Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
Murder Suspect Faces Three Strikes Penalty
A 21-year-old man arrested for a fatal stabbing last August in Camarillo faces lifetime incarceration under California’s three strikes law. Tyler Ostertag, 21, of Camarillo, has already accumulated two felony convictions. He was indicted by a Ventura County grand jury for murder and the special circumstance of using a knife to kill, as well as attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime. He was arraigned on the charges last week, and was expected to plead not guilty.

Three Strikes convictions can lead to life sentence

According to police, Ostertag was involved in a conflict with a group of teens outside of a local fast food restaurant last August and stabbed 16-year-old Daniel Morales in the chest. Morales later died at a local hospital. Ostertag originally fled the scene, but was arrested later that day at a motel in Riverside.

Mandatory sentences – like the ones imposed by California’s Three Strike Law – destroy families and take people who could be productive out of society for excessively long periods of time. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend works with people who are facing tough mandatory sentencing for crimes that don’t (and should) require lengthy incarcerations.

He is a dedicated, skillfull and aggressive criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. For more than 30 years, Mr. Helfend has defended people who are wrongly accused, or who have simply made mistakes.

In the past 30 years, Mr. Helfend has developed the professional resources a good criminal defense attorney needs in court. Each case is different and each defendant is different, so each defense strategy is unique. Whether you’re facing the possibility of your first felony conviction or your third, Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to help you avoid convictions that will change your life forever.

No defense attorney can guarantee that he or she can get the charges against you dropped, or that he can make sure you’re acquitted in court. But as an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Helfend can promise you that he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case, and work to help you avoid collecting a “strike” in California. The Three Strikes law doesn’t work as it was intended, and it has created serious problems for California families, Californians who are incarcerated and even for the State of California itself.

Don’t take chances on an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, or a “factory” practice that will assign your case to an available attorney. Work directly with the attorney who will handle 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 Three Strikes case.

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