Santa Paula Police say that they arrested the man for an unrelated crime. As part of that arrest, they loaded his DNA into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The database produced a match between the suspect and a previously unsolved sexual assault. Following the CODIS identification, police found additional evidence linking the man to the assault.
In that case, the suspect abducted a woman walking down the street. He forced her into a secluded area and assaulted her. He also threatened her with a knife. The woman reported the crime, but authorities could not locate the suspect at that time.
Police sought a warrant for the man’s arrest and located him in Fillmore. He currently works as a roofer. The suspect faces numerous charges related to the sexual assault. He also faces charges of kidnapping for robbery and dissuading a witness by force or threat. He has pleaded not guilty to four felonies and six special allegations related to the case.
Santa Paula sex crimes lawyer
When you face charges related to sexual offenses, hire an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes sexual offense cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Many defense attorneys don’t want to take sexual offense cases. They may be uncomfortable with the nature of the allegations, or the appearance of defending a violent criminal.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he simply works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for a case. The presence of DNA evidence doesn’t always guarantee a conviction. Faulty collection methods and poor handling can taint the evidence, rendering it meaningless. An aggressive criminal defense attorney will work hard to get this evidence suppressed at trial. This can make a conviction much less likely.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t 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 County sex crimes case.
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