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Secrets to Defending Domestic Violence in Los Angeles

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jun 15, 2024

With a legal career spanning over 30 years in Los Angeles, I have specialized in defending domestic violence and spousal abuse cases. The first step in our journey is a comprehensive discussion of the case's facts and circumstances. This initial secret is crucial in determining the best approach to handle your case. Your role in providing these details is important and integral to developing our defense strategy.

Will we be trying to resolve this case or fighting it, either attacking it at the preliminary hearing or taking it to trial? We're making that decision together because when we make moves on the case, we want to ensure they're toward whatever goal we've chosen.

You don't want to start attacking the prosecutor in a scenario where you will negotiate because that's counter-production, which may anger the prosecutor and put them in an offensive position against my client.

On the other hand, if you fight the case, you really don't need to discuss things with the prosecutor. You investigate yourself, talk to the witnesses, look at whatever information is available, and see if any other information can be obtained to help the client.

Figuring Out the Right Game Plan

So, secret no. 1 is to figure out the game plan, and that's where I will meet with you. We go over everything. I ask you to be honest with me and give me the details on both sides of the equation so I can assess things and put a good game plan together.

Hiring an attorney without giving them all the information and cooperating with them makes no sense. You want the attorney to guide you and work with you to achieve your goals related to the case.

Strength of the Prosecutor's Case

I think the next thing is to assess the strength of the prosecutor's case. Even if you're going to work out a deal, sometimes showing the prosecutor some of the weaknesses and problems with their case can be valuable because they will realize that they might not necessarily win the case if it does go to trial.

One of the most significant factors the prosecutors should consider is the strength of their case. If they have problems with their case, they should take that into account in how they ultimately resolve the situation.

Taking the Case to Trial

The next thing I would say, if you are going to take the case to trial, is to assess whether or not you would make a good witness in the trial because a lot of times, what I see is all of this evidence is brought against the person and then there's no evidence to counter it.

You can do all of the investigation you want. You must testify if there's no evidence to assert some of your positions. So, we have to see if there are any skeletons in your closet that can be brought out to be used against you or:

  • If you would make a good witness, and
  • Would you put on some evidence to help defend your case?

So, that's another secret and assessment you must make in a domestic violence case.

I think the rest of it has to do with your particular case. So, I'll have you come in. We'll talk about it and see where you stand in your case. What are some of the things that I, as your defense attorney, can do to make the right moves for you so that you can be successful?

If you need the best or someone who's been around the block. I've worked for the district attorney's office and a superior court. In the early 1990s, I became a criminal defense attorney. I've been defending people like you from the defense side ever since. Pick up the phone now. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I'm ready to help. The Hedding Law Firm is based in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Ronald D. Hedding

What Makes Ronald Hedding Uniquely Qualified To Represent You? I've been practicing criminal defense for almost 30 years and have handled thousands of cases, including all types of state and federal sex crime cases. All consultations are discreet and confidential.