An Oxnard man will spend 25 years to life in prison for murder. According to investigators, Daniel Alvarez shot and killed Jorge Rodriguez, also of Oxnard. Police said that the shooter mistook the victim for his identical twin brother.
Prosecutors say that Alvarez approached the victim, whom he thought was the victim’s brother. He shot the man in the neck in retaliation for a bad drug sale. Prosecutors say that Alvarez was angry because he purchased salt, having been told it was methamphetamine.
Alvarez pleaded guilty to two unrelated robbery charges, but pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. A jury found Alvarez guilty of the murder in September 2018. He will return to court on January 22 for sentencing in the robbery cases.
Oxnard murder lawyer
When you face homicide charges of any kind, your best defense is to hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide defense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
A homicide conviction can land you in prison for life, with or without parole. It can subject you to the death penalty. It could also subject you to other incarceration terms, based on the circumstances of your case. As a violent felony, homicide can pull you one step closer to lifetime incarceration under the state’s Three Strikes Law. The stakes are high and your best defense begins with an aggressive, experienced lawyer.
Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This isn’t always possible; it depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. When dismissing or reducing charges isn’t an option, he will work toward the best possible outcome for 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 murder case.
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