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How to Get a Not Guilty Verdict in a Domestic Violence Case

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Mar 02, 2022

Domestic violence cases are plentiful in Los Angeles County because so many people live here. You have individuals who become angry with each other, resort to violence, and now you've got a domestic violence case.

If you or your loved one is looking down the barrel of a conviction and possible jail time, potential criminal record, potential protective order where you can't see your significant other, you're trying to find a way out. I certainly understand that.  Many people think that they've got the answer, and they're going to get that not guilty verdict.

How to Get a Not Guilty Verdict in a Domestic Violence Case

So, I thought it might be good to give you an idea of what it takes to get a not guilty verdict from an insider — someone who's been doing this for 30 years, has handled thousands of domestic violence cases, and got not guilty verdicts.

You've got the perfect opportunity here. If you're looking at other websites on the internet, I would say that better than 90% of the attorneys are not putting the content there.

You've got web companies placing the content on there.  They know absolutely nothing about criminal defense and domestic violence cases in Los Angeles or how to get a not guilty verdict.

What Are the Common California Domestic Violence Charges?

Seeking Best Defense Strategy

The first thing you're going to need to get that not guilty verdict in a domestic violence case in LA is that you're going to need a good case.  In other words, if it's you, the person is being charged with some injury to another person in an unlawful manner.

So, the police have pictures of your significant other with injuries, and they've got you on bodycam video saying you hit them because you were angry — you can forget reaching a not guilty verdict.  You're going to need actually to have an angle.  Remember, you're probably saying, well, my significant other is now going to say I'm innocent; they don't want me prosecuted, so that should be the end of it.

Best Defense Strategy for Domestic Violence

Don't forget; you're in California.  You're in one of the most vicious states regarding domestic violence cases.  They're going to come after you regardless of what your significant other has to say.  And, of course, that has to do with this whole syndrome that domestic violence people get involved with where they don't want to tell one their significant other, and that's part of the violence.

That's part of the problem. That's not going to work.  That's not going to cover it, because realize — fine, your significant other doesn't want to cooperate — but, don't forget, especially if this is the Los Angeles police department.  They're coming with bodycams on.

So, when they meet with your significant other, they're going to get everything captured on video.  When they meet with you, they're going to get everything captured on video, so you're going to need an angle to win the case.

Self-Defense Argument in Domestic Violence Cases

A lot of times, there are angles.  Sometimes, you're attacked, and you're just trying to defend yourself.  So, that would be an excellent angle to say, look, I'm entitled to protect myself.

This other person attacked me.  They're violent.  They went crazy, and all I did was defend myself.  Another angle that helps to get that not guilty verdict is if the other party has no injuries because they will need some traumatic injury to get that conviction.  So, if there are no injuries, you're looking pretty good, unless it's some criminal threat case.

False Allegation

Another angle to get that not guilty verdict is if the other party has a motive to try to get you in order, and the perfect motive in most of these cases relates to people who want to get a divorce.  They want that divorce.  They know they can get an advantage in the divorce, so they'll drum up a domestic violence case against you so they can take all of the money, the house and other property, and a strong position against you.

If we can show that's what's going on and that you would never commit domestic violence against the other party, no, we're in business.

Seeking a Not Guilty Verdict

So, the main thing I can tell you, in general, in domestic violence cases and getting that not guilty verdict, is:

  • we must have an angle to win,
  • self-defense, you didn't do it,
  • there are no injuries — whatever the case may be.

So, what I need you to do — if you want the best, if you want a chance to get a not guilty verdict — or even a resolution if they've got the evidence against you, pick up the phone.

Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorney

Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding.  You're going to meet with somebody who's been doing this for 30 years, who knows how to win cases, has over 250 trials — all of this content on here is written by me.  I want people to know what their rights are.  I'm not going to lie to you either.

I can't tell you how many times an attorney or their staff are telling fibs, are not giving accurate information, and now somebody gets tricked. They pay money and end up having to take a deal anyway because they're not innocent, and they spent too much money for these attorneys that are going to tell every client that comes in that they can get them a not guilty verdict, and they can't.

So, I will tell you the truth, even if that means I'll lose the case.  I'll look at everything that you have to say.  I'm going to look at the other side.  I'll tell you what my opinion is and you decide what you want to do.

So, if you want the best, you want somebody who will be straightforward with you, pick up the phone now.  Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding.   The Hedding Law Firm is a top-ranked criminal defense law firm in LA County, and we offer a free case evaluation.

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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.