When you're looking for the best, you've got to go to someone who's got experience. Not only experience in criminal defense but experienced in the type of case you're charged with.
What I have you do is come into the office. We sit down and go over everything. I'm going to see what your charge is, what the circumstances are, and whether there is a defense in the case or whether this will be a case that we're going to be negotiating.
I've been doing this for almost 30 years now. I've worked for the District Attorney's office in the early 1990s and a Superior Court Judge as his right-hand man/research attorney. Then in 1994, I opened up my criminal defense firm called The Hedding Law Firm.
So, if you're looking for the best criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles for sex crime cases, you've come to the right place. Not only do I have experience from working at the DA's office, working for a judge, and then being a criminal defense attorney, I also have an uncanny ability to win cases.
And the question becomes, what is a win in criminal defense? Who are the type of people who are the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles, and part of that question is answered by defining what a win is?
For some people, a win will be going to trial and getting a not-guilty verdict because those people are indicating that they're innocent. For other people, there is evidence against those individuals, and they're not going to be able to take their case to a jury trial and win.
However, they could still win in their criminal case by getting a resolution that doesn't include jail time, by getting a solution that doesn't have a felony.
There are many different examples of what we try to do for people who are in trouble, who need help, and need what I call a win. Our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys will provide a closer review below.
What are the Most Common Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles?
In LA County, prosecutors use several statutes to file charges against someone they believe committed a sexual-related offense. The most include:
- Penal Code 243.4 PC – sexual battery,
- Penal Code 261.5 PC – statutory rape,
- Penal Code 261PC – rape,
- Penal Code 266h PC – pimping,
- Penal Code 266i PC – pandering,
- Penal Code 288 PC – lewd acts with a minor,
- Penal Code 288.2 PC – send harmful matter to seduce a minor,
- Penal Code 288.3 PC – contacting minor to commit a felony,
- Penal Code 288.4 PC – arrange a meeting with minor for lewd purposes,
- Penal Code 288a PC – oral copulation with a minor,
- Penal Code 311 PC – child pornography,
- Penal Code 314 PC – indecent exposure,
- Penal Code 647(b) PC – solicitation of prostitution,
- Penal Code 647.6 PC – annoying or molesting a child,
- Penal Code 290 PC – failure to register as a sex offender,
- Penal Code 653.22 PC – loitering for prostitution.
Jury Trial vs. Negotiation for a Favorable Plea Bargain
So, we have to sit down right off the bat and talk about what a win is to you. Of course, it's going to have to be realistic. If you can't win a case in a jury trial, then we're going to have to find your win differently.
We're going to have to negotiate, get character letters, put a mitigation package together to present to the prosecutors so that we can get your win, get what you need realistically out of the case so you can get out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.
Part of being the best criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles is helping the client define what a win is and then executing a plan to get that win — whether it's a jury trial or a negotiation.
Ultimately, the client has to decide whether they want to fight the case and go to trial, but their attorney must present them with both sides of the coin.
In other words, if you go to trial, this is what we're going to need to show, this is what we're going to have to get around because this is the evidence the prosecutors have, and this is what it will take to win.
Seeking Best Possible Outcome on the Case
On the other hand, if we realize there's no way you're going to win the case at trial because the prosecutors have the evidence, we've got to figure out what we can best do to bring you the outcome you must have.
We're looking for a result in that scenario. Sometimes the result includes no jail time. Sometimes it consists of no prison time. Sometimes it consists of no sex registration, for example, if it's a sex crime case.
There's a slew of things particular to an individual charged with a criminal case in Los Angeles. As your advocate, it's up to me to help you figure out what those things are; go to who needs to be talked to in the District Attorney's office or City Attorney's office and get that result you must have.
So, pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is located in Los Angeles County, and our law firm offers you a free, confidential case review to go over all the details of your case and discuss legal options. Contact us at 213, or fill out our contact form here.