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How to Choose the Best Attorney for Your Criminal Case

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Nov 17, 2020

Just like all people are not the same, all attorneys are not the same.  Some attorneys have a more aggressive approach, while others have a softer, more milder approach.

Depending on the type of case you're talking about, that would probably dictate the best approach.  But, when you're looking to hire an attorney for a criminal case in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley or any of the surrounding areas, there are a good amount of attorneys out there that practice criminal defense, but the one that's right for you is likely going to have a number of key characteristics:

Experienced Lawyer

  • You obviously want to get somebody who has been practicing for a while. There are a lot of attorneys who are able to advertise successfully on the internet for example but have only been practicing for a very short amount of time. So, just because they can get a top spot on the internet, doesn't necessarily mean they are good attorneys.  So, get somebody with experience with the type of case you have pending against you.  I would say that would be number one.

Choose a Lawyer You Feel Comfortable With

  • I think you want to meet with your attorney. When I meet with people, it gives me a good gauge of who they are, the type of case we're talking about — and I think the reverse is true.  I think the
    How to Choose the Best Attorney for Your Criminal Case in Los Angeles
    client gets a good opportunity to see who I am, what I am all about, what type of experience I bring to bear and what my temperament, because whoever the attorney is that you choose to represent you in your criminal case, they are going to be the one speaking to the prosecutors, the one speaking to the judge on your behalf.  That's going to be the attorney cross-examining witnesses if the case gets litigated by way of a preliminary hearing, for example, or a trial, any motions that are filed on your behalf.  So, you want to get an attorney that you feel comfortable with — somebody, that when you talk to them, look them in the eye, you get a good sense that they know what they're talking about.

Lawyer Who is Honest About Your Case

  • I think another important factor to consider when choosing the best attorney for your case is to make sure that the attorney is being honest with you — is leveling with you about your scenario — your particular case. I hear all the time, people are calling into law offices and they get a great rosy picture of what the attorney can do for them. Then, they come and meet with me and we start talking about the case, and they said well, the other attorney said so and so.  The person who answered the phone for the other attorney's office said this.  I tell them, wait a minute.  They don't even know anything about your case.  Just because they're painting some rosy picture of what might happen, does that really give you any sense of security — any sense that this person is going to be able to get your case dismissed, for example.  Because if it does, you're fooling yourself.  You need to let the attorney evaluate the facts of your case.  What you have to say is obviously very important, but also what the evidence has to say.  What type of evidence are the prosecutors going to be able to present against you?  Then the attorney will be in a position to really give you a good sense of what's going on.  So, don't be fooled by these law firms that are just painting some rosy picture without having any of the facts of your case to plug in to compare it against what they're talking about.

Attorney with Good Reputation

  • The last thing I would say when you're considering an attorney is, you want to get somebody who has a good reputation. Obviously, online reviews and maybe a referral from a friend or you see something on the internet that you like that makes you feel the person has a good reputation, and when you go to talk to a person, talk to them about that. You want the attorney to know the judges tendencies, the prosecutor's tendencies. One who has a pretty good feel for the courthouse that your case is pending in, because that is a huge factor that goes into a successful resolution — whether that resolution is by way of a negotiated plea or by way of a trial.

So, if you're looking for the best attorney in Los Angeles, you're looking for somebody who will fight for their clients and who also will be honest with their clients, you've come to the right place.  I've been doing this for 26 years.

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I know how to negotiate a criminal defense case and I think once you meet with me, you will get a very good feel that I am here to help you.

Hedding Law Firm is a top-ranked criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact our firm 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.