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What Determines If You Go To Jail In A Los Angeles Criminal Case?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Jun 29, 2020

This is probably one of the biggest things on people's minds when it comes to a criminal case right now, especially with the Coronavirus.  Nobody wants to go into the county jail.

Obviously, a lot of the population is either under quarantine, or has been exposed somehow to the Coronavirus.  No one wants to go into jail for that reason and also just for the fact of being isolated and alone in a lot of cases being in an environment with dangerous people.

So, the factors that determine whether somebody will go to jail are big factors.  I can rattle them off for your and certainly when you come in to meet with me about your criminal case, I can hear what you have to say about your thoughts and then I can give you an idea of kind of what you're looking at.

Type of Crime Committed

The first factors I think is the crime you committed.  In other words, what did you do?  Who did you impact?  How serious was the crime?  If you're a serious gang member who has gang tattoos who is alleged to have used a gun, you're looking at many years in prison.

What Determines If You Go To Jail In A Los Angeles Criminal Case?

However, if you just got a DUI, didn't hurt anybody and you have no criminal record, you're looking at no jail time.  But those people that are in between — those different crimes, burglary, arson, rape — the list goes on and one — theft-related offenses, drug-related offenses.

There's so much going on right now in Los Angeles county that if you get a criminal case and you're scared to death about going to jail or prison, get the best attorney you can.  That's my best advice to you.

Type of Criminal Lawyer You Retain

I think the next thing you have to look at in addition to the crime is your attorney.  What type of an attorney did you get?  Is your attorney going to pull out all the stops?

Is your attorney going to put together a powerful mitigation package to keep you out of jail?  Does your attorney have a relationship with the prosecutor, the judge?  These are crucial things that make all the difference in the world when it comes to a Los Angeles criminal case.

I obviously believe that I'm one of the top criminal attorneys in Los Angles or I would be putting my videos out there.  I wouldn't be posting this content right now, as you decide whether or not you're going to go to jail.

Criminal Record, Job, and Family

Of course, another factor is, they're going to look at your criminal record.  Do you have a spotless record, or do you have a horrible record, or do you have a few cases?  It's another huge factor.  Plus, they're going to look at what's going on in your life.  Do you have a job?  Do you have a family?  Are you likely to do this again?

In other words, are you likely to be a recidivist?  That's a big thing.  A lot of times we can get certain reports written that show that you're not likely to be a recidivist; you're not likely to do this again.

That's a huge factor to keep you out of jail.  Sometimes we an work out deals that are called joint suspensions where they suspend prison over your head.  You stay out of jail and they basically say, if you do this again or you do something like it, you're going to get that prison time, plus you're going to get whatever you get for the new case.

So, there's all sorts of different ways to stay out of jail, but I've just given you the main, most important factors.

So, if you or a loved one are scared to death of going to jail or going to prison, the Coronavirus and how dangerous it is in the men's county jail, Wayside, Twin Towers, pick up the phone right now.  Ask to speak to Ron Hedding.  You've definitely come to the right place.

Now make the decision to hire the best so you can end up with the best possible result.

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. 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.