A 26-year-old Ventura man is one step closer to trial in a case involving the DUI death of an on-duty Ventura County Sheriff. Kevin Hogrefe is accused of striking Camarillo resident and Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko, 41, as he was returning to his patrol car following an unrelated traffic stop in December 2014.
Attorney argues that faulty training is responsible for DUI death
Hogrefe was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and felony fleeing the scene of an accident involving death. Hogrefe was arrested following a crash shortly after the accident. After his arrest, his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.23 percent, nearly four times greater than the legal limit.
His attorney had filed a discovery motion seeking access to training materials for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The motion was denied. Hogrefe’s attorney contends that the deputy was in a traffic lane with no reflective equipment, and Hogrefe was not responsible for the deputy’s death. Hogrefe is also seeking a change of venue.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI death in Ventura, or are facing charges related to a DUI arrest, including vehicular manslaughter, you need the help of an aggressive, competent Ventura criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend has practiced DUI defense in Ventura for more than 30 years. DUI defense requires the assistance of qualified medical and legal experts. Robert Helfend has assembled a special team of professionals to assist in DUI death cases.
DUI charges are always serious, but when an accident results in the death of another individual, your circumstances immediately change. Prosecutors are eager to make an easy example of impaired drivers who find themselves behind the wheel when another person dies or is seriously injured. You need an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in what is always a very negative situation.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI death, vehicular manslaughter, or are facing impaired driving 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 DUI death case.
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