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Should You Fight or Negotiate Your Criminal Case in Lancaster Court?

Learn Whether You Should Fight or Negotiate With The Prosecutor For Your Criminal Case in Lancaster, CA Courthouse

This is probably one of the first questions you want to answer if you've got a pending criminal case in Lancaster.  The reason this is so important is because it will dictate what your strategy is going to be moving forward.

So, a lot of times I will sit down with my clients and one of the first things that we're talking about is, do the prosecutors have the evidence to prove the case against you; or do the prosecutors not have the evidence to prove the case against you, and therefore, we're going to take the case to jury trial.

Basically, how I break this tie — how I figure this out — is I ask the client whether or not they believe they've done anything wrong or criminal, and if they do, then we're going to try to figure out a way to resolve the case if the government actually has the evidence against them.

Strength of Evidence in Criminal Cases

If on the other hand, the government either doesn't have the evidence against them, or they have the evidence but the evidence is murky and there's another side of the story and the client says that they're innocent, then obviously that's the type of case that we're going to fight in a jury trial.

Should You Fight or Negotiate Your Criminal Case in Lancaster Court?

So, we want to sit down and evaluate that right from the beginning, and people say why are we looking at that now, it's the beginning of the case?  The answer is, if we're even going to consider fighting the case we need to know what our chances are in a jury trial.

Because that is the ultimate weapon that you have in a Lancaster criminal case, and that is taking your case to jury trial, showing 12 members of the community that you're innocent and getting a not-guilty verdict.

So, you have to evaluate it from that standpoint if you really want to have an idea of how you're going to handle the case.  If you evaluate it and you see that they have some issues with their case — they're not going to be able to prove their case — and you do not want to take a guilty plea, then the writing is on the wall — you're going to take that case to a jury trial, fight it and try to win it.

Plea Bargaining Criminal Cases

If on the other hand you make a determination that the prosecutors have the evidence against you and they're going to be able to prove the case after we sit down and talk about it, then obviously that is not the type of case you're going to want to take to jury trial and we're going to want to try to work out a plea deal with the prosecutors.

Knowing this information right from the beginning is crucial because the moves you make are going to determine your fate.  So, if we're fighting the prosecutors, we're trying to block every piece of evidence.

We tell them we don't want to negotiate with them, we argue with them, they're obviously not going to take that well, but if you're going to take your case to jury trial, then it really doesn't matter.  Who cares how they take it?  Who cares what they think, because ultimately a jury is going to decide your case, not the prosecutors?

But if on the other hand, you realize you must negotiate with them because they have evidence against you, obviously we're going to take a different approach — a different tact in that scenario and we're not going to fight the case, we're going to be cooperative with the prosecutors so we can get the resolution we want.

We're going to give them a mitigation package.  I'm going to meet with the supervisor and we're going to do everything we can to get you the result that you must have in your criminal case.

Lancaster Criminal Lawyer

That's why it's so crucial — so important — to make a decision — and make a right decision right from the beginning of your criminal case in the Lancaster court as to whether or not you're going to fight the case or whether your case is the type of case that needs to be resolved by way of a plea agreement.

I've got the wisdom.  I've got the experience.  I've got the skill to help you make that decision.  Pick up the phone.  Ask to speak to Ron Hedding.  Tell them you've got a criminal case in Lancaster and you need help.

You need to decide how you're going to handle the case.  I stand at the ready to help you and do everything possible to protect your rights, your freedom and your liberty.

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. We are also located at 633 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.