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How to Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Jul 05, 2020

Most people who find themselves in trouble and on the wrong side of the law obviously want to find an attorney that can help them, and a lot of people search for the best criminal defense attorney that can help them.

I think the thinking on that is that, the better the attorney, the better the result, and I tell you there is definitely a lot of truth to that way of thinking because if you've got a great attorney — you've got one of the best attorneys — obviously, that attorney is going to be able to do the best job of whatever needs to be done.

That's the key.  What needs to be done?  Do you need to go to trial?  Do you need an attorney to work out a deal with the prosecutors and/or the judge?  What do you need that attorney for?

Experienced Lawyer Local to the Courthouse

That's one of the big things that I talk to clients about when they come in and meet with me.  We try to lay everything out on the table as far as what's going on with their criminal case so that we can really get a good idea of what it's going to take to get them the best result.

I think some of the factors to look at when you're looking at the best attorney in Los Angeles are, how long that attorney has been practicing in the area where your case is pending.

Obviously, you want to try to get somebody local to where you are or where your crime has occurred because that person is probably going to know the jury pool there if the case has to go to trial.  Going to know the judges; going to know the prosecutors; going to know law enforcement.

So, they're going to know what it takes to win your case in that jurisdiction and that's crucial for the best attorney to know what it's going to take to get you the result that makes sense in your case.

What I mean by that is, if you can't win your case, then obviously you're going to need to try to get a result that gets you the least amount of charges possible and keeps you out of custody and a whole host of other factors depending on what type of a crime that we're actually talking about.

So, experience in the jurisdiction where your case is pending is crucial.

Criminal Lawyer Whom You Can Relate To

In addition to that, I think getting an attorney who you can relate to — that's why I always suggest if you can, meeting with the attorney — and I try to meet with everybody.

How to Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

With this new Coronavirus going on it's not as easy to meet with everybody, but I definitely try to do that because the way that I look at it, I think you should shake your attorney's hand, look them eyeball to eyeball and really get a feel for what that particular person is and what they're all about.

The reason I say that is because how they relate to you is how they're going to relate to a jury.  It's how they're going to relate to the judge.  It's how they're going to relate to the prosecutor.

You have to realize that feeling of comfort that you get with your attorney or discomfort — whatever the case may be — is going to transcend and translate into your case.  So, that's a big reason that I think figuring out the best attorney in Los Angeles, also has to do figuring out somebody that you feel good and you feel comfortable with.

Obviously, that attorney's reputation is probably the next thing I would look at.  Do they have good reviews online?  Are you seeing things about that attorney that make you feel confident that that attorney knows what they're doing and really is the best attorney or one of the best attorneys in Los Angeles.

Lawyer Who Takes Active Role in Your Defense

The last thing that I would probably say is that make sure that if you're hiring who you think is the best attorney, that attorney is going to be a part of your case.  I can't tell you how many times I have people hiring lawyers and then they come, and they end up hiring me and I say, who was your other lawyer?

They say, I don't even know.  I don't even know their name.  I don't know anything about them.  What I was tricked by is some lawyer put all their credentials on an internet advertisement.  I then went in there.  I hired that firm and I didn't get that lawyer.

I just got some younger lawyer, somebody who probably has less than five years' experience.  I said, why did you hire that lawyer if you didn't know that it was the lawyer you originally called?  People just don't think about that.

If you're not used to hiring a criminal defense attorney, how would you know that bait and switch game where the attorney you think you're hiring is not even involved with your case.

That's one big thing I would say is, make sure the attorney that you're going to get is involved with your case.

I encourage you to check me out.  Look at my ratings.  Look at my reviews.  Look at my videos.  Hopefully, you'll get a good sense of who I am and then come and meet with me.  Ask to meet with Ron Hedding.  If you've got a criminal case or a loved one has a criminal case, I stand at the ready to help you.

Hedding Law Firm is a 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.