Following a six-year delay in which charges were dropped and refiled, prosecutors in Oxnard have begun to try the murder case of a woman who is accused of killing her husband. Jane Laut is accused of killing former Olympian Dave Laut following what Jane Laut claims was a 30-year relationship punctuated by domestic violence. Laut also faces an enhanced charge of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury. If convicted, Laut could be sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
Domestic violence history led to murder
Laut claims that she shot her husband in August 2009 in self-defense after suffering domestic violence abuse from the victim for 30 years. Dave Laut was shot multiple times in the head following an argument. Jane Laut originally told police that an intruder had shot her husband, but then said that she had taken the gun away from her husband, who was intoxicated and had threatened to kill the couple’s 10-year-old son and the family dogs. Dave Laut won an Olympic gold medal in the shot put in 1984, and was working as a high school track coach at the time of his death.
If you’ve been arrested for spousal abuse or any other domestic violence charge, a competent experienced defense attorney can help you defend yourself in court. Robert Helfend has established a solid reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients’ rights. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes the toughest cases in Ventura County and in counties throughout Southern California.
Domestic violence arrests are difficult because the police almost always make an arrest, whether one is justified or not. This puts you in the position of defending yourself in court, facing fines, jail time, community service, court-ordered therapy or other penalties that will follow you around long after the original incident is settled.
Robert Helfend works tirelessly on your behalf from the time he takes your case until the trial is finished. His aggressive defense, combined with his years of experience provides his clients with the defense support they need throughout the judicial process.
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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