Learn the Best Defenses for Police Officers Charged with a Crime in the Downtown Los Angeles Courthouse
I've been defending police officers now in downtown Los Angeles for 26 years. Most of the cases that are filed against law enforcement, the police, are filed in downtown LA, which is known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
This is because the District Attorney's office who prosecutes those cases, has a special unit called the integrity unit in downtown Los Angeles, and their prosecutors are the ones that prosecute crimes and cases against police officers.
On the one hand, I do think that police officers have a very good chance to be defended, even in the downtown LA court which might have a jury pool that is against the police in some respects.
But the prosecutors who are usually very friendly with the police will give them the benefit of the doubt in a close case.
However, on the flip side, if they feel that they have an officer who has committed a very serious crime, whether it be on-duty or off-duty, they're going to be just as harsh against that police officer as they would anybody else.
So, it really depends on the type of crime, the person's record as far as in the community and as a law enforcement officer, whether the crime itself occurred on-duty or off-duty, and of course, what the circumstances are.
Seeking To Maintain Police Officer's Job and Freedom
One of the biggest things we're fighting for in defending a law enforcement officer, besides keeping him out of custody, is seeing if we can maintain their job, because anybody who is convicted of a felony, will lose their right to bear arms.
Obviously, police officers need to be able to use a weapon in order to be a police officer So, that's one of the biggest things we're typically fighting against, is the person getting convicted of a felony or even going to jail.
Nobody wants to go to jail, but you especially don't want to go to jail as a law enforcement officer because of the danger intendent with going to jail.
If the other inmates were to find out that you are a police officer, that could be very dangerous and we want to make sure that we keep you out of custody.
This is min in addition to the fact that there's the Coronavirus right now and you're probably 15 times more likely to get the Coronavirus if you go into the LA county jail just because of the close quarters and the overcrowding that's going on.
Reviewing Evidence to Develop a Case Strategy
So, if you are a law enforcement officer, a police officer, you find yourself charged with a crime, you've come to the right place. I've defended many law enforcement officers successfully.
The first thing we need to do is sit down and see if the government has got the evidence against you or not. If they don't have the evidence, then we're going to prepare the case for a jury trial.
We're going to fight it. If that's the decision that we make, you've come to the right place because I've done many jury trials and been very successful when it comes to jury trials under the right circumstances, and of course, the right case.
If on the other hand, the prosecutors have the evidence against you and they're going to be able to prove that you've committed a crime, then we're going to have to get another strategy.
Contact Hedding Law Firm To Review Your Criminal Case
A strategy that does damage control, keeps an eye on your career, keeps an eye on your safety for purposes of going into custody, and obviously, we're going to want to look at the entire circumstances of the case before we make a move in deciding exactly how we're going to defend the case.
So, if you're charged with a crime in the downtown LA courthouse, 210 West Temple, and you're a police officer, pick up the phone. Ask to meet with Ron Hedding. The meeting will be private.
Even if you decide not to hire me, everything will be confidential. I'm here to help. I have the skill set, tools and mentality to do everything it takes to defend you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.