operation used 28 Chinese nationals who were seeking US residency.

Hu would respond to inquiries generated by the ad, and dispatch women to the hotel to meet customers. As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Hu’s residence. During the search, Hu attempted to flee with $24,000 in cash, a number of cell phones and business records. She jumped from a third-floor window and broke her ankle.

Police believe the ring generated as much as $50,000 in cash each month. It operated in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Tulare counties. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty in connection with the operation. The other defendants face sentences of up to 13 years in prison and fines for participating in the scheme.

Ventura sex crimes lawyer


Sex crimes like human trafficking get a lot of attention from authorities. If you’re facing sex crimes charges of any kind, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully in court. Many criminal defense lawyers don’t like to take sex crimes cases. The subject matter of the trial is sensitive. Judges and juries are often sympathetic to the victim. That can make challenging the evidence against the defendant difficult.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works hard to prepare an effective defense. He also works hard to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped.

Don’t work with an inexperienced defense attorney, or one who doesn’t really want to take 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 sex crimes case.

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Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrest man for sex crimes
Thousand Oaks police arrested an Oak Park parolee last month for sex crimes, including possession of child pornography, annoying or molesting a minor, and sending sexually abusive materials to a minor.

According to police, Matthew Myers posed as a 17-year-old boy, and contacted a 15-year-old girl via the social media site Facebook. After conversing with the girl, he asked her for sexually explicit photos. He is also accused of contacting a 16-year-old boy and sending him sexually explicit photographs.

Myers is on parole for previous sexual assaults, and is monitored electronically. In September 2015, Thousand Oaks police, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, developed information that Myers was engaging in behavior prohibited by the terms of his parole. They seized evidence from Myers’ computer that revealed his contact with at least a dozen minors.

Myers was arrested in Pasadena, and was held on a $1 million bail. Since he has committed a parole violation, he is not currently eligible for release on bail.

Oak Park sex crimes lawyer


Convictions for sex crimes have consequences that will last long after you’ve been released from supervision. Registered sex offenders may find it difficult – if not impossible to find work and housing. A growing number of restrictions work against you, effectively eliminating your opportunity to re-enter society successfully.

Lifetime enrollment on the state’s sex offender registry – which is required following most convictions – works to exclude convicted sex offenders from most meaningful activities. Moving doesn’t help. Your California sex offender status will follow you wherever you go.

If you’re facing sex crimes charges, you need the immediate assistance of an aggressive, experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes the tough sex crimes cases that most criminal defense attorneys shy away from, and he will fight aggressively for your future in court.

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 County sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Sex crimes arrest for couple in Camarillo
Two adults were arrested at a Camarillo motel after police acted on an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old girl. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the motel room, which had been rented by the couple. According to police, the couple was charged with sex crimes related to human trafficking, child pornography, forcing a minor to commit a commercial sex act and pimping.

Simi Valley resident Jessica Stanley, and Thousand Oaks resident Robert McGraa were charged after undercover police contacted Stanley through anonymous ads she had placed on an online escort site. While making arrangements to meet, police say that Stanley made an explicit offer of sexual services to be performed by the 15-year-old victim. Stanley told the undercover officer that he could meet the girl at the motel after she finished her school day. Stanley would not provide the room number, but said she would provide the information after the undercover officer arrived at the motel for the arranged meeting.

After the undercover officer made contact with Stanley at the motel and ascertained the girl’s room number, a team of officers served the search warrant and arrested Stanley and McGraa. The girl was not arrested, and was provided with victims’ services through the District Attorney’s Office and through Child Protective Services of Ventura County.

Stanley and McGraa face as many as 20 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

Ventura sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes convictions have long-lasting consequences. Most often, those convicted of sex crimes must register for life as sex offenders. That designation follows you wherever you go, even if you move out of state. Often, registered sex offenders cannot find gainful employment or suitable housing following their release from custody or supervision.

Having an experienced sex crimes attorney fighting for you in court is one of the smartest moves you can make if you’ve been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offenses. Don’t risk your freedom and your future on an inexperienced sex crimes 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 sex crimes case.

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Camarillo sex crimes against children
Camarillo sex crimes against children
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 75 years in prison for sex crimes committed against children. Luis Manuel Gonzalez, 62, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old Camarillo girl while visiting the girl’s family in November 2013.

While investigating the incident, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office discovered additional victims. After Gonzalez was arrested for the first three assaults, VCSO investigators found two additional victims. All five victims were minors at the time of the incidents, but at least two victims no longer reside in the area.

In June, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation. In August, he was sentenced to three consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life.

Camarillo sex crimes attorney


Sex crimes against children are prosecuted vigorously, and sentences can be exceptionally harsh. If you’re arrested in Camarillo for sex crimes, whether or not they involve children, Robert Helfend is ready to take your case.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom experience, exclusively in criminal defense. He does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been accused of, but he does fight aggressively for your rights and your freedom.

Under new sentencing requirements, the law may require prison sentences for certain sex crimes convictions. You may also be subject to sex offender registration requirements, which sometimes last a lifetime. When it’s not possible to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped, Mr. Helfend works toward the best possible outcome in each case. That may include alternative sentencing, plea agreements or other strategies that will lessen the impact of a conviction.

Don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t go into a courtroom as a defendant alone. 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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Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
Oxnard coach sentenced for sex crimes
A former Oxnard volleyball, basketball and soccer coach was sentenced for sex crimes involving children. William Esau Matau pleaded guilty in June to one count of committing lewd acts upon a child, possession of child pornography and child molestation.

Matau was sentenced to 300 days in the Ventura County Jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims for at least 10 years. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the two victims, as well as fines and court costs. He must also register as a sex offender.

The case involved two victims under the age of 14, and allegedly occurred in December 2015. Matau worked as a volleyball coach for the Oxnard Recreational and Community Services Department at the time of his arrest. Prior to this incident, he had no criminal record.

Oxnard sex crimes lawyer


Ventura sex crimes lawyer Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Ventura and throughout Southern California. He takes sex crimes cases, including those involving minors. Many sex crimes lawyers shy away from taking cases that involve minors because they find these cases too difficult to defend against, or the nature of the crimes distasteful.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’re accused of. He treats sex crimes cases like all other criminal defense cases, and works diligently to provide the best possible counsel and defense to his clients.

Convictions on sex offenses in California can have lifelong consequences, regardless of the length of the sentence imposed by the Court. Sex offender registration can make it difficult to find gainful employment and suitable housing following conviction. Carelessness in maintaining proper registration information can quickly lead to re-incarceration, and long-term harassment by the police.

Don’t risk your freedom on the skills of a criminal defense attorney who does not have experience in defending against sex crimes, or who does not want to defend you aggressively. 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 sex crimes case.

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Sex crimes Victims Sought In TO
Sex crimes Victims Sought In TO
Police believe that a Thousand Oaks man arrested in connection with a sexual assault may have victimized more people, and is looking for additional sex crimes victims. Thousand Oaks police arrested resident William Beliveau, 63, after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a local hotel.

According to the victim, she met Beliveau in a drug treatment program, and indicated that at least two other people had been similarly victimized by Beliveau. The additional assaults date back as far as 2011. Charges were filed against him in Ventura County in the present case and include the rape of an unconscious person. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sex crimes Attorney


Sexual assaults are treated seriously in California, and a conviction can result in lengthy prison sentences. In addition, most people convicted of sexual assaults must register – often for life – on the state’s sex offender registry. Sex offender registration can make it difficult to find work and housing. It can even make you ineligible to work in certain professional capacities.

Avoiding conviction on sexual assault charges is essential, and working with an experienced sex crimes attorney is your best strategy when you’ve been arrested. Many defense attorneys struggle to provide adequate representation to clients who have been accused of sex crimes.

The nature of the allegations, the lack of concrete evidence and the character of both the victim and the alleged perpetrator are often called into question during a trial. Working with an experienced sex crimes attorney gives you a significant advantage in court and can help you provide an aggressive defense.

Do not attempt to defend yourself against sexual assault charges, and do not rely on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney to prepare a rigorous 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 sex crimes/grand theft case.

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Oxnard Sex Crimes Arrest
Oxnard Sex Crimes Arrest
An Agoura Hills man was arrested by the Oxnard Police Department following a six-month child pornography investigation. Michael W. Smith, 35, formerly of Oxnard and currently living in Agoura Hills, was arrested on several related sex crimes , including possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

An experienced Ventura sex crimes lawyer


Child pornography charges are difficult to defend against, so your best strategy is to work with an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Whether you’ve been accused of production, possession or transmission of child pornography, you need to know that the charges against you are incredibly serious. You could be tried in federal court or state court, and if convicted, you could be required to pay significant fines, serve a lengthy prison sentence and register as a sex offender, often for the rest of your life.

Child victims arouse the sympathy of judges and juries, no matter what the crime involves. When a crime involves the sexual exploitation of a child, you’ll be treated harshly if you’re convicted. If you’re sentenced to jail time, upon your release, you could find it difficult to land gainful employment or suitable housing, and you’ll be required to register as a sex offender, no matter which jurisdiction you live in.

Many defense attorneys avoid taking defense cases involving child victims, but Mr. Helfend has extensive experience as a sex crimes lawyer. He will work closely with you to create a solid defense strategy, and work toward the best possible resolution for your case.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based upon what they’ve been charged with, even when the victim is a child. Don’t risk your freedom by working with an inexperienced sex crimes lawyer, or by assuming there’s nothing you can do to improve your circumstances.

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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Sex crimes charges for Oxnard man
Sex crimes charges for Oxnard man
An Oxnard man was arrested in March and accused of a number of sex crimes involving a minor. Aaron Reid was booked on suspicion of three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, after the parents of the victim initiated a complaint. According to the complaint, Reid was an acquaintance of the family.

Hire an experienced sex crimes attorney


If you’ve been arrested on sex crimes charges involving minor children, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a robust criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced sex crimes attorney who works exclusively in criminal defense matters. He takes all kinds of criminal cases, including felonies and misdemeanors. Being arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime does not mean that you forfeit your rights. Even after you have been charged with a crime, you still have rights under the law. Mr. Helfend will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected within the judicial process. At the same time, Mr. Helfend will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Convictions for sex crimes can have lifetime consequences. Even after you have been released from prison, the law may require lifetime registration and supervision on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. This can prevent you from finding a job and a home!

Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a fair but aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you appears strong. With more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense in Southern California, Mr. Helfend knows what it takes to defend yourself in court. Don’t gamble with your freedom, especially when you’ve been charged with a serious sex crime, like child pornography.

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 child pornography case.

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SF Man Arrested for Moorpark rape attempt
SF Man Arrested for Moorpark rape attempt
A San Francisco man was arrested after he attempted to rape a Moorpark teen that he met on the Internet. The victim, a 16-year-old Moorpark resident, agreed to meet the man at a local park. The two had chatted via the Internet, but had never met face-to-face.

Suspect attempted to rape victim in vehicle


After the two met, the suspect, identified as Reggie Glass, forced the victim into the back seat of her car and told her that he was going to sexually assault her. The pair was spotted by a witness, who saw the girl struggling in the vehicle with the man. The witness notified Moorpark police, who responded to the scene. The suspect briefly fled the area on foot, but was located by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, and was arrested. He was charged with kidnapping with intent to rape, attempted rape, false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

If you’ve been arrested for rape or another sex crime involving a minor or sex crimes that involve the Internet, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to take your case. For more than 30 years, Mr. Helfend has focused his practice exclusively on criminal defense. He has the experience you want in a criminal defense attorney, and he will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped.

Mr. Helfend will not judge you based upon what you’ve been accused of, but rather, will fight aggressively to defend your Constitutional rights in court and work to get your case dismissed. No attorney can promise a specific outcome when it comes to matters brought before the court, but having an aggressive criminal defense attorney at hand is essential, especially if you have prior convictions on your record. A history of prior convictions for certain matters will make you eligible for three strikes penalties under California law. A third felony conviction could send you to prison for life.

Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or one who isn’t aggressive about preparing and presenting the best possible defense. When you’re facing a serious felony charge, you need the services of a Ventura criminal defense attorney who is serious about 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 rape case.

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