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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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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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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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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Murder charges for Louisiana man
Murder charges for Louisiana man
A Louisiana man already serving a life sentence for robbery, rape and kidnapping, was charged with three counts of murder in connection with the cold-case deaths of two unidentified women, one of whom was 5 months pregnant. William Chouest would have been eligible for parole in 2017. One of the victims was discovered in Ventura County. The other was found in Kern County.

According to prosecutors, DNA collected from the victims identified Chouest as a suspect in both crimes. The DNA samples collected from the victims and their clothing were tested in 2012, although the homicides happened in 1980. The samples were matched to a sample collected from Chouest while he was incarcerated.

In addition to murder charges, Chouest faces special circumstances, including murder while engaged in rape, murder while engaged in robbery and multiple murders, as well as weapons charges and habitual offender charges. Chouest has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. If convicted, he faces three life sentences without parole, as well as additional time for the weapons offenses.

An experienced Ventura murder attorney


Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Quite literally, your life is at stake. In California, conviction on homicide charges can result in the death penalty, or a life sentence with or without the possibility of parole. You need the assistance of a qualified, experienced Ventura murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He is known as an aggressive defense attorney who goes the distance for his clients. He will work directly with you throughout the judicial process to help you create a solid defense strategy.

His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that isn’t an option, he will challenge the evidence against you; bring forward expert testimony on your behalf, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, based on your circumstances.

Do not risk your freedom by working with an inexperienced murder 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 homicide 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 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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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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Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
Simi Valley Man Convicted of Sextortion
A Simi Valley man pleaded guilty to extortion, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Corey Ackerman, 27, was arrested last September following a lengthy “sextortion” investigation. Earlier in 2015, he was sentenced to five years of probation for extortion, possession of child pornography, and blackmail.

Second sextortion conviction came with prison term


Ackerman came to the attention of police as early as 2014. Following his first sextortion conviction, a number of minors came forward to tell police that Ackerman had contacted them through social media, and attempted to engage in sexual activity with them. According to the victims, Ackerman told the victims that he had pornographic pictures of them and that he would delete them only if they agreed to have sex with him. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 at the time of Ackerman’s contact. Upon his second conviction, Ackerman was given a 6 year prison sentence and was ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

If you’ve been arrested on sextortion charges, child pornography charges, or charges related to other Internet sex crimes, especially those involving minors, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend can help you prepare a successful criminal defense.

Mr. Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who works exclusively with clients charged with criminal offenses in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend will protect your rights during the judicial process, and will work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.

Don’t be fooled by the bravado of investigators and prosecutors who are simply working to get a conviction. Often, they don’t have enough evidence to fully support the charges they threaten to bring against you. Mr. Helfend has established a reputation as a skillful, aggressive defense attorney and can help you defend yourself successfully, even when the case against you initially appears strong.

Don’t gamble with your freedom. Your best defense strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can bring together the resources you need to defend yourself in front of a judge. 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 sextortion case.

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