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Criminal Defense in Los Angeles Is Not An Exact Science

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Dec 19, 2020

When it comes to defending a criminal case in Los Angeles county, a lot of people think that it's an exact science, meaning:

  • if they tell you what they're charged with and where their case is;
  • you should be able to tell them exactly what the sentence is going to be in the case, or
  • what the likelihood of a not guilty verdict is going to be if they decide to take the case to a jury trial.

Unfortunately, this is ridiculous if there are attorneys that are making these types of predictions.

Because a lot of times when you come to the attorney, you haven't even appeared in court yet, so the attorney doesn't have all the evidence related to the case.

Before having the evidence, why would you want somebody who is going to predict what's going to happen to you.  It really doesn't make sense.

Criminal Defense Depends on Many Different Factors

Criminal Defense in Los Angeles Is Not An Exact Science
Criminal defense depends on a wide range of factors, such as the type of charges, whether there was violence, and defendant's prior record.

That's where criminal defense in Los Angeles is not an exact since.  In other words, you have to look at a lot of different factors:

  • what are the charges?
  • is there violence involved?
  • was there a victim impacted?
  • you have to look at your client's circumstances, including;
  • their criminal record;
  • do they have a job;
  • do they have a family?
  • you have to look at the totality of where the case is pending;
  • Which courthouse is it in?
  • Which judge is going to handle the case?
  • Which prosecutor is going to be in charge of prosecuting it?

So, there are so many factors to consider in a criminal case that to start making predictions without having all the evidence, in my opinion, is reckless.

Review Evidence and Circumstances in Your Criminal Case

I don't do it.  If you come in and you tell me what you're charged with and you tell me which court your case is in, what your criminal record is, I can give you an idea of what you're looking at.

But I can't, in a lot of cases, especially serious felonies, tell you exactly how everything is going to go, because again, it's not an exact science.

You have to get all the pieces of the puzzle.  Once you have all the pieces of the puzzle:

  • you've got the evidence,
  • you've talked to the prosecutor,
  • you've talked to the client,
  • you've used your experience to evaluate it.

Even then, you still don't know exactly how things are going to go because the case is being dealt with by people , human beings who have biases, who have prejudices, who make mistakes, who look at things in different ways.

Jury Trials in Los Angeles

So, when it comes to a jury trial for example in Los Angeles county related to a criminal case, you never know what a jury is going to do.  And that goes both ways.

Jury Trials in Los Angeles
A jury trial is often unpredictable as you never know for sure what a jury is going to do.

Sometimes I've had cases where my clients decided to take the case to trial and I knew it was a very tough case and we were able to get a not guilty verdict.

You sit there scratching your head, but the bottom line is, you never know how the evidence is going to be portrayed both ways to a jury and you don't know who all your jurors are.  Sometimes you get great defense jurors.

And of course, the opposite is true.  Sometimes there are cases where you go into a courtroom and all the jurors who are brought in are very conservative and you get conservative tough jurors who are evaluating a case.

The bottom line is, when you're dealing with such a complex criminal justice system and you're dealing with a situation where it's not really clear what's going to happen.

You can't start telling people this is going to happen; that's going to happen.  You can only give them general information until you have all the facts and details.

Criminal Defense for California Crimes

Criminal Defense for California Crimes
Call the Hedding Law Firm to review the details of your criminal case.

Once you have the facts and details, then you can begin to start to deal with the case in a logical manner.  That's why it's so crucial to have a defense attorney like me, who's been doing this for 27 years.

I started working for the prosecutors in 1992 and then I worked for a Superior Court judge in 1993, and then in 1994 I opened my own criminal defense firm and I have been practicing exclusively criminal defense since then.

That's somebody with a complete background who can really give you a feel for how your case is going to go.  But I make sure that I tell the truth.

I tell the clients what they're really facing, because that's the only way to do this and have a successful result, have a result that's fair and make sure that your client is completely informed on their criminal case.

So, the answer is, criminal defense is not an exact science, but if you get a great criminal defense attorney by your side, you're going to have the best chance to end up with the best resolution.

Pick up the phone.  Ask to speak to Ron Hedding.  Set up a meeting with me.  We'll help you and your loved on get through this and make sure that justice is done for you.

Hedding Law Firm is a top-rated criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.

About the Author

Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ.

Ronald D. Hedding, Esq., is the founding member of the Hedding Law Firm. Mr. Hedding has an extensive well-rounded legal background in the area of Criminal Law. He has worked for the District Attorney's Office, a Superior Court Judge, and as the guiding force behind the Hedding Law Firm. His multi-faceted experience sets Mr. Hedding apart and puts him in an elite group of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern California.