Case Results

Court: Los Angeles Downtown Criminal Courthouse – Not Guilty Verdict in Attempted Rape Case

Case & Outcome: My client was charged with attempted rape and facing 20 years in prison. Following a two week jury trial, he was found not guilty and released shortly thereafter. He was alleged to have tried to rape his brother’s girlfriend. However, once all the evidence was brought to light, it was clear that the alleged victim had stolen money from my client and when he confronted her and threatened to call the police on her, she cried rape. Unfortunately, there is such a stigma associated with rape, that even innocent people have to hire an attorney to defend themselves. Fortunately for my client we were able to convince the jury of his innocence!

Court: Van Nuys Courthouse – Sex Crime Charges Dropped

Van Nuys Superior Court – Client charged with Lewd Conduct – a violation of Penal Code Section 647 (b). At the initial court appearance the prosecutors wanted my client to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, be on the Megan’s Law website and wanted him to do a term in jail. After I was able to show them all of the mitigating factors related to the facts and circumstances of the case and give them an idea of the type of person my client is, they offered him a resolution that avoided sex registration, no jail time and he was able to plead to a charge that does not have a sexual aspect to it.

Court: Van Nuys Courthouse – Failure to Register – No Jail Time – Strike Stricken

Case & Outcome:My client was charged with failure to register a sex offender under California Penal Code 290 Registration. He had a sexual related conviction and was registered for many years. He decided to move to another state and did not notify the local police department which resulted in a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested in Idaho and extradited back to Los Angeles where is was facing a strike allegation for the prior sex crime. Prosecutor was seeking a minimum offer of 32 months in state prison. I was able to negotiate a deal where the DA struck the strike with no jail time. My client was permitted to travel back to Idaho where he was placed on non-reporting probation in Los Angeles.

Court: San Fernando Courthouse – Lewd Conduct Charges Dismissed

Case & Outcome:Case dismissed against client who was arrested for a violation of Penal Code Section 288 (a). The client hired the Hedding Law Firm after being arrested and posting a $100,000 bail. Following the initial meeting with the client and getting their side of the story, I sent the District Attorney’s Office a letter and then followed up with a call to make sure that they had all of the facts before they made their decision whether to file this case against my client. After reviewing the defense investigation package, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decide not to file a case against my client. Even though my client was innocent, he was arrested based on false allegations and had to defend himself. This is not the first time that I have had a serious sex crime not filed by the DA’s Office. The prosecutors in Los Angeles know that they have to be able to prove every case they file beyond a reasonable doubt. If they see problems with the case, they will not file it. They are in the business of making sure justice is done.

Court: Los Angeles Downtown Criminal Courthouse – Possession of Child Pornography – No Jail Time

Case & Outcome: My client was charged with possession of child pornography and facing multiple years in prison because of the amount of images that he possessed. Because the of the length of time that the prosecutors took to actually charge him with anything, I was able to negotiate a no jail time resolution. My client was terrified of going to jail and feared for his safely. This resolution saved his sanity and from his prospective possibly save his life.

Court: Beverly Hills Courthouse – Lewd Conduct with Minor – No Sex Registration Required

Case & Outcome: Defendant was charged with having committed one count of 288A (B) (2) Penal Code Felony in the county of Los Angeles.  Penal code 288A (B) (2) states: Except as provided in Section 288, any person over the age of 21 years who participates in an act of oral copulation with another person who is under 16 years of age is guilty of a felony. Our client was facing 8 years in state prison, registering as a sex offender, and having their picture on the Megan’s Law website registry of sex offenders. We were able to keep our client from having to do any jail time. The defendant also avoided registering as a sex offender. The defendant instead received 60 days of Cal Trans and was placed on formal probation.

Court: Los Angeles Federal Courthouse – No Jail Time in Federal Child Pornography Case

Case & Outcome: My client was charged with possession of thousands of child pornography images. At sentencing, he received no jail & treatment in a program at a half-way house. I was was to convince the court my client was not a sexual predator after a psychological evaluation and investigative work before sentencing.

VAN NUYS COURTHOUSE – SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION PENAL CODE SECTION 647 – CLIENT GETS DIVERSION AND WILL AVOID CONVICTION:

In 2016, I have seen my client’s criminal records / lives saved because I was able to get them a diversionary program, instead of a conviction related to them being prosecuted for solicitation of prostitution. Having this type of conviction on your record can destroy your future career, cause you to be deported from the country if you are not a citizen and damage your reputation beyond repair. I have been fighting these cases all over Los Angeles County since the early 1990’s and have had great success protecting my client’s rights, keeping them out of jail and preserving their good name! One appointment can make all the difference in your case. Pick of the phone now and call me (866) 986-2092.

WHAT DO THE PROSECUTORS ACTUALLY HAVE TO PROVE IN ORDER FOR A JURY TO FIND SOMEONE GUILTY OF A VIOLATION OF PENAL CODE SECTION 288 (a)?

The relevant California jury instruction makes the prosecutor prove the following in order to find someone guilty of violating Penal Code Section 288 (a) in Los Angeles California:

The person charged must willfully touch a part of a child’s body either on the bare skin or through the clothing; or

The person charged willfully caused a child to touch his/her own body, the defendant’s body, or the body of someone else, either on the bare skin or through the clothing;

The person charged committed the act with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of himself/herself or the child; and

The child was under the age of 14 years at the time of the act.

The above are the jury instruction related to this crime. These instructions are given to the jury when they go back and deliberate to decide whether a person is innocent or guilty of this crime.