I've been practicing in the Long Beach area and the city of Long Beach for the last 26 years. I remember the old courthouse on Ocean Boulevard — a lot of good memories. It was an old courthouse.
It was pretty cool because it had an escalator in there that went all the way up to all the floors, so you didn't have to worry about the elevator that they also had. But they've since gotten rid of that court and they've built a new multi-million-dollar court in the heart of Long Beach.
It's a great courthouse — beautiful, huge, a lot of state-of-the-art court buildings and they can handle a lot of business.
Long Beach is kind of its own city and there's a lot of action going on there as far as criminal defense goes — gang activity and that courthouse does a lot of business. It's probably one of the biggest courthouses as far as volume goes in the 38 courts in Los Angeles county.
Criminal Lawyer Who knows the Prosecutors and Judges
So, if you've got a criminal case and you were arrested in the city of Long Beach and you need some help, pick up the phone. Make the call. You're obviously want to get an attorney who has experience there, knows how to deal with the judges there, knows how to deal with the prosecutors there and knows how to get you a good result in relation to your criminal case.
Sometimes we're going to be fighting the case. We're going to be taking it to jury trial because you're innocent and you've been wrongfully arrested by the police and wrongfully charged by the prosecutor, so you're going to want to put together a defense.
Do an investigation and we will huddle-up and get out strategy together as to exactly how we're going to attack your case.
Other times, you don't have the luxury of having a good defense and we're going to have to try to do damage control and mitigate your case with a mitigation package and try to work out a plea bargain with the prosecutors.
I've been handling thousands of cases over the last 26 years. I know how to do that. I know what's going to make a difference in a particular case that is filed in the city of Long Beach. Everything is carved up into jurisdictions.
So, the Long Beach court handles a pretty wide variety of cases throughout their jurisdiction which is pretty much a seven to eight mile radius from the courthouse, and that's how the cases are carved up. They handle their whole area there in Long Beach city.
Reviewing Details of Your Criminal Case
So, what I typically do is, I will get you in the office. First we'll talk over the phone. We'll get some information about your case. Then we'll have you come in and meet with me. We'll go over everything in the privacy of my office.
Of course, anything you say will be protected by the attorney/client privilege. Once I hear what you have to say, then we're going to start to make some decisions on some of the moves we're going to do moving forward.
Obviously, I'm going to want to get a good look at the police report and have a conversation with the prosecutor related to your case so we can figure out exactly what the best strategy is going to be. I need the pieces of the puzzle.
In other words, I need to know what the charges are. I need to know what evidence they have. I need to know what we have on our side of things and then I can help you make some smart decisions on exactly how you want to deal with the case.
Negotiating with Prosecutor for Fair Resolution
A lot of times, if we're going to try to negotiate the case — especially a serious case — I'm going to end up meeting with the head prosecutor in the case so that we can go to the person that has the authority to give you a fair resolution.
In order to set the table for that meeting in the Long Beach courthouse, I will send them what I call a mitigation package which is a letter from me kind of breaking down the issues and relevant information in the case.
A lot of times we'll get character letters from you and your family and we'll also get information about you and your job and any other information we can get that can mitigate the circumstances.
Then I will go meet with them face-to-face after they've had a chance to read all of that and then we can really start to talk about the main issues in the case and what is a fair resolution.
So, if you've got a case and you were arrested in the city of Long Beach. Pick up the phone now. Get a hold of Ron Hedding. I've been practicing there for a long time and I can get you the bet results that protect your rights, your reputation and your freedom.